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1. Biography - Stoker, Bram (1847-1912):
2. Bram Stoker: (Abraham Stoker),
3. Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Reader's
4. Bram Stoker (Twayne's English
5. Vampires, Mummies and Liberals:
6. Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker,
7. Bram Stoker: A Biography of the
8. Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula
9. Dictionary of Literary Biography:
10. The Critical Response to Bram
11. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Bloom's
12. Science and Social Science in
13. Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker
14. Dracula (Norton Critical Editions)
15. Graphic Classics Volume 7: Bram
16. Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker's
17. The Man Who Wrote Dracula: A Biography
18. The Annotated Dracula
19. Dracula: Bram Stoker (New Casebooks)
20. Bram Stoker: The Man Who Wrote

1. Biography - Stoker, Bram (1847-1912): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
Digital: 9 Pages (2003-01-01)
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This digital document, covering the life and work of Bram Stoker, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 2467 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

  • Place and date of birth and death (if deceased)
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Professional associations and honors
  • Employment
  • Writings, including books and periodicals
  • A description of the author's work
  • References to further readings about the author
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2. Bram Stoker: (Abraham Stoker), 1847-1912 : a bibliography (Victorian fiction research guide)
by William Hughes
 Paperback: 73 Pages (1997)

Isbn: 0867766417
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3. Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Reader's Guide (Reader's Guides)
by William Hughes
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This is a concise, readable and comprehensive introduction to Bram Stoker's classic "Dracula" (1897) for undergraduates. "Dracula" (1897) is one of the most commonly studied gothic novels and has been hugely influential through adaptations in fiction, on stage and in cinema. Offering an authoritative, up-to-date guide for students, this book introduces its context, language, themes, criticism and afterlife, leading students to a more sophisticated understanding of the text.It is the ideal guide to reading and studying the novel, setting "Dracula" in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception. It also includes an introduction to its substantial history as an adapted text on stage and screen focusing on the portrayal of the vampire from "Nosferatu" to "Interview with a Vampire". It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading."Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy.Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students. ... Read more

4. Bram Stoker (Twayne's English Authors Series)
by Phyllis A. Roth
 Hardcover: 167 Pages (1982-06)
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5. Vampires, Mummies and Liberals: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction
by David Glover
Paperback: 232 Pages (1996-01-01)
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Nearly a hundred years after its debut in 1897, Dracula is still one of the most popular of all Gothic narratives, always in print and continually adapted for stage and screen. Paradoxically, David Glover suggests, this very success has obscured the historical conditions and authorial circumstances of the novel’s production. By way of a long overdue return to the novels, short stories, essays, journalism, and correspondence of Bram Stoker, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals reconstructs the cultural and political world that gave birth to Dracula. To bring Stoker’s life into productive relationship with his writing, Glover offers a reading that locates the author within the changing commercial contours of the late-Victorian public sphere and in which the methods of critical biography are displaced by those of cultural studies.
Glover’s efforts reveal a writer who was more wide-ranging and politically engaged than his current reputation suggests. An Irish Protestant and nationalist, Stoker nonetheless drew his political inspiration from English liberalism at a time of impending crisis, and the tradition’s contradictions and uncertainties haunt his work. At the heart of Stoker’s writing Glover exposes a preoccupation with those sciences and pseudo-sciences—from physiognomy and phrenology to eugenics and sexology—that seemed to cast doubt on the liberal faith in progress. He argues that Dracula should be read as a text torn between the stances of the colonizer and the colonized, unable to accept or reject the racialized images of backwardness that dogged debates about Irish nationhood. As it tracks the phantasmatic form given to questions of character and individuality, race and production, sexuality and gender, across the body of Stoker’s writing, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals draws a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary transitional figure.
Combining psychoanalysis and cultural theory with detailed historical research, this book will be of interest to scholars of Victorian and Irish fiction and to those concerned with cultural studies and popular culture.
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6. Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood
by Joseph Valente
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2001-10-15)
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Dracula's Crypt unearths the Irish roots of Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece, offering a fresh interpretation of the author's relationship to his novel and to the politics of blood that consumes its characters.

An ingenious reappraisal of a classic text, Dracula's Crypt presents Stoker's novel as a subtly ironic commentary on England's preoccupation with racial purity. Probing psychobiographical, political, and cultural elements of Stoker's background and milieu, Joseph Valente distinguishes Stoker's viewpoint from that of his virulently racist, hypermasculine vampire hunters, showing how the author's dual Anglo-Celtic heritage and uncertain status as an Irish parvenu among London's theatrical elite led him to espouse a progressive racial ideology at odds with the dominant Anglo-Saxon supremacism. In the light of Stoker's experience, the shabby-genteel Count Dracula can be seen as a doppelgänger, an ambiguous figure who is at once the blood-conscious landed aristocrat and the bloodthirsty foreign invader.

Stoker also confronts gender ideals and their implications, exposing the "inner vampire" in men like Jonathan Harker who dominate and absorb the women who become their wives. Ultimately, Valente argues, the novel celebrates a feminine heroism, personified by Mina Harker, that upholds an ethos of social connectivity against the prevailing obsession with blood as a vehicle of identity.

