I read Dracula when the folks over at Infinite Summer were doing the reading. I started with them but finished way earlier because the book was really easy to read and the suspense kept you moving along.
Dracula had been retold so many times in movies that I didn’t know what the original version was. So, it was interesting to read what Bram Stoker had to say about his frightening villain. (For starters, when Stoker described his Dracula, it got me thinking of Christopher Lee who can look pretty scary. Stoker’s description does not match Gary Oldman who played the Count in the movie version, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.)
The book is told via different points of view, sometimes as letters, sometimes as journal entries, and it’s a brilliant example of how to pace a novel. Through the different characters, who seem so real, Stoker paints a picture of Dracula that is scary and chilling. (Another purely writing point: Stoker makes the voices so distinct and even uses confusing English for a non-native speaker, which is really such a tough thing to do.) If I had read the book without having heard of Dracula or seen the movies, I imagine that I would’ve been shocked at the boldness of his approach.
For me, the scenes when Jonathan Harker goes to meet Dracula and gets to know about him — this is mainly in the beginning part of the book — were especially chilling because you can feel his apprehension as he gets to know the Count a little better.
I am not going to go into the story of the book here because you really should be reading the book. Dracula has been around for so many decades and yet it remains a classic, a fresh classic if you will. It will probably be around for a few years more.
Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is truly a masterpiece.