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Dracul
2019
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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.
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In this officially sanctioned prequel to the classic, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker (Dracula: The Un-dead, 2009), and thriller writer Barker (The Fourth Monkey, 2017) tell the story of Dracula from the point of view of its author. A tense opening scene finds young Stoker doing battle with an evil force high in an abandoned tower. The story then moves back to Stoker's childhood, when he was saved from an illness by his odd nanny. The novel then mirrors the format of the original, with journal entries from Stoker and his siblings as they piece together the truth behind the legend of Dracula, which his publisher refused to include in the final edits of the novel. Dracul is interesting because it sheds light on the original characters and author. Adding just the right touch of suspense increases the pace and ratchets up the tension, which appeals to the contemporary reader. While the book comes with a built-in audience fans of the original suggest it to those who like menacing, supernatural historical novels like Dan Simmons' Drood (2009) and The Quick (2014) by Lauren Owen.--Becky Spratford Copyright 2018 Booklist
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