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 riveting novel of gothic suspense 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 si...

Details Dracul

Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreHorror, Historical, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Adult, Audiobook

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, ...
  • Peter
    MalignantThe comparisons and connections between Dracul and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are inevitable and unavoidable. After all, this is the story of Bram Stoker’s early life, his family and what may have been the catalyst for his classic vampire story. Dracula has become the most popular monster figure ever, spawning a ubiquitous vampire theme across multiple genres. In Bram’s life, the second half of the 19th century, vampires were seen as pu...
  • 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 -...
  • Matt
    There are surely many who have wondered where Bram Stoker got his idea for Dracula . After creating an interesting sequel to his ancestor’s popular book, Dacre Stoker decided to team up with J.D. Barker to pen this prequel of sorts, though its exploration is less of Prince/Count Dracula than of a younger Bram Stoker. It is here that the seeds of all things ghoulish germinated, or so the reader is led to believe. Bram Stoker was quite a sickly ...
  • Kylie D
    An intriguing gothic horror book, told from the point of view of several members of the Stoker family, including Bram, as well as his sister and brother. It tells the tale of Bram's childhood, where he was very sickly, on the verge of death, through to his adulthood. Bram had a nanny named Ellen when he was a boy, she seemed a bit of a creepy character, disappearing for days at a time, and sleeping in a box of dirt. Yet she seems to have healed B...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    “She was there at my beginning, and will no doubt be there for my end, as I was for hers. This was, and always shall be, our dance.”-Dacre Stoker & J.D. BarkerDescend into the dark reality and fictional world of the man who wrote the original Dracula. An account of diary entries by Bram Stoker himself, woven into a fictional plot that has created this stunning prequel. "What does that say?""The Dead travel fast"Welcome to Dracul“…for the ...
  • Marialyce
    4 creepiness factor starsMy reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres..."Even immortals have their beginnings." Talk about a perfect Halloween book! This one had it all vampires galore, unsuspecting victims, and an atmospheric persona that would frighten anyone. Make sure if you embark upon Dracul you have the lights on, you are not alone, and you are ready to tackle the monsters conjured up in this prequel to the novel, Dra...
  • ✨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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Juli
    What if the dark tale of Dracula was not just a flight of fancy for author Bram Stoker? What if the origins of the story came from Stoker's own life? Dracul is a prequel of sorts for the classic novel, spinning a dark tale of death, evil and monsters. OMG....I love this book! This isn't a re-telling of the Dracula story, but an imagining of the origins for the vampire story. Bram Stoker left diaries and notes behind, detailing mysterious happenin...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I would say that DRACUL is a good book, but ultimately one that was just a bit too long. And, I say that regrettable because of the idea of the book, to link the Dracula myth with Bram Stoker's own life is marvelous and I quite enjoyed the story. Especially the first part with the creepy nanny. I also came to like Bram's brave and gutsy sister Matilda very much. What for me sadly just didn't work was the pacing. It's a thick book, 500 pages and I...
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Faith
    This book intertwines Bram Stoker's actual life with his literary creation. It's an interesting premise, and at times this book is suspenseful and even a little scary, however it's also too long and uneven. I liked the beginning of the book when Bram is a sickly 7 year old looked after by a nanny whose behavior is decidedly odd. I also liked it when there was a sudden flurry of missing bodies, beating hearts, rats, roaches and grave robbing. Howe...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lou
    What an inspired time to publish a prequel to Dracula, the nights are drawing in and we are suitably on our way towards both Halloween and Christmas. I couldn't have thought up a better creative partnership if I'd tried - J.D. Barker's two novels were some of my favourite reads in the past few years. He certainly knows how to pen a compelling book, and Dacre Stoker, great-grandnephew of Bram, has input here too. Based on the journals and letters ...
  • Jon Recluse
    Bram Stoker's DRACULA is the iconic cornerstone of vampire fiction and horror literature in general.Frequently imitated, constantly recreated, never duplicated.But what inspired Stoker to create the most infamous, immortal vampire of all time? His great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker and co-author J.D. Barker have the answer.DRACUL is a prequel of sorts to Bram Stoker's DRACULA, based upon the 100 or so pages edited from the original manuscript and B...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/29/...If the darkly atmospheric and intricately woven tale of Dracul feels personal, that’s because it is. Described as the prequel to the classic 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula, the novel is penned by the great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker himself along with one of horror’s brightest voices tapped specifically by the family for this endeavor. Blending his famous ancestor’...
  • Roman Clodia
    "You've been trying to speak to a box of body parts? This is preposterous!" Um, yeah! And it's not the only thing that's decidedly hokey about this entertaining Dracula romp: on the positive side, this retells the story casting Bram Stoker's actual family as the characters, and there are some genuinely creepy moment (the snakes!).On the other hand, though, this is s-l-o-w with lots of rambling and repetition: I can see it's hard to re-open the va...
  • Susan
    I definitely didn't know what to expect when I picked up Dracul but I'm so glad I did. It starts off with a young Bram Stoker and his siblings trying to solve a mystery of strange deaths that have occurred in a nearby town. The events that transpire will ultimately come full circle and give the Stoker family answers they have been trying to solve for years. Highly recommend for fans of Dracula or gothic horror. This is one creepy scary read and a...
  • Paola
    This book was amazing, I loved it so much, first of all I have to admit that I never read Dracula by Bram Stoker before, but after reading this book, I definitely will. I really enjoyed reading about Bram's childhood and his siblings and of course, their mysterios nana, a beautiful woman named Ellen.Bram is a sick child although nobody knows what his illnes is, and everybody in his family thincks he is going to die at a young age, but his nana sa...
  • Latasha
    First of all, I would like to say thank you a million times to G.P. Putman's Son for sending me a copy of the book. Thank you a million & one! ok, so Dracul- To be honest, it took me a while to get into this book. But once I did get into the story, maybe around 100 pages, 75? I was in! The is the tale of Bram as a (sickly) child and his adventures with his sister Matilda. Something strange is going on with Nana Ellen but they don't know what. W...
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    This is a true gothic horror novel - one of the best I have read!In fact, this is one of my favorite books of 2018.It is long, but interesting all the way through and the terror just builds and builds to an over the top blast of an ending! I enjoyed the way this book was written - the narrative never rambles on about inconsequential things, as I find with many 19th century gothic novels, but the characters remain true to their 19th century sensib...