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"[To My Dear Friend Hommy-Beg] is an intriguing little episode of literary history. "

-Reggie Oliver, Wormwood 17


"The reviews of Dracula here printed are from a wide range of popular and fashionable public prints . . . The criticisms are nearly all well-informed and perceptive . . . "

-Reggie Oliver, Wormwood 16


"[Contemporary Reviews of Dracula] is very attractively produced . . . [and] will make a handsome edition to anyone's library"

-Katherine Haynes, Voices from the Vaults (Spring 2011)


When you read Bram Stoker's Other Gothics: Contemporary Reviews, you'll discover that the reviews serve as a critique of Stoker's contemporary literary reception. Somewhat more surprising, they also provide insights into his evolving interests. Reading between the lines, you'll glimpse the progression of Stoker's life as well: Under the Sunset and The Snake's Pass encapsulate his Irish background and interest in Irish folklore; The Mystery of the Sea invokes his beloved family holidays to Cruden Bay and other coastal villages; The Jewel of Seven Stars demonstrates his interest in Egyptology and the supernatural, and conjures reminiscences of Stoker's association with Sir William Wilde; The Lady of the Shroud is a sort of "in shadow of Dracula" book that falls short of his most popular title's fame; and finally Lair of the White Worm echoes the perhaps confused mindset of the ailing author in his final years.

Reading these reviews makes me want to re-read Stoker's entire repertoire. Not only the titles reviewed in Other Gothics, but his less popular fiction and non-fiction works as well. I am certain that if you were to embark on such an endeavour, this biographical trend would continue. Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions, Glimpses of America, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving . . . they all help to add detail to the portrait of the man who wrote them.

-Brian J. Showers, 2010

"These pamphlets in the Bram Stoker Series are beautifully produced, as we have come to expect from Swan River. "

-Katherine Haynes, Voices from the Vault (Summer 2010)




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