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  1. 5 out of 5

    Christian Doig

    Esta excelente colección de relatos breves del autor de Dracula fue publicada después de la muerte de Stoker por su viuda Florence, y aunque la edición que he leído sólo incluye cuatro de los nueve cuentos que constituyen la totalidad de la antología, no deja de ser un buen ejemplo del arte narrativo de uno de los más emblemáticos autores de la ficción gótica de todos los tiempos. "El huésped de Drácula" fue originalmente concebido como un capítulo introductorio de la celebérrima novela de vampir Esta excelente colección de relatos breves del autor de Dracula fue publicada después de la muerte de Stoker por su viuda Florence, y aunque la edición que he leído sólo incluye cuatro de los nueve cuentos que constituyen la totalidad de la antología, no deja de ser un buen ejemplo del arte narrativo de uno de los más emblemáticos autores de la ficción gótica de todos los tiempos. "El huésped de Drácula" fue originalmente concebido como un capítulo introductorio de la celebérrima novela de vampiros, mientras que los demás habían sido publicados en diversos periódicos anglosajones. Yo tuve la fortuna de leer este cuento, muchos años atrás, en la magnífica edición de Dracula que Oveja Negra ofreció como parte de su colección Best-Sellers durante los '80s. Siendo como es una joya prosística, "El huésped de Drácula" inaugura perfectamente el volumen, pero mi relato favorito debe de ser "La casa del juez", una pequeña obra maestra de horror que dosifica a la maravilla suspenso y ambientación. También disfruté muchísimo "La squaw". Ambos trabajos muestran una vez más el dominio que Stoker poseía sobre las convenciones del gótico --sus escenarios macabros y las insólitas criaturas que los habitan--, y las posibilidades de tales elementos para atrapar la imaginación. Asimismo la colección señala el interés de su autor por la aventura de lo desconocido y lo sobrenatural (relacionado con la maldad). "El entierro de las ratas" propone una excepción a esto último, pero confirma la capacidad ficcional de Stoker, aunque, y pese a su extensión, resulta ser su narración menos prolija. Se trata de un eficaz cuadro de supervivencia casi apocalíptica, en el cual el protagonista es perseguido por seres humanos marginales que pueden recordar a los zombies; sin embargo, curiosamente me ha parecido su relato menos logrado. Recomiendo Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories, en cualquiera de sus versiones.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Dan

    This is not actually a sequel to Dracula but a collection of short stories by Stoker. I've written a couple of lines about each of them. Dracula’s Guest: This is part of the original Dracula which was cut to reduce the length. It has very little to do with Dracula (the character and the book) and is a bit of an odd story really. That being said they are so very creepy moments in it. The Judge’s House: A haunted house story which is absolutely fantastic. It’s chilling. The Squaw: A particularly gr This is not actually a sequel to Dracula but a collection of short stories by Stoker. I've written a couple of lines about each of them. Dracula’s Guest: This is part of the original Dracula which was cut to reduce the length. It has very little to do with Dracula (the character and the book) and is a bit of an odd story really. That being said they are so very creepy moments in it. The Judge’s House: A haunted house story which is absolutely fantastic. It’s chilling. The Squaw: A particularly gruesome story involving cats. Predictable but contains some fantastic imagery. The Secret of the Growing Gold: A weird ghost story, which I didn’t like very much. A Gipsy Prophecy: The classic format of characters learning a prophecy and then trying to stop it coming true. It doesn’t do what you expect it to do and this is really pleasing. The Coming of Abel Behenna: Two men fall in love with the same woman. Only one can marry her and it seems they will go to any length to ensure they can have her. The Burial of the Rats: This story confused me. It’s mostly a long chase but I just didn’t get what the point of the story was. Mind you, what the title actually means pretty unpleasant… A Dream of Red Hands: The story of a bad dream and a man desperate to make up for past sins. Not exactly a horror story but it makes you think about whether people should be forgiven for their crimes. Crooken Sands: This begins as a very funny story and then turns into a great little psychological tale. I was beginning to think the stories got worse as they went along but this one was one of the best of the book and a great way to end. Overall it's a great collection of gothic horror stories. In some ways it's very much of it's time with women feeling less important (they mostly faint in these stories), though I found that odd considering Dracula portrays some quite strong female characters. If you want some gothic horror then you can't go far wrong with this collection.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Lau

