In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages. Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil.
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It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history.
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From the #1 bestselling author of the Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. A young american woman, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, Alexandra Boyd, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother.
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Dracula the undead by freda warrington is a true rarity – a sequel to a literary classic that doesn’t pale in comparison. The castle stood as before, reared high above a waste of desolation. From dracula by bram stokerdracula the undead takes up the story where Bram Stoker left off - with the return of Mina, Jonathan, Dr van Helsing and their friends to the setting of their horrific final encounter with Count Dracula.
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However, no one looked beyond the preface and deeper into à?smundsson’s story. In 2014, only to discover that à?smundsson hadn’t merely translated Dracula but had penned an entirely new version of the story, literary researcher Hans de Roos dove into the full text of Makt Myrkranna, with all new characters and a totally re-worked plot.
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula #ad - . Powers of darkness is an incredible literary discovery: In 1900, Icelandic publisher and writer Valdimar à?smundsson set out to translate Bram Stoker’s world-famous 1897 novel Dracula. Makt myrkranna was published in iceland in 1901 but remained undiscovered outside of the country until 1986, when Dracula scholarship was astonished by the discovery of Stoker’s preface to the book.
The resulting narrative is one that is shorter, punchier, more erotic, and perhaps even more suspenseful than Stoker’s Dracula. Called makt myrkranna literally, “Powers of Darkness†?, this Icelandic edition included an original preface written by Stoker himself. Incredibly, makt myrkranna has never been translated or even read outside of Iceland until now.
Powers of darkness presents the first ever translation into English of Stoker and à?smundsson’s Makt Myrkranna.
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Peppered with familiar characters from victorian history and fiction, the novel follows vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders. Anno dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history.
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