Revealing a profound and heretofore unrecognized ethical and political message, Dracula's Crypt maintains that the real threat delineated in Dracula is not racial degeneration but the destructive force of racialized anxiety itself. Stoker's novel emerges as a powerful critique of the very anxieties it has previously been taken to express: anxieties concerning the decline of the British empire, the deterioration of Anglo-Saxon culture, and the contamination of the Anglo-Saxon race.

"Valente provides the first sustained critical commentary informed by postcolonial and poststructuralist thinking that persuasively addresses the Irish aspects of Dracula. Future critics will have to attend to Valente's rich formulations about the book's pervasive ambiguous doublings." —John Paul Riquelme, editor of Dracula and author of Teller and Tale in Joyce's Fiction

"Dracula's Crypt conducts a thorough and persuasive critique of current scholarship on Bram Stoker's ‘Irishness,' proposes some highly original alternatives, and argues those alternatives in an extremely compelling manner. In addition, in its method the book has implications far beyond the particular text it treats: it offers an important and innovative model for the treatment of other texts and issues. The book will appeal to readers interested in Irish studies, postcolonial studies, Gothic fiction, late Victorian literature and culture, and modernism."— Marjorie Howes, editor of Dracula and author of Yeats's Nations ... Read more

7. Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula
by Barbara Belford
Hardcover: 381 Pages (1996-04-09)
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A full-scale profile of Bram Stoker journeys beyond the facade of a proper Victorian gentleman to uncover the complex undercurrents that are revealed in the turbulent themes of the author's stories and novels, including sexuality, violence, and a fascination with death.Amazon.com Review
"I am here to do Your bidding, Master. I am Your slave,and You will reward me, for I shall be faithful." These wordsspoken by Renfield to Dracula might have been said by Bram Stoker tohis boss, the mesmerizing, domineering actor Henry Irving. Stoker wassuch a mild-mannered, secretive man that the real subject of thisacclaimed biography turns out to be the genesis of his novelDracula, and Irving--the man who, according to Barbara Belford,inspired its famous monster. Other fascinating characters who appearin Stoker's life are Florence Stoker (courted by Oscar Wilde beforeBram married her), Ellen Terry (Irving's leading lady), Walt Whitman,the aging Lord Tennyson, W. S. Gilbert, William Gladstone, LadySperanza Wilde, her son Oscar, Queen Victoria (who knights Irving, thefirst actor so honored), George Bernard Shaw, and Mark Twain. AsMargot Peters writes in the New York Times Book Review,"Stoker himself is pretty much swamped in these heavy seas. Butas Ms. Belford's intelligent, well-written and always interesting bookmakes clear, Stoker lived to serve. His revenge for lifelongself-effacement was Dracula." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Her Story of Bram Stoker
Barbara Belford is a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and wrote a biography of Violet Hunt. `Count Dracula' is the most filmed character in history after `Sherlock Holmes', but most people never read the novel. Stoker's `Dracula' is the best known of his novels. It has been translated into virtually all European languages except Rumanian. The `Prologue' begins by referencing passages from `Dracula'. [I never read this novel or knew what was there.] This book seems to require a background in literature that a casual reader may not have. Belford mentions Stoker's childhood illness and compares it to Stoker's future novel. Cholera and other plagues were recurrent events in the 19th century. Since little was known about Stoker's early life Belford has to fill in the blanks. His siblings weren't affected like Bram. Does the deaths of over a million from starvation (p.17) far exceed the victims of Dracula? There was no such mortality in Europe. The Stoker family is of Dutch origin (p.30). Many were civil service bureaucrats. Cholera patients were sometimes buried alive (p.22). The narrative keeps being interrupted by literary references; I don't like this style (p.24). This book is valuable as a look into 19th century life, the theatrical business, and the career of Bram Stoker. Another problem is the photographs: they are spread throughout the book, the "Illustration Credits" do not list the pages. Belford's story of the stage play did not mention that Bela Lugosi played Count Dracula on the stage but was not reportedly the first choice for the film (p.33).

Abraham Stoker was born in 1847 Ireland. His father was a civil servant to the British Government, his mother was later an advocate of schooling for the handicapped. Bram went to Trinity College in Dublin, was a great athlete, and became interested in dramatics. He was a fan of Walt Whitman's poetry (p.43). After graduating he met Henry Irving the famous actor and became his business manager and friend. Irish legends tell of the Dearg-due (p.64). Stoker wrote short stories (p.66). Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878. He picked a new play that became a success (p.117). Stoker was a friend and advisor to Prime Minister Gladstone (p.131). Stoker risked his life to save a stranger from drowning and received a medal (p.137). Irving (and Stoker) toured America in the 1880s and later. Belford says the characters in `Dracula' were based on people known to Stoker (p.184). Stoker became a barrister in 1890 but never practiced law or tried a case (p.193). In the late 19th century some turned away from Christianity to embrace pagan superstitions (p.211). Why did Stoker pick the historic Dracula for his novel (p.260)? Stoker spent 6 years on writing this novel. Page 279 says "horse-drawn hansom" but the hansom cab was a two-wheeler. "The Thirty-Nine Steps" was a John Buchan novel (p.294). Stoker wanted to ban lewd fiction (p.312). Stoker died in 1912 of "locomotor ataxy, granular contracted kidney, exhaustion" (p.319). Some suggested a disease.