    «Los muertos viajan deprisa» Éste es el capítulo con el que originalmente iniciaba 'Drácula', y que algún genio de la edición decidió sacar para que el libro no fuera tan largo. Narra una aventura previa que tuvo Jonathan cuando todavía estaba en Munich. Es breve pero no por eso menos oscuro (el cementerio de suicidas es especialmente tétrico), y para mi gusto funciona bárbaro como introducción para una gran novela. Leerlo antes del libro principal es una buena idea, porque además de que era la «Los muertos viajan deprisa» Éste es el capítulo con el que originalmente iniciaba 'Drácula', y que algún genio de la edición decidió sacar para que el libro no fuera tan largo. Narra una aventura previa que tuvo Jonathan cuando todavía estaba en Munich. Es breve pero no por eso menos oscuro (el cementerio de suicidas es especialmente tétrico), y para mi gusto funciona bárbaro como introducción para una gran novela. Leerlo antes del libro principal es una buena idea, porque además de que era la idea original del autor, ya empieza a sentar las bases del horror y la intriga que rodean al Conde Drácula, y a destrozar la confiada practicidad inglesa de Jonathan.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Char

    I thought this collection was just okay. I enjoyed the story The Judge's House the most. A good rat story is always fun. I was a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm a big fan of Dracula and I guess I just expected more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    Munich, es Walpurgis Nacht, un turista sale a dar una vuelta con un cochero y decide explorar por su cuenta pese a las advertencias de mal tiempo y otras cosas. Supe de esta historia corta por Lau, y aunque no menciona nombres sino a un 'viajero inglés' y el hecho de provenir de la historia original "Drácula" -el primer capítulo cortado por un editor-, esto nos lleva a pensar en su protagonista: Harker. Por otra parte, es como una historia aleccionaria contra turistas aventureros ... o un precurso Munich, es Walpurgis Nacht, un turista sale a dar una vuelta con un cochero y decide explorar por su cuenta pese a las advertencias de mal tiempo y otras cosas. Supe de esta historia corta por Lau, y aunque no menciona nombres sino a un 'viajero inglés' y el hecho de provenir de la historia original "Drácula" -el primer capítulo cortado por un editor-, esto nos lleva a pensar en su protagonista: Harker. Por otra parte, es como una historia aleccionaria contra turistas aventureros ... o un precursor de "Hostal" ;P Es el tipo porfiado que 'knows best' y va derechito donde nadie lo invitó. «Es inglés, y por consiguiente aventurero. A menudo hay peligro con la nieve y los lobos y la noche.» Aunque resulta extrañamente singular que esto de 'Turismo de Cementerios' ya haya existido desde entonces bwajaja. (y en esta parte niego , absolutamente, que me hayan arrastrado en la noche a ver un cementerio a +3000 mts de altura mientras el cielo estaba lleno de estrellas fugaces, No,eso lo niego) Me costó bastante meterme en la trama, por eso no puedo darle en este momento más estrellas, incluso busque la edicion en inglés y resulta que no, que la traducción en este caso es bastante fiel, asi que no pierde , y , por tanto, sigue siendo , sin lograr establecer la razón, algo seca. ¿Precursor? o ¿idea primaria? el desenlace deja bastantes cosas clásicas de terror en el aire . Se puede ver que contiene el germen de muchas historias que le copiaran.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ângela

