Synopses & Reviews
Jonathan Harker, a lawyer representing a London real estate agency, arrives at the Transylvanian castle of Count Dracula to sign a deal by which the count will purchase a London house. The details of his arrival by coach at the castle, his reception by the count, and his instructions regarding where Harker may go or not go within the castle establish a sense of dread regarding the outcome for Harker. By the time Harker recovers from a long and mysterious illness and returns home, the Count, already in London, has turned Lucy, a lovely ingenue, into a vampire. Dr. Van Helsing, a German expert on vampires, has been hired by her family and saved her several times, ringing her room with garlic and crucifixes. When Dracula turns his bloodthirsty attention to Mina, Harker's fiancee and friend of the unfortunate Lucy, the scene is set for a showdown between Dracula and the powers of goodness and traditional religion. Stoker's classic story, first published in 1897, goes beyond sheer melodrama, eliciting sympathy for Dracula and his victims while recreating the religious atmosphere of the period.
Since its publication in 1897, "Dracula" has continued to terrify readers with its depiction of a vampire possessing an insatiable thirst for blood, and the group of hunters determined to end his existence before he destroys a young womans soul. Features a new Introduction. Revised reissue.
Awareness of Dracula as a masterly gothic thriller has increased ever since its publication in 1897, and the novel is regarded as one of the most seminal horror stories ever written, having inspired countless copycat tales and literary spin-offs. The tale of young Englishman Jonathan Harker's journey to Transylvania, into the very heart of Count Draculas evil realm, is compelling, but it is perhaps the journey of the vampire to Englandand the dangers he poses to Jonathans beloved Minathat is more horrifying.
About the Author
Bram Stoker (18471912) wrote several other horror novels, including The Jewel of Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm.