Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. It was published as an anthology after Stocker's death by his widow and contained some of his previously published short stories along with an unpublished tale named Dracula's Guest - which was discovered in manuscript form from Bram Stocker's papers in To his original list of stories in this book, I have added an hitherto unpublished episode from Dracula. It was originally excised owing to the length of the book, and may prove of interest to the many readers of what is considered my husband's most remarkable work.
Not all the short stories in this anthology are equally riveting yet most of the tales in this collection has all elements of good Gothic horror. View 2 comments. Published posthumously by his wife, the primary in the col As I ventured to end my sojourn into literature that bore tales of the supernatural and with a presage of dread, in an effort to diversify my reading habits, I tread not farther than the writers who had earlier bought me great joy with their superior penmanship. View all 6 comments. Oct 23, Lara Bookishsolace rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , gothic , read-in , classics , horror , short-stories , fiction.
Creepy short stories by the man who brought us Dracula. Paintings come to life, rats run amok, twisted tales of revenge. If you loved Dracula, you will enjoy these short stories. Read it at night, alone in a poorly lighted room with the wind blowing outside and old branches scratching at the window. Perfectly creepy. The editor apparently decided that the chapter was superfluous to the rest of the book, and cut it. I found the story to be scary and very entertaining. If I have one thing against it, it is that it is too short.
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But, nonetheless I really enjoyed reading it, and think that you will as well! Jun 03, Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. Gotta say, I had a fun time with this one. The title story is literally an outtake from Dracula, and, to be honest, likely the weakest of the lot. Stoker breaks out all the classic horror tropes here: rats, unsavoury characters, drafty old houses, all of it.
None of the stories are truly terrifying. The intervening years between its publish date and now have seen to that, but the stories are absolutely well-written and enjoyable. Stoker shows he has a deft touch with characters at times, tho Gotta say, I had a fun time with this one. Stoker shows he has a deft touch with characters at times, though I've got to say, his American guy was hilariously over the top.
He's also not scared to go for the horror, as far as it goes. Well worth the time, if you have any passing interest in reading something else from the guy that gave us the most popular and enduring vampire in the world. Jul 30, Jim Leckband rated it liked it. I did not read the novel "The Lair of the White Worm" - only the short stories. And of the short stories "Dracula's Guest" was the dud. Feb 14, Alexander rated it it was ok. These more or less short stories, some of which are not bad, vary in quality.
All of them, however, stay well below the example set by Stokers widely known "Dracula" novel. By far the longest of them, "The Lair of the White Worm" suffers from quite a number of plot holes, poorly conveyed parts of the story and unnecessary repititions. It felt like the first version you'd hand to your editor, and he'd say: 'Well, dear Bram, this could be a splendid story.
If we cut at least one third of the tex These more or less short stories, some of which are not bad, vary in quality. If we cut at least one third of the text and you rewrite half of whatever is left, that is. The 'White Worm' ist most probably a waste of your time. Feb 09, Trina rated it really liked it Shelves: book-riot-read-harder-chal.
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While everyone was busy reading Poe and Lovecraft these short stories have been gathering dust. Who knew Stoker had a wealth of twisted little short stories in addition to his genre-spawning novel? I certainly didn't but I am glad I discovered them. I already plan to revisit these stories from time to time. Read these! I'll just paste in all my separate reviews of the stories: Dracula's Guest: A very short story. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be the first chapter of Dracula, or something?
It feels very similar to the beginning of Dracula.
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The Judge's House: A good and pretty creepy story! A Gipsy Prophecy: Ok that was kind of hilarious! Crooken Sands: It bored me at first, but then it picked up and was pretty creepy! The Crystal Cup: I couldn't really get into it. Might read it again another time. The Chain Of Destiny: Not bad! But not particularly exciting, so wouldn't really recommend it unless you're a HUGE fan of Bram Stoker or literature from around that time. The Dualitists: That was definitely Bram Stoker was sure a creative horror writer!
My senses keened as every quiet indecipherable human form approaching me, became Dracula. Since those early days, I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula nearly a dozen times, as well as taught it's eerie details to high school students who were convinced that vampires didn't exist before Vampire Diaries.
This book defines classic literary phenomenon, in every sense. Dracula, as a novel, was written in a tradition long lost; a full story that draws the reader deep into its narrative.
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You know the story View 2 comments. Feb 10, Shannon S. In some ways, the novel resembles little more than an epistolary Victorian sex fantasy. Fans of "Twilight" will hate this book; that quality alone would sway my opinion in its favor. You could write off Dracula as a simple horror novel or attempt to compare Stoker's vision with other vampire novels.
That would not be veracious to this novel, nor would it be accurate. Stoker's was the first popular novel of the vampire genre, and remains arguably one of the best. Polidori's The Vampyre --a portra In some ways, the novel resembles little more than an epistolary Victorian sex fantasy.
