Bram Stoker's Dracula: A classic gothic novel with a new introduction

Carla Paton

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic Gothic novel that was published in 1897. The novel tells the story of Count Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of people led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Although it was published over 100 years ago, this book is still popular today and has been adapted into many movies.

New introduction

This new annotated edition comes with an introduction to Gothic fiction tropes, making this edition perfect for fans of the Gothic genre.

Dracula plot summary

The Count drags himself ashore at Whitby Abbey on the northeast coast of England and begins his campaign to bring Lucy Westenra under his control. Lucy is a beautiful young woman who has recently become engaged to Dr. John Seward, a doctor who runs a mental hospital near London. Meanwhile, back in Transylvania, Renfield, a patient in the mental hospital who believes that he can gain power by drinking the blood of small animals, escapes and makes his way to England. He ends up at the Abbey where he meets Dracula.

Dracula starts feeding on Lucy's blood, and she soon becomes ill. Van Helsing realizes what is happening and tries to stop it, but Dracula seems to be too powerful. Lucy dies, but Van Helsing knows that she is not really dead. She has become one of the undead like Dracula himself. In order to save her soul, Van Helsing and his friends must kill Dracula.

When it was first published, Dracula was not an immediate success. In fact, many reviewers were quite critical of the book. However, over time, it has become one of the most popular and well-known Gothic novels. Today, it is considered to be a classic in both the horror and Gothic genres.

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