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(Stoker's Dracula #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,607 ratings  ·  923 reviews
It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey's tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun - and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night - a night that will prove to be the longest of his life. Desperate to l ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 18th 2018 by Bantam Press (first published October 2nd 2018)
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    Judy Nichols Read the Bram Stoker book, Dracula, first. Dracul will not make as much sense if you don't. I am reading Dracul now and it really helps to have the…moreRead the Bram Stoker book, Dracula, first. Dracul will not make as much sense if you don't. I am reading Dracul now and it really helps to have the ideas and story of the original Dracula in my mind. Just my opinion.(less)
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    Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "...not all monsters go away with time. In fact, some don't leave you at all - they wait. They're a patient lot. And no matter what it takes, you have to keep ahead of them, an inch outside their grasp will do."

    It sucked me in! (pun intended!). I was lost in the pages of this book. LOVED it. This prequel to Dracula was Amazing. I could not put this book down. Nor should you! If you are one of the few people who have not read this book yet, I highly recommend you pick up a copy today! Now on to t
    Will Byrnes
    “It is believed that the strongest of them can assume any form, be it bat, wolf, swirling mist, even human. They can appear young, old, or any age between. Some can manipulate the elements, producing fog, storms, crashing thunder. Their motives remain unknown, but one thing is clear: they leave a trail of death in their wake, thinking no more of a human life than we would the life of a fly.”
    Dacre Stoker knows a thing or two about vampires, Dracula in particular, given that his great-grand-un
    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Dracul is a dark gothic horror novel. It is the prequel to Dracula. I never was a fan of Dracula and I usually don't read books about vampires, but this one is so different. The book mainly is about the life of Bram Stoker, his childhood and adulthood.

    Bram was a very sick child. He lived with his parents and his nanny, Ellen Crone in Dublin. He gets very sick and a doctor comes to his house to see why he is so sick
    and his nanny watches over him while the doctor is there and he suddenly recover
    Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2018, e-book, horror
    Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker is a 2018 Putman publication.

    When the very first early reviews for this book started popping up on Goodreads and other book sites, I scrolled right on past it, not even giving it a cursory glance. Of all the genres to choose from, horror is at the bottom of my list, and has been for several decades, with the exceptions of ghost stories or the classics, like Dracula- an all -time favorite, and like many other people, I do have a weakness for Stephen King- a
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    It was good and that’s all that matters! Read all the long reviews because I’m not doing them any more!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

    Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The comparisons and connections between Dracul and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are inevitable and unavoidable. After all, this is the story of Bram Stoker’s early life, his family and what may have been the catalyst for his classic vampire story. Dracula has become the most popular monster figure ever, spawning a ubiquitous vampire theme across multiple genres. In Bram’s life, the second half of the 19th century, vampires were seen as pure monsters, whereas nowadays, we have them appearing as
    Kylie D
    An intriguing gothic horror book, told from the point of view of several members of the Stoker family, including Bram, as well as his sister and brother. It tells the tale of Bram's childhood, where he was very sickly, on the verge of death, through to his adulthood. Bram had a nanny named Ellen when he was a boy, she seemed a bit of a creepy character, disappearing for days at a time, and sleeping in a box of dirt. Yet she seems to have healed Bram's ailments when the doctors of the time couldn ...more
    Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a prequel, if you will, to the timeless novel Dracula with none other than Bram Stoker himself as the protagonist. Thankfully, these are not sparkly, shiny vampires. What we have here is a blood curdling tale that would make the Count proud. Elegantly written and atmospheric this novel drips with malevolence and oozes with the sinister.
    It's Horror Week here at Goodreads, and what better way to start it off than by reading a seriously chilling tale? Dracul will have you hiding under the covers and wishing for morning light! 

    I practically learned to read by devouring horror books and there simply was no better horror story than Dracula. For decades writers have attempted to recreate the image of Dracula or to write "sequels" about the Count. All fell miserably short of success - until now. Dracul, written in tandem by Drace Stok
    Amalia Gavea
    ‘’A crescent moon dangling in the sky offered the thinnest of illuminations, bathing the world in nothing but faint outlines, silhouettes, and shadows. The tower of Artane Castle was barely visible in the distance, lost behind rolling hills and farmland doted with the small homes of our neighbours. Beyond that were the hazel and birch trees of the forest, their inky branches scratching at the night sky in anticipation of a pending shower.’’

