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The Lair of the White Worm & The Lady of the Shroud (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) Paperback – 5 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226454
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abraham (Bram) Stoker was an Irish writer, best known for his Gothic classic Dracula, which continues to influence horror writers and fans more than 100 years after it was first published. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, in science, mathematics, oratory, history, and composition, Stoker' s writing was greatly influenced by his father' s interest in theatre and his mother' s gruesome stories about her childhood during the cholera epidemic in 1832. Although a published author of the novels Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, and his work as part of the literary staff of The London Daily Telegraph, Stoker made his living as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Stoker died in 1912, leaving behind one of the most memorable horror characters ever created.


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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2010
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This book contains two novels by Bram Stoker. The Lady of the Shroud was published in 1909, and The Lair of the White Worm in 1911. The latter of these two is a short novel and is the more famous of the two. To avoid disappointment at the risk of giving the game away The Lady of the Shroud is not a horror tale, but a good old boys own adventure story. I thought that I had better warn you in case you were hoping for some great undiscovered horror masterpiece.

The Lair of the White Worm

This tale takes place in 1860's England, and if you have seen Ken Russell's film then you should try to forget it whilst reading this tale. I believe that after Dracula this was his next most popular novel, and indeed I have read it a few times.

After being contacted by his grand-uncle, Richard Salton, Adam Salton comes from Australia to meet him and they strike up an instant friendship, also he does with Richard's friend Sir Nathaniel (who in some ways is similar to Van Helsing). Whilst he is in England he comes in contact with Edgar Caswall, who has come to claim his inheritance. Also he meets Lady Arabella, the slinkily dressed lady of fortune. Adam falls in love and so do Sir Nathaniel, but Lady Arabella has her eye on Edgar, after all he has a title and is rich.

There is something not quite right about Lady Arabella and as the story continues you find out who or what she really is. Edgar Caswall also seems to be going mad. There are a lot of legends in the area, especially about a mysterious Worm. Some people point to the legend of the Worm of Lambton for the inspiration for this, and indeed that legend is mentioned in the tale, but also there are a few such legends throughout the country.
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Well - it is a book of its time. So I am enjoying reading it because I love Gothic Novels but the racial stereotyping is a bit hard to take. I read it years ago and had forgotten some of the weirdness. This is one of those books that could make an amazing film because - in spite of the rather chewy victorian writing - there are wonderful images and excellent ideas! A bit frustrating because it is nearly brilliant!
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Wordsworth Editions do such a good job. Here are two of Stoker's stories for, literally, 'peanuts'. The Lair of The White Worm made me think of late Victorian/Edwardian characters and the movie production The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, for some reason; I guess Adam Salton is typical of one of those individuals. The style is superb but what makes this even more interesting is the superb Introduction.
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Good Christmas present
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HASH(0x9547a56c) out of 5 stars Two sadly neglected novels worthy of a read 8 Jan. 2013
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Bram Stoker's works apart from Dracula are more or less unknown these days. That's a shame as this volume of two of his novels written after the publication of Dracula are real page-turners. The Lair of the White Worm, published two years after The Lady of the Shroud but included first in this volume, excels in creating atmosphere, but quite a bit of it has characters sitting around talking about the history of where it's set, but things take a turn for the better once Lady Arabella starts to take part in the storyline. I really enjoyed this story, but regrettably Wordsworth Editions has apparently censored it, since there is an African character who is described in less-than flattering terms, which no doubt included words which would give offense in the 21st century.

Conversely, Wordsworth takes pride in presenting the original uncut version of The Lady of the Shroud within this volume. Running at more than twice the length of the other story, this one is a rather odd concoction of legal drama (the first fifty or so pages concern the reading of a will), Gothic romance, and a fight in a fictional Balkan state against what are possibly Turks. Wordsworth claims, in the introduction, that many previous editions of this novel have omitted the last part, but it's here presented in all its glory. In some ways I found this story to be a more entertaining read than Dracula, with which it shares the similarity of their both being epistolary novels; for those who don't know that means the bulk of the novel consists of entries from the characters' journals and diaries, as well as a few newspaper reports. This is one of the oddest books I've ever read, owing to its mixture of styles, but it's still a cracking good read.

Now, if only Wordsworth would publish some of Stoker's even more obscure novels I wouldn't have to scour used bookstores or eBay to read them...
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HASH(0x94eb8de8) out of 5 stars gave this as a gift so I love it already.. 23 April 2013
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A friend posted on fb that he wanted to borrow this from anyone who had it.... so I just used my bad ass prime account and shipped it to his house for a sorta santa surprise....
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