October 31, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

At last--the sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendant and a Dracula historian

Bram Stoker's
Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world's seemingly limitless fascination with vampires. Though many have tried to replicate Stoker's horror classic- in books, television shows, and movies-only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family's support. Until now.
Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents' terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined. One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down. Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?
Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the mostclassic popular novels in literature.
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As a Dracula fan, I knew I had to get my hands on this book.  I was a little disappointed because this book had the ability to be great but I found it to be mediocre.  I think it would have been better if it wasn't a follow up to Dracula and stood alone. 

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
October 5, 2010
432 pages
$15.00 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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M.A.D. said...

Mary D

This sounds sooooo good! I'll always have a soft spot in my *heart* for anything to do with Dracula LOL

debbie said...

Thanks for your honest review. I would still like to read it,though

slb3334 said...

looks like a cool book.

sablelexi said...

This sounds like it could be good. I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy it as much as you could, but I would still love to give it a chance.


Julie said...

You're right that it would probably be better stand alone. It made Dracula's character too likeable, but he's supposed to be evil. It read like a movie though, so I think it would make a great movie if they decide to go that route.

Vicki S said...

This has been on my TBR pile and I would like to read it still, so it's like a sequel? I've been eying the book at my University bookstore.

Heavensent1 said...

I would love to read the sequel to Bram's Dracula...it would make a wonderful gift for my dude who loves his undead~!!

Colleen Turner said...

I loved Dracula so I can't wait to read this book. Sad to hear it was mediocre, but I would still love to give it a try!

Anonymous said...

I would still like to read this Stoker work!


rozdj said...

I love to read, thanks for giving me a chance to WIN!!

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sounds like a great read
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purango said...

I would love to read more about Dracula. Thanks for the giveaway. garrettsambo@aol.com

missreneer said...

After reading your review I would still like to give this a try. Thanks for your honesty :)

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