Just in Time for Halloween

I’m reading Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt.  I know what most of you are thinking.  Great, another vampire book.  But this book is a sequel to the classic  by Bram Stoker, and yep, you guessed it —  Dacre and Bram are related — Dacre is actually Bram’s great grandnephew.  I was against reading this book for many reasons — I really don’t like it when contemporary authors mess with the classics.  They can mess with classic authors (see my post on Emily’s Ghost), but not the actual works.   But, the reviews have been good, and so far, I have enjoyed what I have read.  The book picks up 25 or so years after the original Dracula ended, and includes almost all of the main characters.  In fact, the two authors conclude that they based their book after Bram Stoker’s notes — so I guess in some ways, it’s a book that Bram Stoker never got to write.  I doubt that Dracula: The Un-Dead will go down as classic literature — but it’s a fun read.  And of course, it’s perfect for this time of year.


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