    “On the top of the tomb, seemingly driven through the solid marble—for the structure was composed of a few vast blocks of stone—was a great iron spike or stake. On going to the back I saw, graven in great Russian letters: 'The dead travel fast.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I had never heard of this book before, but when I ran across it and saw who the author was, I snatched it up and started reading. What we have here is a series of short stories published by Mrs. Stoker after the passing of her husband. The stories range from the disturbing supernatural tale of “The Judge” to the vampiric title tale of “Dracula’s Guest” some versions of this book include the “Lair of the White Worm” which although it is not one of my favorite of Mr. Stoker’s Cannon, it is still a I had never heard of this book before, but when I ran across it and saw who the author was, I snatched it up and started reading. What we have here is a series of short stories published by Mrs. Stoker after the passing of her husband. The stories range from the disturbing supernatural tale of “The Judge” to the vampiric title tale of “Dracula’s Guest” some versions of this book include the “Lair of the White Worm” which although it is not one of my favorite of Mr. Stoker’s Cannon, it is still a very creepy and disturbing novella. This is a VERY short read, and can be completed in a day without trouble. As with all short story collections some will be more to your taste than others. None really packed the punch of “Dracula” but then few tales do. My personal favorites were “Dracula’s Guest” in which a British fellow fails to head the warning of the locals and ventures into a hellish evening of wolves and the supernatural… and we are left with the feeling that his next venture may prove even worse for him. “The Judge” was also interesting… though I really would have liked for there to be more to this story. A learned man takes up residence in the local haunted mansion to get some peace and quite while studying. He gets more than he bargained for in the end. This was a very interesting and dark tale with “Twilight Zone” or “Tales from the Crypt” written all over it. It is very cinematic in tone and could have been much longer. In all there are tales of vengeance, redemption, the supernatural, pacts with the Devil, angry black cats, beggars run amok, murderers, insanity… if you love the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe, then you really need to pick up this collection. If you have read and re-read Dracula and can’t get enough, then pick up this book… it’s hard to find (my copy came from a used bookstore and it looked like a dog had gone to town on the cover) but it is well worth the hunt.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This is a collection of short stories published by Stoker's wife after his death. Though a prolific writer in his own right, Stoker really only had one commercially successful book, his revered classic Dracula. So it's no surprise that the first story in this collection, Dracula's Guest, was also chosen as the anthology's title. Note however, that the other stories, while in the horror/Gothic tale genre, are not Dracula/vampire stories. As is the case with many short story collections, there are s This is a collection of short stories published by Stoker's wife after his death. Though a prolific writer in his own right, Stoker really only had one commercially successful book, his revered classic Dracula. So it's no surprise that the first story in this collection, Dracula's Guest, was also chosen as the anthology's title. Note however, that the other stories, while in the horror/Gothic tale genre, are not Dracula/vampire stories. As is the case with many short story collections, there are stories in this collection that shine and sparkle, or in horror's case, creep and crawl, and others not so much. Some of my favorites included Dracula's Guest, The Squaw, The Gipsy Prophecy, and The Coming of Abel Behenna, which all, in my opinion, approach the genius of Poe and Lovecraft. I especially enjoyed the last two, which were intriguing cautionary tales that I hadn't necessarily expected. In addition to Stoker's famed Dracula, I have also read The Jewel of Seven Stars and the overall writing and themes in this collection are consistent with these other works. I would recommend this to Stoker fans, horror fans, and those who appreciate the writings of Poe and Lovecraft and/or those who are interested in exploring the history of horror and the Gothic tale. The collection can be downloaded for free from the Gutenberg Project.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cinty Herrejon

    Es un cuento muy corto y originalmente era el primer capítulo de "Drácula". Me gustó mucho no sé porque decidieron eliminarlo del libro, ¿Por qué?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Oliviu Craznic

    A short story way better than the „Dracula” novel, sometimes included as a first chapter of „Dracula” (though this was, probably, Stoker`s intent, it was also, probably, intended, in fact, for an earlier „Dracula” version, quite different from the one we know - the style is quite different, and the tale stays better on its own; as „Dracula”`s first chapter, it makes little sense and it doest not connect well with the rest of the story). A short story way better than the „Dracula” novel, sometimes included as a first chapter of „Dracula” (though this was, probably, Stoker`s intent, it was also, probably, intended, in fact, for an earlier „Dracula” version, quite different from the one we know - the style is quite different, and the tale stays better on its own; as „Dracula”`s first chapter, it makes little sense and it doest not connect well with the rest of the story).

