Dracul by Dacre Stoker


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, th...

Details Dracul

Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreHorror, Historical, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction, Fantasy, Holiday, Halloween, Thriller

Reviews Dracul

  • Will Byrnes
    “It is believed that the strongest of them can assume any form, be it bat, wolf, swirling mist, even human. They can appear young, old, or any age between. Some can manipulate the elements, producing fog, storms, crashing thunder. Their motives remain unknown, but one thing is clear: they leave a trail of death in their wake, thinking no more of a human life than we would the life of a fly.” Dacre Stoker knows a thing or two about vampires, ...
  • Tammy
    This is a prequel, if you will, to the timeless novel Dracula with none other than Bram Stoker, himself, as the protagonist. Thankfully, these are not sparkly, shiny vampires. What we have here is a blood curdling tale that would make the Count proud. Elegantly written and atmospheric this novel drips with malevolence and oozes with the sinister.
  • Mackey
    It's Horror Week here at Goodreads, and what better way to start it off than by reading a seriously chilling tale? Dracul will have you hiding under the covers and wishing for morning light! I practically learned to read by devouring horror books and there simply was no better horror story than Dracula. For decades writers have attempted to recreate the image of Dracula or to write "sequels" about the Count. All fell miserably short of success -...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the halfway point I said to myself; "Without a doubt, Dracul is going to become a new favorite of mine!", and I was not wrong in assuming as much!Being the prequel to Dracula (which I have yet to read) I had reasonably high hopes that this would be a story that I would end up fully engrossed in, that would leave me wanting more, and I do! It has given me the motivation ...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    "Sometimes our deepest fears are the ones we keep closest to our hearts"**Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam's Sons, and the authors for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book.Remember in Friends when Rachel discovers Joey's copy of The Shining in his freezer? That's what I felt like resorting to while reading Dracul - only, I was reading it on my Kindle, and I don't think electronics like freezers too much.This b...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    "Won't you stay and play with me?" Is there nothing that J.D. Barker touches that isn't purely sensational? If you read the author's notes, you'll find that this story bears truth. What Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker have done here is tell a story that has been long buried. These are events that Bram Stoker himself has stated to be factual. It's said that Dracula was never meant to be a work of fiction, but rather a warning... an ominous warning fo...
  • Dave
    Based on Bram Stoker’s notes, JD Barker and the great grandnephew of Bram Stoker have teamed up to bring us the prequel to the classic Dracula 🧛♂. And, unlike most prequels and sequels and triquels and the like, this book captures precisely the tone and spirit of the original and takes the reader back to another time. It’s not exactly a mystery to the reader since we’ve all heard all the vampire tales since childhood, but what’s grea...
  • Stephanie
    Dracula. Strigoi. Vampire. The Undead.  These monstrous folklore and legends have haunted people's imaginations since the dawn of mankind. Yet, what if these myths and legends aren't rooted in myth at all, but are actually real?In Dracul, the prequel to one my all-time favorite novels Dracula, Dacre Stoker, great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, and one of my favorite thriller authors, J.D. Barker have joined together to write a superb piece of lite...
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮
    5 Nefarious stars to the much anticipated supernatural historical thriller and prequel to the well loved horror novel, Dracula. I enjoyed every minute of it and highly recommend it!The author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, is a major character. At the beginning of the novel we find he must confront indescribable evil! We also go back in time and meet him as a young and sickly boy. He is not expected to live past age 7. However, his nanny, Ellen, steps ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #71Many thanks go to Stoker and Barker, Putnam, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.I don’t think any vampire story can top Dracula by Bram Stoker, but if anyone is situated to give it a run for its money, this Stoker is it. He’s written a few other books, but this was my first to read, and I was greatly impressed with his depth of description and imagination. Creepy doesn’t cover it. Hi...
  • Joseph
    All fiction – and supernatural fiction especially so – requires us to suspend our disbelief and to accept that the world between the covers of a book is as real as the one we’re living in (if not more). The premise of Dracul however is even harder to swallow than the very existence of the Undead – the novel presents us with a Bram Stoker who has personal experience of vampires and who has a final showdown with none other than Count Dracul...
  • Robin Bonne
    This gothic novel had every element I enjoy from the genre. Cemeteries, a castle ruin, a nanny, an attic, an abandoned abby, a secret club, the supernatural, a morgue, murder, night journeys, bugs, bodies, wolves, and of course, vampires. I spent all day reading this, unable to put it down for long. The writing is beautiful, and I am reminded of the writing of the classic Victorian gothic writers. Although Bram Stoker is the main protagonist, I f...
  • Jillian Doherty
    The detailed authors note is as interesting as its previous 500 pages of incredible story – for so many reasons but mostly to discover Bram Stoker’s original manuscript was delivered as non-fiction (imagine being the editor who received these pages right around the time Jack the Ripper was at large!)Many of us loved reading Dracula, and Bram Stoker’s stories growing up, but being able to regain original understanding is beyond fascinating!S...
  • TXGAL1
