Dracula in Season

God, Mr. Darcy is so passé.  And  Jane Austen rewrites?  Please, we’ve already experienced the zombie/sea monster phenomenon.   It’s so over.

But Dracula? 

Huh, I thought vamps were dead.  Apparently not.  Mina Harker’s got a lot to say about her sizzling courtship with old Draco and who can blame her?  Dracula did have several brides, he’s been around the block, and of course, the Twilight phenom has reawakened obsessive love, convincing us that stalking is positively not creepy. 

So what to read next, you ask?  Dracula, My Love and Dracula in Love  have my attention.  They tap a similar vein–Mina’s story, shadowy and gothic and sexy as all get out.  Instead of re-reading Dracula this October (a worthy tradtion), I’m planning on indulging with these delightful possibilities.

Goodreads Blurb:  Many have read and loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But questions remain. What is the true story of Dracula’s origin? What if Mina could not bring herself to record the true story of their scandalous affair—until now?

In Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, Syrie James explores these questions and more. A vibrant dramatization, told from Mina’s point of view, brings to life the crucial parts of Stoker’s story while showcasing Mina’s sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, and revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men—a loving husband and a dangerous lover—Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she’s found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself—the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy.

Goodreads Blurb:  From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire.

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