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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 2nd, 2018
DRACUL by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Guest review by Sam Hooker, author of Peril in the Old Country
I had high expectations going into this book. There’s a cold, undying spot in my heart for Bram Stoker’s 121-year-old masterpiece, so the stakes for Dracul (no pun intended) were far higher than any other vampire story written since Dracula’s release. My expectations were met and exceeded. Dracul was every bit the spiritual successor to the master work that I hoped it could be. Devils stood aside as Stoker and Barker paraded their proverbial snowball through hell, and it was as frosty when they left as it had been when they entered. Dracul is a prelude to Dracula, and the authors have snared the very soul of the latter in crafting the former. The characters are different, as is the plot, though there are harrowed reflections of the characters that I have loved all my life: Jonathan Harker, Mina, Lucy, Doctors Seward and Van Helsing—and, of course, the immortal villain himself. To capture the soul of the original work yet tell their own story so seamlessly was beyond my wildest hopes for Dracul. It was gorgeous and terrifying from beginning to end, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.