Why was Dracula so popular in the past? It shows a threat to humanity that can be overcome when people learn what must be done. Did Dracula represent a foreign ruler (Kaiser Bill or Hitler), or the economic panics or depressions? Was it a morality play where the good guys win at the end? The 1931 film seems to be a simplified and condensed version of the novel, like the bowdlerized Fairy Tales of the 20th century. It proved very popular. There were many vampire stories in the 19th century, now mostly forgotten.

4-0 out of 5 stars Insight into Bram Stoker & His Life at the Lyceum.
Barbara Belford's "Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula" is considered to be the most scholarly and thorough of the 3 Bram Stoker biographies that have been published. But Mr. Stoker was a reticent person about whose personal life, opinions, and character there is precious little known. Whether out of humility or caution, he usually took care not to reveal himself. So what we know of Stoker comes primarily from his public life, which was thankfully shared with several grander, more loquacious personalities. Perhaps due to the scarcity of information about her subject, Barbara Belford gives Stoker's friends, colleagues, and the London theater community a lot of attention, especially Henry Irving, the great actor whose fame was dwarfed only by his ego, and whom Bram Stoker dedicated 27 years of his life to serving. Indeed, this biography of Stoker would serve well as a history of Irving's famous Lyceum Theatre for the decades that Stoker served as its acting manager.

Thebook starts by describing Stoker's childhood in Dublin, the third child born to a middle class Anglo-Irish family in 1847 during the potato famine, and his apparent debilitation until the age of 7. He grew up to be a civil servant like his father, and pursued personal interests as an unpaid drama critic for the "Evening Mail", through which Stoker met Henry Irving. After marrying the lovely Florence Balcombe, whom Oscar Wilde also courted, the Stokers moved to London whereBram's efficient management would help make the 1500-seat Lyceum Theatre fashionable and profitable. Since the Lyceum dominated Stoker's life, it dominates his biography, but Belford also discusses his trips to America on tour with the Lyceum company, his effusive admiration for Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln, and his novels and stories.

The upshot of "Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Man Who Wrote Dracula" is that Bram Stoker was a modest, hardworking man, exceedingly courteous even by Victorian standards, whose tireless work for Henry Irving was acknowledged by many but unappreciated and unrewarded by Irving himself. Stoker's genial but reserved manner harbored passionate, worshipful emotions toward his heroes, invariably men of power with larger-than-life personalities. Belford draws an occasional parallel between persons in Bram Stoker's own life and characters in "Dracula". Most notably, she sees a "sinister caricature" of Henry Irving in the vampire Count. Actress Ellen Terry seems to be reflected in Mina, and Stoker's wife Florence may have lent some of her character to Lucy. None of this is a stretch as long as one recognizes that "Dracula"'s characters don't have a single source, but many.

This biography includes a lot of good information for fans of Bram Stoker's work, but a couple of stylistic problems nagged at me. One is Belford's confusing tendency to refer to people by first or last name only, at the beginning of a chapter, instead of starting off with a full name. Another is the repeated use of the phrase "Unholy Trinity" to describe the business partnership between Henry Irving, Bram Stoker, and stage manager H.J. Loveday, which I found melodramatic. But Belford's book succeeds in creating a picture of Bram Stoker's personality without reading too much into his actions or words.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I ever read!
The main caracters in the story are Jonathan Harker, Mina Murry/Harker, and Lucy Westenras.There are several different settings, so I won,t list them specifically.Most of the book, they are in Europe in the 1800's.The plot of the books is Jonathan is a solicitor and meets the "Count".Sopposably the Count is friendly and turns evil. My opinion of the book is it is great it has some diffficult words so I recommend it to 8th grade and above.It is very interesting and fun.I liked the way that the author set up the book and the way he used everybodys point of view. ... Read more

8. Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula
by Robert Eighteen-Bisang, Elizabeth Miller
Library Binding: 342 Pages (2008-08-08)
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Bram Stoker's initial notes and outlines for his landmark horror novel Dracula were auctioned at Sotheby's in London in 1913 and eventually made their way to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where they are housed today. Until now, few of the 124 pages have been transcribed or analyzed. This comprehensive work reproduces the handwritten notes both in facsimile and in annotated transcription. It also includes Stoker's typewritten research notes and thoroughly analyzes all of the materials, which range from Stoker's thoughts on the novel's characters and settings to a nine-page calendar of events that includes most of the now-familiar story. The coauthors draw on their extensive knowledge of Dracula and vampires to guide readers through the construction of the novel, and the changes that were made to its structure, plot, setting and characters. Nine appendices provide insight into Stoker's personal life, his other works and his early literary influences. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much more than notes
I ordered Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula to share with my Gothic novel class, but of course, I read it cover to cover myself--great fun for any Stoker fan.The notes vindicate Stoker, who has often been accused of sloppy research. In this facsimile edition the reader learns just how thoroughly Stoker prepared the background for the novel.This volume is really a must for any serious student of Stoker.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential companion piece
After 25 years of reading and collecting vampire books, I have a pretty narrow definition of what I consider 'essential' in a collection. "Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition" is one of these essential books.

