Author: Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: October 2, 2018
My Rating: 4/5
The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller 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.
In this prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a fictionalized Bram encounters the supernatural.
I wasn’t sure about this one, but it turns out, a fictionalized Bram Stoker makes for a very entertaining book. Bram and his siblings, Matilda and Thornley, had a nanny, Ellen. After some suspicious deaths in the village, Ellen leaves. Years later, Matilda sees Ellen in Paris… and Ellen hasn’t aged a bit. A search for the truth begins.
An interesting story told through journal entries and letters from Bram, Matilda, Thornley, and Arminius Vambéry, a vampire hunter. It also flows nicely between past and present, covering Bram’s life from his childhood into his adulthood.
Atmospheric. Gothic. Supernatural. Creepy. All the things that make a horror novel great. A recommended read, even for those who didn’t love Dracula.