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Dracula (first edition)

The classic 1897 gothic horror novel, written by Irish author Bram Stoker, about the vampire Count.

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A Treatise on Vampires

  • Jul 9, 2011

The character of Dracula is depicted as a blood-thirsty vampire. The opening scene is priceless.
An old time carriage is seen traversing a winding road until reaching the infamous castle
where Count Dracula resides. En route, the neighboring villagers warn the travelers of the dangers
inherent in the neighborhood of Dracula's Castle.

The scene is eerie and one wonders why anyone would travel to the castle essentially unaccompanied
at night against the backdrop of the frightening folklore conveyed by the townspeople. The persona
of Dracula is an aristocratic figure who speaks well and adheres to the niceties of formal
introductions and treatment of guests. For those who know better,  the advice would be to run like hell
while there is still time to escape almost certain doom.

The story is very engaging. The English diction is presented in the highest order of the belles lettres
style of writing- although the storyline is anything but light literature. Read the book if you dare
but do so during the cover of day. Remember the things that frighten Dracula like the sign of the cross
and mirrors.

A Treatise on Vampires

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July 12, 2011
This is a book I've been meaning to re-read. Well done!
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review by . January 18, 2008
FYI: This is the Barnes and Noble "Collector's Library" edition, one of a series of inexpensive but nicely-bound hardback editions of the classics that are produced specifically for sale in the chain bookstore; hence it would only be available used through Amazon. I reviewed it since it is the edition I read.    The dictionary definition of lurid, overwrought Victorian melodrama, Bram Stoker's Dracula is the authentic source of every recognizable cliché mined in the derivative …
Quick Tip by . November 11, 2010
I recently re-read this to kick off my Year of Bloody Vampire Reading, This is so completely a classic Gothic Victorian novel.The Victorian fascination with the "scientific method" and deductive reasoning are in full evidence, as are concepts of Christian morality, and the dread of foreigners and disease. Modern readers eyes may glaze over at the amount of exposition; bear in mind this was written long before writers were entreated to "show, don't tell". But oh, the strange dark seduction of the …
Quick Tip by . January 10, 2011
Every single vampire novel, film, television series or comic that has been produced owes a huge debt to this wonderful classic of both horror and literature in general.
review by . June 22, 2010
Bram Stoker's Dracula is the original.  If you like all the vampire stories written today, then you definitely should go back to the source.  This book is rich with description, its dark, creepy and intriguing.       I first read Dracula when I was a teenager.  I loved it then and still do.  Its not for the faint of heart, but not nearly as explicity graphic as some books today (not that there is anything wrong with that!)      …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
The book that began it all! before edward cullen and count chocula there was Dracula.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Read this before watching any vampire movies or TV shows. Impossible, right?
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
i read this the first time in the 4th grade and ive read it countless times since then, it never ever gets old.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
This is the only vampire book I've ever read, so I can't really compare it to any others. But it's a pretty fun novel to read.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Bram Stoker is brillant telling the tale of man unlike everyone we had ever known before. This was the first time a vampire had been a primary character in a work of literature. well written period piece about Transsylvania.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A classic framed tale, it's obvious had an effect on horror novels to this day.
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Author: Bram Stoker
Genre: Horror Novel, Gothic Horror, Classic Fiction, Vampires, Literature
Date Published: 1897
Format: Novel

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