  11. 3 out of 5

    Pamellia

    Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker Published posthumously by his wife Began September 15, Completed September 25 Did not read all the stories Horror Readers, September 22, 2014, Discussion This book consists of unpublished stories written prior to Bram Stoker's death. After he passed to eternal life, his wife decided to publish these stories. I'm not sure why this was done, but in general I tend to think that if an writer wanted something published he would have done it. Apparently most of these stories Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker Published posthumously by his wife Began September 15, Completed September 25 Did not read all the stories Horror Readers, September 22, 2014, Discussion This book consists of unpublished stories written prior to Bram Stoker's death. After he passed to eternal life, his wife decided to publish these stories. I'm not sure why this was done, but in general I tend to think that if an writer wanted something published he would have done it. Apparently most of these stories had not be completed edited by Stoker himself. We see a lot of the posthumously work this day and age. Seems especially musicians who always fine picked their work (Michael Jackson) are being used in this way. Holographing people so close to when they have past away is simply wrong. Any way, one never knows what the deceased would have wanted...perhaps in some cases they do. Perhaps Stoker and Jackson are up in heaven (or wherever) dancing in celebration of these publications. Perhaps they don't know and don't care. Any way. The stories are short, easy reads and mostly get right to the point of the story. I'm not sure I had a favorite...some of these stories reminded me of E. A. Poe's stories, yet somehow not as spooky. I personally rated the stories overall 3 stars I would recommend this book to lovers of classic and horror

  12. 5 out of 5

    berthamason

    I must confess that I thought this was a sequel to Dracula. It's not. Dracula's Guest is a compilation of short horror stories by Bram Stoker published posthumously by his wife. It's quite decent and it reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe at times. The Judge's House, A Gypsy Prophecy and A Dream of Red Hands are my favourite stories. Good for rainy nights.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Harsh Kumar

    A classic indeed. Not as good as Dracula Though. But I always love a classic one. These short horror stories are much much better than the modern ones I have read. The writes in the 18th and 19th century were more dark and gothic I reckon. Reading such books always gives you a quaint feeling. A feeling as if you are not holding a classic novel or a book but a relic in your hands.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marwan Emad

    The forever Vampires VS Werewolves war. Wished this was a bit longer tbh.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Marina (Sonnenbarke)

