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Dracula and Other Horror Classics collects the most memorable tales of horror by Bram Stoker. In addition to Dracula--the landmark vampire novel that set the pattern for virtually all vampire fiction written after its publication in 1897--this omnibus collects the novels The Jewel of Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm. In also includes a dozen of Stoker's short tal ...more
Leather Bound, Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic, 757 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Sterling (first published April 13th 2010)
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Just Josie
Dracula and Other Horror Classic


At last- this has been a new journey for me.
A side project actually. I have been wanted to read what we today consider “Classics” for a long time now and since it’s not exactly my favorite genre, I have been taken it slowly.
I am however tremendously happy that I have started this “journey”, and can’t wait to see which author will be my next project.
Currently I am thinking Jules Verne, but we will see.

Dracula -4 Stars

Fascinating!

I find it fascinating to read bo
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J Beckett
I attempted to tackle this book when I was a curious and rambunctious 10 year old. The story was legendary, but I wasn't made aware that the language would drain my blood with as much fervor as the principal character. Frustrated, I tossed the booked aside. Several years later, in an AP English class, it became a required read and, surprisingly, I was lost in the magnificence, the majestic coolness, the imagery, the darkness of every word on every page. It chilled me; left me looking over my sho ...more
Shannon S.
In some ways, the novel resembles little more than an epistolary Victorian sex fantasy. Fans of "Twilight" will hate this book; that quality alone would sway my opinion in its favor. You could write off Dracula as a simple horror novel or attempt to compare Stoker's vision with other vampire novels. That would not be veracious to this novel, nor would it be accurate.

Stoker's was the first popular novel of the vampire genre, and remains arguably one of the best. (Polidori's The Vampyre--a portra
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Katharine Willard
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Dracula - I was worried initially that the writing style would be too difficult to grasp, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was rather easy. From what I can remember (I did begin this in April after all) Dracula started off reasonably well-paced. I found I enjoyed the story line with Lucy and her antics better than the subsequent manhunt for Dracula himself which means I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I could have. It was also a bit slower before the climax with Stoker/his characters do ...more
Scott Southard
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wil be reviewing this in the future on WKAR's Current State. Stay tuned...
Caroline
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, my-pretties
I'll just paste in all my separate reviews of the stories:

Dracula: Full review here: http://www.obscuraundead.com/blog/201...

The Jewel Of Seven Stars: As many times as I have read Dracula, I have never read anything else by Bram Stoker!
This is a really interesting story. It's very victorian gothic, that has an egyptian supernatural mystery. It's not THAT hard to guess, but still interesting! I thought it ended just as it was getting good, though. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian mytholo
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Patty Zuiderwijk
Story: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Reread: Yes, I have read this book multiple times already so this won't be the last time.
Elise
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I only read Dracula from this book, not the other stories. The beginning from Jonathan Harker's perspective was such riveting and exciting reading, but after that it was such a drag. It was such a struggle to finish. I did kind of like how all the characters teamed up together in the end to defeat Dracula.
Fleur Schellekens
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cool to read it in the old English style. Does require a lot of concentration because it isn't the way we talk nowadays.
Highly recommend it if you're a fan of the classic horror tales!
Brooke
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(This rating is for ‘Dracula’ only, as I have not yet read the other stories in this book.)

“Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

A story of a vampire, Dracula, who travels from Transylvania to London so that he may have at his disposal an ample supply of fresh blood; and of a group of people who discover his existence and determine to hunt him down.

My previous ideas of Dracula were wiped clean as I began this book and he revealed himself
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Josef Kutilek
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest books I've ever read. I remember being very surprised as a young boy, expecting it to be very dry and melodramatic. However, I was sucked in from start to finish. The format of journals, diaries, and newspaper clippings made it seem all the more real. It was like I was reading something that truly happened to these people. Dracula was suddenly no longer a cartoon character in my mind but a genuine threat. Highly recommended.
Greg
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the way the book was put together through journals, news clippings, and phonograph diary. I think the ending of this book is kind of weak, but overall a good story.
Carlos
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Book had a very strong beginning and middle, but I got more disinterested the farther into it I read. Also the ending was completely anti-climactic. Best character by far was Renfield.
Alpa
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
a little dated, and some odd plot holes, but still good!
Andreas
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dracula: 2/5
Dracula has its strengths in the smaller stories it tells, like the story about the madman who catches flies, then spiders, then birds, and when he doesn't get a cat, eats the birds. Another story I liked a lot was the one about a captain and the mysterious disappearance of his crew till only he remains as a paranoid, broken man who is determined to reach port. Both of these are excellent examples of how to build dread and are legitimately eerie.

The problems come in the main story,
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Chris Orme
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
31/130 (2019 Reading Challenge)

Firstly this is not one book it is 4. Dracula, The jewel of the 7 stars, the lair of the white worm & Dracula’s guest and other stories.

Dracula definitely gets 5stars, it was enjoyable to read & compelling right to the very end. I’d tried to read it when younger & could not get on with it but now really enjoyed it. A defining piece of horror fiction & a definite classic.

The Jewel of the seven stars, I would give 5 stars as well. Not the classic Dracula is but stil
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Darren
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't offer much that hasn't already been said countless times over the past hundred-plus years since its publication. A defining novel of the horror genre, and as influential a story as any in the modern era, for good or bad. Like a lot of people, I had known the story for a long time having seen the multiple film adaptations and television shows. For me, it's still the Coppola version that's my favorite and I couldn't help but see the actors when I visualized them while reading the book.

The
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Marius Stubberud
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible
I found Dracula to be an alright novel, and I can see the influences its had on vampire lore. My praise ends there, though. I'm not sure if it's just how characters were written in those times or if it was just how Bram Stoker wrote them, but to me they were completely void of any humanity. They were all virtually pure plot devices, and painfully theatrical and verbose. And I don't know how many times one of the characters said something along the lines of "let us think about what we've just tal ...more
Greg Carlson
Apr 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
This gets 1 star for 1 reason. The blatant and horrific racism showcased in The Lair of the White Worm is neither discussed nor acknowledged in the introduction to the text. Readers are left to discover it on their own after reading about what a great man Bram Stoker apparently was. After enjoying Dracula and The Jewel of Seven Stars so much, I was absolutely flabbergasted to read Stoker’s treatment of Oolanga and I can’t believe it is not talked about more often. I couldn’t decide whether to ri ...more
Valerie Schreijer
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Javier Alvarez
It starts really interesting, I wasn't aware that the narrative format of the book was like this, however, right after the middle of the book it starts to become repetitive and boring, luckily it picks up again by the end. My only complaint is that mid part of the book.
Rosie Vince
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Dracula, the characters are great the atmosphere very creepy, i enjoyed the writting style did not realize that it was written in the form of letters and journal entry's but it worked well.
Marina
Jan 15, 2020 added it
Shelves: own
I've only listened to Dracula as an audiobook and I'm not reading the other stories in the book that I own. At least not at this time.

What a dramatic book!

If you can't bare to read paragraphs upon paragraphs of exposition through dialog, listen to the audio like I did.

More later.
Nizan Sanders
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good. The jumping around to different character's stories was a little tiresome. I lost the mood to read it after a while.
Molly Cawthorn
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Finished reading "Dracula" will get round to reading the other stories soon!
Adriana CE Marghescu
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am from Romania. This book is pure fiction.
Gabriella
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dracula: 5
The Jewel of Seven Stars: 5
The Liar of the White Worm: maybe 3 the most
Short Stories: 4 on average.
Matthew Werenich
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Dracula is one of my favourite books ever. I found Dracula a compelling and truly fascinating character, and I loved the mode of storytelling. I thought the letter-writing format was very cool. You get the perspective of each character, and you almost forget you’re reading something made up because the characters speak so naturally. When Mina is attacked by Dracula and retells what happened – I honestly get chills. I think Stoker does a terrific job of showing things when he needs to, and concea ...more
John Day
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stoker does a good job of making his vampire character's story sound real with his use of Epistolary formatting, historical research of Vlad Tepes Dracula ,(as of last year his great grand nephew has found evidence to support that Bram knew who Vlad Tepes was), local Transylvanian superstitions and real geographic story placing. The book probably drew the most scares possible out of it's Victorian English audience and still has a lot power over its modern one. It may not be perfect but I think B ...more
Tainá Hilaricki
It was a fascinating read. Dracula is truly a classic and reading this I can see why. The prose was very beautiful and eerie at times and the exploration of the erotic undertones was very interesting.

Also, Mina Harker: a true icon
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more

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