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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

DRACULA AUTHORS WIN THIRD RAVE IN A ROW FROM INDUSTRY REVIEWERS

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Library Journal Reviews

September 1, 2009


Dracula the Un-Dead


BYLINE: Patricia Altner

SECTION: REVIEWS; Fiction; Pg. 109

LENGTH: 223 words

Stoker, Dacre & Ian Holt. Dracula the Un-Dead. Dutton. Oct. 2009. c.416p. ISBN 978-0-525-95129-2 . $26.95. F


This sequel to Bram Stroker's Dracula (1897) takes place in 1912, 25 years after the events of the first novel. The survivors of the encounter with Dracula are still haunted by the horror. Mina and Jonathan Harker's marriage is strained. Their adult son Quincy knows nothing of Dracula, and his parents hope-in vain, as it turns out-to keep him ignorant of past events. Jack Seward barely sustains his sanity with heroin. Arthur Holmwood hides in his manor, while an aged Dr. Van Helsing impatiently awaits the vampire's return. A demonic force begins insinuating itself into their lives. Death stalks them and those close to them. Meanwhile, Bram Stoker remains a bitter author who has had little success with his fictional version of Dracula. How he knew anything about the events of years ago is one of many mysteries explored here. VERDICT The authors (Stoker is a descendant of Bram, and Holt is a noted Dracula historian) skillfully explore the nature of evil while weaving together several complex plotlines throughout this mesmerizing story. Readers who enjoy dark fantasy with fast-paced action will plow through this book, not wanting to stop. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/09.]-Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD

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