Dracula in Love: A novel

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Allen & Unwin, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Reader, you are about to enter a world that exists simultaneous with your own. But be warned: in its realm, there are no rules, and there is certainly no neat formula to become - or to destroy - one who has risen above the human condition ... the truth is, we must fear monsters less and be warier of our own kind.

From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula's beautiful, eternal muse, Mina - the most famous woman in vampire lore - vividly recounts the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked her and Count Dracula through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers. Mina's gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England's dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries and terrifying asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical voyage far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.

The result is a darkly haunting and rapturous tale of eternal love and possession.

'Dark, gothic, and utterly sensual, Dracula in Love is the novel for Twilight's grownup fans ... in this novel of forbidden desires and secrecy, purity is an overrated virtue.' - Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti: A novel

'Karen Essex turns the legendary tale of immortal love into a seductive, blood-tingling celebration of the senses; Mina Harker is a heroine for the ages - bold, intrepid, and in love with one of the most dangerous, irresistible men in history. If you read only one more vampire novel, let it be this one!' - C.W. Gorner, author of The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

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A copy of a classic, but nothing new.

User Review  - thecrowdedleaf - Borders

The advertisement for Dracula in Love by Karen Essex said: “If you read only one more vampire novel, let it be this one.” That’s a pretty bold statement so I took the bait. Dracula as told by Mina ... Read full review

Feminism and Vampirism: Taste Great Together!

User Review  - Bookwench - Borders

The Victorian woman concept invokes indelible images of refinement and grace along with the permanent stain of sexual double-standard and the impossible curves of the Gibson Girl. In Stoker's Dracula ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Karen Essex is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Her novel, Leonardo's Swans (2006), was a US and international bestseller and it won the prestigious Italian award for foreign fiction, the Premio Roma. Essex has also written two biographies. She has written screenplays for Warner Bros, Columbia/Tristar and 20th Century Fox. Her articles, essays and profiles have been published in Vogue, Playboy, LA Weekly and many other magazines and newspapers. She's made many appearances in the media and is a sought-after guest lecturer at creative writing courses, in history and women's studies programs. She lives in Los Angeles.

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