Books from the Backlog #240

Posted November 17, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 6 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #240Dracul by J.D. Barker, Dacre Stoker
Series: Stoker's Dracula #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, Penguin Audio on October 2, 2018
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Pages: 512
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

Why did I add Dracul to my bookshelf?

I was drawn to this book from the moment I saw it. I can’t tell you why since I haven’t even read Dracula. My mind is a weird place sometimes. I actually pre-ordered the audiobook which is something that I rarely do and I have picked up a hardcover copy for my shelves more recently. I did start it once and quickly realized it wasn’t what I was in the mood for. I hope to give it another try sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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6 responses to “Books from the Backlog #240

  1. I haven’t read the original Dracula but I want to and I’m so curious when I see this was based off the author’s notes. I’m so curious and I hope you read it soon and share your thoughts!