Author: Bram Stoker
“The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Dracula probes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.”Goodreads Synopsis
After all the movies and other works inspired by this book I thought I knew the book already. Turns out that I did not know it as well as I thought, and I was relieved! Because this book was straight up horror, and not the action romance movies has turned it into during recent years.
There’s no soppy romance from Draculas side, he’s just hungry and goes to London because all the people there sounds like good prey. Another thing that I really liked was that it had a really slow pace. It added a lot to the horror feel instead of feeling like a action story. Also; The creepiest thing about this story is actually not he vampires, but Renfield. That dude really gave me the heebie jeebies!
There’s too many characters for me to rant on about, so here’s a ”in-a-nutshell” description;
Dracula: is not a misunderstood romantic, that’s for sure. I see him as someone who’s driven by hunger and self preservation and not much else. But he’s not actually in this book that much in person, but more as a presence that affects the people around.
Van Helsing: is not this hard-ass vampire slayer that many movies has shown, but a kind hearted older gentleman with a huge heart.
Nina: Will do anything, and can do a lot. I’m honestly baffled over how modern she feels! Strong, intelligent and does not completely rely on strong men to save the day. Way to go Bram Stoker!
Jonathan: Not as annoying as movies has led me to believe, I actually feel for this guy.
Renfield; Ew! shivers
Multiple POVs written in the styles of diaries, letters, newspapers etc. So the story is mostly told in past tense. And I was really impressed that this did not distance me from the events in any regard. It still drew me in and kept me in the moment and added to the suspense nicely. The language is not overly pompous, but very human. Sure, there are words that we would not use today in our private writings, but it still feels like a persons private thoughts.
Bonus; I loved learning about shorthand writing! I did actually not know about it before, and it’s now on my list of things to learn more about.
It may not be as scary as I thought it would be. But I’m heavily desensitised to any type of horror after binging the stuff for years, so I will not hold it agains this book. I enjoyed it immensely and it is a classic for a reason. So without any fuss, but with a happy-dance, 5 stars.