Over the past few decades there have been numerous books that analyze, discuss and annotate "Dracula," but none come this close to giving you true insight into Bram Stoker's thought process as he developed the novel. Eighteen-Bisang and Miller decipher Stoker's messy and often cryptic handwriting from his original research and plot notes, presenting it alongside facsimiles of the actual notes held in a collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

To anyone studying the novel, or simply reading it for pleasure, "Notes for Dracula" is a must-have companion piece.Although the handwritten notes play a big part in this book, it also includes Stoker's typewritten notes, background information on the author, and much, much more. What I found of special interest are the sections "The Novel vs. the Notes" and "The Novel We Could Have Read."

I can't think of any other creature that has so deeply ingrained itself into world-wide culture.Dracula is the most famous vampire there is...and for the first time, we get a real glimpse into the creative process that brought him to light. -- Brad Middleton, vampyres.com

4-0 out of 5 stars Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition
Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition
Excel·lent edició. Treball d'edició acurat. Imprescindible per a qualsevol interessat realment en la novel·la Dràcula.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long awaited
This is a long awaited first-rate material for Draculastudies as well as for the studies in fin-de-siecle English literature and culture.Complete with the facsimile of original holograph of Stoker and his type-written material, it is sure to give you precious glimpses of the author's secrets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Was Dracula Based on Vlad the Impaler?
This book has the notes that Stoker used when writing Dracula.For me the most important piece of information that comes from them is: Stoker did not base the blood-sucking count on the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler.Therefore those scholars that pushed the Dracula-Vlad connection in the 70's were, at best, mistaken.And the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula" is anything but Bram Stoker's Dracula.The book does cost enough that anyone not serious about Stoker's greatest novel might want to pass on it.But if you consider yourself a true Dracula enthusiast, it may be worth the price to peek into Stoker's creative process. ... Read more

9. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Documentary Volume
by Elizabeth Miller
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10. The Critical Response to Bram Stoker: (Critical Responses in Arts and Letters)
Hardcover: 216 Pages (1993-12-30)
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This volume collects some of the most significant critical responses to the works of Bram Stoker, a writer best known in our time as the author of Dracula. But Stoker wrote other works as well, and he responded to many of the issues that concerned Victorian England and which continue to concern the present-day reader. The introduction to the volume places Stoker in the larger context of the literature of his time and discusses his variety of works. Each section that follows is devoted to one of Stoker's works. Within each section are representative samples of criticism, ranging from the Victorian era to the present day. A selected bibliography concludes the volume. Through this book, Stoker emerges not only as a significant writer of horror fiction, but also as a writer concerned with the role of women in society, the social impact of science and technology, and the impact of racial and ethnic issues. ... Read more

11. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
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Since its publication in 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula has never been out of print. Within the narrative's recesses—its vaults, coffins, cells, mansions—Stoker captures and inventories a host of anxieties and concerns, from the rise of a new media ecology to the status of women. Study this enduring novel with this volume of Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations.

This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts presents critical essays that reflect a variety of schools of criticism on the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature. Each volume also contains an introductory essay by Harold Bloom, critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index. ... Read more

12. Science and Social Science in Bram Stoker's Fiction:
by Carol A. Senf
Hardcover: 176 Pages (2002-10-30)
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Best known today as the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker also wrote several other works, including The Jewel of Seven Stars, Lady Athlyne, and The Lair of the White Worm. While he is largely thought of as a Gothic author, he also employs science and technology in his writings. This book examines Stoker's familiarity with scientific discoveries of his day and his blending of science and technology with supernatural subject matter. Stoker, then, emerges as an early writer of science fiction. In addition, this book shows him to be a thoughtful critic of the role of science in society. ... Read more

13. Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker (Graphic Classics (Graphic Novels))
by Bram Stoker
Paperback: 144 Pages (2007-08-15)
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Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker is completely revised, with an all-new comics adaptation of "Dracula" by Rich Rainey and Joe Ollmann. Returning from the first edition are "The Judge's House" by Gerry Alanguilan, "Torture Tower" by Onsmith Jeremi, and "The Lair of the White Worm" by South African artist Rico Schacherl. Also "The Bridal of Death", an excerpt from "The Jewel of Seven Stars" by J.B. Bonivert, and "The Wondrous Child" illustrated by Evert Geradts. With a sumptuous cover painting by Mark A. Nelson. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy volume of illustrated adaptations
"Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker" serves up an excellent collection of illustrated stories by horror Grandmaster Bram Stoker. Each tale is either fully illustrated, comic book style, or text and page combined. All of the illustrations are in black and white, and feature a wide variety of styles and flair. This is definitely not the typical art you would find in a DC or Marvel comic, but is much more "arty."

