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Based On Bram Stoker S Own Notes, This Authorized Sequel Is Written By A Direct Descendant Of Stoker And A Well Known Dracula Historian Fast Paced, Full Of Suspense And Rich With Historical Detail Dracula The Un Dead Will Captivate Admirers Of Gothic LiteratureQuincey Harker, Son Of Jonathan And Mina, Having Left His Law Studies For The Stage, Stumbles Upon The Troubled Production Of Dracula At The Lyceum, Directed By Bram Stoker Himself The Play Plunges Quincey Into The World Of His Parents Terrible Secrets Can It Be That History Is About To Repeat Itself For, Twenty Five Years Since Van Helsing And His Allies Reduced Dracula To Dust, Evil Stalks Europe Once Again One By One The Band Of Heroes Is Being Hunted Down Has Dracula Somehow Survived To Seek His Revenge Or Is There Another, Sinister Force At Work

10 thoughts on “Dracula The Un-Dead

  1. says:

    Is there a way to give negative stars Against my better judgement and despite my ingrained wariness of sequels to classic novels, I ill advisedly started Dracula The Undead in the optimistic hope that the author s relationship to Bram Stoker might have inspired him to actually write something or less worthy, as opposed to just exploiting his illustrious family connection for some quick cash Guess how that turned out This acorn has fallen so far from the tree that it can t even see the forest Apart from the usual problem of sequels, that really no one wants to re encounter great grand uncle Bram s fearless band of vampire slaying heroes in middle age when they ve all become drunks, drug addicts and failures at parenting, the plotting is prosaic, the writing by turns lead footed and ham handed though it s impossible to tell which appendages belong to Dacre Stoker and which to his so called co writer Ian Holt , and possibly worst of all , the authors keep Dracula himself, one of the compelling characters in literature, offstage until the last 40 pages or so, as if they know they can t handle him for very long Prior to that, our primary villain is Countess Elizabeth Bathory, an early Dracula bride so we re told who in addition to being a vampire is also a Lesbian one of the ways, the authors offensively indicate, in which she has turned her back on God, in addition to her propensity for bathing in the blood of slaughtered peasant girls I prefer my vampire fiction without a political religious agenda, thank you so much About a third of the book is a boringly written rehash of Stoker s original, via flashbacks, memories, and Francis Ford Coppola s movie version just in case anyone is actually reading the sequel without knowing what happens in the first one and the freshly minted part of the novel is an even boring succession of clashes between men and vampires, although their boringness may be a perverse kind of achievement given how much graphic violence these scenes contain Bram Stoker wasn t Henry Irving s general manager at the Lyceum for 27 years for nothing, and while he may not be one of the great stylists of all time, he understood how to work an audience how to build suspense and sexual tension yes, even in the 19th century and how to manipulate their imagination for maximum effect His talent free descendant apparently thinks it s sufficient to announce roughly every page and a half that someone or other is in grave danger, and then follow that up with one of the aforementioned scenes of stomach turning carnage, which for all their lurid detail are curiously unaffecting.DRACULA THE UNDEAD is an Unsatisfying Unbook I d like my time, and my Dracula, back, please.

