3 books to read if you enjoyed Stoker’s Dracula

3 best vampire books after Dracula

If Stoker’s Dracula fascinated you, you’re not the only one. Vampire stories have a way of capturing the reader’s attention (which is why this isn’t the first time we’ve written about vampire books!)

If you don’t want to stop reading vampire stories at this ultimate classic, here are three excellent reads you can continue your quest with: Continue reading “3 books to read if you enjoyed Stoker’s Dracula”

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.

Reading back to back: Dracula vs The Historian

Have you ever felt the need, after finishing a book, to read another one on a similar subject?

It happens to me a lot. It’s also a fun way of discovering more beautiful stories out there.

I’m a huge fan of myths and legends. I first read Stoker’s Dracula when I was ten, and have read it again and again ever since (fifteen times and counting!). I read The Historian a couple of months ago, and I was fascinated by its historical accuracy, the geographical components, the sense of danger it creates to you as you red through. So, here goes, these are two books you should absolutely try reading back to back.

Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Victorian London: Jonathan Harker, a real estate employee, is requested to travel for work to the faraway land of Transylvania. His job is to draw the final contract of land ownership for an old Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula. Leaving his fiancee, Mina, behind, Harker will soon realize that everything about the Count reeks of danger. Old legends are true, and the Count is more than meets the eye.

This is the most iconic, let alone famous, work of fiction about Dracula. Stoker reimagined tha historical Voivode of Wallachia in a mysterious, intriguing, and dangerous way. It is not about gruesome details, as you might find in many present fiction books. It’s about the mysterious atmosphere. You don’t need to see the fangs to see the vampire. You feel the terror that the Count imposes, and that is more than enough. What makes this book phenomenal is the way of writing, even more than the story itself. So is it possible to read fiction without having read Dracula?

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova

“To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my History….”

An ancient book like no other lies in a private library. Its pages are all empty but the middle ones. There, in the middle, lies a massive dragon. And the history behind it is almost unbelievable..

The Historian has been searching for an evil source that shouldn’t be alive, a legend that is not supposed to exist. A wild chase begins, from 1930s Istanbul to 1950s Budapest, and from Bulgaria to France. Three generations are on the hunt, each one getting closer to the truth than the one before. Many beng will try to stop them, but many more will offer their help and courage. Are the legends absolutely true? And if so, how can you stop an evil so massive?

Kostova writes about a story long told before, but that doesn’t make the story any less interesting. An absolutely beautiful tale, based on a sometimes eerie atmosphere, it will hold your attention from the first to the last page. Kostova is massively inspired by Dracula, not only regarding the story, but also the way of narrating. She has a very interesting way to emerge you in the plot so mush so, that you end up believing you are the one on the hunt. You are travelling, searching. Budapest is so clear to you, as if you are actually there. And you await the end of the chase, as if this is actually personal to you.

If you’re not sure why you should be reading both…

The similarities in the books is quite intriguing. But at the same time, they are clearly two different stories. And this is what makes them ideal for a back to back reading. If you loved Dracula, the Historian is probably what you should be reading next. Through its details, it becomes truly fascinating, and does not let you down. If you haven’t read Dracula yet…well, here’s a good chance for you. Set both books on your list, and we wish you happy reading!