Dracula is a gothic-style horror novel that was written by Bram Stoker and published in 1897. Dracula has become the stuff of legend and dare we say that Bram Stoker was the father of all things vampire? This timeless classic has inspired countless adaptations and a whole genre was created around Bram Stoker’s writing.
The Dracula story is told through a collection of letters, telegrams, and journal entries that were recorded by the story’s main characters – Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr. John Seward, and Dr. Van Helsing. It follows their quest to rid the world of the infamous Dracula who has been terrorizing their community. Download a copy of our free Dracula PDF by clicking the button below to follow their exciting adventure.
Author: Bram Stoker
Format: A4 PDF
Release Date: October 1995
Copyright Status: Public Domain In The USA
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Dracula Summary – What Is The Basic Storyline Of Dracula?
The Dracula story begins with Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, traveling to Transylvania to help a Count by the name of Dracula finalize the purchase of an estate near London. Before reaching the castle, many of the local people warn Jonathan not to go there. Although he is nervous he pushes aside these feelings and goes anyway.
When Jonathan meets the Count he is initially impressed with his knowledge. However, he starts to notice strange things about the castle and Dracula himself, and after a while, he starts to suspect that he may be a prisoner at the castle.
The Count warns Jonathan that he should not explore the castle as many of the other rooms in the castle are not safe. Jonathan ignores his warning and soon he comes across three female vampires who try to seduce and devour him. The Count rescues him and he manages to escape soon after that. He doesn’t go back to England straight away because he falls ill and is nursed back to health at a convent in Hungary. In the meantime, Dracula travels to England aboard a ship where most of the crew are killed.
In England, Johnathan’s fiance Mina is worried because he hasn’t been in contact with her for a while. Mina spends a lot of time with her best friend Lucy who is engaged to Arthur Holmwood.
When Dracula arrives in England he remains hidden and secretly plans to hunt down Jonathan. He starts to secretly drink Lucy’s blood. Dr. Seward, one of Lucy’s previous suitors, notices that Lucy is becoming weak but he doesn’t know why she is losing blood. He asks for advice from Professor Van Helsing who realizes that Lucy is being attacked by a vampire. Professor Van Helsing places garlic around Lucy’s room but her mother removes it not knowing that garlic deters vampires.
Lucy dies shortly thereafter and soon reports are being heard that local children are being stalked by a beautiful lady. Van Helsing knows that it is Lucy and they find her and drive a stake through her heart to kill her.
Now that Lucy is dead the group decides to track down Count Dracula and kill him. One night they realize that the Count has been drinking Mina’s blood and that he is controlling her by forcing her to drink his blood. They realize that she is cursed to become a vampire unless they can kill the Count himself.
Dracula escapes and goes back to his castle in Transylvania but the group follows him. When they arrive in Transylvania, Van Helsing and Mina go to the castle where they kill the three vampire women. In the meantime, the others track down Dracula and kill him, and by so doing they free Mina from Dracula’s curse.
Was Dracula A Real Person?
No, Dracula is a fictional character. Although, it is said that Bram Stoker got his inspiration for the character from a real-life man named Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia. He was better known by the name Vlad the Impaler because of the brutal and cruel way he killed people.
Also known as Vlad III, Vlad Dracula (son of the Dragon), and—most famously—Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes in Romanian), he was a brutal, sadistic leader famous for torturing his foes. By some estimates he is responsible for the deaths of more than 80,000 people in his lifetime—a large percentage of them by impalement.National Geographic | Vlad The Impaler’s Thirst For Blood Was An Inspiration For Count Dracula
What Age Can You Read Dracula?
The general consensus on Common Sense Media is that Bram Stoker’s Dracula is okay for children from about 13 or 14 years old.
How Long Does It Take To Read Dracula?
It will take the average reader about 5 to 6 hours to read the book.
Who Was The First Vampire?
In English literature, Lord Ruthven, a British nobleman is said to be the first vampire. He appeared in a short story called The Vampyre which was written in 1819 by John William Polidori.
How Many Films Of Dracula Are There?
Count Dracula has become one of the most widely known characters in film and literature. So far, over 200 films have been made that feature Dracula and the other characters from the book.
What Is Considered The Best Dracula Movie?
According to Screenrant, these are the 5 most accurate movie portrayals of Dracula:
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992 – Featuring Gary Oldman
- Count Dracula – 1977 – Featuring Louis Jourdan
- Count Dracula – 1969 – Featuring Christopher Lee
- Dracula – 1979 – Featuring Frank Langella
- Dracula – 1931 – Featuring Bela Lugosi
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Official Trailer
Gary Oldman plays Dracula in this 1992 movie adaptation of Dracula. It also stars Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder.
The film grossed $215 million against a production budget of $40 million. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, of which it won three for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Makeup while also being nominated for Best Art Direction.Wikipedia | Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992 Film)
Just like Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a really great read for anyone who enjoys gothic-style writing. Of course, if you are a vampire fan, then it is an absolute must-read! You can download a copy of our Dracula PDF here to explore this powerful legend.