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Dracula (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Bram Stoker
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9 Sep 2004 Penguin Classics

Bram Stoker's peerless tale of desperate battle against a powerful, ancient vampire, the Penguin Classics edition of Dracula is edited with notes and an introduction by Maurice Hindle, as well as a preface by Christopher Frayling.

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client's castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: a ship runs aground on the shores of Whitby, its crew vanished; beautiful Lucy Westenra slowly succumbs to a mysterious, wasting illness, her blood drained away; and the lunatic Renfield raves about the imminent arrival of his 'master'. In the ensuing battle of wills between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries - led by the intrepid vampire hunter Abraham van Helsing - Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing into questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

For this completely updated edition, Maurice Hindle has revised his introduction, list of further reading and notes, and added two appendices: Stoker's essay on censorship and his interview with Winston Churchill, both published in 1908. Christopher Frayling's preface discusses the significance and the influences that contributed to his creation of the Dracula myth.

Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847-1912) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Stoker joined the Irish Civil Service, before his love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. He went on to act as manager and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving while writing his novels, the most famous of which is Dracula (1897).

If you enjoyed Dracula, you may like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, also available in Penguin Classics.

'One of the most powerful horror tales ever written'

Malcolm Bradbury

'Nobody has ever filmed it like Bram Stoker wrote it'

Sir Christopher Lee

'Staggeringly lurid and perverse'

Sarah Waters, author of Fingersmith


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014143984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439846
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.2 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Coralie Bickford-Smith's] recent work for Penguin Classics is...nothing short of glorious (Anna Cole Co.)

One of the most powerful horror tales ever written (Malcolm Bradbury) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The original tale of vampirism that always keeps its macarbe appeal. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The origin of undead-stories! 9 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The legend of dracula has intrigued people for hundreds of years and Transylvania is still a mythical place, fearde by many. especially at night... Bram Stoker would have abhorred the sickeningly bad attempts at retelling the story on the white screen, even if every director boasts "back to the original" intentions. The only effect the films have had -strangely enough- have been to make the original story so much better!! We know more about the undead, stakes, garlic than did Stoker's first readers and this only makes the plot more intriguing. The book is partly composed of letters from different characters to other, which is a clever way of increasing the suspense, as the reader is the only person with all the answers...
It's an absolute must!
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very surprised by this book 14 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i downloaded this ebook as an excuse to play with my new prezzie!! and because it was free, after it was downloaded i read it first out of all the downloaded books mainly to get it "out the way" how wrong was i!!! this is probally one of the best books i have ever read the whole story builds pace as you go along and the last third i could not put down anyone out there want a fun very well written brilliant story read this
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarily good! 18 Sep 2006
Format:Hardcover
I started reading this unsure of what to expect...and had finished it within 3 days, as I was unable to put it down! It goes almost straight into the story and the action starts immediately. It is also interesting that the book is written completely in letters, journal entries and so forth. The characters are interesting, especially the count himself, and it seems quite real at times (I found myself closing all my windows and checking my room for vampires).

My only complaint was that I found that the book ended quite abruptly...the story was excellent and it prepared me for a huge, wonderful ending...and then never presented it. The book ended awfully suddenly in comparison to the rest of the book which was excellent.

HOWEVER despite this, I still recommend this as its a great read and the book looks great with the red cover. Recommended :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a vampire-beast 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the first novel on vampires and their existence in the folklore of Rumania. Written by Bram Stocker in 1897 it is a vivid story of the dark forces, the forces of evil that so much are discussed in our times. Count Dracula is the undead itself representing a plague that takes the lifes of the innocent leaving their souls damned to live in the night. The undead drink the blood of their victims so as to live theirselves and this picture is the one that this novel describes. Written in the way diaries are written it begins on the 3d of May, we don't know the year and ends on the 6th of November. The surroundings are those of the gothic novel. Castles and grotesque air of the places that it takes place. Transylvania in Rumania and 19th century London that are dominated by the undead count and his whereabouts. Long night descriptions and a group of people trying to save the beautiful Mina who the count is trying to turn into his bride. It is no strange the fact that it has been the original that so many times it was shot in film, most of the times though unsuccessfully, beacuse in the journals of the 15th century and forth the story of vampires drinking blood was a story so many times told and written. A nice book for the fans of gothic literature and those that are fascinated by the grotesque.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favourite books ever 22 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dracula is without doubt the prime vampire novel. Bram Stoker writes with tension and passion, forfeiting overly gruesome images for restless tension. This novel is a must for lovers of 'horror', but equally can be read as a historic representation of late 19th Century culture. A literary classic.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 110 Years On - Still a Best Seller. 2 July 2006
By Jodi Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Next year is the 110th anniversary of the publication of Dracula. Dracula, or Count Dracula, is probably the most famous vampire of them all. After one hundred years, Dracula is so ingrained into vampire mythology that when we think vampires - we think Dracula.

You could argue that the reason for this began with F.W. Murnau's film Nosferatu. Although the main character, wonderfully portrayed by Max Schreck, is referred to as Count Orlok - the viewing public were not fooled! Thousands of fans knew Murnau was telling the Dracula story! And so began a phenomenon, Dracula is now the most portrayed character in the horror genre - beating the likes of Frankenstein - and notching up over 160 portrayals. Most notable of these, apart from the previously mentioned Max Schreck, include those by: Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and, more recently, Gary Oldman.

So, does this explain the unbelievable success of the Dracula novel? Are the scores of portrayals serving as huge advertising campaigns? Is this the reason why one hundred years on thousands of copies of Dracula are still being sold? Of course not!

Bram Stoker's Dracula completely captured the imagination of the reading public. One of the reasons for this is that it is not written like a novel - one unknown voice telling you a story. Stoker's Dracula is told to us by many voices all of which are characters within Dracula. The protagonists tell us the story through diary entries, newspaper clippings and letters. This style of story telling adds to our fear while reading, as it immerses us in the character's plight and gives us the impression that these events could be based on truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island book
It doesn't matter how many times I read this I still love it. I never read any other vampire stories or such like nonesense but the language and imagery created in the book is... Read more
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Published 9 days ago by Dariusz
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally
I saw a Hammer Film of this story when a child and wanted to read the book to get the proper story and clear away the myths. A good read that I'm pleased is finally done.....
Published 14 days ago by Mr. M. A. Boughton
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Published 19 days ago by mrs j hickey
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but you do need to remember it was ...
It's okay but you do need to remember it was scarier when it was original.
Story drags a bit but it is worth persevering.
Published 21 days ago by malcomthird
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A Classic.
Published 22 days ago by A. D. Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars In 1997 I travelled through Transylvania and on the return ...
In 1997 I travelled through Transylvania and on the return journey I was amused to find I'd followed Harker's route in reverse - the Borgo Pass, Bistrita (where I had lunch at the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by NB
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is the legendary book which brought the vampire genre forward. It is considered a classic by many fans of the horror genre. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Asim Ghaffar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What do I need to say..a classic
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