Title: Dracula: The Un-Dead
Author: Dacre Stoker
Page Count/Review Word Count: 424
This book is promoted as the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, presumably because it’s written by Dacre Stoker, one of the author’s direct descendants. The entire concept seems a little alien to me, because I don’t think that Dracula even needed a a sequel, and it if was to have one then the only man who should have written it was Bram Stoker himself. Still, it was too good to pass up, and so I decided to check it out.
It’s pretty well-written, potentially because of Ian Holt, Stoker’s co-author, and the pacing is pretty good – in some ways, this book actually has a few edges over Stoker’s original masterpiece, but part of that might be due to the fact that the help that’s available to authors is much better now then it was back then. It was nothing special – nothing to write home about – but it was at least easily readable, and decent enough in its own right.
The story line follows what happens when Quincey Harker, the son of Jonathan and Mina from the original novel, as he gets involved with the stage and stumbles upon a production of Dracula which is being directed by Bram Stoker himself. Bit weird, right? In many ways, it goes kind of meta, but it doesn’t matter too much because Stoker only plays a minor part – in fact, I feel as though he could have been written out of the story line with no issues, so I’m not sure why they chose to include him.
From there, he must attempt to discover what’s happening, because history seems to be about to repeat itself. That’s all I’m going to say right now, but I will tell you that most of the characters from the previous book make a reappearance, but they’re in danger – in fact, a lot of people die, in a lot of horrible ways.
I’m just not sure on this one – it feels like a shameless marketing ploy, and whilst it is well-executed, it just feels as though its entire existence is unnecessary. I’d recommend it to some people, but not all – only if you really enjoyed Dracula, and you want to roll the dice and give it a chance. If you haven’t read Dracula, then read that first and make your mind up; if you have read Dracula, and you thought it was just okay, then don’t read this. It’s your choice!