Dracula, My Love


Best selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen enters the vampire genre with this retelling of Stoker's horror tale told from the perspective of Mina Harker. Years into her marriage to Jonathan, Mina continues to be tormented by memories of her time with Dracula and decides the only way to free herself of the past is to record it. The story picks up just prior to that fateful summer when Mina first meets the Count and is surprised by their instant connection. As she begins to wonder if that's all there is to the marriage bed, Mina continues to fall under Dracula's spell until she is forced to make a choice that will haunt her to the end of her days.

While the first third of the book closely parallels events in previous versions, it then begins turning into something more akin to a Harlequin romance then a serious retelling. The additional development of Mina and Jonathan's youth adds depth and Mina's character is surprisingly progressive for the time period. The unusual portrayal of Van Helsing casts him more as a comical, bumbling professor then a feared vampire hunter and makes a nice change from the original tale.

This is an entertaining retelling provided you don't expect a great literary work.

Review by Sandy Amazeen

From the publisher:


Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective--as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman.

Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Soon, they are connected in a way she never thought humanly possible.

Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and unique, sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this ... Dracula!

Fanged Films

USA, 2005

USA, 1983

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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