Dracula By Bram Stoker

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the lights of all lights.

Dracula, Bram Stoker

First of all I would like to thank Roads Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book a few years ago. I finally tackled the book I’ve been meaning to read for years now.

Dracula By Bram Stoker centres on (official blurb): “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: an unmanned ship is wrecked; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing into questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.”

I honestly don’t know why I put off reading this book for so long. I grew up with a love of Vampire stories and have pretty much watched every Dracula adaptation I could get my hands on. I’m talking about the girl who would sneakily watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the age of 6 as soon as her mum disappeared out the front room she would quickly change the channel and then change it back quickly before her mum came back in (don’t worry she now knows – I dropped myself in it a couple of years ago 😂). So as you can see I loved anything to do with Vampires so why did I put this book off. I think because I had built up so much love for the premise of this story in general and also the fact that I own this STUNNING edition (believe me when I say if can get my hands on a copy of this artwork I definitely would display it on my wall 😍). I think I was worried that I had built too much hype up for myself and that slightly scared me that I wasn’t going to love the original creation that I had absolutely adored all these years! But I can now confirm I absolutely adored this book, I loved the suspense, the feeling of sitting on the edge of my seat, the atmosphere, lets just say I loved EVERYTHING especially Dr Van Helsing’s sassiness!!!

I loved how even though this book is a staple in the Gothic Literature genre Bram Stoker still managed to inter burst humour throughout.

We learn from failure, not from success!

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker had a brilliant ability to write from one perspective to another and make each narrative sound completely different from the other. Throughout Dracula there are two themes that are extremely prominent and they are gender and sexuality. I think this would make for a brilliant research project.

I loved how at times it generally felt like you were right there with the characters and experiencing what they were. An example of this happening was when Jonathan was staying at Dracula’s castle and you could generally feel the fear and anxiety he was experiencing whilst there.

I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Have you read Dracula?

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