I added a new page for reading challenges which you can find on the side panel there and in my wanderings I came across yet more titles by Bram Stoker that I didn’t know about.
Even though I’ve only read two of his books so far – Dracula and The Lair of The White Worm – I am a Bram Stoker fan and have kept an eye out for his other titles (I also just like collecting like any other bibliophile). Unfortunately they can be hard to find. The Lair of The White Worm was really a fluke which I came across at a book fair, but otherwise I haven’t had much luck coming across any others.
There are a lot of people out there who have read Dracula and don’t realise how many books he actually wrote. His books are a combination of novels, short story collections, and non fiction. I’m interested to check out his non fiction because he not only has an interesting way of writing, but an interesting imagination too (or so I have concluded after reading The Lair of The White Worm), so I wonder what a man like that with a mind like that would come up with when writing non fiction.
I’m still looking into his non fiction so for now I’ll give a list of his novels (besides Dracula and I apologise for the lack of synopsis for some of them).
The Primrose Path (published in 1875)
Jerry O’Sullivan, honest Dublin theatrical carpenter, moves to London, seeking a better job. Against the better judgement of the people surrounding him, Jerry decides to go to the metropolis with his faithful wife Katey. O’Sullivan is hired as head carpenter in a squalid theatre in London, but after several misfortunes he is strongly tempted by and eventually brought down by alcohol.
The Snake’s Pass (published in 1890)
The Snake’s Pass is about a troubled romance between an English landlord and an untutored Celtic peasant. Of all Bram Stoker’s novels, The Snake’s Pass speaks most openly about the contemporary political climate in Ireland.
The Watter’s Mou’ (published in 1895)
The problem was that the fisherman had fallen on hard times, and had turned to smuggling. Putting a stop to smuggling was William Barrow’s sworn duty. It’s a recipe for disaster: nothing good can come of this night. And down at the watter’s mou’, a terrible fate awaits them all in the stormy night to come — for William Barrow, for his love, and for the fisherman who is her father.
The Shoulder of Shasta (published in 1895)
I’m having trouble finding a proper synopsis of this novel, but I have been able to gather that it is a romance set in the U.S.A.
Miss Betty (published in 1898)
Another one I’m having trouble finding a proper synopsis with, but I know it’s another romance (man loves his romance)
The Mystery of The Sea (published in 1902)
Archie Hunter is on vacation on Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, when he begins to see strange visions of death. An old local woman, Gormala, possesses the same gift — the ‘second sight’ — and informs Archie of an ancient legend of “the mystery of the sea.” According to this legend, when a “golden man” with “death as his bride” should die at Lammas-tide, the mystery will be revealed.
Can Archie and Marjory avoid the snares of the spies, survive the Spaniard’s wiles, decipher Gormala’s riddle, and solve the Mystery of the Sea?
The Jewel of Seven Stars (published in 1903)
“Hither the Gods come not at any summons. The Nameless One has insulted them and is forever alone. Go not nigh, lest their vengeance wither you away!”
The warning was inscribed on the entrance of the hidden tomb, forgotten for millennia in the sands of mystic Egypt. Then the archaeologists and grave robbers came in search of the fabled Jewel of Seven Stars, which they found clutched in the hand of the mummy. Few heeded the ancient warning, until all who came in contact with the Jewel began to die in a mysterious and violent way–with the marks of a strangler around their neck.
The Man or The Gates of Life (published in 1905)
Another one that I’m having trouble finding a synopsis of, but you can read it online (a lot of e-reading sites come up if you google it) and I have gathered it is another romance.
Lady Athylne (published in 1908)
Joy Ogilvie, the beautiful young daughter of a Kentucky colonel, plays a joke with her friends, pretending to be “Lady Athlyne”, after hearing a story about the dashing Irish nobleman Lord Athlyne. Little does she know that half a world away, the real Lord Athlyne is a prisoner of war in a South African camp, where word reaches him that a woman in America is impersonating his wife.
Upon his release, he decides to investigate the situation and travels to New York, where a near-fatal accident introduces him to Joy and her father. Athlyne and Joy fall instantly in love-but a series of misadventures and dangerous obstacles threatens to prevent their marriage. And when Colonel Ogilvie learns of their affair and challenges Athlyne to a duel to the death, their love just may end in tragedy!
The Lair of The White Worm (published in 1911 and also adapted into film in 1988 which stars Hugh Grant)
In a tale of ancient evil, Bram Stoker creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hell-bent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds, and which receives strange commands along its string; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim…