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Dracula: Rise Of The Beast

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Anthology of stories exploring the secret history of the world’s most iconic monster 

That the cruel, ambitious monster of Bram Stoker’s most famous novel was once Vlad III Dracula, Voivode of Wallachia – the Impaler, to his enemies – is known. A warleader in a warlike time: brilliant, charismatic, pious, ferociously devoted to his country. But what came of him? What drove
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Abaddon
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Alexa
Read on my blog.

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read this anthology very slowly – while it only has five stories, they were longer than in most anthologies I read… and also, because I was not used to seeing so many European names and words in English texts. And yet, that was exactly why this book was so amazing to read – so validating and encouraging, in a way, that I can still write and publish with a name like mine and with characters named like me.

This a
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Kuzu
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I received a free review copy from the publisher, through author Bogi Takács

Like many anthologies, this one had ups and downs for me, but the ups were more notable than the downs. Bogi's story, the first in the collection, is an absolutely delightful narrative of a couple of rabbis' concerned correspondence over the behavior of count Draculea, and one of those rabbis' enthusiastic but naive nephew spying on said count. The nephew Majsi is such a charming character, I just want
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Bridget Mckinney
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
An ambitious, compelling and well-researched collection with multiple fresh takes on the Dracula mythology. Well worth your time if you're any kind of fan of Bram Stoker's novel.
Maryam
Review first published on The Curious SFF Reader

Dracula: Rise of the Beast is an anthology of five novellas interconnected by a series email between two protagonists who are studying Dracula. The stories are loosely connected and present the many facets of Vlad Dracula: from the Ottoman Wars to the modern days. As usual with anthologies, a few stories didn’t work for me but for the most part, I found this collection very interesting and quite refreshing. You could ask yourself what’s new about
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Bryan Cebulski
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rise of the Beast is a wonderful collection of short stories that shakes up Dracula lore in small yet effective ways. The most evident of these is the point of view, as most authors have an Eastern European background and write with that experience in mind. Most also focus on women in ways that the original never did. It feels like we're filling in the voids that Stoker never considered but were always there in the original text, ripe for extension. The last story "The Woman", for instance, is a ...more
Runalong
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent anthology exploring the years before Bran Stoker’s Dracula moving from Court intrigues to horror to comedy

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Officialz
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would approach this as a collection of short horror stories that are Dracula-themed. The style and setting is what makes this better than other similar efforts at horror fiction.
Nicole Sweeney
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

Dracula by Bram Stoker is one of my all time favourite books and I love reading different versions of the stories around Vlad the Impaler. This book is an anthology of stories about the famous Vlad Dracula, written by five different science fiction/fantasy writers. I enjoyed this so much as each story was from a different time period, giving a different perspective and a different side to the infamous vampire.

Surrounding the stories are a se
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Kristal McKerrington
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I Expected: A vampire take on history to do with Dracula and those to whom he sired or others that might have learned how to survive with them. I expected to sink into the world of Dracula and feel the great excitement that comes with this sort of book.



What I Got: A series of disjointed stories that didn't really work as well as I had hoped. I started having to read them like they were stand alones which is not what I thought I was getting.



Review: The book has many points of view at the b
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Marissa
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dracula: Rise of the Beast is a unique take on the story of Dracula, told in a series of five short stories predominantly through letters and other such correspondences spanning his time as Count Vlad III to Dracula. The stories are told from points of view of a variety of characters who played roles in the infamous being's life. These include a rabbi or French servant observing his behaviors whi
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Laura Newsholme
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a really enjoyable collection of stories. Each author takes a different aspect of the vampire myth and crafts a new tale around it, so we have a Dracula origin story, an exploration of Elizabeth Bathory, a great mash up of Dracula and Baba Yaga and more. What I thought was really well done was the prose style. The authors have kept the epistolary form of the original, but updated it with blog posts, emails and web articles that really add to the narrative drive. I particularly ...more
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Gianna
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of stories about Dracula and his historical counterpart, Vlad III of Wallachia.

Five different stories from different authors attempt to get the reader acquainted with both the historical figure and the legend. Using historical facts about Vlad III and lore from Romania and the surrounding countries, the authors give their own perspective on Dracula. Whether we follow the story through the eyes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a Jewish leader of Budapest or a French servant, t
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Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating and interesting set of short stories. Each of them was really interesting and well written.
Dracula is a fascinating characters and these stories are up to the literary and historical character.
Recommended.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing
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Dracula: The Rise of the Beast is an interesting project. Five very different writers weave, in separate stories, a tale of Dracula's history. Presented as correspondence, some letters that are hundreds of years old and some emails and blog posts, the authors of this book attempt to tell a semi -cohesive story tracing Dracula's rise, evolution, impact on the communities surrounding him, and his presence, direct or indirect, in the modern day. Told with varying degrees of skill and success, the s ...more
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A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, an avid roleplayer and LRPer, an enthusiastic if unskilled swordfighter and a passable cook, David Thomas Moore is the author of several short stories and one roleplaying supplement, and the editor of a number of anthologies. He is the Fiction Commissioning Editor at Rebellion Publishing.

Born and raised in Australia, he lives in Reading in the UK with
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