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Written by Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew and a bestselling dark thriller writer, and authorized by the Stoker Estate, Dracul is the prequel to perhaps the most celebrated and terrifying horror story of them all . . .

It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey's tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun - and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night - a night that will prove to be the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point - and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables now proven true.
A riveting, heart-stoppingly scary novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only the true origins of Dracula himself, but also of his creator, Bram Stoker . . . and of the elusive, enigmatic woman who connects them.

Reviews

Reading Dracul is like watching a classic vampire film. Bram Stoker lives! Dracula lives! Horror lives on nearly every page. A terrifying read that gave me hours of fun.

R. L. STINE, bestselling author of Goosebumps

J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sanford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.

JAMES PATTERSON

A deliciously dark tale that is sure to satisfy Stoker fans’ enduring thirst for mystery and horror. I loved it!

NEIL SPRING, author of The Ghost Hunters

Brilliant. Dracul pumps fresh blood into the vampire genre by telling the story of the man who started it all-Bram Stoker. And what a story! A grand adventure that contains all the literary playfulness and mounting dread of the original Dracula. It gave me chills.

RILEY SAGER, author of Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied

A thrilling exploration of the novel's [Dracula's] creation and its creator. It is also, as with the best literary horror, genuinely creepy . . . a brilliantly entertaining read.

Zoe Apostolides, FINANCIAL TIMES

A compelling, deep, dark drama about Dracula’s origin. Even I had to keep the lights on when reading this book!

JOHN SAUL, author of Suffer the Children

A blood and thunder tale for those grieving the passing of Penny Dreadful. This novel is like immersing yourself in a Hammer horror film, and I mean that, of course, as great praise.

STEPHEN VOLK

Scary as hell. Gothic as decay. Dracul will have you checking over your shoulder, under your bed, and up on the ceiling, too. All while wondering about the contents of every crate and oblong box you see.

JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box

A terrifying and compelling prequel that reveals how a young Bram Stoker confronted evil to craft a masterpiece.

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Whatever fiendish bargain Stoker and Barker struck to resurrect the voice of Bram Stoker with such authenticity and aplomb, it was worth it, at least to their mere mortal readers. Dracul is a genius and fevered nightmare of Gothic madness, each page seeping with ominous dread and escalating horror. It is a prequel more than just worthy of the original novel—it is sure to be an undying classic of its own, haunting, terrifying and entertaining generations to come.

ERIC RICKSTAD, author of What Remains of Her and The Silent Girls

Very scary . . . a big book that will no doubt be a hit among monster-movie and horror lit fans—and for good reason.

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593080115

    October 29, 2018

    Bantam Press

    512 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780593080108

    October 18, 2018

    Bantam Press

    512 pages

    RRP $35.00

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473556133

    October 18, 2018

    Transworld Digital

    512 pages

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Extract

Now

Bram stares at the door.

Sweat trickles down his creased forehead. He brushes his fingers through his damp hair, his temples throbbing with ache.

How long has he been awake? Two days? Three? He doesn’t know, each hour blends into the next, a fevered dream from which there is no waking, only sleep, deeper, darker—

No!

There can be no thought of sleep.

He forces his eyes wide. He wills them open, preventing even a single blink, for each blink comes heavier than the last. There can be no rest, no sleep, no safety, no family, no love, no future, no—

The door.

Must watch the door.

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