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Dracula's Guest

(Dracula #0.5)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  5,067 ratings  ·  239 reviews
A young man sets out on a journey where the elements - and something elemental - are against him.

Stoker's own Dracula's Guest - a chapter omitted from his landmark novel.
Published 1897
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A Brazilian audiobook. I loved this short story and the narration too. The blurb: "An Englishman on his way to Transylvania doesn't listen to his hotelier's warnings, and wanders off to an abandoned village. As a storm breaks, the man ends up in a cemetery, where he's forced to take shelter in a tomb. The short story "Dracula's Guest" was first published in 1914, two years after the death of Bram Stoker. It is believed that this is actually the deleted first chapter from the original "Dracula" m ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha! It all sounds so familiar....if you're acquainted with DRACULA.

Munich. A visiting, adventurous Englishman out for a leisurely carriage ride, the warning to return before dark. Howling wolves, frightened horses and thick clouds followed by a storm of hail and snow....and the unholy village cemetery of buried undead. The carriage long gone, the man now alone........

Walpurgis Night - "when the graves were open and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and wate

Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not actually a sequel to Dracula but a collection of short stories by Stoker. I've written a couple of lines about each of them.

Dracula’s Guest: This is part of the original Dracula which was cut to reduce the length. It has very little to do with Dracula (the character and the book) and is a bit of an odd story really. That being said they are so very creepy moments in it.

The Judge’s House: A haunted house story which is absolutely fantastic. It’s chilling.

The Squaw: A particularly gr
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some will have noticed that I am in the midst of an interesting Dracula binge, allowing both Bram and Dacre Stoker to offer up their own spins on the tale. While poking around for new finds on the topic, I stumbled upon this short story by the elder Stoker. In rural Germany, a man is travelling by coach and chooses to stray off the beaten path. He makes his way to a manor house and into a sizeable cemetery, where one large tombstone catches his eye. With the sound of wolves filling the air, one ...more
So as I started reading Dracula's Guest, I quickly realized this wasn't going to be a sequel or a continuation of Dracula. This is simply a passage from the original. I really liked Bram Stoker's Dracula so I didn't mind rereading a bit of it. It's just as I remembered it to be: eerie, dark and creepy.
I thought this collection was just okay. I enjoyed the story The Judge's House the most. A good rat story is always fun.
I was a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm a big fan of Dracula and I guess I just expected more.
classic reverie
I wanted to read my Halloween stories before or near that day but it really does not matter when one reads a "horror" story. Several years ago I decided to read yearly a horror tale during this time of year. I have read many versions of Dracula like by many different authors and will continue to do so in the future. Bram Stroker's Dracula was my first and seeing this short story, I wanted to read this too. This is an extremely short story which I did not read this version but from "The Greatest ...more
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics
I had never heard of this book before, but when I ran across it and saw who the author was, I snatched it up and started reading. What we have here is a series of short stories published by Mrs. Stoker after the passing of her husband. The stories range from the disturbing supernatural tale of “The Judge” to the vampiric title tale of “Dracula’s Guest” some versions of this book include the “Lair of the White Worm” which although it is not one of my favorite of Mr. Stoker’s Cannon, it is still a ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Set in Munich an English traveller has a very eerie experience on an old cemetery of an abandoned village. It is Walpurgis Night. The inscription on the headstone mentioning a female countess leads to Dacre Stoker's Dracul. Can a group of soldiers rescue the hero of this story? Why is the story titled Dracula's Guest? Well written, spooky and quick to read for every Dracula and Dracul fan. Dracula is looming over the pages of this story. Recommended!
Creepy imagery, but much ado about nothing. A wolf appears three-quarters of the way into the story, but this is also a non-event. The scariest things in this tale are the wind, trees and a lone sepulchre. Again, well-written, but no goal.
Just Josie
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, vampire
“The dead travel fast”.

So pleasant, and beautifully written.
I adore the visual image Stoker so gracefully creates , and find the language quite charming.

It’s so different from the books I normally spend my time on, and I can fully understand why Stoker’s literature is considered “classics”.

