Who does not know the epic horror story Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897? Now Dacre Stoker (a relative of Bram) and J.D. Barker aim to tell us a possible story about how Bram Stoker got the idea for his epic scary tale.
Bram Stoker is a sickly child, often close to death. Only his nanny Ellen Crone seems to be able to help him through the tough phases. But Bram and his sister Matilda suspect that there might be something wrong with Nana Ellen. For one, she seems to change the color of her eyes. Her appearance also seems inconsistent. Sometimes she looks youthful and beautiful, other times she appears like an elder woman.
When Bram suffers from his illness again, this time closer to dying than ever before, it is Nana Ellen who magically cures him. Even though Bram’s parents insist that their doctor is responsible, Bram knows Nana Ellen did something to him that has changed him forever.
Matilda and Bram set out to find out more about the woman who has taken care of them for years. They realize that they have never seen their Nana eat anything. They decide to investigate and find out that her room is filled with soil and that mysterious maps are hidden inside.
Something is off, that is for sure. But before the children can find out more, their Nana vanishes. She leaves behind lots of questions. Only one thing seems certain: Bram’s sickness is cured and it is Nana Ellen’s doing. Little do they know that there lives and that of their Nana are entwined and that adventures lie ahead of them.
Dracul is a horror adventure novel with likeable characters and an interesting story. It feels like a classic adventure tale with twists and turns, and would make a great movie. Lots of story elements are based on the true backstory of Bram Stoker. It helps that as a relative of him, Dacre Stoker had access to many information regarding Bram’s life. The result is a vivid tale that I flew through and enjoyed a lot. Not groundbreaking in any way, but definitely a fun read for people who like scary pieces.