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Bram Stoker's Dracula re-edited by Jan Needle [Hardcover]

Jan Needle , Bram Stoker , Gary Blythe
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4 Oct 2004
The story of the notorious vampire Count Dracula, lord of the undead, who rises from his coffin at night to suck the blood of the living is, undoubtedly, the stuff of nightmares. A lunatic asylum, a bleak Transylvanian castle, an ancient cemetery...these are the dark backgrounds to the even darker deeds portrayed in this most bloodcurdling of tales.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744586534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744586534
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,506,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Needle has twice been shortlisted for the Medal. "I've always loved Dracula," he says. "I've tried to extract the brilliant core story from this complex book and glue young readers to their seats." Jan lives in Oldham. Gary Blythe's first children's picture book The Whales' Song (written by Dyan Sheldon), won the Kate Greenaway Medal. Dracula by Bram Stoker is his favourite book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bites and sucks 12 Oct 2007
"Dracula" was not the first vampire novel, nor was it Bram Stoker's first book.

But after years of research, Stoker managed to craft the ultimate vampire novel, which has spawned countless movies, spinoffs, and books that follow the blueprint of the Transylvanian count. Eerie, horrifying and genuinely mysterious, this is a deserved classic... even though this edition "bites."

Real estate agent Jonathan Harker arrives in Transylvania, to arrange a London house sale to Count Dracula. But as the days go by, Harker witnesses increasingly horrific events, leading him to believe that Dracula is not actually human. His fiancee Mina arrives in Transylvania, and finds that he has been feverish. Meanwhile the count has vanished.

And soon afterwards, strange things happen: a ship piloted by a dead man crashes on the shore, after a mysterious thing killed the crew. A lunatic talks about "Him" coming. And Mina's pal Lucy dies of mysterious blood loss, only to come back as an undead seductress. Dracula has arrived in England -- then the center of the Western world -- and intends to make it his own...

"Dracula" is the grandaddy of Lestat and other bloodsuckers, but that isn't the sole reason why it is a classic. It's also incredibly atmospheric, and very well-written. Not only is it very freaky, in an ornate Victorian style, but it is also full of restrained, quiet horror and creepy eroticism. What's more, it's shaped the portrayal of vampires in movies and books, even to this day.

Despite already knowing what's going on for the first half of the book, it's actually kind of creepy to see these people whose lives are being disrupted by Dracula, but don't know about vampires. It's a bit tempting to yell "It's a vampire, you idiots!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full cast, special effects, and music enhanced 9 Feb 2002
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is a wonderful example of CBC's "golden age" of radio play productions. This one hour, full cast, special effects, and music enhanced "theater of the mind" event was staged and recorded in 1949 and starred Lorne Greene as the infamous count, Alan King as Jonathan Harker, and a splendid supporting cast. This Scenario Productions compact disk is time coded for easy reference and a highly recommended addition to personal, school, and community library collections.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Unabridged "Dracula" 23 Feb 2007
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Since the 1800's everyone has known the name of Bram Stoker and his famous novels. The few who haven't read the book have seen at least one of the abundant movies based of said novel. Dracula begins with the young lawyer Johnathan Harker being brought into the castle of Count Dracula which is situated in the remote mountains of Transylvania. After a while and his discovering of the fact he was a prisoner, Harker escapes the castle, but only barely with his life. Shortly after, the Count arrives and many suspicious things follow. The friend of Harker's fiancée, Lucy, is slowly dying before the eyes of her suitors. Dr. Seward brings his mentor, Van Helsing, to London for advice. Lucy dies shortly after and The group of Harker, Seward, Van Helsing, and Lucy's suitors chase Dracula to his castle. Dracula is destroyed once and for all by being sliced through the throat and having his heart pierced by a Bowie Knife. This novel is perfect for any horror or vampire fan, but it is obvious that any person who was interested in either they would have read this already.

This book is the 'original' vampire novel. Bram Stoker set the bar for every horror or vampire book after. Without "Dracula" I doubt the vampire genre would be as popular as it is now. The horror genre was enhanced to an even higher art by Stoker. He turned an at-the-moment slightly known element of writing and made it completely famous. In the horror genre, every book should be compared to "Dracula", vampire or not.

Despite being written in a letter format, you can feel the emotion in the words. Every word was chosen and written with extreme precision and making sure that it said exactly what he wanted to convey. If any other author had attempted to pen this work, it is doubtful that they could have pulled it off as well as Stoker had.

The development in this novel was completely superb. Every one of the characters showed an intense amount of depth through their letters. Despite being written in "short-hand", they all had deep emotion and personality clearly shining through. The plot is also well developed and you are completely aware of what is happening, and hardly ever, if ever, have to question what is happening at that moment.

With Bram Stoker's writing, we find a great literary classic. We will most likely never find a vampire novel which can out-class "Dracula". Adults and many teenagers who love the horror genre will know and love this title. Hopefully the wonderful novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker will live on for a long time to come.

Josh Wingfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian radio drama at its best! 12 Dec 2012
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This production stars Lorne Greene, yes Pa Cartwright from Bonanza, and does he create a menacing Lord of the Undead. The changes CBC makes are minimal and for time constraints, but all in all, I'd say they captured the spirit of the book.
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