    Questo libro è una raccolta di cinque racconti, di cui solo uno, La casa del giudice, è da 4 stelle, mentre tutti gli altri sono da 3, per quanto mi riguarda. Si tratta in tutti i casi di racconti pieni di tensione e, spesso, di orrore. La Squaw è veramente orribile in quello che racconta, se non mi avesse spaventato avrei potuto dargli anche una valutazione più alta. Certo, lo scopo era precisamente spaventare, quindi il racconto è riuscito molto bene nel suo intento, ma mi ha raggelato troppo Questo libro è una raccolta di cinque racconti, di cui solo uno, La casa del giudice, è da 4 stelle, mentre tutti gli altri sono da 3, per quanto mi riguarda. Si tratta in tutti i casi di racconti pieni di tensione e, spesso, di orrore. La Squaw è veramente orribile in quello che racconta, se non mi avesse spaventato avrei potuto dargli anche una valutazione più alta. Certo, lo scopo era precisamente spaventare, quindi il racconto è riuscito molto bene nel suo intento, ma mi ha raggelato troppo il sangue nelle vene perché io potessi amarlo. L'horror duro e puro decisamente non fa per me. I primi tre racconti hanno come protagonisti degli inglesi che amano il rischio, il pericolo e l'avventura, e per questo motivo si mettono in situazioni pericolose e che porteranno alla loro rovina, o che comunque saranno molto negative per loro. Questi personaggi sono veramente irritanti e ti verrebbe voglia di dirgli: ma cavolo, se ti hanno detto di non andare in quel tale posto, non andare, no?! Oppure: ma non fare il deficiente, non vedi che ti stai mettendo, peraltro in modo ridicolo, in una situazione di pericolo?! Ma purtroppo coi personaggi dei libri non si può parlare. Gli ultimi due invece sono racconti di fantasmi, in particolare il già citato La casa del giudice è davvero classico, e a mio parere molto ben fatto, anche se certo non apporta niente di nuovo al genere. Insomma, Stoker è giustamente famoso per il solo Dracula; questi racconti sono interessanti, ma temo che si faranno dimenticare in fretta.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I have always loved the book Dracula (although there are parts of it that drag...) In my opinion Bram Stoker was made to write short stories like the ones in Dracula's Guest. The first one is a piece that was taken from the original manuscript of Dracula for the time constraints of the novel. The others are just pieces from Bram Stoker's mind. They are rather macabre but extremely enjoyable if you have a darker side :) Read this, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ray Bradbury for the best October of your lif I have always loved the book Dracula (although there are parts of it that drag...) In my opinion Bram Stoker was made to write short stories like the ones in Dracula's Guest. The first one is a piece that was taken from the original manuscript of Dracula for the time constraints of the novel. The others are just pieces from Bram Stoker's mind. They are rather macabre but extremely enjoyable if you have a darker side :) Read this, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ray Bradbury for the best October of your life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tarik Lahyany

    Once again, some mystery is left open. Jonathan has decided to go back to the mountains in Romania discovering that the 'unholy' village there, where count Dracula's Castle lies is forbidden. The count in the previous story has left no trace, only tombs were bolted, as they made sure it happened, after they decided to get back.. What's the story of the school there in the Romanian mountain I need to know!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shayantani Das

    Wha…how???Wait, who…when? Okay, I am confused. Is this a prologue of Dracula or an extended story? The narrator surely isn’t Jonathan Harker, right? [image error]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Creepy imagery, but much ado about nothing. A wolf appears three-quarters of the way into the story, but this is also a non-event. The scariest things in this tale are the wind, trees and a lone sepulchre. Again, well-written, but no goal.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Amina

    Anything refereing to Dracula freezes the blood in my vains, this wasn't really creepy but when he starts describing the atmosphere in the cemetery and the telegram recieved at the hotel, bad souvenirs from Dracula rose and this alone scared the hell outta me

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Corbal

    En la edición que yo me leí, hay otros relatos además del que da título al libro. Muy recomendable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Xiti L

    Este relato, es igual de misterioso que la novela Drácula, la verdad la sentí un poco confusa, pero con una relectura y viendo un análisis que hizo alguien en alguna web pude comprenderla bien o lo que esa persona entendió de esta historia y su relación con la novela Drácula.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tweakiepop

    *3.5 stars ‘He is English and therefore adventurous’

