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While I am not a fan of prequels, this one changed my mind. Dracul, written by Dacre Stoker, the great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, did a fantastic job. The story is a fictional account of Bram Stoker and how he came up with the idea of Dracula.
Young Bram is a sickly child. His Nana Ellen has been taking care of him and his sister Matilda for a long time. Bram and his sister think there is something strange about Nana Ellen. Bram becomes cured of his illness and is left with two pinpricks on his wrist that never go away. Nana Ellen disappears, nowhere to found. Nana Ellen is sighted many years later, never seeming to age. Other people who were said to have died when Bram was a child are also now seen.
— Ray, Denver
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 crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here...
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen—a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen—and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning.
About the Author
Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and the international bestselling co-author of Dracula: The Un-Dead, the official Stoker family-endorsed sequel to Dracula. He is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years. He currently lives with his wife, Jenne, in Aiken, South Carolina, where he manages the Bram Stoker Estate.
J.D. Barker is the internationally bestselling author of Forsaken, The Fourth Monkey, and The Fifth to Die. He was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His works have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and daughter, Ember.