There is plenty of "Dracula," Stoker's number one claim to fame, but there is also enough of his other works to let us know that he wrote more than one novel.This is the second edition of "Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker", with some favorites returning from the first edition, along with some excellent new adaptations.

The stories include:

"Dracula" - Stoker's most famous story, illustrated by Joe Ollmann in a slightly cartoony but appropriately Gothic style. The adaptation is and the style of the book is kept intact, including the letters and paper clippings that drive the plot forward.A nice showpiece for this new edition.

"Vampire's Hunter Guide" is a combination of Van Helsing's text from "Dracula", combined with semi-humorous drawings by Hunt Emerson.

"The Judge's House" is a EC comics -style adaptation (Vault of Horror, Tales From the Crypt, etc...) of a haunted house story.Beware the Judge!

"The Bridal of Death" is adapted from"The Jewel of Seven Stars." A mummy tale, it is rendered in the unique style of J.B. Bonivert who also adapted the Sax Rohmer mummy tale "In the Valley of the Sorceress" for Graphic Classics vol. 12, "Adventure Classics".

"Torture Tower" shows the danger of being a loud-mouthed American tourist in Nuremberg. Wonderfully adapted by Onsmith Jeremi, it is done in an "underground comics" -style, with nervous energy that suits the gruesome tale of comeuppance.

"The Wondrous Child" is illustrated text, with a flight of fancy and a trip to fairy land. The master of horror could put out something sweet from time to time as well.

"Lair of the White Worm" is a great tale of jolly, haunted England and the monsters that haunt its green and pleasant land. Bizarre and sensual, the Lady Arabella is a classic Gothic villainess, with her secret rituals and lust for blood. Illustrated in comic book style, with a Victorian flair in style, by Rico Schacherl. ... Read more

14. Dracula (Norton Critical Editions)
by Bram Stoker
Paperback: 512 Pages (1996-12-17)
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The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers' imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man's struggle to recover his "deepest sense of himself as a man", making it the "ultimate terror myth".Amazon.com Review
Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored byinclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others areFrankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart ofDarkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and TheMetamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not onlythe complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminatingfootnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the timeof publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, andseven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbachof the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires,Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic,The MonsterShow, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of thevolume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that BramStoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papersover the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticismincludes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality,gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of"reverse colonization" by politically turbulentTransylvania. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story

Any one who enjoys vampire novels should spend some time with Stoker's wicked creation. He wasn't the first or even the best (check out Carmilla or Varney), but it was his creation which essentially set the mold for every vampire story to come.From the creepy Transylvania countryside, to gloomy England, the wizened hunter, the helpless damsels, and determined heroes. Stoker's model can be seen in nearly every horror film and book of the last 100 years. Sometimes the language can be a bit stilted for modern readers, even preachy, but the construction is masterful.If you've read Salem's Lot, you might recognize the structure-- newspaper accounts, first person retelling, and narratives all combine for a layered, rich story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Being such a big fan of the vampire genre, I'm amazed that I waited this long to finally read the one that started it all.I'm so glad I finally did.Bram Stoker's Dracula is full of creepiness, suspense and rich atmosphere.The story is told completely through correspondence (letters, diaries, newspaper articles...), but it flows smoothly and that method gives great insight into each of the characters and what they're thinking and feeling.Dracula is a thrilling page-turner that everyone should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Horror Novel
How inadequate the reviewer feels commenting on this classic work!

Why do I comment then? I reread Mr. Stoker's greatest work for a class studying gender roles in literature, where I approached this work in a very different manner than when I first read it several years ago. In this class, I specifically focused my efforts on the idea of an overly "feminine" Victorian woman, who was emotional, and submissive in all manners, and particularly in the realm of sexuality. Mr. Stoker, however, explores sexuality in a very different way. Instead, he describes the female vampires using "hyper-sexualized" diction, while describing Dracula using more neutered diction. It is a fascinating method of exploring the classic work.

Mr. Stoker's work can be read in so many ways, but regardless of the method, it should be thoroughly enjoyed!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Reading Dracula was time well spent. The book was easier to read than I thought it would be given the time in which it was written. There were some parts that aged the book and Bram could have done without a lot of the character praise, but other than that, Dracula made a good vampire.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
This is one of my first Kindle downloads, but I didn't start to read it until my son had to in a Language Arts Class.I wanted to be able to help him understand the story when he had questions.

As I started to read, I realized that I am enjoying it much more than I ever did 30 years ago.I am hoping it from worldly experience. And as my son asks question about the story, I am able to explain it to him much more easily than if I had depended past memory.

I think if you enjoy this genre of book, you will like this one.It is a much easier read than Frankenstein (my son's 7th grade class started it and couldn't understand it.Frankly, it was a pretty hard read for me as well), and I think will be much easier to interpret to a modern culture.