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a novel most of us have read.
    This is a prequel to Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula, written by Dacre Stoker, related to Bram, with his original Stoker documents and JD Barker, the author of the Fourth Monkey trilogy. They write a seamless blend of fact and fiction with Irish folklore in this confection of historical horror. It's a gripping gothic supernatural thriller and chiller, that has the 21 year old Bram Stoker in 1868 in a dark and spooky tower, facing the longest night of his life with a strange collection of items t ...more
    Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There are surely many who have wondered where Bram Stoker got his idea for Dracula . After creating an interesting sequel to his ancestor’s popular book, Dacre Stoker decided to team up with J.D. Barker to pen this prequel of sorts, though its exploration is less of Prince/Count Dracula than of a younger Bram Stoker. It is here that the seeds of all things ghoulish germinated, or so the reader is led to believe. Bram Stoker was quite a sickly child, being bedridden for the first number of years ...more
    Sean Gibson
    In what will come as the most surprising revelation since scientists determined that the sun is kind of hot, I was an unusual 8-year-old. While most kids were getting their Roald Dahl or Beverly Cleary on (or maybe just gorging themselves on Fruit by the Foot), I was reading Dracula (which, as I describe more fulsomely here, is my favorite book, single-volume division). Scored at a school book fair, the dog-eared edition that I read and reread throughout my childhood years, which featured a cove ...more
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 5000-books
    What a perfect choice this book was to read on Halloween! Delightfully spooky, frequently gruesome and in parts really scary!

    Amazingly Dracul is a prequel to the famous Dracula and as such it is perfect. It tells of the young Bram Stoker and his siblings growing up and the impact that their rather unusual nanny has on their young lives. Bram in particular has a very close relationship with her and this leads to events which culminate in their meeting with Dracula. Along the way there are deaths,
    ✨The Reading
    Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Stoker is back y'all!!!
    Bram Stoker is transformed into a fictional character and beamed right into a novel of his own creation. Together with his brother and sister and a few others, they battle the ultimate force of darkness... Dracul.
    okay so first off I have done a lot of research on this book and the behind-the-scenes of the creation and writing of this book. Let me start off by assuring you that Decre Stoker is in fact a real relative of Bram Stoker. He is his great-grand nephew. With that i
    Em Lost In Books

    Loved the first part with the nanny which I found to be chilling, creepy, and scary. It was the second part which in my opinion was slow and a little too long for my liking.
    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    “She was there at my beginning, and will no doubt be there for my end, as I was for hers. This was, and always shall be, our dance.”
    -Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker

    Descend into the dark reality and fictional world of the man who wrote the original Dracula. An account of diary entries by Bram Stoker himself, woven into a fictional plot that has created this stunning prequel.

    "What does that say?"
    "The Dead travel fast"

    Welcome to Dracul

    “…for the devil claims their soul, and the gates of Heaven are f
    Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm too lazy to write a really compelling disavowal of Dracul. I wanted to compare Dracula with Dracul. Dracula is masterful while Dracul is bloated - and not with blood.

    Dracul is not a worthy prequel. If one compares text from both books, Dracula is incisive, unrepetitive, purposeful, efficient, and successful.

    I know that Dracul will survive the test of time, and that galls me. But it should not. The masterpiece that is Dracula remains unsullied. I can enjoy the latter in all of its purity. Ame
    ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


    Going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the halfway point I said to myself; "Without a doubt, Dracul is going to become a new favorite of mine!", and I was not wrong in assuming as much!

    Being the prequel to Dracula (which I have yet to read) I had reasonably high hopes that this would be a story that I would end up fully engrossed in, that would leave me wanting more, and I do! It has given me the motivation to finally go out and get my hands on a copy of the much lo
    4.5/5 stars!

    I'm keeping this one short and sweet! I loved it!

    If you enjoyed Dracula, then you most likely will enjoy Dracul as well. I loved the premise of it and the execution. My only issue, and it's a small one, is that it took me a little longer than usual to get into it, but then the prose and my dark imagination kicked into gear and I was mesmerized.

