Author: Bram Stoker
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: May 3rd 2015
This telling of the story of Dracula is enhanced with 37 photographs of important locations, annotated old maps, and cultural artifacts. In addition, the book includes images of Dracula, female vampires, wolves, etc.
I first read Dracula as a young teenager. I remember it was Saturday afternoon, and both my parents and my sister were out of the house. The wind was making the branches scratch against my window, just like the bats in the novel, and the old house creaked. To preserve my dignity, let’s not say that I was “afraid”; let’s just say that I was “apprehensive.”
Recently I decided to read the book again. As I read, I had difficulty visualizing some of the locales and cultural artifacts that the characters mentioned. What do the Carpathian Mountains look like near dusk? Is there really an English town called “Whitby” with a ruined abbey? What did the harbor look like? What is a Kukri knife?
Accordingly, I have researched and inserted into this version of Dracula many photographs of important locations, annotated old maps, and cultural artifacts. I also considered it worthwhile to insert images of Dracula, female vampires, wolves, etc. to add a bit of color to the text.
Furthermore, I was disappointed that there were many historical, geographic, and cultural references in the text that were lost on me. As I researched these, I found that they enhanced my appreciation the story. For that reason, I have added appropriate hyperlinks that you can ignore or investigate if you are so inclined.
Dracula is in the “public domain”, which means that the copyright has expired. Anyone can download the text from several websites. Consequently, the text in this book is pretty much the same as the text you will find in other versions of Dracula. I say “pretty much” because I have taken the liberty to correct spelling errors, change a few confusing pronouns to the actual names of the characters who are speaking, and break apart long and confusing paragraphs with multiple speakers.
I had a lot of fun enhancing my appreciation of this book. We hope you enjoy it as well!
Daniel D. Ferry, Editor