Dracul – Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker

Happy Friday, everyone! This week has just kicked my ass at work and I’m so excited for a weekend of no plans.

Thanks to Putnam for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

DRACUL – Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker (out now!)

Not only is this cover great but the physical book is stunning!

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

This is being considered the prequel to the classic horror novel DRACULA by Bram Stoker. I loved hearing that this was co-authored by his great grand-nephew and some journal entries and other works that were found had been incorporated. For those that have read DRACULA I think you’ll love this one as much as I did. This is classic horror with plenty of spine chilling scares with the Gothic historical fiction feel.

Bram Stoker is our main character and we get a glimpse into his childhood. He was a sickly child and was close to his nanny, Ellen Crone, who helped him improve his health significantly. Bram and his sister, Matilda, began investigating a string of strange murders that were occurring in their small Irish town. To their shock, their beloved nanny seemed to be commented in some way. One day she simply disappears without a trace.

Years later Ellen resurfaces and she introduces Bram to a whole new kind of horror. We get a tie-in of some Irish folklore, which I loved! This is a story of how Stoker found his inspiration for the Count himself and it’s not short on horror. Moving at a quick pace that doesn’t quit made for a fast read (considering it’s a larger book!)

The writing is amazing, the story is incredibly atmospheric, and this is just what I was looking for to kick off the month of October. I would highly recommend this one and that you read the Author’s Note at the end.

 

Any fans of Dracula?

–Jess

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