The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's--and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supern...

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Author:Dacre Stoker
ISBN:Stoker's Dracula #1
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Judy Nichols Read the Bram Stoker book, Dracula, first. Dracul will not make as much sense if you don't. I am reading Dracul now and it really helps to have the…moreRead the Bram Stoker book, Dracula, first. Dracul will not make as much sense if you don't. I am reading Dracul now and it really helps to have the ideas and story of the original Dracula in my mind. Just my opinion.(less)

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

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  • Marialyce
    Oct 13, 2018
    4 creepiness factor stars My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... "Even immortals have their beginnings." Talk about a perfect Halloween book! This one had it all vampires galore, unsuspecting victims, and an atmospheric persona that would frighten...
  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 10, 2018
    ?It is believed that the strongest of them can assume any form, be it bat, wolf, swirling mist, even human. They can appear young, old, or any age between. Some can manipulate the elements, producing fog, storms, crashing thunder. Their motives remain unknown, but one thing is clea...
  • Rachel
    Nov 18, 2018
    Masterful. I don't want to say this book is better than Dracula, but it's better than Dracula. The way the plot unfolds is anxiety-inducing and heart-pounding. The characters come alive off the page. I was filled with such dread reading it. The Epilogue is fantastic as well. Made...
  • Debra
    Jan 08, 2019
    "...not all monsters go away with time. In fact, some don't leave you at all - they wait. They're a patient lot. And no matter what it takes, you have to keep ahead of them, an inch outside their grasp will do." It sucked me in! (pun intended!). I was lost in the pages of this boo...
  • Julie
    Dec 08, 2018
    Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker is a 2018 Putman publication. When the very first early reviews for this book started popping up on Goodreads and other book sites, I scrolled right on past it, not even giving it a cursory glance. Of all the genres to choose from, horror is a...
  • Matt
    Oct 08, 2018
    There are surely many who have wondered where Bram Stoker got his idea for Dracula . After creating an interesting sequel to his ancestor?s popular book, Dacre Stoker decided to team up with J.D. Barker to pen this prequel of sorts, though its exploration is less of Prince/Count Dra...
  • Char
    Apr 26, 2019
    4.5/5 stars! I'm keeping this one short and sweet! I loved it! If you enjoyed Dracula, then you most likely will enjoy Dracul as well. I loved the premise of it and the execution. My only issue, and it's a small one, is that it took me a little longer than usual to get into it, ...
  • Luffy
    Jul 12, 2019
    I'm too lazy to write a really compelling disavowal of Dracul. I wanted to compare Dracula with Dracul. Dracula is masterful while Dracul is bloated - and not with blood. Dracul is not a worthy prequel. If one compares text from both books, Dracula is incisive, unrepetitive, purpose...
  • Latasha
    Oct 30, 2018
    First of all, I would like to say thank you a million times to G.P. Putman's Son for sending me a copy of the book. Thank you a million & one! ok, so Dracul- To be honest, it took me a while to get into this book. But once I did get into the story, maybe around 100 pages, 7...
  • Phrynne
    Oct 30, 2018
    What a perfect choice this book was to read on Halloween! Delightfully spooky, frequently gruesome and in parts really scary! Amazingly Dracul is a prequel to the famous Dracula and as such it is perfect. It tells of the young Bram Stoker and his siblings growing up and the impact t...
  • Em Lost In Books
    Nov 19, 2018
    3.5*. Loved the first part with the nanny which I found to be chilling, creepy, and scary. It was the second part which in my opinion was slow and a little too long for my liking. ...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Nov 26, 2018
    Dracul is a dark gothic horror novel. It is the prequel to Dracula. I never was a fan of Dracula and I usually don't read books about vampires, but this one is so different. The book mainly is about the life of Bram Stoker, his childhood and adulthood. Bram was a very sick child. H...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Dec 21, 2018
    It was good and that?s all that matters! Read all the long reviews because I?m not doing them any more! Mel ???? ...
  • Krystal
    Apr 24, 2019
    Um, guys? I don't know what I just read. Blurb: Mysterious happenings throughout Bram Stoker's early years were the inspiration for Dracula, the greatest vampire novel of all time. This is that origin story. Story: Vampires, ghouls, zombies, apparitions, blood and gore, genera...
  • Sean Gibson
    Feb 04, 2019
