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Frankenstein / Dracula / Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,622 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A scientist oversteps the bounds of conscience and brings to life a tortured creation. A young adventurer succumbs to the night world of a diabolic count. A man of medicine explores his darker side only to fall prey to it. They are legendary tales that have held readers spellbound for more than a century. The titles alone -- Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hy ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Signet Classics, 736 pages
Published December 1st 1981 by Signet (first published December 1978)
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Jay Schutt
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, horror
Frankenstein 4****

I approached this book with a completely open mind having never seen a Frankenstein movie of any kind in its entirety. I have seen snippets from time to time and that's all.
What I read in this book was so far from any preconceived notion I might have had. Such a simple story full of guilt, remorse, love and redemption.
The wordiness of the early 19th century sometimes gets in the way, but the story within is striking.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 2**

I'll have to give Stevenson credit
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Marvin
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
This is one of my all-time favorite paperbacks. A single binding of Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde with an introduction by Stephen King. I have separately rated Frankenstein as four stars, Dracula as three stars, and I would rate Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde as a big time five stars. Yet the reason I would go a full five stars on this edition is two-fold...

1) The idea of placing these novels together is a stroke of genius. You have the three cornerstones of modern horror. Frankenstei
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✨Sumi's Books✨
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a revisit for me and I'm so glad that I did it! I love these stories so much. Even though they are a little difficult to read because they were written so long ago I still enjoy the stories and the characters within them. These are indeed timeless classics that should be savored and enjoyed for many generations to come. ...more
Lindsey Massa
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I deeply enjoyed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! I enjoyed this book because the diction is easily comprehendable and has a fantastic theme arguing scientic rationalism against ambition. The language Robert Louis Stevenson uses enhances the imagery the reader illistrates in their mind and also adds to the overall understanding of London's society in the late nineteenth century. The Gothic mystery serves as the perfect storyline for the overarching theme of the duality of nature as scientist Henry Jekyl ...more
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / 0-451-52363-6

The classic three foundational works of horror, and the inspiration for dozens if nor hundreds of movies, are packaged here together in an attractive tight package.

"Frankenstein" is something of a love-it-or-hate-it work and I will confess of falling on the more heretical side of that equation - there's a strong didactic feel to the work and Shelley comes off a little too hand-wringing and pearl-clutching for my taste. All well and go
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Karen
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
I only read the Dracula portion of this book so that's all I'm reviewing.

I liked it. It was good. If it had been written today, it DEFINITELY would have been a trilogy. So, I kept thinking we were coming to the end...and then a whole new segment would begin. And for that reason, it seemed too long to me. First I thought it was about going to his castle and how to escape. Then it was about the poor girl and what was going to happen to her. And THEN it was about catching the villain. All very sepa
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Alex Gherzo
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
You know the book you've read is mediocre at best when the most well-written part was the introduction, even if someone as great as Stephen King wrote it. Three classics in the horror genre, whose influence is felt to this day, you'd think one of them would be above average. Nope. King actually gives fair warning in his intro that the stories are not written particularly well, but I wondered if maybe he was being too harsh. Turns out he was being too kind.

First was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,
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Matthew Kehling
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dr. Jekyll created a potion that changed his life. Dr. Jekyll lived a well spent life, born among wealth, and with a hardworking, decent nature. From his birth Jekyll had an interest in the indecent and evil side of life. This interest stuck with him until fully grown when he finally discovered a way to act on it without affecting his reputation.
Mr. Utterson, the protagonist of the story and a friend of Dr. Jekyll, is a lawyer who helped create a peculiar will for a good friend Dr. Jekyll for a
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Katie
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sandy
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-books
Well, reading these three alone wasn't enough. I had to do all three together too.. Welcome to the dark side, we have secret formulas..

All three were as creepy as they can be and so beautiful. This was like a compilation of everything that is dark and impossible.

Frankentein - I hated the genius coward and felt sad about the creature. Misunderstood and cast out, he didn't deserve to be treated as such. Human nature is as such they will fear what looks scary for the wrong reasons. I think the cr
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travelgirlut
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I actually only read the Frankenstein portion of this book. I had already read the other two stories previously. As for Frankenstein, it was very different from what I would have guessed from the popularized portrayals I've seen in various forms of media. I had no idea what the story was about, so it was a nice surprise to read it and see what really happened in the story. I also think it's amazing that Mary Shelley wrote this when she was 19. In the introduction Stephen King says that the writi ...more
Debra
Stephen King introduction in this omnibus edition.

Stephen King recommended book. In Chapter 3 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre, King said: "The three novels I want to discuss in this chapter seem to have actually achieved that immortality, and I believe it's impossible to discuss horror in the years 1950-1980 with any real fullness of understanding unless we begin with these three books."

Those three books are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and Frankenstein.
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CC
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
A hard book to rate because I liked Dracula so much (couldn't put the book down and devoured the pages) and I disliked Frankenstein so much (one of the worst "classics" written in my opinion). ...more
Elmer Foster
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans all
As a horror film fan, the classics include Big Frank, Drac, and to some lesser degree, Jekyll & Hyde aka an early precursor of the Werewolf (before the Lon Chaney Werewolf we know and love.) Bundle those with an introduction by Stephen King and people will buy it, moreover, may even read it. Which I did. And thoroughly was enlightened.

