The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen — a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen — and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning.
A few confessions: 1. I have never read Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
2. I have never seen any of the movies about Dracula.
3. J.D. Baker is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. (see his other books in early book posts)
I listened to Dracul in the week before Halloween and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was narrated by a full cast. I love it when it sounds like I am listening to a play. Dracul did not disappoint. It was the perfect blend of historical fiction and creepiness. Each character brought so much to the story.
Ellen was the tie between Dracula and Bram and the rest of Bram’s family played such an integral part to the story. There were definitely times that I was a bit creeped out while driving to and from work, but I had a great time listening to this.
A few days ago, I came home to the finished book in the mail from the publisher and couldn’t be more grateful. I love the way it looks on my shelf. It also had PR info about the way in which this book was done. Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker had an connection that worked so well for this story. By being able to utilize Bram’s notes and diaries, they were able to create something that I had a hard time distinguishing if it was non-fiction or not.
I gave this book 5 crowns.