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Drake

    2,75/5 Qualche anno fa, girando sul sito della Mondadori, mi sono imbattuta in questo titolo. Amando molto Dracula e in generale le raccolte di storie dell'orrore, l'ho comprato, ma è rimasto tutto questo tempo sulla mia libreria. Complice la poca voglia di iniziare romanzi lunghi più di 300 pagine, e complice anche la summer reading challenge a cui partecipo, l'ho letto. Partiamo dal racconto che dà il titolo alla raccolta: l'invitato di dracula è in realtà un capitolo che doveva essere inserito ne 2,75/5 Qualche anno fa, girando sul sito della Mondadori, mi sono imbattuta in questo titolo. Amando molto Dracula e in generale le raccolte di storie dell'orrore, l'ho comprato, ma è rimasto tutto questo tempo sulla mia libreria. Complice la poca voglia di iniziare romanzi lunghi più di 300 pagine, e complice anche la summer reading challenge a cui partecipo, l'ho letto. Partiamo dal racconto che dà il titolo alla raccolta: l'invitato di dracula è in realtà un capitolo che doveva essere inserito nel romanzo Dracula, ma che Bram Stoker decise all'ultimo di non inserire. E' un racconto davvero bellissimo, in cui seguiamo il viaggio di un giovane nei pericolosi boschi, popolati da lupi e altre creature. Il misterioso viaggiatore potrà però contare sull'aiuto di alcuni uomini e di Dracula stesso, come si evince dalla lettera che chiude il racconto. Con questo fantastico preambolo avrei voluto dare un voto maggiore a questo libro, ma ahimè non tutti i racconti sono a questo livello, e quello che mi ha fatto accapponare la pelle e storcere il naso è il terzo racconto, in cui, tra le altre, si narrano violenze orribili su degli animali. Mi spiace, ma sapete come la penso. Chiunque sia a scrivere simili scene, per me perde un sacco di stelline. Più sanguinario dei racconti di Doyle ma con uno stile più alla portata di tutti rispetto a quelli di Poe, Stoker esplora vari elementi dell'orrore, dai ratti ai morti che tormentano i vivi, ma tutti accumunati da una cosa: la maggior parte delle volte, le persone coinvolte in queste torbide storie non si erano comportati al loro meglio durante la loro vita, e così l'orrore assume il significato di penitenza e castigo per i crimini commessi, siano essi di lieve entità o meno. Questo spiccava molto nei racconti di Doyle, ma mi si è accesa la lampadina solo durante questa lettura. "La casa del giudice" e "una profezia zingara" sono gli altri due racconti che mi sono piaciuti di più: il primo, con una casa infestata e un giovane che vuole soggiornarvi, mi ha ricordato The Woman In black, che ho amato moltissimo; mentre il secondo è veramente ben scritto, con una vicenda particolare e che cattura le emozioni del lettore.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    3.5 stars Overall, I only really liked two stories from this collection: Dracula's Guest and The Gypsy Prophecy. Dracula's Guest - 5 stars This one was actually quite good, and downright creepy. Made all the more so by the dramatic reading audio I listened to as it had sound effects to add to the atmosphere of the reading and a very good narrator. I kind of wish the "real" Dracula book had been written this way. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. Rather than it being in letter/j 3.5 stars Overall, I only really liked two stories from this collection: Dracula's Guest and The Gypsy Prophecy. Dracula's Guest - 5 stars This one was actually quite good, and downright creepy. Made all the more so by the dramatic reading audio I listened to as it had sound effects to add to the atmosphere of the reading and a very good narrator. I kind of wish the "real" Dracula book had been written this way. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. Rather than it being in letter/journal form, this one was in a narrative and worked far better as a story. I need to go read something happy now. This one gave me a strong case of chills. The Judge's House - 2 stars This one was kind of slow, but still disturbing. Only because of the image of rats it stirred in my mind. I could have lived without this story. The Squaw - 0 stars I didn't like the beginning of this one and refuse to ever finish it. I'll leave it at this. The Secret of the Growing Gold - 2 stars Weird and kind of so-so. An okay story. A Gipsy Prophecy - 4 stars This one was interesting and very strange. I wasn't sure where it was going and it went in an entirely different direction than I expected it to. The Coming of Abel Behenna - 1 star Love triangle story and proved kind of annoying in its seesawing. It was kind of creepy, especially the end, but mostly blah. The Burial of the Rats - N/A After reading several reviews, I decided not have anything to do with this one. A Dream of Red Hands - 4 stars This one almost seemed to be a sequel to The Coming of Abel Behenna, then the man reveals his dream and why it so haunts him and the story gets weirder. Creepy and quite well done. Crooken Sands - 2 stars Meh. An okay story that takes a lot of words to say "beware of vanity."