The source material for my favorite movies held subtle and differing morsels that were interesting to digest. Even more thought provoking, the best known movie ver
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Stan Blackburn
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the exact edition from which I read all three of these books in my college class, Literature of Horror. All are great reads.
Kath Lambert
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
After the mammoth read that was Dracula (which I reviewed separately along with Frankenstein), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a breeze. The last of the three books in one, at only 40+ pages compared to Dracula’s 400+ I got through it in no time. However the story wasn’t quite as compelling. The majority of it is told in a letter that is probably a third to half of the book in length. It’s an explanation of how Mr Hyde was the meaner side of Dr Jekyll, which even if I had not known from the outset, wa ...more
P.S. Winn
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great collection, actually 4 1/2 stars on average, but these are classic horror suspense stories not to miss
Chase wullenweber
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde was an extremly enjoyable book the mystery contained within the worn pages of this spectacular book, is a mystery that will leave you reading nonstop, leaving you with the yearning to know every detail this short, but fantastic story contained. This book was enjoyable, however the only thing I wished would have been different is the beginning chapter. the opening of this book was not really a pull in to read more. In books one of the most importaint parts that i believe is ...more
Eric
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gothic horror fans
Although I own this edition of the book, and read the Stephen King introduction to it, I am reading a different edition of the three novels. I found a website -- DailyLit -- that emails you snippets of classic books every day, so that they can be read in a serialized manner over the course of a few weeks to months, depending on the length of the work. I am going to experiment with reading these three novels that way and review those editions of them, and my experience with Daily Lit, when I fini ...more
Michael Sorbello
Dracula - 5/5

Jonathan Harker is a soon-to-be-wed lawyer who eagerly travels to Castle Dracula in the lovely country of Transylvania to settle a real estate transaction with the noble gentleman. During his journey, Jonathan suspects that things aren't as ordinary as they seem in the beautiful country. Superstitious locals speak of demons, vampires and vengeful spirits. The wolves howl with unnatural hunger. Children and villagers disappear without a trace. Blue flames appear out of thin air. The
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Rahel Admasu
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a captivatingly mysterious novel set in London during the late 1800s. It tells the story of Mr. Gabriel Utterson, a town lawyer, as he investigates the mystery surrounding an old friend and colleague of his, Dr. Henry Jekyll. Utterson is alarmed to discover that Dr. Jekyll’s will had named an unfamiliar Mr. Hyde as the sole beneficiary of his estate. This raises questions that Utterson becomes determined to have answered. Upon meeting Mr. Hyde ...more
Caitlin Mergard
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Good vs. evil plays a substantial role in the chilling mystery of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Revolving around Dr.Jekyll, a well known and well acclaimed scientist living in London, his number one goal turned to separating his ‘evil’ side from his body and into it’s own. To accomplish this, Jekyll concocted a potion that would transform him in to the perilous Edward Hyde. The creation of the disguise gave Jekyll the ability to go about his dirty and malicious deeds and then safely return to his typi ...more
Meredith Meyer
The plot of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was interesting, but reading the book was not. What I mean when I say this is the story sounded interesting when someone had told me about it before reading the story. The fact that a man lived two separate lives (trying to describe the story without giving too much away) UNREALISTICALLY made the story sound mysterious. All throughout the story, I was waiting for a twist. I was thinking, "Okay, I know that was going to happen, but what next?" It turned out the ...more
Caleb
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, is about a man named Henry Jekyll who performs experiments in an attempt to separate the dual personalities of good and evil found in every human being. He wishes to give each a separate entity so that they may not conflict. Instead, he unleashes his secondary dark personality within the same body.
Two men. Two polar-opposite personalities. One body. This age-old story is one that most people have heard, but simply didn’
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Laura
These books are a classic, which is why I read them, but man has writing and language evolved since their creation! And so has "horror" literature, but I do want to note that I was wrapped up in all three books at most points, but toward the end of Dracula I just wanted the whole book to be done. I did think it was interesting though, that in all three,at least parts of the stories were told using letters or journal entries.

Frankenstien - I was expecting the Frankenstien that is portrayed in mov
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
These three together are the horror classics modern authors like King, Rice, Crichton, Thomas Harris are greatly indebted to. I think Stoker's Dracula is the strongest novel of the three--one with unforgettable characters, a propulsive narrative, and one where the narration and dialogue feels more natural. All three interestingly enough have first person elements. Dracula is almost entirely told through journals and letters; Frankenstein is framed as a letter about Victor Frankenstein including ...more
Jess
In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, originally written in 1886 entitled "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", a lot of details are unclear and rather murky. At first I really didn't like it, eventually I began to understand why. This was the author's, Robert Louis Stevenson's was of raising questions in the reader's mind while turning a story into a haunting tale of freak science gone wrong.
Starting out it was noticeably well written, although the story was undeniable similar to many other m
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Maria Birri
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found Robert Louis Stevenson's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to be very good. I would recommend everyone to read this story even if you think it would be too weird. Everyone knows the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and I had a basic understanding of the story at first. Once I continued to read though I found little details that completely changed my understanding of the work as a whole. These little details allowed me to see more in depth the story and abled me to see what the author wa ...more
Derek Perumean
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dracula sucked. Get over it. The majority of the book seemed to be some Keystone Kops parody as the guys try to figure out what's afflicting Lucy. I wanted to scream "it's a vampire, you idiots!" I was relieved when Van Helsing finally makes his appearance, but even he didn't save this book. It is just too damn long. Stoker would've written a much better book if he shortened it by half (Stephen King could take a lesson from this, too).

Frankenstein was a great book. I expected to struggle through
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Steven Belanger
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the exact edition I have, but it's content is the same, incl. the foreword by King. Highly influential in my life, much to the chagrin of my mother and others who thought I should've read "better" things. Dracula has stood up, though the others, though great, seem dated. Stoker and King are the only writers of vampire stuff I've read. I'm kinda protesting...

July 12, 2010...Okay, I found the book and looked up the ISBN and so now the edition's right--but without the cover, which is act
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