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.
An epistolary novel, Dracula tells the story of an English solicitor named Jonathan Harker who visits Count Dracula at his castle in Transylvania to conduct a real estate transaction. He's nervous about the visit, nothing the fear in the peasants who live in the surrounding countryside. Soon, Harker discovers the source of their fear: Dracula is a vampire.The Count feeds on Harker, leaving him weak and hopeless. After imprisoning Harker, Dracula travels to London, where he uses his powers against Harker's fianc , Mina.In London, Dracula attacks a girl named Lucy, Mina's friend. Lucy's doctor consults Dr. Van Helsing, who understands that her illness has been caused by a vampire bite.Having turned Lucy into a vampire and used mind control on Mina, Dracula returns to Transylvania. There, Van Helsing tracks him down and kills him.