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Speaking of great books, Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

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  1. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    Just read Dracula the other week, again using the iphone freebook app.

    My take is that Dracula is the best horror classic I've ever read. That said I'm beginning Frankenstein again soon.

    Any classic, not necessarily meaning old, that you really enjoyed?
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Dracula is a great book, Although not old, F.Paul Wilson's book "The Keep" is an excellent read.
     

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    Historian NRA Benefactor Lifetime Member

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    Great book. Really ahead of it's time. Right of their with Shelly's Frankenstein.

    Moby Dick...now that's one hell of a story.

    "From hell's heart, I stab at thee."

    I read it in high school and at least twice since. The book is amazing.

    I also really enjoy The Great Gatsby.
     
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    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    To the imaginative and intelligent reader, the horror presented in Dracula far surpasses ANY blood and gore splatterfest that passes for "horror" to in today's market.
     
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    Historian NRA Benefactor Lifetime Member

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    Vlad had social isses.

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    Vlad liked to dine and dip his bread into the blood of those he vanquished.

    http://www.donlinke.com/drakula/vlad.htm
     
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    I hate modern "horror", it is usually pointless, mindless gore and violence. Of course the classics were written for an audience that was literate and thoughtfull. Now if you don't rub people's noses in it they don't get it.
     
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    I read Dracula recently and I really, really enjoyed it. I then went to watch the movie and it seemed so flat and I couldn't get into it. I've been meaning to try again but the movie is never as good as the book is.

    I grew up reading Stephen King. At that time, and later, I loved his work. I don't know if my tastes changed, or he changed, or if I just "outgrew" him but the last half dozen or so books that I tried...I just couldn't get into them. At the same time, I can go back and reread Christine or Gerald's Game and really enjoy it.
     
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    Dracula is one of my all time favorite horror novels. Now that is a real VAMPIRE novel. I hate all this stupid twilight crap. Take your sparkly vampires and shove it!

    If you like classic horror look into getting a collection of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories. The Call of Cthulhu and Shadow over Innsmouth are some great places to start.
     
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    Dracula is a classic. Vlad was one twisted SOB.

    You will like Shelly's Frankenstein. She was 18 when she wrote it. She and her fiance, Percy Shelly were visiting Lord Byron and after a weekend of gruesome conversations and bottles of absinthe frankenstein was penned. The 1986 movie Gothic is a good movie about that weekend. The 1994 frankenstein with Branagh and De nero is close to the book.
     
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    I read it in high school not for fun but for a lit. class. Hated it then. But so far this time it seems quite good. I'm about 20 pages in.
     
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    I've read (via books on tape) both Dracula and Frankenstein within the last year and they are both excellent.
    The Keep was a great book also. But don't waste your time on the movie, bad, really bad.
     
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    As far as Science Fiction goes you can't beat the original Dune! It's not as old as Dracula or Frankenstein but it's still a modern classic!
     
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    Funny, I was just thinking of that same book. The movie of it made me want to stab pencils in my eyes. In the book Wilson described the evil coming and the lights would just go out one at a time. There was no glowing red eyed smoke monster like the movie showed. That is a damn good book. And damn Hollywood for screwing it up...again.
     
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    I've added "The Keep" to my must read list.
     
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    I read the book and loved it. made the mistake of going to see the movie. Got to be one of the worst movies ever made from a great book.
     
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth always lit me up good. Another was Robinson Crusoe.

    I also enjoyed Dr. Acula, great writing and very vivid to me.
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Loved Dracula. Bram Stoker researched the beans outta that one. The train schedules are accurate. His layout of Whitby is spot on. Even the castle is there. To this day, you can go visit Whitby and it's just like he wrote about. If you are ever in Engrand, of course. (Sharpened wooden stakes not allowed - you could harm a lovable rogue.)
     
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    Yea, I read somewhere that Stoker researched the details for several years.