    In what will come as the most surprising revelation since scientists determined that the sun is kind of hot, I was an unusual 8-year-old. While most kids were getting their Roald Dahl or Beverly Cleary on (or maybe just gorging themselves on Fruit by the Foot), I was reading Dracula (w...
  • Sandy
    Jan 01, 2019
    4.5 stars Cracking way to begin a new year of reading. This prequel to the classic is about as meta as it gets. Written by Stoker?s great-grandnephew & well known author J.D. Barker (The Fourth Monkey), it draws heavily from Bram Stoker?s childhood, journals & notes he s...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    Jun 27, 2018
    "Sometimes our deepest fears are the ones we keep closest to our hearts" **Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam's Sons, and the authors for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book. Remember in Friends when Rachel discovers Joey's copy of The Shining ...
  • Mackey
    Oct 01, 2018
    It's Horror Week here at Goodreads, and what better way to start it off than by reading a seriously chilling tale? Dracul will have you hiding under the covers and wishing for morning light! I practically learned to read by devouring horror books and there simply was no better hor...
  • Mary  Carrasco
    Jan 02, 2019
    I quite enjoyed Bram Stoker's, Dracula. So when I learned that Dracul was meant to be the prequel, incorporating Bram into the story, I was excited to read this. The author did an excellent job of creating a dark, creepy atmosphere, gradually increasing the tension throughout. I espe...
  • Juli
    Oct 22, 2018
    What if the dark tale of Dracula was not just a flight of fancy for author Bram Stoker? What if the origins of the story came from Stoker's own life? Dracul is a prequel of sorts for the classic novel, spinning a dark tale of death, evil and monsters. OMG....I love this book! This ...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    Sep 30, 2018
    "Won't you stay and play with me?" Is there nothing that J.D. Barker touches that isn't purely sensational? If you read the author's notes, you'll find that this story bears truth. What Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker have done here is tell a story that has been long buried. These ar...
  • Julia Ash
    Mar 13, 2019
    I?m always thirsty for a book with a classic Dracula atmosphere. Authored by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker, DRACUL deliciously quenched my palate, which was expected, since one of its co-authors is none other than Bram Stoker?s great grandnephew. How cool is that? The story ...
  • Tammy
    Jul 06, 2018
    This is a prequel, if you will, to the timeless novel Dracula with none other than Bram Stoker himself as the protagonist. Thankfully, these are not sparkly, shiny vampires. What we have here is a blood curdling tale that would make the Count proud. Elegantly written and atmospheric th...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Oct 03, 2018
    ?She was there at my beginning, and will no doubt be there for my end, as I was for hers. This was, and always shall be, our dance.? -Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker Descend into the dark reality and fictional world of the man who wrote the original Dracula. An account of diary ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Jun 13, 2019
    ??A crescent moon dangling in the sky offered the thinnest of illuminations, bathing the world in nothing but faint outlines, silhouettes, and shadows. The tower of Artane Castle was barely visible in the distance, lost behind rolling hills and farmland doted with the small homes ...
  • ✨Tamara
    Dec 26, 2018
    Stoker is back y'all!!! Bram Stoker is transformed into a fictional character and beamed right into a novel of his own creation. Together with his brother and sister and a few others, they battle the ultimate force of darkness... Dracul. okay so first off I have done a lot of researc...
  • Peter
    Oct 19, 2018
    Malignant The comparisons and connections between Dracul and Bram Stoker?s Dracula are inevitable and unavoidable. After all, this is the story of Bram Stoker?s early life, his family and what may have been the catalyst for his classic vampire story. Dracula has become the most po...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    Sep 11, 2018
    5/5 stars ????? Going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the halfway point I said to myself; "Without a doubt, Dracul is going to become a new favorite of mine!", and I was not wrong in assuming as much! Being the prequel to Dracula (which I have yet...
  • Jennie Damron
    Apr 29, 2019
    Oh my Gothic, little heart is so happy right now. What a great story. The writing was so well done and the story well thought out. It was creepy, mildly gory, suspenseful and at times romantic. I was completely swept away in the atmosphere of the book. There wasn't a single character I...
  • Kylie D
    Oct 19, 2018
    An intriguing gothic horror book, told from the point of view of several members of the Stoker family, including Bram, as well as his sister and brother. It tells the tale of Bram's childhood, where he was very sickly, on the verge of death, through to his adulthood. Bram had a nanny n...