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    An annual re read, perfectly matched with GR s Horror Week After my latest re read of Bram Stoker s famous piece, I chose another story with eerie undertones, though this one is sure to stir up some controversy Serving as a sequel to the classic original, Dacre Stoker works with renowned Dracula historian Ian Holt to bring this continuation of the story to life in fine form It is now 1912, twenty five years since Count Dracula has crumbled into dust Can this have been long enough for those who were directly involved in the hunting to have shelved their memories and moved on Dr Jonathan Seward, who was instrumental in the original chase has turned into a washed up medical professional, addicted to morphine and chasing demons all across Europe, nothing like his mentor, Abraham Van Helsing Young Quincey Harker, born in the final pages of the original novel, has been sent to France to pursue his legal studies, but is drawn into the world of stage acting Quincey is further impressed when Shakespearean actor, Basarab, takes him under his wing When Quincey stumbles upon a stage play version of Dracula, directed by Bram Stoker himself, he begins to learn some of the long buried secrets his parents kept from him Trying to digest it all, there seems to be a presence in and around London, as the original collective who stayed Dracula meet their ends in horrific fashion Meanwhile, 16th century Countess Elizabeth Bathory has returned to wreak havoc on those seeking to explore the Dracula question a little Bathory has a long history with the Romanian prince and may hold the answers that others seek, though she is interested in new blood to satiate her extreme hunger What s brought Countess Bathory back to visit those whose adventure a quarter century ago rid the world of blood sucking evil With a new collection of characters and tapping into Holt s expertise in the field of all things Dracula, Stoker does well to carry the torch for his great granduncle and entertains curious fans throughout Perfect for those readers who enjoyed the original Dracula and who can accept applying some of the history of this Romanian prince, alongside a continuation of a classic piece of 19th century literature.I have heard it said that one ought never mess with the classics, which is why parody pieces get a major eyebrow raise from literary purists However, this piece that seeks to act as a sequel to Bram Stoker s classic, not only grounds itself in seriousness, but also has the blessing of the Stoker family and was penned by a descendent Stoker and Holt look to progress the entire Dracula story by adding backstories to the well established characters who brought to piece to life, as well as adding fresh angles to Dracula in this follow up.The eerie nature of the original piece is replaced by a history that permeates the narrative, allowing the patient reader to discover much and delve deeper than the late 19th century novel permitted The story itself differs greatly from the original, not only because it is told in true narrative as opposed to journals and letters , but also serves to provide cameos for many famous individuals Bram Stoker and John Barry, to name a few as well as pulls on some of the history of the original novel s reception and development into a stage play Ian Holt s influence can also be seen, as the story pulls on numerous Dracula stories from centuries ago and where Stoker may have developed his ideas for this vampire that became the go to reference for all blood imbibing creatures Some of the narrative and historical assertions do keep the reader wondering, but it is difficult not to downplay the tidbits as being wrapped in a way to fill cracks that time has not caulked As I mentioned above, some purists will scoff at this book simply because it seeks to build on a classic that can survive on its own Others will mock it for lacking the same flowing prose or spooky foresight While I will not engage in trivial banter about this being allowed or not, I will say that Dacre Stoker s piece served as a wonderful complement to my recent reading of Bram Stoker s classic Kudos, Messrs Stoker and Holt for entertaining and engaging me at times as I made my way through this novel I know there are massive footsteps to fill, even to stand alongside the classic novel and I applaud you both for the effort.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

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    This book was horrible If you have ever read the classic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker DO NOT READ THIS It took me forever to read because I kept getting mad at it I only finished it so that I could write this review with a clear conscience This is nothing but one really long Fan Fiction written by Ian Holt and endorsed by Dacre Stoker.First of all it can not be a sequal to the Classic novel if you rewrite the events of the Classic novel They don t even follow the format established in Dracula of Letters, Journals, Newsprint Instead the manuscript that these two wannabees write is nothing but a standard Third Person narrative.I Can t believe that the Stoker name is attatched to this How is it honoring your ancestor if you make him a character in your book and accuse him of stealing the idea for his novel Though over use of Sex and gore certainly smacks of Hollywood which is why I am guessing that Ian Holt wrote most of this.In short I am half suprised that the Vampires didn t Sparkle.

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    Dracula The Un Dead may easily be the worst book I ever read The only reason I stuck with it to the end was to see how many atrocities one book could possibly contain The grammar is horrific The story is overly melodramatic It was implausible It reads like bad fan fiction It tries to throw in every gee whiz technological marvel of the era, including the Titanic One character speeds down the road in his automobile at 10 miles per hour The horror is repetitive, poorly written, and downright silly There s a detective trying to solve a crime, but the reader already knows what s going on, so the mystery isn t very mysterious In fact, you always know what s coming next It even has Bram Stoker as a character and one chapter is a mini biography of his life I think I m going to go give The Historian another star It was incredibly boring and turned Dracula into a nerd, but at least it had some suspense and was well written That book was a much better sequel to Bram Stoker s classic than this wanna be.

