50 Scariest Books of All Time: Dracula

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If you’ve been following along, I’m reading and reviewing my way down one site’s list of the 50 scariest books of all time. Today I bring to you a classic we’re all familiar with whether you’ve read it or not –

 

Dracula – By Bram Stoker

 

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The plot of Dracula probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, unless they’ve been living under a rock. It’s the story of the vampire Count Dracula, and the horror he inflicts on a handful of people.

I’m usually a big fan of the classics, for instance Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books of all time. However, one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to classics can be the language. Sometimes the language is so overly flowery from certain time periods it can make the books unreadable. I was glad that was not the case with Dracula.

I also love the interesting story-telling convention used for this novel. It is a collection of journal entries, notes and letters written by the group of people affected by Dracula. Each of the  main characters has a specific point of view regarding Dracula and what he has done to them or their loved ones, and I love how the story is laid out with their journals and notes assembled in chronological order.

What I found most terrifying was the fact that Dracula could visit a person night after night after night, draining them of more and more blood. It wasn’t an instant death, it’s a long drawn out process for his victims.

For me, Dracula is one of those stories that the plot has been known since childhood, so reading the book wasn’t really necessary. I’m glad I did finally sit down and give it a read though. It’s a great story and a great lesson in non-traditional story-telling.

50 Scariest Books of All Time (4 down, 46 to go)

  1. It – Stephen King
  2. Piercing – Ryu Murakami
  3. The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
  4. Ghost Story – Peter Straub
  5. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  6. Hell House – Richard Matheson
  7. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  9. The Best of H.P. Lovecraft – H.P. Lovecraft
  10. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  11. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  12. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  13. The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
  14. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  15. The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
  16. The Trial – Frankz Kafka
  17. Books of Blood – Clive Barker
  18. Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  19. Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill
  20. Carrion Comfort – Dan Simmons
  21. The Complete Tales and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  22. Dawn – Octavia Butler
  23. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  24. The Girl Next Door – Jack Ketchum
  25. The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski
  26. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  27. The Cipher – Kathe Koja
  28. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  29. The Ruins – Scott Smith
  30. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – M. R. James
  31. Naomi’s Room – Jonathan Aycliffe
  32. The Ritual – Adam Nevill
  33. Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo
  34. Incarnate – Ramsey Campbell
  35. The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
  36. The Great God Pan – Arthur Machen
  37. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz
  38. The October Country – Ray Bradbury
  39. White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi
  40. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
  41. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream – Harlan Ellison
  42. The Collector – John Fowles
  43. The Store – Bently Little
  44. Penpal – Dathan Auerbach
  45. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  46. Swan Song – Robert R. McCammon
  47. The Wolfen – Whitley Strieber
  48. The Hot Zone – Richard Preston
  49. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  50. 1984 – George Orwell
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