Why did I love this book?
In high school, when I’d exhausted the full catalogue of Agatha Christie, read all the James Herriot books, and was looking for something different, I discovered Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This book is still my favourite book and it celebrates its 125th year in print this year and it’s never been out of print. I think that says it all.
I love how the entire story is told through journal entries, letters, and newspaper articles. A brilliant, innovative idea that has been copied many times since. I love the growing feeling of unease that builds throughout the novel, and I especially love the fact that one of the ‘heroes’ is a woman. In a Victorian novel! The wonderful, resourceful Mina Harker.
Count Dracula has to be the most infamous anti-hero ever, and probably the scariest. If you’ve never read this wonderful novel—shame on you! Read it right now.
I’ve been a member of the Dracula Society since 1996 and served on the Committee since 2011. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the Society.