  26. 3 out of 5

    Mikaela*Bibliomaniac*

    Bram Stoker is one of the best.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    When you say 'Bram Stoker' you hear 'Dracula'. It is a bit surprising then, that the earlier short stories by Stoker show only little of the defining works superb qualities. Far from poor, it is not really whole-heartedly recommended either. The title story was apparently excised from the novel Dracula. It's a great mood-setter tale, but does not stand up so well on it's own and considering the length of 'Dracula', one wonders what was the point in cutting these few pages? The rest are older shor When you say 'Bram Stoker' you hear 'Dracula'. It is a bit surprising then, that the earlier short stories by Stoker show only little of the defining works superb qualities. Far from poor, it is not really whole-heartedly recommended either. The title story was apparently excised from the novel Dracula. It's a great mood-setter tale, but does not stand up so well on it's own and considering the length of 'Dracula', one wonders what was the point in cutting these few pages? The rest are older short stories and they definitely tell of an author starting out, testing and finding his form. Stoker's widow, who published this collection following his death, suggests in the foreword that he might very well have seen fit to revise the stories himself prior to their re-issue, had he been in a position to. The stories are very classical "ghost and other things horror". What's striking is that a couple of them are very derivative of Poe, e.g. "Secret of the growing gold", which is "The tell-tale heart" almost 50 years after!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Neens Bea

    This book consists of one chapter that was edited out of Dracula, followed by a really rather random collection of short stories with two common denominators - they all have something of the mysterious about them, and they are all easily forgettable. The title of the book is misleading not only itself, but also in terms of the contents as a whole; Dracula doesn't actually feature in the story that lends the book its name (although a note is received from him), and Dracula's Guest, i.e. Jonathan This book consists of one chapter that was edited out of Dracula, followed by a really rather random collection of short stories with two common denominators - they all have something of the mysterious about them, and they are all easily forgettable. The title of the book is misleading not only itself, but also in terms of the contents as a whole; Dracula doesn't actually feature in the story that lends the book its name (although a note is received from him), and Dracula's Guest, i.e. Jonathan Harker, isn't named, and furthermore has yet to become Dracula's guest. Incidentally the book wasn't published by Bram Stoker, but by Stoker's widow, 2 years after his death.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Marian

    Oooohh boy, from bats to rats..."baleful" rats, at that! This collection reminded me of eerie short stories by Conan Doyle, but I found it rather more gruesome and predictable. I would say "Dracula's Guest" and "The Crooken Sands" were the best ones...the former's enigmatic ending is an interesting tie-in to Dracula proper. Skip the other tales (especially "The Squaw," ok?!), and look for Doyle's if you want to read more of this genre. P.S. Given that Mrs. Stoker decided to publish these stories, Oooohh boy, from bats to rats..."baleful" rats, at that! This collection reminded me of eerie short stories by Conan Doyle, but I found it rather more gruesome and predictable. I would say "Dracula's Guest" and "The Crooken Sands" were the best ones...the former's enigmatic ending is an interesting tie-in to Dracula proper. Skip the other tales (especially "The Squaw," ok?!), and look for Doyle's if you want to read more of this genre. P.S. Given that Mrs. Stoker decided to publish these stories, it's ironic that the damsels in her husband's stories are so prone to fainting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolin

    I did enjoy the book in general, some of the stories were even really good to read. However, a big part of the book was a little too obvious and trashy. And maybe Bram Stoker needs to be a little trashy but thinking about Dracula, I was rather disappointed with these stories. The writing style in here is far from his masterpiece. I should mention though, that the author unfortunately wasn't able to revise these stories as they could not have been published during his life time.

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