Dracula’s Child

Titan. May 2020. 576p. ISBN 9781789093391. pap. $14.95. HORROR
What happened after Jonathan and Mina Harker defeated Dracula in Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire novel? Barnes (The Somnambulist, The Domino Men) ponders this question within an intriguing narrative framework: papers released by the Harker’s son, Quincey, on the eve of World War I. Following the epistolary format of the original, this novel is told through “found” journals, clippings, and letters written by the parties involved when a dark and troubling series of events unfold during Quincey’s 13th year. It becomes clear that the vampire everyone thought was killed was merely held at bay. His return comes at a steep price for the Harker family and the world. Fans of vampire fiction will enjoy the compelling, fast-paced plot, and atmosphere of increasing dread.
VERDICT This novel is nestled perfectly within the popular pantheon of stories that use the frame and style of Stoker’s classic to create original and entertaining stories that add to the lure and enjoyment of the source material. Hand to readers who liked Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi’s Stoker’s Wilde or Lauren Owen’s The Quick.
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