Dracul, Dacre Stoker And J. D. Barker

Dracul opening line: Bram stares at the door.

My blurb:

Abraham Stoker is a sickly child. He was saved from certain death upon his birth by Ellen Crone. Why she came into their lives is a mystery. But 7 years later, having been mostly bedridden his entire life Bram is suddenly healthy. His health comes at a price though. First it appears that it only the disappearance of his nanny that affects Bram. But it is so much more than that.


It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey’s tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun – and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night – a night that will prove to be the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point – and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables now proven true.

My verdict:

You do not need to believe in Vampires to enjoy this book. And if you don’t believe that Dracula was real, this might change your mind. Dracul is an amazingly written novel that tells the story of why Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, and how the events of his life led up to a novel most people have read.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780593080115
Format Trade Paperback
Published October 2018

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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