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Best known for his masterpiece of horror, Dracula, Bram Stoker wrote a number of other novels and many short stories, all on supernatural themes or filled with a physical terror reminiscent of Poe. Dracula's Guest was originally part of the great novel, but was excised and published separately. Some of these stories, such as The Squaw, The Judge's House and The Burial of t Best known for his masterpiece of horror, Dracula, Bram Stoker wrote a number of other novels and many short stories, all on supernatural themes or filled with a physical terror reminiscent of Poe. Dracula's Guest was originally part of the great novel, but was excised and published separately. Some of these stories, such as The Squaw, The Judge's House and The Burial of the Rats, rank very high among classic tales of the macabre. These stories deserve to be better known for the light they shed on the enigmatic author of one of the world's supreme literary adventures into the realm of nightmare. Dracula's Guest The Judge's House The Squaw The Secret of the Growing Gold Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Dream of Red Hands Crooken Sands


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Best known for his masterpiece of horror, Dracula, Bram Stoker wrote a number of other novels and many short stories, all on supernatural themes or filled with a physical terror reminiscent of Poe. Dracula's Guest was originally part of the great novel, but was excised and published separately. Some of these stories, such as The Squaw, The Judge's House and The Burial of t Best known for his masterpiece of horror, Dracula, Bram Stoker wrote a number of other novels and many short stories, all on supernatural themes or filled with a physical terror reminiscent of Poe. Dracula's Guest was originally part of the great novel, but was excised and published separately. Some of these stories, such as The Squaw, The Judge's House and The Burial of the Rats, rank very high among classic tales of the macabre. These stories deserve to be better known for the light they shed on the enigmatic author of one of the world's supreme literary adventures into the realm of nightmare. Dracula's Guest The Judge's House The Squaw The Secret of the Growing Gold Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Dream of Red Hands Crooken Sands

