Young solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to the remote
mountains of Transylvania to meet with Count Vladimir Dracula. The young man barely escapes with his
life. Dracula journeys to England where
he makes the acquaintance of Harker’s beloved Wilhelmina Murray and her friend
Lucy Westenra. And then the plot
thickens. It should be great fun to read
around the holiday.
The Dracula novels
are inspired by the real Count Vlad Dracula 1431-1476. He was a hero to his people and feared by his
enemies. If you would like to read a
more modern story featuring the famous Transylvanian, The Historian by
Elizabeth Kostova is an award winning, beautifully written story that is hard
to put down.
Since it was first published in 1897, this infamous Gothic horror novel, which brought its author international acclaim, has spawned a global following, inspiring hundreds of films and setting the seaside town of Whitby in North Yorkshire on the map forever. A sickly child, Bram Stoker (1847-1912) developed a fascination with the supernatural during his enforced confinement. He went on to become actor Henry Irving's business manager at the Lyceum Theatre in London, yet continued to pursue his literary interests. His iconic villain takes his name from Vlad the Impaler (1431-76), also known as Vlad Dracula, whereas the vampire's appearance and powerful personality is modelled on Irving. Famous for its epistolary form, Dracula went through eleven editions during Stoker's lifetime. Succeeding generations continue to be enthralled and thrilled anew by the tale's dark terror and deeply unsettling undercurrents.
About the Author
Irish novelist Bram Stoker lived from 1847 to 1912. Although he authored numerous short stories, novels, and non-fiction works, Stoker is best known for his 1897 Gothic novel "Dracula."