The story unfolds during the late 19th century as Jonathan Harker, a young English legal practitioner, travels to the castle of Count Dracula, in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, to finalize the sale of England’s Carfax Abbey to Count Dracula. Harker upon meeting Count Dracula finds him a strange and eerie man – with a dark secret. Through a series of personal journal entries and letters, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Von Helsing learn of Dracula’s secret – that he is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim and is planning to find new blood in populous London in order to spread the curse of the undead. One thing is for sure, Dracula must be stopped – but how?
This edition includes an author’s biographical account and listing of novels and short stories written by Bram Stoker.
Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories:
“Dracula’s Guest” follows an Englishman on a visit to Munich before leaving for Transylvania. It is Walpurgis Night, and in spite of the hotelier’s warning to not be late back, the young man later leaves his carriage and wanders toward the direction of an abandoned “unholy” village. An intense storm forces the Englishman to seek shelter whereupon he finds himself seeking shelter in the doorway of a tomb. As he does so, the bronze door of the tomb opens under his weight and a flash of forked lightning shows the interior – and a “beautiful woman with rounded cheeks and red lips, seemingly sleeping on a bier”. The force of the following thunder peal throws the Englishman from the doorway as another lightning bolt strikes the iron spike, destroying the tomb and the now screaming woman inside.
The Englishman’s troubles are not quite over, as he discovers that his rescuers were forewarned by their employer, Dracula of the dangers from snow and wolves at night.
“There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest; huge it was, and nobly proportioned. On it was but one word, DRACULA.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula