A key element in horror fiction that is sometimes overlooked is the presence of the unexplained or merely suggested, showing the reader the shadows without revealing what's hidden behind them. Stoker is a master of this in Dracula — the story is at its disturbing best when it leaves something to the imagination. Plus, there's a scene near the beginning that predates Regan's backward crab-crawl in The Exorcist by almost 70 years. Recommended By Helena F.W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A young lawyer on an assignment finds himself imprisoned in a Transylvanian castle by his mysterious host. Back at home his fiancée and friends are menaced by a malevolent force which seems intent on imposing suffering and destruction. Can the devil really have arrived on Englands shores? And what is it that he hungers for so desperately?
"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stokers novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse . . . The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite." —Sarah Waters, author, Fingersmith
"In my opinion Dracula is about how suffocating Victorian times were. The bonus is, you get vampires!" —Ryan Adams
"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stokers still-living creation are surely the undead." —New York Times Review of Books
About the Author
ABRAHAM STOKER was born in Dublin on November 8, 1847. He graduated in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin in 1867 and then worked as a civil servant. In 1878 he married Florence Balcombe. He later moved to London and became business manager of his friend Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre. He wrote several sensational novels including novels The Snake's Pass (1890), Dracula (1897), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). Bram Stoker died on April 20, 1912.