For the fans of all-about-Dracula : Dracula, Rise of the Beast

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Who doesn’t love a good horror story?

The heart beats faster,  your hands tremble, and every little sound in the house makes you jump. Nevertheless, you still love it. Does this sound familiar? If so, you love a good horror story. Most bookworms do, which is why we feel so happy when we find a good horror book to read. And who is one of the most prominent figures in horror literature?

The man, the myth, the legend : Dracula

Everyone knows the beloved figure. Starting with Stoker’s depiction of the historical figure of Vlad III of Wallachia as a blood-sucking, immortal creature (or does undead sound better?), readers all over the world get fascinated with stories about him. Do I need to say more?

Dracula: Rise of the Beast

This is a collection of horror stories about both Dracula and his historical counterpart, Vlad III of Wallachia.

Five different stories from different authors attempt to get the reader acquainted with both the historical figure and the legend. Using historical facts about Vlad III and lore from Romania and the surrounding countries, the authors  give their own perspective on the man, the myth, the legend.

Whether we follow the story through the eyes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a Jewish leader of Budapest or a French servant, there is always suspense in every narrative. The reader follows along different parts of the same figure’s life, all stemming from the authors’ imagination, but all thrilling nonetheless.

An anthology of horror stories you need

The stories are smart, incredibly well researched and carefully constructed, shrouding Dracula in a proper air of mystery, as is well deserved for this legendary figure. Each part of this book is completely different from the next one, which adds more interest to it.  Although the stories come from different authors, the whole anthology seems to bind together remarkably well, retaining the same atmosphere along the whole book.

Recommended for all fans of “everything Dracula”, this is a book you will want to add to your collection. However, it is a good collection of horror stories for everyone else,as well. You don;t need to be fond of vampire stories in order to enjoy this book, and that makes it all the more interesting.