Monday, 29 July 2013

Book: Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

This review is just for Bram Stoker's short story, Dracula's Guest and not the other 'weird stories'. Also this review will be shorter than my normal reviews as the book is only 20 pages long (and I wouldn't want to risk the review being longer than that!)

Dracula's Guest follows the night time adventures of a man revealed to be the guest of Dracula, and protected by him. After abandoning his coach, he stumbles across a cursed village where a female vampire lays entombed (and is burnt by lightning), and is then set upon by a shape-shifted vampire in the form of a wolf. The guest is then saved by a troop of guards who are out looking for him.

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Apologies for the slight gothic fiction stint at the moment, but the novellas are really quick to read so I had a gothic fiction day!

Bram Stoker is very different from other gothic authors in the way that he writes. He writes in a slightly less descriptive, and clearer style which makes his stories, including his full length novel, Dracula (which I have also reviewed) flow easier and leave you less confused than some other works of gothic fiction.

The story of Dracula's Guest, is a scene that was 'deleted' from the novel, Dracula, and so is barely a stand alone tale, however it does make sense and it does add to the story on its own. However, if you haven't read Dracula then you may be slightly confused by the shape-shifting wolf as that wasn't explained (due to the short length). Again this gothic story has some aspects of the evil and seductive side of vampires, with the description of the female vampire found in the tomb.

I will admit to being highly intrigued as to who Dracula's Guest is, and it is a shame that I can't find out! I'd recommend this short story to anyone that has read Dracula, but if you haven't then read that first!