This is a true classic, and after reading it, you will know why. ... Read more

15. Graphic Classics Volume 7: Bram Stoker - 1st Edition (Graphic Classics (Graphic Novels))
by Bram Stoker, John Pierard, Gerry Alanguilan, Lesley Reppeteaux
Paperback: 144 Pages (2003-10-13)
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Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker is the seventh in a series of books which present great literature in comics and heavily illustrated format by some of the best artists working today in the fields of comics, book illustration, and fine arts. The book includes comics adaptations of "The Lair of the White Worm", an excerpt from Dracula, plus six other great stories by the great writer, Bram Stoker. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, Bram Stoker did more than "Dracula" and this comic book proves it
Like Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker is considered to be a one-hit wonder in the world of literature.Of course when you are talking about novels like "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" and "Dracula," that is enough to establish your literary immortality.Both authors did write other works, and while Stoker does not have anything else in his literary resume as good as Shelley's novel "The Last Man," overall his writing output was superior."Lair of the White Worm," his last novel, written fourteen years after "Dracula," is the centerpiece of "Graphic Classics, Volume 7: Bram Stoker," but to no one's surprise his vampire count pops up in a number of pieces as well.

"Lair of the White Worm" is illustrated by Rico Schacherl and adapted by Tom Pomplum in 32 pages.Adam Salton arrives from Australia to meet with his great uncle Richard as the last surviving members of the Salton family.Adam travels to the old kingdom of Mercia in the heart of ancient Britain where strange things start happening.For example, snakes quickly crawl away from Lady Arabella March but later a mongoose attacks her. Eventually we get to the well by which the legendary White Worm came and went, and Lady Arabella has an even stranger encounter with a mongoose.Eventually Adam figures out what is going on and the goal becomes to destroy the titular creature.Do not think that the cover painting by Glenn Barr gives an indication of what the artwork is like for "Liar of the White Worm" because Schacherl's work is a lot more cartoonish.But the adaptation is solid and does a more serviceable job than the Ken Russell movie version.

"Dracula" pops up in a variety of ways in this collection.The book's introduction is a letter to Stoker by Mort Castle with a modest proposal for a new dramatic presentation of "Dracula" as a ballet (which makes sense to anybody who has seen Guy Maddin's "Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary," which both Castle and I have done)."Dracula's Voyage: An Excerpts from Dracula by Bram Stoker," adapted by John W. Pierard, retells the story of the journey of the "Demeter" that brought the count from Varna to Whitby.The black & white illustrations are more white than black, which is an interesting approach, and if Pierard is thinking about doing the entire novel that would be fine."The Dracula Gallery" has a dozen one-page illustrations based on the novel displaying a wide variety of drawing styles.Those by Michael Manning, Jeff Gather, Lisa K. Weber, Todd Schorr, and Todd Lovering stand out from the others.Then there is "Professor Abraham Van Helsing's Vampire Hunter's Guide," freely adapted by Tom Pomplun and illustrated by Hunt Emerson to humorous effect.

The rest of the volume is an interesting variety of approaches and visual styles."Torture Tower," adapted from Stoker's "The Squaw" by Onsmith Jeremi, uses a dozen panels per page to tell the story of a man on his honeymoon in Germany who makes the mistake of killing a kitten (think E.C.'s "Tales from the Crypt")."The Wondrous Child" is a fanciful fable by Stoker where the text has been edited down and there are a half dozen illustrations by Evert Geradts."The Funeral Party" is a very short story by Stoker on one page with a Richard Sala illustration opposite."The Dualists" is another edited text story, this time illustrated by Lesley Reppeteaux, which also evidences Stoker's grim sense of humor.By the time you get through these you will definitely be revising your estimation of Stoker as a one-hit wonder.

The final selection of stories gets us back to conventional comic book presentations.Artistically "The Judge's House," adapted by Gerry Alanguilan, is the most effective.I liked his close-up of the rat steadily glaring at our hero with baleful eyes; for that matter, I like the eyes of the judge and the ill-fated hero on the last couple of pages of the story."The Bridal of Death," an excerpt from "The Jewel of Seven Stars," is adapted and illustrated by J. B. Bonivert, with an almost art deco style that seems rather ill suited to Stoker's story but which is certainly striking.

Tom Pomplun's name pops up a lot in this volume because he is the designer, editor and publisher of "Graphic Classics" (he specifically edited down the text stories presented herein).You can find "Graphic Classics" devoted to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, H.G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and O. Henry.This venture has been successful enough that a revised and expanded second edition of "Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe" has been released. There are few recognizable names (e.g., Richard Corden, Gahan Wilson), involved in these retellings, but you will see some of the names in this volume in others and will certainly come to have your favorites.I look forward to more of these volumes, especially if we get to the likes of Arthur Machen, Clark Ashton Smith, and Robert Bloch that I was read in my formative years.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy volume of illustrated adaptations
"Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker" serves up an excellent collection of illustrated stories by horror Grandmaster Bram Stoker.Each tale is either fully illustrated, comic book style, or text and page combined.All of the illustrations are in black and white, and feature a wide variety of styles and flair.This is definitely not the typical art you would find in a DC or Marvel comic, but is much more "arty."

