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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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a novel most of us have read. ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
-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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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"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 ...more
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 ...more
**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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I don't want to say this book is better than Dracula,
The Epilogue is fantastic as well. Made everything I had just read all the more spooky.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the ...more