Polidori's The Vampyre --a portrayal of the destructive genius of Byron--was the first. Stoker has managed to produce a novel that is simultaneously a masterful study of High Victorian morals and strictures; a horror novel in which good does not ultimately triumph; flawed protagonists and an utterly alluring evil. This Dracula does not invite empathy, nor is he portrayed as misunderstood. He is simply an ancient evil that will either destroy or be destroyed. Modern readers unfamiliar with the premise may find the Victorian formal language off-putting. However for those of us that grew up with a literary diet laced with large helpings of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Spenser, Byron, and Tennyson Stoker's prose is clear and maintains a pace appropriate for a horror novel.
For those of you that cut your teeth on such lesser vampire offerings such as Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton, this book may not be to your taste. Stoker's vampire is not a sexy, well-dressed fop with a penchant for lace ascots and leather pants. There is no doubt that Stoker's Dracula is a fundamental force of evil; yet he is also intelligent, passionate, and cultured. Dracula is not the focus of the novel, but he is the force that propels everything in it.
The book is a classic in every way without emphasizing the stuffy, nauseating over-analysis that often accompanies that phrase. Apr 12, Katharine Willard rated it liked it. Dracula - I was worried initially that the writing style would be too difficult to grasp, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was rather easy. From what I can remember I did begin this in April after all Dracula started off reasonably well-paced. I found I enjoyed the story line with Lucy and her antics better than the subsequent manhunt for Dracula himself which means I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I could have.
I also found that the characters came to trust too easily and fell in love awfully quick, but maybe that was just part of the times. The Jewel of Seven Stars - This one drew me in straight away with the Egyptian themes throughout as I find the whole mummies and curses ordeal fascinating. Again, I found that the protagonists fell in love way too quick for my tastes but, I went along with it as usual.
This, like Dracula, started off well then declined in a lot of unnecessary waffle and then ended with a shock. I'm still in shock now at how this one ended so I would have to say this one might be my favourite out of the three longer tales as it was so unexpected. First of all, a worm? That's the big threat? And second of all, the plot was kind of all over the place.
The love between the main characters seemed to happen instantly and then the death of a character had an absurd reasoning behind it. The only bit I really enjoyed was the climax-type scene towards the end. The shorter tales - The majority of these, funnily enough, I rather enjoyed. They were quick and to the point, drawing me in and then abruptly ending in all sorts of weird ways.
The Squaw, The Judge's House and The Burial of the Rats were my favourites out of the bunch with intriguing plots, a strong role for the animals and beautiful imagery. Overall - Even though the writing was quite easy to navigate, it was still obvious that they were all written some time ago as the women were expected to stay out of the drama and the racism in The Lair of the White Worm was shocking!
So far, I've only read Dracula, I will update the review when I make it through the rest of the stories. I really enjoyed Dracula, and have forgotten what it's like to have a truly evil vampire as a character. Jul 16, Scott Southard rated it really liked it. Stay tuned View 1 comment. This is a really interesting story. It's very victorian gothic, that has an egyptian supernatural mystery. It's not THAT hard to guess, but still interesting! I thought it ended just as it was getting good, though.
I have always been fascinated by Egyptian mythology and history, so I would have liked to see more! I read that apparently there's an alternate ending that is similar to how Dracula ended, but I think this ending was way better. It starts alright, and then It's racist and sexist, even for the time it was written in.
The plot is super weird and random what was the deal with the kite and all that? There are a lot of monologues which is pretty tiring to read. Luckily the short chapters really helped me get through it. I can't believe this was written by Bram Stoker - but at the same time I can tell it's written by him. But this was just..
It's not the worst book in the world, but If you're reading reviews to decide if you're going to read it or not, just don't. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be the first chapter of Dracula, or something? It feels very similar to the beginning of Dracula. The Judge's House: A good and pretty creepy story!
A Gipsy Prophecy: Ok that was kind of hilarious! Crooken Sands: It bored me at first, but then it picked up and was pretty creepy! The Crystal Cup: I couldn't really get into it. Might read it again another time.
The Chain Of Destiny: Not bad! But not particularly exciting, so wouldn't really recommend it unless you're a HUGE fan of Bram Stoker or literature from around that time. The Dualitists: That was definitely Bram Stoker was sure a creative horror writer! Oct 30, Patty Zuiderwijk rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics-barnes-noble-leatherbounds. Oct 18, Jojo rated it it was amazing Shelves: own. Oct 25, Elise rated it liked it. Disclaimer: I only read Dracula from this book, not the other stories.
The beginning from Jonathan Harker's perspective was such riveting and exciting reading, but after that it was such a drag. The Red Stockade. The Jewel of Seven Stars. In the Valley of the Shadow. Under the Sunset. Buried Treasures. The Shadow Builder. The Eros Thames.
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