30 review for Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pramod Nair

    This collection of nine outlandish and macabre short stories from Bram Stocker was originally published in 1914 with the title Dracula's Guest & Other Supernatural Tales. It was published as an anthology after Stocker's death by his widow and contained some of his previously published short stories along with an unpublished tale named Dracula's Guest - which was discovered in manuscript form from Bram Stocker's papers in 1912. In the preface to the anthology, Florence Bram Stocker, the widow This collection of nine outlandish and macabre short stories from Bram Stocker was originally published in 1914 with the title Dracula's Guest & Other Supernatural Tales. It was published as an anthology after Stocker's death by his widow and contained some of his previously published short stories along with an unpublished tale named Dracula's Guest - which was discovered in manuscript form from Bram Stocker's papers in 1912. In the preface to the anthology, Florence Bram Stocker, the widow of Bram Stocker, points to the possibility that the story titled Dracula’s Guest included in this compilation was originally written by Stocker as part of the novel Dracula and was later deleted before publishing to make the novel more compact. To his original list of stories in this book, I have added an hitherto unpublished episode from Dracula. It was originally excised owing to the length of the book, and may prove of interest to the many readers of what is considered my husband's most remarkable work. Not all the short stories in this anthology are equally riveting yet most of the tales in this collection has all elements of good Gothic horror. They are not that dense and gripping like the original ‘Dracula’ still they can be enjoyed as easy to read tales of terror. Stories like Dracula's Guest, The Judge's House, The Squaw and The Gypsy's Prophecy are quite gripping, chilling and satisfying to read. If you are a fan of Poe’s short stories, then these old fashioned tales of terror and supernatural from Bram Stocker will keep you absorbed.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Not really a review, but a brief discussion about a cool experience reading this book in a spooky old library can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    As I ventured to end my sojourn into literature that bore tales of the supernatural and with a presage of dread, in an effort to diversify my reading habits, I tread not farther than the writers who had earlier bought me great joy with their superior penmanship. And with the end of Halloween for the year was drawing to a close, I chose this collection of stories written by the writer who had romanced me with the gothic allure of Dracula. Published posthumously by his wife, the primary in the col As I ventured to end my sojourn into literature that bore tales of the supernatural and with a presage of dread, in an effort to diversify my reading habits, I tread not farther than the writers who had earlier bought me great joy with their superior penmanship. And with the end of Halloween for the year was drawing to a close, I chose this collection of stories written by the writer who had romanced me with the gothic allure of Dracula. Published posthumously by his wife, the primary in the collection, if so can be assumed by the name so given: Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories told of a harrowing incident encountered by a traveller who is presumably Jonathan Harker. It is believed that this particular incident, presented in the form of a short story in the present collection, was initially written by Stoker as part of the tale of ‘Dracula’ but was later removed by him. Though many argue the validity of that, my own feelings rest with Stoker’s wife who in the introduction makes a point in favour of the former, for the story could neatly nestle in the greater story. However, for the purposes it lacked refinement and much of the inspired gruesome that made Dracula such a favourite. The story itself had not much to do with Dracula, but was rather a vague indication at the monster. Not quite gripping, and sufficiently lacking in funds of sensationalism. Even the other stories in the collection do seem to lack that very essential spice. Among them, The Judge’s House and The Burial of the Rats do credit some merit. The former is a story of a student who in an effort to do away with all distractions of a mundane life, sets out seeking a place that would afford him tranquil environs to pursue his study ends up discovering the Judge’s House. Disregarding the warnings of the locals, including those of a very weak hearted lady who is given to frequent fainting spells at the prospect of anyone taking up abode in ‘that’ house. On the other hand, the latter although twined its story through and among objects that turn my stomach, it provided a much needed respite from the languor pace of the rest. All in all, the collection fails to live up to the pedestal of Stoker’s most celebrated work, although each has its redeeming qualities. However, the similarity in thought, structure and even to a marked extent the plots that seem to veer to a similar hanging crusade, all very familiar to the writer as the pages were turned but drawing back in distinction, left me very dissatisfied. P.S.: I was kept from reading The Squaw by my abhorrence of reading anything gruesome to the fate of felines. Frankly, I am terrified at the prospect of anything happening to the feline extension of the Paul family, and would rather not add to the grim scenarios that plague me at the smallest chance of anything unpleasant befalling them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    La presente antología recoge los nueve relatos publicados originalmente en Dracula’s Guest And Other Weird Stories (1914), además de cuatro cuentos reunidos por primera vez por Peter Haining. EL INVITADO DE DRÁCULA Y OTROS RELATOS EXTRAÑOS: El invitado de Drácula (****) Un viajero inglés decide salir de paseo la Noche de Walpurgis, desoyendo los consejos de los empleados del hotel donde se hospeda. Este relato fue suprimido por Bram Stoker de su Drácula, en lo que iba a ser el prefacio de esta obr La presente antología recoge los nueve relatos publicados originalmente en Dracula’s Guest And Other Weird Stories (1914), además de cuatro cuentos reunidos por primera vez por Peter Haining. EL INVITADO DE DRÁCULA Y OTROS RELATOS EXTRAÑOS: El invitado de Drácula (****) Un viajero inglés decide salir de paseo la Noche de Walpurgis, desoyendo los consejos de los empleados del hotel donde se hospeda. Este relato fue suprimido por Bram Stoker de su Drácula, en lo que iba a ser el prefacio de esta obra magna. La casa del juez (****) Un estudiante, buscando tranquilidad, decide alquilar una villa con mala fama en la zona. La squaw (*****) Una pareja en su luna de miel viaja junto a un desprendido americano, que accidentalmente mata un gatito delante de su madre. Gran relato, mi favorito del libro. El secreto del oro creciente (****) Un caballero de rancio abolengo contrae matrimonio con Margaret Delandre, la cuál desaparecerá en su luna de miel. La profecía gitana (***) Dos jóvenes deciden visitar un campamento gitano para una lectura de manos. El regreso de Abel Behenna (***) Dos amigos se disputan la mano una joven, que no se decide con cual casarse. El entierro de las ratas (**) Un joven inglés, en espera de contraer matrimonio, decide visitar los rincones más oscuros de París. El sueño de manos rojas (*****) Jacob Settle es un buen hombre, pero sin embargo algo le atormenta. Gran relato, mi favorito junto a ‘La squaw’. Las arenas de Crooken (**) Un comerciante inglés, sufre un percance en Escocia. RELATOS NO REUNIDOS: Las nupcias de la muerte (**) Primera versión del final de La joya de las siete estrellas. La cadena del Destino (**) Frank vive con un matrimonio sin hijos en una villa con una maldición. Los dualistas (**) Historia de dos gemelos psicópatas. El vidente (**) El protagonista, que está de viaje en Aberdeenshire, parece tener el don de la visión.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Isa Lot

