Bram Stoker and New Page

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.

But more mysteries ensue: Archie purchases an old chest to furnish his new home, and finds inside a number of 16th century papers in code, which he believes give the location of a lost treasure of the Spanish Armada.  While meditating on these puzzles, he perceives two women shipwrecked and in distress, and he rushes to save them.  One of the women is Marjory, a beautiful young American with a dangerous secret…
Lost treasures, ancient codes, and strange prophecies are not Archie and Marjory’s only problem.  She is pursued by a group of bandits seeking to kidnap and ransom her, and a sinister Spaniard will stop at nothing to prevent them from discovering the treasure…

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 Lady of The Shroud (published in 1909)
Adrift off the coast of the fictional Blue Mountains is a small coffin containing a white-shrouded woman. She rises, soaking wet, from the sea, and seeks refuge in the Castle of Vissarion in the middle of the night. The rich young Rupert Leger lets the mysterious beauty in, but who is she?

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…

If you’d like more information on Bram Stoker check out bramstoker.org.

4 thoughts on “Bram Stoker and New Page

  1. I studied Bram Stoker at uni, so I had heard of the lady of the shroud and lair of the white worm… If I see any stoker in my travels I will pick it up for you.

    These sound like really interesting stories! I wonder if they are also done in his unique style?

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    • I’ve got Lair of The White Worm already which is what started me off with wanting the rest. That would be awesome. I’ve been getting other books so haven’t really been making a proper effort to get his stuff, but I had a cursory look for them and know which ones are out of print and stuff.

      Some of them sound very Stokerish I reckon, just from reading the synopsis.

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      • Very Stokerish indeed! Others definately sound more like romances though 🙂 And I dont know enough about the time period, because a lot of these sound like he either was at the begining of some of the fashions/genres/topics/styles, or he was writting to fit a style. A good example of this is the mummy one. There are so many gothic romances set in that time slot that deal with ancient egyptian curses etc, that I wasnt sure if i knew the story, or had just read something similar. I think i will have to look some of these up for myself, because I love my gothic romances…

        Abbey has a book of 14 of his short stories and Lair of the white worm. I’ll get you the book of short stories for your birthday (just part of it, so im not telling you too much LOL).
        They also have Jewel of Seven Stars for $22.95
        http://www.abbeys.com.au/items.asp?id=161042

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        • Yeah he did write a lot of romance. Even had love stories in his non romance ones so it doesn’t surprise me.

          Apparently a lot of them are supposed to reflect matters in Ireland back then, but I’m not really bothered by that or looking further into what it means or the whys of it. None of that stuff really interests me. I’m more interested in the man’s imagination.

          Ooo! Is that the one with Dracula’s Guest? Oh wait, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know. I like surprises!

          Awww thanks for letting me know, but they have it at A & R for 15 bucks too and a whole stack of other titles. Plus I have a rewards card with them so prefer to get most of my books there.

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