There is plenty of "Dracula," Stoker's number one claim to fame, but there is also enough of his other works to let us know that he wrote more than one novel.

"Lair of the White Worm" is a great tale of jolly, haunted England and the monsters that haunt its green and pleasant land.A comic book style tale, with a Victorian flair in style.

"Torture Tower" shows the danger of being a loud-mouthed American tourist in Nuremberg.Comic book style.

"The Wondrous Child" is illustrated text, with a flight of fancy and a trip to fairy land.

"The Funeral Party" is a one-page illustrated text.Excellent dark humor.

"Dracula's Voyage" is a scratchy rendition of the first few chapters of "Dracula."Very well done.

"The Dracula Gallery" has artists taking a snatch of text as inspiration, then creating a page.

"Vampire's Hunter Guide" is acombination of Van Helsing's text and semi-humorous drawings.

"The Dualists" is an illustrated text piece of two friends and their passion.By far the most gruesome of the lot.

"The Judge's House" is comic book style, a haunted house story.

"The Bridal of Death" is adapted from "The Jewel of Seven Stars."A mummy tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Especially recommended to the attention of Bram Stoker fans
Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker presents illustrated novel adaptations of classic tales of terror by Bram Stoker, best known for his classic novel "Dracula." Stark black-and-white imagery by a variety of different artists (Hunt Emerson, Rico Schacherl, J.B. Bonivert, Evert Geradts) adds a stringent and often visually provocative touch to these spine-chilling and narrations which are especially recommended to the attention of Bram Stoker fans and Horror Fiction enthusiasts. ... Read more

16. Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker's Fiction and its Cultural Context
by William Hughes
Hardcover: 230 Pages (2000-11-04)
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Beyond Dracula represents an important critical departure from the customary psychoanalytical approach to the writings of Bram Stoker. Reading Stoker as a participant in Victorian and Edwardian cultural life, this volume examines the breadth of Stoker's novel-length fiction, as well as his journalism, biographical writings and short fiction. In its consideration of questions of religion, censorship, gender and medicine, the volume will interest not merely readers of the Gothic but those involved in the study of Victorian and Edwardian culture. ... Read more

17. The Man Who Wrote Dracula: A Biography of Bram Stoker
by Daniel Farson
 Hardcover: 240 Pages (1975-06)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Careless and Gossipy, but Some Interesting Anecdotes.
"The Man Who Wrote Dracula" was the second biography written about the author of the legendary work of gothic horror "Dracula", after Henry Ludlam's 1962 book "A Biography of Dracula". This biography was written in 1975 by Daniel Farson, Bram Stoker's great-nephew, whose grandfather was Bram's younger brother Tom. It has the advantage of being privy to family gossip and anecdotes, but doesn't demonstrate the scholarship of the more recent "Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula" by Barbara Belford. In fact, "The Man Who Wrote Dracula" is given to careless use of words and unsubstantiated innuendo, but includes some details of Bram Stoker's professional life not found in Belford's book.

"The Man Who Wrote Dracula" is poorly organized into 3 parts. Part One gets off to an inauspicious start by suggesting, on the first page, that Bram Stoker's debilitating childhood illness may have been psychological, which is low on the list of possibilities. It covers Stoker's time in Ireland, from his birth to his civil service career and moonlighting as a drama critic. Then it moves to London as Stoker takes the job that would define his life: acting manager of the Lyceum Theatre and assistant to the actor Henry Irving. It continues through the best years of his life at the Lyceum. Farson only gets around to talking about Stoker's writing in the last chapter, even though he had been a published author for years at that point.

Part Two concerns the origins and reception of "Dracula". There are chapters on vampire folklore, modern vampire superstitions, explanations of vampire beliefs, literary antecedents, the 15th century Wallachian prince from whom the novel took its name-Vlad "Dracula" Tepes, and Farson analyzes some of the more far-fetched interpretations of "Dracula". I have to commend Farson for stating, in reference to Vlad Tepes, that "Stoker seized on the name of Dracula, together with a vague impression of the background, and that was all". It was around the time this book was published that the theory that Count Dracula was based on the historical Vlad Tepes was becoming popular.

Part Three returns to Stoker's life, starting in 1895, when Farson claims that Stoker started writing Dracula. Stoker actually began the novel 5 years earlier, but his working notes had not been discovered until after this book was published. We follow Stoker through difficult days at the Lyceum, fraught with financial difficulties, to life after Henry Irving, to Bram Stoker's death. Farson includes more details and commentary about Stoker's advocacy of censorship of the arts than I have read elsewhere, which is interesting. His speculation -which Farson states as fact- about the cause of Stoker's death has been the cause of much debate. Farson claims that Stoker died of syphilis, because his death certificate lists "locomotor ataxia" among the causes of death. Locomotor ataxia is, indeed, syphilitic spinal sclerosis, but Stoker had several strokes in the months before his death, whose symptoms could easily have been confused with those of locomotor ataxia by an imperceptive doctor.