    Me ha gustado más de lo que pensaba que me gustaría. Podemos encontrar el típico relato de terror gótico, con lobos, tormentas, pueblos malditos, leyendas del folclore rumano, etc. Se acerca más a la típica leyenda del vampiro clásico y por ello me gustó.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη

    Πολύ καλύτερο απ' ότι περίμενα, πολύ πιο ενδιαφέρον, με ανθιρωπινες ιστορίες και πρωταγωνιστές που δεν τους λες και άμεμπτους. Ομολογώ ότι ο Στόουκερ δε με κέρδισε με τον Δράκουλά του αλλά με τούτο εδώ μου δείχνει τι άρεσε στον υπόλοιπο κόσμο.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ignacio Senao f

    Para nada Bram es tan solo Drácula. Sino que Drácula es uno de los mejores libros de la historia. Sus relatos son otras genialidades, fácil de seguir la trama y adentrarte en sus personajes. Siempre con un buen desarrollo y final.

  8. 4 out of 5

    George K.

    "Ο προσκεκλημένος του Δράκουλα και άλλες παράξενες ιστορίες", εκδόσεις Αίολος. Η συγκεκριμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων είναι η δεύτερη επαφή μου με το έργο του Μπραμ Στόουκερ, μετά το κλασικό και πολύ καλό "Ντράκουλα" που διάβασα τον Οκτώβριο του 2014. Έτυχε να την βρω πέρυσι τέτοια εποχή σε παλαιοβιβλιοπωλείο με ένα τάλιρο, αν και ήταν από τα βιβλία που θα τσίμπαγα έτσι και αλλιώς από κανονικό βιβλιοπωλείο. Τέλος πάντων, χρειάζεται και λίγη τύχη. Λοιπόν, έχουμε να κάνουμε με εννιά διηγήματα που ανήκουν "Ο προσκεκλημένος του Δράκουλα και άλλες παράξενες ιστορίες", εκδόσεις Αίολος. Η συγκεκριμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων είναι η δεύτερη επαφή μου με το έργο του Μπραμ Στόουκερ, μετά το κλασικό και πολύ καλό "Ντράκουλα" που διάβασα τον Οκτώβριο του 2014. Έτυχε να την βρω πέρυσι τέτοια εποχή σε παλαιοβιβλιοπωλείο με ένα τάλιρο, αν και ήταν από τα βιβλία που θα τσίμπαγα έτσι και αλλιώς από κανονικό βιβλιοπωλείο. Τέλος πάντων, χρειάζεται και λίγη τύχη. Λοιπόν, έχουμε να κάνουμε με εννιά διηγήματα που ανήκουν στο είδος του τρόμου και του παράξενου. Πρώτο διήγημα της συλλογής είναι το "Ο προσκεκλημένος του Δράκουλα", που μας εισάγει τόσο στον μυστηριώδες και τρομακτικό κόσμο του πασίγνωστου μυθιστορήματός του, όσο και στον σκοτεινό κόσμο του συνόλου του έργου του. Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία, καλογραμμένη και άκρως ατμοσφαιρική, σε φτιάχνει για την συνέχεια. Τα επόμενα διηγήματα μου φάνηκαν, όλα τους, ιδιαίτερα ατμοσφαιρικά και φυσικά καλογραμμένα, με μπόλικες ανατριχίλες, ωραία σκηνικά και δυνατές πινελιές μακάβριας φαντασίας. Από αυτά ξεχώρισα κυρίως το "Το σπίτι του δικαστή" και το "Η ταφή των αρουραίων". Η γραφή σε όλα τα διηγήματα είναι πολύ καλή και ευκολοδιάβαστη, με ωραίες περιγραφές γεγονότων και τοπίων. Δείχνει τα χρόνια της, με την καλή έννοια όμως. Κάποιες ιστορίες είναι καλύτερες από κάποιες άλλες, σίγουρα όμως σαν σύνολο η ποιότητα του βιβλίου είναι σε πολύ καλό επίπεδο. Όλες οι ιστορίες μου προσέφεραν ψυχαγωγία και ανατριχίλες, ήταν ό,τι έπρεπε για δυο χειμωνιάτικα βράδια. Με λίγα λόγια πρόκειται για μια συλλογή κλασικών ιστοριών τρόμου, ενός μεγάλου συγγραφέα του είδους, που αξίζει την προσοχή των τρομολάγνων.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Lara (Bookishsolace)

