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the grand-daddy of all vampires, is back, vengeance coursing through his veins, in a frighteningly good novel written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew. The timing couldn't be better. Fans can't stop gushing over vampires. Stephenie Meyer, Charlaine Harris and a host of other writers are making their fortunes slaking fans' bloodlust for stories of the undead. But writing sequels to classics whose authors are no longer among the living can send shivers of dread through fans and critics.
In the case of Dracula The Un-Dead, which continues the chilling tale begun in Stoker's Dracula, written more than a century ago, the shivers are because this is a wonderfully scary sequel. Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, a Dracula documentarian, wrote this sequel based on the premise that Bram always intended to write one. Why? Dracula's "death" at the end of the original novel has been subject to debate. The Un-Dead continues the story, 25 years later, of the team of fearless vampire hunters who still believe they rid the world of Dracula. Among them: Mina and Jonathan Harker, Dr. John Seward and Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.
This daring sequel captures the essence and gothic glory of the original. Newcomers to Stoker's Dracula as well as diehard fans will be stoked by this sequel, which happily plants the seed for a follow-up.