Read: 29/03/2019
1st rating: 4 stars
Genre/sub-genres: Classics/suspense/vampire/paranormal
Cover: 2 stars
POV’s: 1st person
Will I recommend: Yes
Oliviu Crâznic
A short story way better than the „Dracula” novel, sometimes included as a first chapter of „Dracula” (though this was, probably, Stoker`s intent, it was also, probably, intended, in fact, for an earlier „Dracula” version, quite different from the one we know - the style is quite different, and the tale stays better on its own; as „Dracula”`s first chapter, it makes little sense and it doest not connect well with the rest of the story). ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a short story collection, with the first only featuring a cut section from Dracula.
A couple of decent tales, I practically liked the two featuring Rats.
Short story collection. The tales are nicely gruesome in general but a bit flat or too obvious. The last story might be the best and thats more of a horror comedy, but not enough to get it to 3 stars overall. The title story is a discarded piece of Dracula and a good decision to cut it in my opinion.
Nostalgia Reader
Well this just emphasizes Harker's stupidity even more than the first chapters of Dracula proper did. I understand why this was cut, it's awfully uneventful and wordy to be a prologue that would work.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Classics and/or Horror
Recommended to Pamellia by: Horror Readers
Shelves: 2014
Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
Published posthumously by his wife
Began September 15, Completed September 25
Did not read all the stories
Horror Readers, September 22, 2014, Discussion

This book consists of unpublished stories written prior to Bram Stoker's death. After he passed to eternal life, his wife decided to publish these stories. I'm not sure why this was done, but in general I tend to think that if an writer wanted something published he would have done it. Apparently most of these stories
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I thought this was a sequel to Dracula. It's not. Dracula's Guest is a compilation of short horror stories by Bram Stoker published posthumously by his wife. It's quite decent and it reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe at times. The Judge's House, A Gypsy Prophecy and A Dream of Red Hands are my favourite stories. Good for rainy nights. ...more
Harsh Kumar
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic indeed. Not as good as Dracula Though. But I always love a classic one. These short horror stories are much much better than the modern ones I have read. The writes in the 18th and 19th century were more dark and gothic I reckon. Reading such books always gives you a quaint feeling. A feeling as if you are not holding a classic novel or a book but a relic in your hands.
Marwan Emad
The forever Vampires VS Werewolves war. Wished this was a bit longer tbh.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories - most had a fair decent creep factor. Bram Stoker is of course a very entertaining storyteller.

Four stars simply because the first story (a shorn off chapter from Dracula) was too abrupt to be of any kind of enjoyment and because the last story in this collection bored me to tears when all the others were so gripping.
An early prelude/reworked draft of Dracula.
I have always loved the book Dracula (although there are parts of it that drag...) In my opinion Bram Stoker was made to write short stories like the ones in Dracula's Guest. The first one is a piece that was taken from the original manuscript of Dracula for the time constraints of the novel. The others are just pieces from Bram Stoker's mind. They are rather macabre but extremely enjoyable if you have a darker side :) Read this, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ray Bradbury for the best October of your lif ...more
Tarik Lahyany
Once again, some mystery is left open. Jonathan has decided to go back to the mountains in Romania discovering that the 'unholy' village there, where count Dracula's Castle lies is forbidden. The count in the previous story has left no trace, only tombs were bolted, as they made sure it happened, after they decided to get back..
What's the story of the school there in the Romanian mountain I need to know!
Wha…how???Wait, who…when?

Okay, I am confused.

Is this a prologue of Dracula or an extended story? The narrator surely isn’t Jonathan Harker, right?

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May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything refereing to Dracula freezes the blood in my vains, this wasn't really creepy but when he starts describing the atmosphere in the cemetery and the telegram recieved at the hotel, bad souvenirs from Dracula rose and this alone scared the hell outta me
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dracula's Guest was referenced in Dracul, in the Author's Notes, so I thought I would check it out. It was removed from the original novel (Dracula) by the editor. It's a creepy little story. I like it, but I think it would have done better in it's original place, in the book, rather than a stand alone story.
*3.5 stars

‘He is English and therefore adventurous’
A chapter that was originally intended to be a part of Dracula but was cut. Good and very short.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stoker-bram
Nice classic short horror story
3.5 stars

Overall, I only really liked two stories from this collection: Dracula's Guest and The Gypsy Prophecy.

Dracula's Guest - 5 stars

This one was actually quite good, and downright creepy. Made all the more so by the dramatic reading audio I listened to as it had sound effects to add to the atmosphere of the reading and a very good narrator. I kind of wish the "real" Dracula book had been written this way. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. Rather than it being in letter/j
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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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