    Creepy short stories by the man who brought us Dracula. Paintings come to life, rats run amok, twisted tales of revenge. If you loved Dracula, you will enjoy these short stories. Read it at night, alone in a poorly lighted room with the wind blowing outside and old branches scratching at the window. Perfectly creepy. The nine stories in this collection are: Dracula’s Guest The Judge’s House The Squaw The Secret of the Growing Gold A Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Drea Creepy short stories by the man who brought us Dracula. Paintings come to life, rats run amok, twisted tales of revenge. If you loved Dracula, you will enjoy these short stories. Read it at night, alone in a poorly lighted room with the wind blowing outside and old branches scratching at the window. Perfectly creepy. The nine stories in this collection are: Dracula’s Guest The Judge’s House The Squaw The Secret of the Growing Gold A Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Dream of Red Hands Crooken Sands The first story (”Dracula’s Guest”) was actually written by Bram Stoker as the first chapter to “Dracula”. The editor apparently decided that the chapter was superfluous to the rest of the book, and cut it. Well, I don’t doubt that the chapter was unnecessary to Dracula, but the fact is that even cut off as it is, it makes a very good short story! As “Dracula” is my favourite classic, I must say that I was quite pleased to find another Bran Stoker story that involved the great vampire. I found the story to be scary and very entertaining. If I have one thing against it, it is that it is too short. But, nonetheless I really enjoyed reading it, and think that you will as well!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    Gotta say, I had a fun time with this one. The title story is literally an outtake from Dracula, and, to be honest, likely the weakest of the lot. Stoker breaks out all the classic horror tropes here: rats, unsavoury characters, drafty old houses, all of it. None of the stories are truly terrifying. The intervening 120 years between its publish date and now have seen to that, but the stories are absolutely well-written and enjoyable. Stoker shows he has a deft touch with characters at times, tho Gotta say, I had a fun time with this one. The title story is literally an outtake from Dracula, and, to be honest, likely the weakest of the lot. Stoker breaks out all the classic horror tropes here: rats, unsavoury characters, drafty old houses, all of it. None of the stories are truly terrifying. The intervening 120 years between its publish date and now have seen to that, but the stories are absolutely well-written and enjoyable. Stoker shows he has a deft touch with characters at times, though I've got to say, his American guy was hilariously over the top. He's also not scared to go for the horror, as far as it goes. Well worth the time, if you have any passing interest in reading something else from the guy that gave us the most popular and enduring vampire in the world.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Jim Leckband

