by Bram Stoker
Published: 26th May 1897
by Archibald Constable and Company
Yippee – There’s also a 49 p Kindle edition!
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Synopsis: The seminal work on vampires introduces us the to the daddy of them all; Dracula. Jonathan Harker is a lawyer who travels to Transylvania to oversee the Count’s legal practices. At first pleased with his host’s manners and courtesy, he soon learns he is being held captive by his peculiar patron. When Harker narrowly escapes back to London, he hopes it is the last he’ll ever see of the unearthly Count…
💜 What I loved 💜
Vampires are now so ingrained in the collective human psyche that it feels like there is not much more to know about them (I loved Buffy as a child so am quite versed in vampire lore) or they’ve been diluted and just aren’t scary anymore (looking at you Twilight). However, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually found Dracula to be quite chilling and really enjoyed it as a thriller. You actually feel dread and frustration when you know exactly what is plaguing the characters but they themselves are so oblivious to it!
💀 Bad Bits 💀
I can’t think of anything that jumped out to me but I do wish the women had had a bit more to do rather than be victims! Of course, that’s looking at it through twenty-first century eyes, and I appreciated that Mina made a concerted effort to place herself within the action but I just wished there could have been more!
🌟 Cherished Characters 🌟
Van Helsing couldn’t have been more different from his movie version! I like this one more; in my mind he is like a jovial old Father Christmas who kicks arse and beheads vampires in his spare time. Old school.
🐙 Magic Moment 🐙
“But my very feelings changed to repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over the dreadful abyss, face down with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings. At first I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was some trick of the moonlight, some weird effect of shadow, but I kept looking, and it could be no delusion. I saw the fingers and toes grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with considerable speed, just as a lizard moves along a wall.
What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature, is it in the semblance of man? I feel the dread of this horrible place overpowering me. I am in fear, in awful fear, and there is no escape for me. I am encompassed about with terrors that I dare not think of.”
I just thought this part was so immensely creepy and Harker’s realisation at his predicament is a catalyst for him learning more about the Count’s paranormal ways.
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