As a Western culture, we seem to have undergone bouts of literary amnesia when it comes to Vampires. In present day, usually the hallmark thirst for blood is offset by a romance. While this familiar undercurrent of darkness and sexuality is the driving force behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it is enveloped in the repressive and religious fervor that characterizes the Victorian era.
Stoker’s use of description, along with the narration style of journal entries, makes this a great read for someone looking for a decent horror/suspense novel. While readers may be put off by the melodramatic entreaties to God (that punctuate every other page) it also aids the supernatural tone of the story. To conclude: Dracula comes highly recommended, and I hope future readers enjoy it as much as I have.
Review Submitted by: Katie Schreven
Rating: Highly Recommended