it's the best horror book i've ever read. Dracula helped me revive the true legend that revolves around this enigmatic creature which is the Vampire. Today with the publication of the twilight series it seems that youngsters are forgetting about the charismatic Dracula, the myths that were built around this character, namely the famous stake, garlic, and wafer. all this made me reminisce my old conception of the vampire. today, people only know about the shining and veggie Edward Cullen.
Dracula is and remains a classic. Now i understand why. i really had goosebumps, especially at the castle part when the wanton vampires attacked Jonathan and when the latter saw the Count treading on the walls like a lizard. what's more, there is a lot of suspense all throughout the book. i also liked the episode where Mina was being attacked by the Count. this bit was actually my favourite as it was told in a very sensual and mind-blowing manner that would send shudders through your spine:
"..."And you, their best beloved one, are now to me, flesh of my flesh; blood of my blood;kin of my kin; my bountiful wine-press for a while; and shall be later on my companion and my helper. you shall be avenged in turn; for not one of them but shall minister to your needs. but as yet you are to be punished for what you have done.you have aided in thwarting me; now you shall come to my call. when my brain says 'Come!' to you, you shall cross land or sea to do my bidding; and to that end this!" With that he pulled open his shirt, and with his long sharp nails opened a vein in his breast. when blood began to spurt out, he took my hands in one of his, holding them tight, and with the other seized my neck and pressed my mouth to the wound, so that i must either suffocate or swallow some of the-Oh my God!..."
it's true that Bram Stoker could have made the death of Dracula a bit more out of the ordinary but i think that what's made it a unique book of its kind, a simple but original story with no extravaganzas, like we usually read in many modern horror books where vampires appear more than bloodthirsty. so much so, i really liked this book which kept me awake for NYE. ^^ i look forward to read more of Stoker's works