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    Dacre Stoker shows us that the Stoker name has survived throughout the years Dacre is a great grand nephew but the writing talent has not I was expecting something good and different One out of two isn t bad It IS different.Taking place 20 years or so after the evnts of the classic original, this takes place mostly in London The premise is that the intrepid band of adventurers who fought Dracula is being killed one by one Who is responsible From here we stumble across the characters from the original they have NOT aged well , Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Dracula and Scotland Yard chasing Jack the Ripper If that sounds out there it kinda is.Still the story was, at best, mediocre It never caputres the gothic darkness of the original work It is mostly a low grade who done it combined with a low grade horror story featuring two famous Vampires Bathory and Dracula Where this book fails is in the reinvention of the Dracula myth Framing him as a God fearing Vampire, who was always serving God is ummmm a bit of a stretch The attempt at explaining his actions in the former novel as a means of him fighting Bathory the true villain or that Stoker Van Helsing lied about his intent and actions is too revisionist for words It does not help the story and lowers it to the level of a WB show with silly vampire teens It wasn t terrible but the evident promise of the story, in the start of the novel, is truly wasted The ending was not to my liking None of the characters, save Bathory, have any true personality Most of the original cast have devolved into Trgolodytic caricatures of themselves and the new hero of Quincey Mina and Johnathon s son is a silly prat Doesn t make for a great read Still it is ok Considering some of the awful books out there this one will at least keep you reading till the end That s when you will think Did I just waste my time Not a good feeling to end a book on.

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    disappointed a lot.i feel like reading a crossover fan fiction by an amateur author who got a bit confused whether to make his own story or use his great grand uncle s famous character to sell the see, there s count dracula and there s countess Elizabeth bathory both are generally known as blood drinker and sadist but after reading the book title dracula the un dead, i do believe we all assume that this story is about count dracula, not bathory hey, guess what the book consist 90% bathory and 10% draculawhy bother named it Dracula the un dead why can it be Bathory bigger than dracula in the end, i have one thought how come there s THE OFFICIAL SEQUEL labeled before the tittle was it because the author is related to Bram Stoker this book, doesn t even come near Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian.and even extremely far away to Bram s Dracula sooo far away.

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    I met Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt at BookExpo and got an autographed ARC copy of this book for free That s the good news I got it for free I liked Dacre Stoker notice how I didn t mention Ian Holt and I wanted to like his book but I was disappointed I was hoping for Dracula and less Elizabeth Bathory and Jack the Ripper Actually, there were about 400 characters in the book and the game of recognizing them started distracting me from the plot Besides for characters from the original book, Bram Stoker was a character in the book plus lots of the real people that he associated with as well as many characters with the names of actors who have played Dracula For example, there was a character in the book named Langella There were some good action scenes and Ian Holt probably hopes that it will make a great movie.Two stars was an act of charity because Dacre Stoker seems like such a nice guy.

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    DNF the book a 30% and flipped through the pages I know flipping a Dracula book This book just drives a stake in the heart to any Draculian fans out there, such a pity The curse of the sequel to one of the Legendary Dracula Cannot believe this exists Why any expectations from this book for Anybody It is the actual sequel to the Original Written by a descendant to Bram Stoker Dacre Stoker Six freaking years in the making assuming they did Any sort of research It is about Dracula The Legendary Vampire Co author with Ian Holt Draculian historian Cardinal Sin of the Book Poor writing, too many characters to follow, need painkillers to read Draculian fan in disgust Dracula became a Good guy and too emotional for my liking Well if he bites your neck you can consider it a love bite Bram Stoker is a character for no damn reason The book was made like a screenplay for a Hollywood flop.

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    I know that many people have readily slated this book as being ridiculous That s up to them I like to take books as I find them and rate them on how well written and well researched I think they are, whether I can learm anything from them, whether they show me a new way of looking at things and finally and mostly whether I enjoy reading them For me, this ticked all the boxes in the affirmative It s probably not perfect, possibly not the vision Bram Stoker would have imagined But at the end of the day, this is a good book written with good intentions and I think it s great So there.

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    I loved this book I did not go into the book expecting to be gripped by the literary writing style of Bram Stoker and perhaps that is why I was able to enjoy the book If you want the classic, then go read the classic Dracula the Un Dead is a strong book that stands on its own.Having just read Bram Stoker s Dracula, I was eager to learn what had become of the beloved characters To be completely honest I was disappointed by the hum drum they all lived happily ever after ending of the original.Stoker and Holt put an end to the happily ever after of the first book setting the tone for the sequel The reflection of the horrific events imparted on the characters was invigorating and gripped me from the very first page No one was safe, and I couldn t wait to find out who was going to die next The characters stay true to form The seeds for their implosion were all set into motion during the original book Stoker and Holt simply pulled the reader ahead 25 years and let the reader see Dracula s true destruction the way he had won the battle even in his death Stoker and Holt give the reader just enough back story to understand what happened in the original and even answer some of the questions I was left with Dare I say, if classics aren t your thing you can easily pick up this book and enjoy it The story is fast paced, with rich characters, and a good old vampire plot No, it is not the classic, but it is definitely worth a read.