    DRACUL is the story of the Stoker family and their beloved Nanna Ellen during the 1800s. Opening in Ireland, we’re introduced to the Stokers’ in 1847 and how they are coping with a young family. Bram Stoker is confined to his sick bed and in the care of Nanna Ellen. Brad’s sister Matilda is a close confidant and keeper of secrets.“Matilda looked to me, and I immediately understood what she contemplated. We never told..what we discovered i...
  • Joyce
    5 starsNana Ellen joined the Stoker household shortly before Abraham “Bram” Stoker’s birth in 1847. She is a very interesting and intriguing character. She was just a young woman at the time, but had some strange power to heal. However, the healing took much out of her and she had to either lock herself away or leave the home for a few days each time she used her remarkable power. It was never spoken of. Bram was a very ill child, confined ...
  • CJ
    I recently discussed with a friend my tendency to only read one or two epic novels per year. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the rest of what I read, just that it’s either short, not challenging, may not enthral me or doesn’t seem memorable. Again, that doesn’t mean it’s not good but it’s like a Big Mac from McDonald’s as opposed to a three course meal in a swanky restaurant. Dracul is one of the epics I have had the pleasure of r...
  • Patricia Romero
    J.D.Barker teams up with the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker to bring us this prequel, if you will, to the Dracula novel. If you have ever wondered how he came up with such a tale, this book will let you know in great detail. Chilling detail!If you are thinking of shiny, sparkly vampires, stop. That is not what this is. This is the story of Bram. As a child and as an adult. Much of the book is based on his own writings, notes and journals. Names...
  • Andrienne
    I was a bit apprehensive about this book because as a great fan of Dracula and having read a few books in the past that capitalized on popular classics (that fell flat), I know that prequels or sequels don’t always make it right. I am greatly relieved that the tone, the pace and the characters are all in tune with the original. There are plenty of mysteries to uncover, lots of cliffhangers, and interesting characters that fit like a glove to th...
  • Erica S.
    Having just finished Dracul, 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 ...
  • Melli
    I loved it. It totally fit as a prequel to Dracula and possible why the story was written.. totally a must read
  • Michelle
    This was such a marvelous read, even at 500 pages, I didn’t want it to end. The writing was sublime, and evokes similar mood and feelings as Dracula. I enjoyed the characters, and I found Bram’s POV really held my attention. Definitely will be a fall favorite read for many seasons to come! I greatly appreciated the chance to enjoy this before it was released and will definitely be purchasing it later for future reads.
  • Melanie (Perpetually Reading)
    Stoker's prequel to Dracula is just almost (if not just) as exciting as the original story. There's a sense of thrill and action in every part of the plot, and it's definitely a great page turner. The journal format also gives a personal touch that makes the reader feel closer to Bram Stoker. The author of the original Dracula has become a bit of a mythical figure, and this story deepens his mysterious past. I also appreciated Dacre's explanation...
  • Leverett Butts
    A few years ago, I stumbled across the authorized sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula the Un-Dead that was co-written by Bram's great grandnephew Dacre Stoker. It took place about two decades after the original novel and followed the original Crew of Light as they crossed paths again with Count Dracula and fought a second vampire, Elizabeth Báthory. It was an enjoyable read, based partly on Bram's original notes for both Dracula and a possi...
  • Roxanne
    Thank you to G.P. Putnam's Sons and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.Through diaries and letters the Stoker family tells us the true story of Dracul. When Bram was a young child he was very sickly, but one night when all seemed lost and in a feverish haze Bram remembers his Nanna Ellen saving his life. So begins the tale. Bram tells us the whole story as he waits armed in a desolate tower while he waits to fight an u...
  • Sue Blanchard
    Thankyou to NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press and the authors Dacre Stoker and J.D Barker for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Dracul.I was drawn to this book for multiple reasons. One of the first "grown up" novels I read as a child was Dracula. I think I was about 10 at the time (with a torch under the covers ). I loved it. So to read a book about the creation of Dracula and the author Bram Stoke...
  • Terri
    This is a prequel to one of my favorite novels of all time Dracula . Having previously read Dracula Undead by Dacre Stoker and the Fourth monkey by JD Barker and loving them I was anxiously awaiting this collaboration. I was not in the least bit disappointed. Have you ever wondered how Stoker came to write Dracula? Riveting and suspenseful from the first page ,Dracul tells the story of a sickly Child Bram and his family . How he survived his illn...
  • Ivan
    Warning! Proceed With Caution…First, lock the nanny in the closet, check under your bed and sleep with the lights on. Prepare the wild white roses, holy crosses, communion wafers and sharpen the wooden stakes because Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker deliver some bloodsucking goodness in Dracul.This Dracula prequel is a pulse-pounding supernatural thrill ride and a pleasant “treat” just before Halloween. Highly recommended for all horror book fans...
  • L Corky
    ARC from Penguin First To ReadDracul is based on Bram Stoker’s notes, JD Barker and the great grandnephew of Bram Stoker Dacre Stoker have teamed up to bring us the prequel to the classic Dracula. I know the story of Dracula but have never read the original. I am a fan of JD Barker so I had to read this and I am glad that I did.The story starts with Bram Stoker and his siblings as children living in the English countryside and their Nanny Ellen...
  • Courtney Judy
    For lovers of vampire stories, Dracul doesn't disappoint. Filled with suspense, a little gore (not too much, but enough to sometimes make me squirm a little), some resistant romance, and Stoker family drama. Based on the journals and writings of Stoker and a few of his family members -- Dracul the novel stitches together the story of the Dracula's origin and Bram Stokers connection to the story. Another novel that I found myself staying up too la...