Dracula in Love
By Karen Essex
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780767931229, 384pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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London, 1890. Mina Murray Harker, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially pure Victorian heroine, becomes Count Dracula’s object of desire. To preserve her chastity, five male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. This is the story we have been told. But now, from Mina’s own pen, we discover a tale more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have ever imagined. From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Mina vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair, as well as her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
KAREN ESSEX is the author of four novels, including the international bestseller Leonardo's Swans. Her award-winning essays and articles have appeared in many periodicals, among them L.A. Weekly, Vogue, and Playboy. She lives in Los Angeles.
- In the prologue, Mina Murray writes, “The truth is we must fear monsters less and be warier of our own kind.” What “monsters” evoke fear in the book? Which humans evoke fear?
“An intensely erotic story of romance and obsession. . . . Lusciously sexy and outrageously chilling by turns.” –Newark Star-Ledger
“Required reading. . . . Essex retells Bram Stoker’s Dracula legend, but this time the story comes entirely from heroine Mina Harker’s point of view . . . meeting the ubervampire himself face to face, not to mention fang to neck.” –New York Post
"Thrilling, shocking, and deliciously seductive, Dracula in Love will sink its teeth into you and suck you in from start to finish. Karen Essex has wielded her magic on one of the world’s most terrifying tales, and the result is absolutely irresistible." –Anne Fortier, author of Juliet
“Dark, gothic, and utterly sensual. . . . The character of Mina Murray leaps from the pages in an extraordinary confession of what truly happened between her and Count Dracula. In this novel of forbidden desires and secrecy, purity is an overrated virtue.” —Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Nefertiti: A Novel
“Beautifully written. . . . Romance and vampire fiction buffs will snap this up.” —Library Journal
“Dracula in Love is a sensual fantasy feast, a flight of the imagination, a darkly rich pleasure.” —Margaret George, author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra
“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. Gortner, author of The Last Queen
“In Essex’s hands, Mina becomes a woman with unusual gifts and powers, and she must learn to use them.” —BookPage
“Gorgeously written and erotically charged, the novel Dracula in Love is like its century-jumping central characters: deeply rooted in the past while pushing ageless mythology into strikingly current realms. Historical novels should have plenty of history, and this novel surely does. Romantic novels should have their share of sex and romance, and this novel delivers both. But its true revelation is its gripping sense of anticipation, heartache, discovery, and unflinching chill.” —Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible
“[Dracula in Love] is a haunting, feminist portrayal of eternal love, forbidden desires, and Victorian virtues. . . . A refreshing take on a classic that is sure to mesmerize readers.” —Fangoria