"The Man Who Wrote Dracula" seems carelessly written. Although it contains some interesting anecdotes, it doesn't usually mention their source. Still, "Dracula" scholars will want to read this biography and glean what they can. But it would make a confusing and underinformed introduction to Bram Stoker's life. Read Barbara Belford's 1996 biography first. ... Read more

18. The Annotated Dracula
by Bram Stoker
 Hardcover: 362 Pages (1975-05)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Most Elaborately Annotated Edition. Artwork by Sätty.
Leonard Wolf may be the world's most revered "Dracula" scholar. A native of Transylvania who left "the land beyond the forest" as a child, Wolf has taught and written about Bram Stoker's immortal novel for decades. In 1975, Wolf published "The Annotated Dracula", which remains to this day the most elaborately annotated edition of the novel.

"The Annotated Dracula" is a large book whose many illustrations and interesting notes are a pleasure to peruse. The text of the novel, itself, is taken from the second printing of the first edition, with typos in tact. The annotations include over 100 illustrations -drawings and photographs. 15 full-page drawings by artist Sätty (Wilfried Podreich) are featured. These are captivating expressionist interpretations of scenes from "Dracula", not to be missed. All illustrations are black-and-white.

In his introduction to "The Annotated Dracula", Leonard Wolf takes the reader on a tour of the traditions and circumstances from which "Dracula" eventually emerged at the hand of Bram Stoker. He discusses Gothic Romance literature, the vampire literature that preceded "Dracula", Eastern European vampire folklore, Vlad "Dracula" Tepes -the 15th century Wallachian Prince from whom the Count Dracula takes his name, and, finally, the life of the novel's enigmatic author, Bram Stoker.

Annotations in the form of margin notes are found on most pages of the novel. Wolf has included explanations for every imaginable allusion in the text, as well as interesting personal comments. The reader gets quite a history lesson just reading the notes. Some of the most intriguing notes include: recipes for the Romanian dishes on which Jonathan Harker dines, population demographics for Transylvania in the late 19th century, translations of old Mr. Swales' dialect, explanations of Victorian figures of speech, and the particulars of Victorian typewriters that Mina employs so frequently. I find that reading straight through the abundant notes is a bit much. Reading them with the novel is distracting. They are ideal for fans and students concentrating on one chapter or passage at a time and add to the enjoyment of the novel when absorbed in small doses.

The Appendixes contain some useful information and interesting trivia, as well. Maps of Transylvania, Europe, England & Wales, Whitby, London, and the Zoological Gardens in London are provided, with places from the novel marked. A Calendar of Events charts the events of the novel from May to November 1887 (the supposed year "Dracula" takes place) in coherent form. Students and aficionados may appreciate "Dracula Onstage", a chart of Count Dracula's appearances in the novel, with page numbers. There is a Selected Filmography that includes notable Dracula films, 1922-1974, including films featuring the Dracula character, not necessarily based on Stoker's novel. British, American, and Foreign-language editions of "Dracula" from 1897 to 1973 are listed. There is an Index for the novel that is helpful but not comprehensive.

"The Annotated Dracula" has been out of print for some time. Its latest incarnation is "The Essential Dracula", a handsome softcover edition released in 2004. "The Essential Dracula" retains and, in some cases, augments the footnotes found in "The Annotated Dracula", but dispenses with most of its illustrations, all of the Sätty drawings, and the Appendixes. If you simply want the information contained in the notes, "The Essential Dracula" is excellent -although the notes border on microscopic and can be trying to read. "The Annotated Dracula", with its maps, charts, and abundant illustrations, is a more elaborate edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great edition with blood-thirsty details
First read this when I was in college.Great illustrztions and liner notes.Even on page one, as Jonathan HRKER STOPS FOR DINNER IN THE HOTEL BEFORE GOING ON TO DRACULA'S CASTLE, HE DINES ON CHICKEN PAPRIKOSH.In themargin, they have THE RECIPE!!!! for this dish!Awesome.Hope it returns.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dracula resource available
Excellent information. Background information details nearly line by line the orginal novel. Get your hands on a copy of this book if you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars The original novel with copious marginal notes
Vampire stories have been told and retold with fascination. However, there are few that match the power of the novel by Bram Stoker. This book contains the original version with thick margins filled with footnotes, anecdotes, vampire lore, and insight into every aspect of this fascinating story. ... Read more

19. Dracula: Bram Stoker (New Casebooks)
Hardcover: 237 Pages (1999-02-15)
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The popular appeal of Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, now over a hundred years old, shows little sign of waning. It is only over the last twenty years, however, that Dracula has begun to receive much serious critical attention. This volume selects the most significant contemporary work on the novel from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, including Marxist, Psychoanalytical, Historicist, and Feminist, forming a unique collection which engages with questions about the psychological and social significance of this highly transgressive and enduringly popular text. ... Read more

20. Bram Stoker: The Man Who Wrote Dracula (Great Life Stories)
by Steven Otfinoski
Library Binding: 112 Pages (2005-11)
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