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The music and sound effects in this audio version are eerily atmospheric, and the narration by actor Tim Dalgleish brings Bram Stoker's chilling tale vibrantly back to life. This deleted first chapter of the world-famous novel Dracula - not published until two years after Bram Stoker's death - has been unearthed and dusted off and is now as fresh as any corpse could possibly be! The central character of the story is Jonathan Harker from Dracula (Count Dracula also makes a brief appearance at the end), and the story covers the horrible events of a foolish journey undertaken on Walpurgis Nacht, when evil dominates and ungodly creatures arise from the earth. This unfamiliar first chapter of Dracula is introduced and narrated by author and actor Tim Dalgleish.

Public Domain (P)2016 Tim Dalgleish

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  • Cassandra Morrison
  • 01-05-18

Not Dracula But...Not Bad, Either.

Tim Dalgleish presents a very well read version of this famous (in certain circles, anyway) missing chapter pf Bram Stoker's most famous novel DRACULA. Of course, other of his tales have been filmed which makes their names, if not the books themselves, familiar to fans of supernatural fiction. The Lair of the White Worm which starred Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi and The Jewel of the Seven Stars (Stoker's tale about a wicked Egyptian Witch-Queen's plans for resurrection has been filmed half a dozen times at least...the one with Charlton Heston and a very young Stephanie Zimbalist being, perhaps, the best known today). At any rate Dracula's Guest helped inspire a few other vampire stories J. Sheridan Le Fanu's (despite his French name a fellow Irishman to Stoker) CARMILLA being the best known of these and both drawing on the real-life story of Countess Elizabet Bathory (herself a cousin to Vlad the Impaler) after whom the abattoir (slaughterhouse) got its name. It means, literally, "blood-bath" and the Countess used to bathe in the blood of young virgins in order to retain her youth. Good version, Good narration, great mood-setting music. Worth twice what they are charging for it.