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Dracula by Bram Stoker


"Dracula" is a classic Gothic horror novel written by Bram Stoker, published in 1897. The story is told through a series of letters, diary entries, and newspaper articles, creating a sense of realism and immediacy. It begins with Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, visiting Count Dracula in Transylvania to assist with a real estate transaction. Harker soon discovers Dracula's vampire nature and barely escapes with his life.

As Dracula makes his way to England, his influence spreads, leading to mysterious illnesses, particularly affecting Harker's fiancée, Mina, and her friend Lucy Westenra. Lucy's deteriorating condition prompts her friends to seek the help of Dr. Van Helsing, who recognizes the signs of vampirism. Despite their efforts, Lucy becomes one of the undead, forcing them to confront and destroy her to save her soul.

The novel then shifts focus to Dracula's attempts to dominate London and spread his curse, while Van Helsing and his group make it their mission to stop him. They pursue Dracula back to Transylvania in a race against time to prevent him from claiming more victims. The novel culminates in a dramatic final battle, resulting in Dracula's destruction and the salvation of Mina.


"Dracula" explores themes of good vs. evil, the role of women in Victorian society, and the fear of the unknown. The novel also reflects contemporary anxieties about modernity, sexuality, and the invasion of foreign influences.


Bram Stoker's "Dracula" has had a profound impact on the genre of horror, establishing many conventions of vampire lore that persist in popular culture. Its influence extends to literature, film, television, and beyond, making Dracula one of the most recognizable and enduring figures in horror.