    I did not read the novel "The Lair of the White Worm" - only the short stories. And of the short stories "Dracula's Guest" was the dud. The rest of the stories were enjoyable horror/uncanny tales not unlike Poe, but much better written than Lovecraft (a EULA is better written than Lovecraft, though depending on the software, can be just as full of horror.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    These (more or less) short stories, some of which are not bad, vary in quality. All of them, however, stay well below the example set by Stokers widely known "Dracula" novel. By far the longest of them, "The Lair of the White Worm" suffers from quite a number of plot holes, poorly conveyed parts of the story and unnecessary repititions. It felt like the first version you'd hand to your editor, and he'd say: 'Well, dear Bram, this could be a splendid story. If we cut at least one third of the tex These (more or less) short stories, some of which are not bad, vary in quality. All of them, however, stay well below the example set by Stokers widely known "Dracula" novel. By far the longest of them, "The Lair of the White Worm" suffers from quite a number of plot holes, poorly conveyed parts of the story and unnecessary repititions. It felt like the first version you'd hand to your editor, and he'd say: 'Well, dear Bram, this could be a splendid story. If we cut at least one third of the text and you rewrite half of whatever is left, that is.' So, if you want to read anything of Stoker's oeuvre, go and read Dracula and maybe some of the really short stories in this collection. The 'White Worm' ist most probably a waste of your time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    Wow. While everyone was busy reading Poe and Lovecraft these short stories have been gathering dust. Who knew Stoker had a wealth of twisted little short stories in addition to his genre-spawning novel? I certainly didn't but I am glad I discovered them. I already plan to revisit these stories from time to time. Read these!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Violeta

    Las historias son muy dispares: hay historias clásicas de fantasmas vengativos, de casas embrujadas, de doppelgangers. Algunas son graciosas, otras de terror, otras bastante religiosas... Hay un par medio flojas, pero a The Judge's House, por ejemplo, le pondría cinco estrellitas. Además, hay un par de cuentos en los que las mujeres se desmayan mucho.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cat Tobin

    Some great stories in this; the one about the kitten ("The Squaw") is eye-squeezingly and shoulder-tensingly horrific, "The Judge's House" left me nervous about being alone in the house, and "A Gipsy Prophecy" and "A Crystal cup" were no less horrific for highly tragic. Others, like "The Red Stockade", left me more confused than scared, but overall this is a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    PennsyLady (Bev)

    3.5 ★ My favorite was Dracula's Guest You just can't compete with the aristocratic vampire. I found some short stories more interesting than others. They had elements of the supernatural , physical terror and always an unsettling aura. Since Bram Stoker wrote a number of novels and many short stories, I'll search for more. 5 AUDIO DISCS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    I enjoyed this book; the only reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because one or two of the stores were just kinda blah. But the majority were very interesting and freaky: personal favorite is The Judge's House.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Oooooh! Some eerie stories in here. My favourites were "A Dream of Red Hands" and "The Chain of Destiny". "The Crystal Cup" was a very different type of story from the rest of the collection; haunting, tragic, and so well described I could picture each scene.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Hate to rate Stoker so low since I LOVED Dracula however, some of these stories were just gruesome. I don't really enjoy that sort of dark stuff. I didn't care to finish the book.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Anne

