The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s—and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here...
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen—a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen—and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning.
***** 5 Thrilling Star Review *****
I am trying to figure out the words to express how much I loved this book! This isn't my genre of choice but it's a prequel to Dracula, which is in a class of its own. Simply a must read. Also, being a huge fan of J.D. Barker, I will read everything he writes because his stories are beyond genius.
Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker went all out with Dracul. It is intense, haunting, scary and I was not able to put this book down til the late hours. Then I kept my eyes drawn to the shadows waiting for something to pop out at me!
The flow of the story was effortless. I love how it flows from Bram's past journal entries to his now. The back and forth truly made every chapter even more intriguing. When his past and current meet up, all hell breaks loose!
Even after finishing the book, the Authors Note made the book ten times more creepy. It was beyond interesting to see and read from the original journal of Bram Stoker. Just...WOW!
If you love Dracula, read this book! If you never read Dracula, read this book! It does not disappoint. Plus, a MOVIE is in the works! So Excited!!
Thank you Dacre and J.D. for bringing Dracul into the world!