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I do not mean to in any way detract from this novel, but I believe had Stoker had time to revise it, it would probably have been perfect in every way, like Dracula. Oct 02, Alexander rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of "Dracula" and other vampire legends, Fans of the macabre.
Bram Stoker's collection of short stories is overall a good read, though it gets quite tedious in spots because of his love of going into descriptions of settings and moods and whatnot for page upon page upon page. One can argue that this is just a product of the age that it was written in take into consideration their thought processes and speaking styles, etc. Because of this, conversations that, by today's standards, would be confined to few paragraphs stretch on for the span of an entire c Bram Stoker's collection of short stories is overall a good read, though it gets quite tedious in spots because of his love of going into descriptions of settings and moods and whatnot for page upon page upon page.
Because of this, conversations that, by today's standards, would be confined to few paragraphs stretch on for the span of an entire chapter or many pages at once. It does get quite cumbersome and annoying, but then again, this seems to be how people spoke and thought "back in the day. Like all collections of short stories, there is some variance among the different stories.
There are high points and low points. Although most of them deal with the occult and the macabre, there are some differences, with some having surprisingly happy endings "The Gipsy Prophecy" , and one notable exception being a quite uplifting story "The Dream of Red Hands". The two lowest points are, unfortunately, the two longest stories in the book. The bulk of the story is a man running from a gang of marauders.
It's like watching "Run, Lola, Run," sans the appeal of being a quasi-classic of German cinema. And while the average length of each story is between 15 to 25 pages, the longest one, at a comparatively whopping pages is "The Lair of the White Worm," which is the other low point.
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Oh, indeed it isn't such a bad story, but it just drags on Of notable, and final, interest is the title story, "Dracula's Guest. The explanation that it was supposed to be some sort of prequel to the famous original work "Dracula" does little to help the situation, partly because it never explains who the main character is.
Are we to assume it's Jonathan Harker? I feel that given the action of the two stories, this is unlikely. So is it some unrelated traveler? Anyway, so he stumbles upon some deserted village that was once ravaged by vampires and finds some tomb. They never explain what happened to his neck you'll understand when you read it. The ONLY very interesting part of the story, and we have to make a leap, an assumption, to reach this conclusion, is that the Countess Dolingen of Gratz, whose tomb the main character stumbles upon, is indeed one of the "weird sisters," one of the three wild vampire women found later on in Dracula's castle.
But then again, while this presumption arouses great interest and supposition in me, it may not work for all, for others may not reach this same conclusion that I took the liberty of arriving at. All in all, a good read, one that kept me captivated, and that I would recommend to others, but in reality only garnered a rating of barely 4 stars in my eyes. Oct 05, Max rated it really liked it Shelves: gothic , horror. Note: this rating and review is only about the short stories.
To read my review of Lair of the White Worm go to that page. This is an excellent collection of short stories, with some really creepy and disturbing ones. Stoker clearly didn't have a one-off hit with Dracula - he's got a lot more good stuff in him. I've read Dracula's Guest, the titular story, a number of times before, and while it's still fun, it's definitely one of the weaker ones. It lacks the terror and cleverness of the first Note: this rating and review is only about the short stories. It lacks the terror and cleverness of the first four chapters of Dracula.
The Judge's House has two classic horror elements: rats and an evil portrait. It's a pretty good tale of a rational man encountering the supernatural and slowly going mad as a result. The Squaw is probably my favorite story, as it is paced excellently. It's one of those cases where you know what's going to happen and yet you can't look away, with a great ending and a truly creepy cat. The Secret of the Growing Gold is another story that uses Gothic tropes I'm familiar with, and it's a pretty good example of the man who kills his wife and then marries another woman, only to be haunted by his first wife.
A Gipsy Prophecy is an interesting one, since it does a good job of building tension over whether a murderous prophecy will be fulfilled, only to seemingly subvert things at the last moment. The Coming of Abel Behenna is another story built on old tropes, but Stoker does a good job of it. The Burial of the Rats is my other favorite from this collection. Once again, there are creepy rats, but there are also humans that are frighteningly rat-like.
It features a chase through a downtrodden district of Paris and a number of corpses eaten to the bone by rats. The last two stories are a bit strange and don't quite fit with the others. A Dream of Red Hands has nice creepy dreams in it, but is largely a Christian morality tale. Crooken Sands does a nice job with its doppleganger plot, but there's too much humor in it for it to really spook me.
All in all, I loved this collection. It has some good scares and some good twists on old plots. Oct 22, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: books-owned. Well, this is a little more of what I expected from Bram Stoker. I was quite disillusioned after reading the disastrous Lair of the White Worm which I have reviewed separately from Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales , even though it appears tacked onto this collection in the Penguin edition. This collection was published by Stoker's widow after his death, and it makes up for the rushed hack-job of White Worm no matter how much the editor of the Penguin edition tries to legitimi 3.
This collection was published by Stoker's widow after his death, and it makes up for the rushed hack-job of White Worm no matter how much the editor of the Penguin edition tries to legitimize and justify that crummy novella. The first tale here is the strongest -- "Dracula's Guest" -- and that's because it's likely the first chapter of Dracula that was edited out of the final publication.
An unnamed narrator Harker is on his way to Count Dracula's castle when he decides to take a walk through a cemetery on Walpurgisnacht -- not a good plan! Snow, hail, women rising from the dead, wolves, lightning attacks, and mysterious strangers all converge on the poor guy. It's a wonderfully atmospheric tale. The rest of the stories range in quality, but most are strong enough to make this an enjoyable read, and also redeems Stoker in my mind. I'm still curious to see if Stoker has a novel-length work that stands on its own beside Dracula.
I'm also wondering if he keeps returning to the same well for metaphors Berserkers and creepy occurrences rats, lightning, women rising from the dead, etc. I look forward to finding out when I read The Jewel of Seven Stars next October, confident from reading this collection that Stoker is at least a competent writer.
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But I still need more convincing that he isn't just a one-hit-wonder. Oct 06, Shawn Fairweather rated it liked it. What is fascinating to me are the literary differences and evolution of the horror genre over the years. In the glory days of Hollywood of the 40's and 50's horror films were often campy and in a sense non-risky.
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There were some underground films that were buried for many years such as Maniacs or Dementia 13 that emerged in the 60's that took some real risks in terms of gore and terror, but for the most part, the genre was timid. After reading Stokers collective work here, his usage of terr What is fascinating to me are the literary differences and evolution of the horror genre over the years. After reading Stokers collective work here, his usage of terror, gore, and his unrelenting skill of portraying a graphic nature is uncanny in comparison, and that isnt including the infamous Dracula.
Although some of his entries in this piece were a true snoozefest for me, others showed me the periodic side of his generation and its fear of certain things such as stalking animals. Typically literature is reflective of the time period that it was written with which I presume is the case with this.
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Just some food for thought. Some of these tales seemed to be written as a writer experimenting with a storyline or thought to weigh on whether or not he would expand on it, while others seemed destined short stories. Draculas Guest was the ultimate reason for me choosing to read this at this time being that this is speculated to have been cut out of one of my all time favorite novels "Dracula" so my curiosity was satied and it was well worth it.
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About Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church St. John the Baptist located on Seafield Road West with their children, who were both baptised there. Stoker was an invalid until he started school at the age of seven — when he made a complete and astounding recovery. Of this time, Stoker wrote, "I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years.
He was auditor of the College Historical Society and president of the University Philosophical Society, where his first paper was on "Sensationalism in Fiction and Society". In , while employed as a civil servant in Dublin, Stoker wrote a non-fiction book The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, published and theatre reviews for The Dublin Mail, a newspaper partly owned by fellow horror writer J.
Sheridan Le Fanu. His interest in theatre led to a lifelong friendship with the English actor Henry Irving. The couple moved to London, where Stoker became business manager at first as acting-manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre, a post he held for 27 years. He is in fact more than a character: he is a modern legend, an icon, the centre of a complex web of images, ideas, emotions and baffling questions. That this is largely due to Dracula on film rather than on the page is undeniable; yet the book itself survives and overshadows all the film re-creations of it.
It is powerful and haunting, full of originality and a deep sense, carefully and vividly constructed, of something utterly strange rising up to threaten human life. The man who wrote this masterpiece of horror is himself an enigma, wrapped in his own strangeness, which years of research have done little to penetrate, and which grows still deeper if we read his other works — several full- length novels and a number of stories like those presented here. Bram Abraham Stoker was born in Dublin in into a socially well- connected family. He studied law but was more strongly drawn to literature and the theatre, and he knew the family of Oscar Wilde.
In his twenties he worked as a civil servant but also wrote journalism and short stories. His meeting with the great actor Henry Irving in was a turning-point in his life. For 25 years Stoker would be immersed in this hectic life, which brought him into contact with many of the leading figures of the time, and he travelled much abroad. He married the beautiful Florence Balcombe, for whose hand Oscar Wilde had once been a suitor. Stoker continued to write, but his time was strictly limited, and Dracula was a work in progress for some seven years before finally appearing in Stoker had one son, born the year following his marriage.
Stoker died in , but rumours that the cause was syphilis are unsubstantiated. His widow survived him for a quarter of a century, and guarded his literary legacy well, fighting copyright battles with the youthful film industry. After the publication of Dracula , Stoker wrote eight more novels and many stories, and they all point to a mind drawn to horror and the supernatural in their strangest forms.
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