Author: Bram Stoker
Publication Date: 1897
Review Score: 8/10
Dark, chilling and truly horrifying, Dracula is twisted tale of suffering, death and pure evil. Written entirely as journal entries, letters and newspaper clippings, the story follows one Jonathan Harker, a young trainee solicitor, as he travels to Transylvania in order help the mysterious Count Dracula purchase a London property.
However, after witnessing a series of strange happenings, Harker makes a horrific discovery about the Count’s true origin, after which he must escape the castle and flee back home. But by this time Dracula is already on his way to England, where he will wreak havoc amongst the people of London and once again confront the young solicitor.
Although Polidori’s Vampyre is widely cited as the original Vampire novel it is no wonder that Dracula is regarded as the inspiration and birth of all things blood sucking. Dracula is an absolutely stunning novel, and despite being written over 100 years ago, is incredibly chilling even by today’s standards.
The writing style of letters and journal entries gives the book an incredible level of realism, whilst the gradual build up to the Count’s disturbing secret makes it thoroughly absorbing. Even though I knew the story before reading it, like with many classics, at the end of every chapter I still couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!
The way in which Dracula’s movements and mannerisms are described paints a picture of pure evil, and I must say I can’t think of another character that is so captivating and revolting at the same time.
I think the only thing that tainted the book for me was having seen so many adaptations and vampire based spin offs growing up, making it hard not to picture Gary Oldman or Christopher Lee coming out of the coffin!