    Highly recommended!
    Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4 creepiness factor stars
    My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

    "Even immortals have their beginnings."

    Talk about a perfect Halloween book! This one had it all vampires galore, unsuspecting victims, and an atmospheric persona that would frighten anyone. Make sure if you embark upon Dracul you have the lights on, you are not alone, and you are ready to tackle the monsters conjured up in this prequel to the novel, Dracula, written in 1897 by the Irish author Bram Str
    Malina Skrobosinski
    "Won't you stay and play with me?"

    Is there nothing that J.D. Barker touches that isn't purely sensational? If you read the author's notes, you'll find that this story bears truth. What Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker have done here is tell a story that has been long buried. These are events that Bram Stoker himself has stated to be factual. It's said that Dracula was never meant to be a work of fiction, but rather a warning... an ominous warning for all.

    "The peculiarities of Ellen Crone. That i
    Tiffany PSquared
    "Sometimes our deepest fears are the ones we keep closest to our hearts"

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam's Sons, and the authors for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book.

    Remember in Friends when Rachel discovers Joey's copy of The Shining in his freezer? That's what I felt like resorting to while reading Dracul - only, I was reading it on my Kindle, and I don't think electronics like freezers too much.

    This book was legitimately frightening in all the best w
    First of all, I would like to say thank you a million times to G.P. Putman's Son for sending me a copy of the book. Thank you a million & one!

    ok, so Dracul-
    To be honest, it took me a while to get into this book. But once I did get into the story, maybe around 100 pages, 75? I was in! The is the tale of Bram as a (sickly) child and his adventures with his sister Matilda. Something strange is going on with Nana Ellen but they don't know what. We can guess though. Ellen Crone is very intere
    Um, guys?

    I don't know what I just read.

    Blurb: Mysterious happenings throughout Bram Stoker's early years were the inspiration for Dracula, the greatest vampire novel of all time. This is that origin story.

    Story: Vampires, ghouls, zombies, apparitions, blood and gore, general impossibilities.

    Author's Note: This all actually happened.

    Me: 0.0

    If we're calling this a true story it's a solid 5 stars just for its WTF level.


    If we're sticking with this being a vampire story inspired by the mystery of
    Julia Ash
    I’m always thirsty for a book with a classic Dracula atmosphere.

    Authored by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker, DRACUL deliciously quenched my palate, which was expected, since one of its co-authors is none other than Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew. How cool is that?

    The story serves as a prequel to DRACULA and bloody hell, it delivers! This book earned five oozing, crimson stars from me.

    DRACUL begins with young Bram, who shouldn’t be alive. He’s a sickly child who can barely leave his bed in the at
    Mary  Carrasco
    Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I quite enjoyed Bram Stoker's, Dracula. So when I learned that Dracul was meant to be the prequel, incorporating Bram into the story, I was excited to read this.
    The author did an excellent job of creating a dark, creepy atmosphere, gradually increasing the tension throughout. I especially loved the beginning of the book when Bram and his siblings were children. The strange events happening in the household definitely had me on edge! It all came together nicely as the story alternated between "t

    I don't want to say this book is better than Dracula, but it's better than Dracula. The way the plot unfolds is anxiety-inducing and heart-pounding. The characters come alive off the page. I was filled with such dread reading it.

    The Epilogue is fantastic as well. Made everything I had just read all the more spooky.

    4.5 stars

    Cracking way to begin a new year of reading. This prequel to the classic is about as meta as it gets. Written by Stoker’s great-grandnephew & well known author J.D. Barker (The Fourth Monkey), it draws heavily from Bram Stoker’s childhood, journals & notes he scribbled while writing the original.

    Bram, his family & real life acquaintances are the main characters. Also worth mentioning is some tall, thin, icky guy going by the name of Dracul who manages to steal a few scenes.
    What if the dark tale of Dracula was not just a flight of fancy for author Bram Stoker? What if the origins of the story came from Stoker's own life? Dracul is a prequel of sorts for the classic novel, spinning a dark tale of death, evil and monsters.

    OMG....I love this book! This isn't a re-telling of the Dracula story, but an imagining of the origins for the vampire story. Bram Stoker left diaries and notes behind, detailing mysterious happenings revolving around a Stoker family servant, Nanna
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