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A Public Domain Book
Publication date: May 17, 2012
An engaging collection of nine short stories by Bram Stoker of DRACULA fame. Some are better than others but I enjoyed all of them. Even the ones featuring foolish protagonists.
Dracula's Guest was originally a part of Stoker's novel, DRACULA. His publisher removed it to shorten the lengthy novel. Some two years after Stoker's death it was published as a short story. The novel does not suffer because of the removal of this section and it makes a very good stand alone short story.. It also gives readers something to try as a sample without having to start reading the novel. Dracula may appear in this story in some manifestation but not as the Count. The setting is Germany before the guest, presumably Jonathan Harker, travels on to Dracula's castle. The story is suspenseful with an increasing sense of foreboding. Sightseeing in haunted graveyards on St. Walpurga Eve aka Walpurgis Night is not a recommended pursuit for the arrogantly unwary and unprepared.
The Judge's House" is considered by many to be Bram Stoker's greatest short story and one of Britain's finest ghost stories. It was first published in the December 5, 1891, special Christmas issue of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News weekly magazine. In 1914, it was published in the collection, Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories. It has since appeared in many anthologies.
The Squaw builds to what is an obviously inevitable conclusion. But the inevitability does not lessen the horror or the impulse of the reader to grab and shake the victim while shouting don't be such an idiot.
The Secret of the Growing Gold will remind many of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Tell-Tale Heart, despite the many differences in the plot.
Of the remaining five stories, The Burial of the Rats has been made into a movie which bears little resemblance to the story. As I recall the movie had a lot of pretty ladies but the story is superior even though it is obvious that the narrator of the story survived his experience. His gruesome situation, danger and flight is still riveting. It is, however, another story in which I continuously asked, "How can you be so foolish?"
- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Throne Classics (15 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9353833280
- ISBN-13: 978-9353833282
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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