    Loved this short story by Bram Stoker. A very tense, scary story that is well-written with a twist I should have seen coming.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    Dlho som neotáľala a po tejto knižke poviedok z pera autora, ktorý napísal skvostného Draculu, som siahla krátko po tom, ako som prečítala spomínané dielo, ktoré ma nesmierne nadchlo. Čo sa týka poviedok a môjho pohľadu na ne, zo začiatku sa mi poviedky veľmi páčili, každá jedna mala niečo do seba a na konci prekvapila alebo pohoršila čitateľa. Avšak, to k hororovému žánru patrí. Taktiež štýl písania autora mi nesmierne sedí. Každopádne, tak ako to býva u väčšiny kníh, nájdu sa nejaké plusy a ro Dlho som neotáľala a po tejto knižke poviedok z pera autora, ktorý napísal skvostného Draculu, som siahla krátko po tom, ako som prečítala spomínané dielo, ktoré ma nesmierne nadchlo. Čo sa týka poviedok a môjho pohľadu na ne, zo začiatku sa mi poviedky veľmi páčili, každá jedna mala niečo do seba a na konci prekvapila alebo pohoršila čitateľa. Avšak, to k hororovému žánru patrí. Taktiež štýl písania autora mi nesmierne sedí. Každopádne, tak ako to býva u väčšiny kníh, nájdu sa nejaké plusy a rovnako aj mínusy, ktoré treba spomenúť. V tomto prípade ma celkom sklamali posledné 4 poviedky, ktoré sa mi nečítali najľahšie a osobne ich pokladám za priemerné, i keď to nekazí môj dojem z knihy a aj napriek tomu to bol pre mňa zážitok a určite ju odporúčam! 3,5*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cubitt

    Some very good tales here. Dracula's Guest: highly atmospheric, The Judge's House: eerie, The Burial of the Rats: leftovers of the French Revolution get nasty, Crooken Sands: doppelgangers, or not as the case maybe. And The Lair of the White Worm - hastily written by a dying Stoker. Too easily dismissed as deathbed ravings. There's a lot to enjoy: Caswall's obsession with his Kite, the confrontation between Oolanger, Adam, and Lady Arabella, and Caswall's ruminations over and sleep-opening of Me Some very good tales here. Dracula's Guest: highly atmospheric, The Judge's House: eerie, The Burial of the Rats: leftovers of the French Revolution get nasty, Crooken Sands: doppelgangers, or not as the case maybe. And The Lair of the White Worm - hastily written by a dying Stoker. Too easily dismissed as deathbed ravings. There's a lot to enjoy: Caswall's obsession with his Kite, the confrontation between Oolanger, Adam, and Lady Arabella, and Caswall's ruminations over and sleep-opening of Mesmer's chest.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Juergen John Roscher

    Good collection of Bram Stoker's short stories. Nine short stories: Dracula’s Guest - 3 stars The Judge’s House - 4 stars The Squaw - 5 stars (favorite story in the collection) The Secret of the Growing Gold - 4 stars A Gipsy Prophecy - 3 stars The Coming of Abel Behenna - 3 stars The Burial of the Rats - 3 stars A Dream of Red Hands - 5 stars Crooken Sands - 4 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Víctor Carrión

    Cuando lo empecé pensaba que prometía muchísimo y que sin duda le iba a poner cinco estrellas pero al final he de reconocer que se me ha hecho un poco largo en algunos tramos aunque creo que merece la pena leerlo porque he disfrutado mucho en algunos tramos del libro.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    pada dasarnya aku suka cerita ttg Dracula, dan ternyata sudah pernah baca cerita Dracula's Guest ini, dulu baca di ebook.... Cerita pendek lainnya lumayan lah, tapi nggak semua kubaca..... soalnya pgn baca yg lain

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Great stories, and some especially chilling or thought-provoking, although his dialog for roughnecks and sailors always seems a bit silly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Felicity

    Dracula's Guest and The Judge's House are both delightfully creepy tales. All the other short stories in the book unfortunately range from not very good to forgettable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trine Nielsen

    Some of the stories was a little bit boring, otherwise really good, with a good story line.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Adams

    Dracula is one of my favorite horror books of all time, so I thought I'd give Bram Stoker's short stories a try. This collection was fantastic... the audiobook was very well done.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Jeannette

    Some short stories are better than the others but all in all, these are quintessential gothic horror tales.

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