“Dracula the Undead is a rich sequel, the best out there… capturing the romantic and gothic spirit of the Victorian era… with great pacing and a creative plot.” – Darkcornerbooks .com
A chilling sequel to DRACULA by Bram Stoker that recaptures that atmospheric mystery and horror of the original. Winner of the Dracula Society’s BEST GOTHIC NOVEL Award. In 1997, to celebrate 100 years since the first publication of DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Penguin Books asked Freda Warrington – on the strength of her “A Taste of Blood Wine” vampire series – to write a sequel in celebration of the original Dracula.
“Seven years ago we all went through the flames… In the summer of this year we made a journey to Transylvania, and went over the old ground which was, and is, to us so full of vivid memories… The castle stood as before, reared high above a waste of desolation.” – from Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula the Undead takes up the story where Bram Stoker left off – with the return of Mina, Jonathan, Dr van Helsing and their friends to the setting of their horrific final encounter with Count Dracula. There they meet the scholar Professor Kovacs and his niece Elena. But their visit causes something Undead to stir. Deep beneath the earth, Dracula’s fierce soul lies in limbo, disembodied and desperate to regain his lifeblood. Elena begins to be haunted by a mysterious wolf… and thus the vampire Count’s devilish plan is set in motion, with some shocking twists along the way.
“Dracula the Undead by Freda Warrington is a true rarity – a sequel to a literary classic that doesn’t pale in comparison… She does Stoker proud in her deft handing of horror and suspense.”
My Rating *****
This was a very good follow up to the classic Dracula. The author was brave because the original Dracula is a tough act to follow. The story begins seven years after Van Helsing, the Harkers and Seward and Lord Godalming destroyed the unholy monster Dracula. The Harkers have a son, Quincey, Seward and Godalming are happily married. Van Helsing proposes going back to Transylvania, and Castle Dracula to assure themselves that Dracula is indeed gone and they and the world are safe. This pilgrimage begins a chain of horrific events that put our heros in mortal danger again. Mina Harker is the center of why Dracula returns. His desire for her drives his will to survive at all costs. Dracula the Undead is in the exact same style of the original Dracula with some great new characters and the original characters are so well portrayed it seems like Bram Stoker himself wrote this novel. I was in awe. The story is fast paced and keeps you turning the pages. The ending has an interesting twist to it. I highly recommend this book to devoted fans of the original Dracula!
Freda Warrington is the award-winning British author of 21 fantasy novels (so far) including Elfland (Romantic Times Best Fantasy Novel) and Dracula the Undead (Dracula Society Best Gothic Novel). Titan Books publish her Blood Wine vampire series – A Taste of Blood Wine and three sequels – “Addictive, thrilling reads that are impossible to put down and they definitely deserve more attention.” (Worldhopping.net) “Her prose is simply stunning, sumptuous, graceful and seductive.”