A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written—and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.
• The original, unabridged, and proofread text
• Stoker’s short story, “Dracula’s Guest”
• Full-color maps and historical illustrations
• Author bio
Told in a series of first-person missives and reports, and set in 1890s Transylvania and England, Dracula is the source of every vampire story told since, the founding text of the entire genre. Count Vlad Dracula—as Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Abraham Van Helsing learn—is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim. Bent on creating legions of Un-Dead followers in populous London, Dracula must be stopped—but how?
A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the diabolical cravings that Stoker dramatized with such mythical force, render Dracula resonant and unsettling a century later.
Complete with a Life & Times section for each author, which offers insights into their lives, works and the time of publication, and a handy glossary adapted from the Collins English Dictionary, this Collins Classics Collection will enhance your reading experience.
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‘We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.’
Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organise the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains. Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiancé Mina of the Count’s supernatural powers and his own imprisonment. Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts.
Meanwhile in England, Mina’s friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy’s, Seward, and Lucy’s fiancé Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina’s life.
Arguably the most enduring Gothic novel of the 19th Century, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is as chilling today in its depiction of the vampire world and its exploration of Victorian values as it was at its time of publication.
* illustrated with many images relating to Stoker’s life and works
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other works
* ALL 12 novels – even Stoker’s rare novels like THE PRIMROSE PATH and THE MYSTERY OF THE SEA – first time in digital print
* BOTH versions of the Mummy novel THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS – compare the original grisly ending to the revised happy ending!
* each novel has its own contents table
* images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* ALL the short story collections, with rare uncollected tales
* separate chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories – find that special story easily!
* EVEN includes Stoker’s rare biography of Sir Henry Irving – explore their interesting lives and unique relationship
* boasts a special VAMPIRE SOURCES section, with five works examining Stoker’s influences in writing DRACULA
* SPECIAL BONUS texts including the first ever vampire story in English -THE VAMPYRE by Henry Colburn
* also includes the mammoth Penny Dreadful novel that caused a sensation in Victorian times – VARNEY THE VAMPIRE BY JAMES MALCOLM RYMER
* EVEN includes CARMILLA BY JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU – the haunting female vampire novel that influenced Stoker’s work
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Stoker’s immense oeuvre
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The Primrose Path
The Snake’s Pass
The Watter’s Mou’
The Shoulder of Shasta
The Mystery of the Sea
The Jewel of Seven Stars — 1903 Version
The Jewel of Seven Stars — 1912 Version
The Lady of the Shroud
The Lair of the White Worm — 40 Chapter Version, 1911
The Lair of the White Worm — 28 Chapter Version, 1925
The Short Story Collections
Under the Sunset
Snow Bound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party
Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories
Uncollected Short Stories
The Short Stories
List of Short Stories in Chronological Order
List of Short Stories in Alphabetical Order
The Vampire Sources
Der Vampir by Heinrich Ossenfelder
The Giaour by Lord Byron
The Vampyre by Henry Colburn
Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving
A junior solicitor travels to Transylvania to meet with an important client, the mysterious Count Dracula. Ignoring the dire warnings of local townsfolk, he allows himself to be seduced by the count’s courtly manners and erudite charm. Too late, the solicitor realizes that he is a prisoner of Castle Dracula, his guards a trio of voluptuous young women with sharp white teeth and a taste for blood.
Soon thereafter, the solicitor’s fiancée, Mina, visits a friend on the English coast. The town is full of speculation over a Russian ship run aground nearby, its crew missing, the dead body of its captain, crucifix in hand, lashed to the wheel. A giant dog was seen leaping from the deck before disappearing into the countryside. The ship’s cargo: fifty boxes of Transylvanian dirt. As the beautiful Mina will soon learn, Count Dracula has arrived.
At once a Gothic reflection of the Victorian era and a timeless tale of sinister lust, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has inspired countless adaptations—none with the same power to quicken the pulse as the original.
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This collection contains:
• Dracula by Bram Stoker
• Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
• The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
• The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
• The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
This Classic Horror Collection has been professionally formatted for e-readers and includes a linked table of contents.
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