Hello lovely friends!
I’m not sure when I’ll be posting this, but I read Dracul towards the last days of September because Halloween felt more and more closer and even though I don’t like horror, I try to step out of my confort zone sometimes. So I decided to read this book to start getting in the spooky mood, and I actually got scared and felt like I was really in Halloween. Anyway, here’s my review of my first (and probably only) horror story of the season.
Dracul is the prequel to Dracula. It all starts with Bram Stoker being trapped in a desolate tower trying to fight a horrible devil for one night. While being there, he desperately tries to describe what he has witnessed and how he ended up in there. How the young woman who took care of him when he was younger and very sick, was much more than what she let on.
Basically that’s what the book is about. The synopsis from Goodreads has more information. I tried to keep it short and simple here, but feel free to read it in it’s entirety by clicking here.
I felt very compelled to reading this book because with that synopsis and my lack of information about Dracula, of course I felt drawn to this story that was going to open my eyes to a whole new world. And it did. I seriously didn’t know what to expect from the story and if I ever had any expectation of it, the book surpassed it. The story is told mainly through Bram Stoker’s notes, as well as some letters and other notes from other characters.
Like I just said, I didn’t know much about Dracula and I haven’t read the famous novel by Bram Stoker yet, so I really can’t compare one to the other, but what I understood from the authors’ notes at the end of the book, Dracul is part of the real original story that Bram Stoker couldn’t publish back in the day. Apparently, when he tried to publish it as a real story, his editor told him they couldn’t do that so Bram Stoker had to rewrite his novel and the first one hundred and one pages never made it to the published work. However, publishing has changed since then and in that time, the author of a book had to send personally the manuscript of his work to the different publishing houses over the world so it could get to other places, so Bram Stoker gave his editor the new version of his work, while sending his real original one elsewhere. If I’m not mistaken and I understood correctly, this book, Dracul, is what the long lost one hundred and one pages of the original story was.
I really hope I understood this right, otherwise I’m looking like a fool that can’t read properly. But please, if I’m wrong, let me know in the comments because I don’t want to look like an idiot. Thank you.
Anyway, it was so easy to get into the story. Once I sat down to read, I found it difficult to stop. The storyline was so intriguing and mysterious, but there was also a lot of information. But, I still could read and understand everything without a problem. There were also a lot of scary parts, or at least they were to me. I had to read in my brother’s room because I was scared of reading alone, I felt like there was someone watching me lol. I wish my imagination was as wild when I try to write as when I’m scared.
I would like to talk about the characters, but I think the book will be more fun and enjoyable if you read it without too much information. What I can say is that by the end of the book I cared so much for Bram Stoker and his family.
Giving this book less than 5 stars didn’t feel right to me, so that’s why I rated it with 5 stars. I can picture myself reading this book every year around this time of the season and still enjoy it as if it is the first time.
I really don’t have anything bad to say about the book, I loved every word of it. Although it kind of blows my mind to think that Bram Stoker tried to sell this book as a real story…
Whatever, let me know in the comments if you have read this book or any other book about Dracula and if you liked it or not. Also, tell me if you believe in this kind of creatures (vampires, werewolf, faeries, sirens, etc.).
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