Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 493 pages.

Dracul (Stoker's Dracula #1) - J.D. Barker, Dacre Stoker

Was the forest trying to keep us out?

I wanted to dismiss the thought, but it grasped my mind and held firm. Could a forest prevent someone from entering? I thought not, for even though a forest does live, it lacks consciousness or free will.

With that, the wind kicked up around us, and Matilda stumbled; I pulled her close and kept her from the mud at our feet, nearly falling in the process. 

And if a forest couldn't prevent someone from entering, what about something dwelling within it?

The descriptions are a bit repetitive, but this is oh-so atmospheric and creepy as anything. 

 

And holy creepers, Nana Ellen is something else.

I'm not kidding either.

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I must admit that I had no expectation of enjoying this read as much as I am because there has been quite a bit of hype around it. Dacre Stoker spent quite a few days on several occasions around here in connection with promoting the book and commemorating Bram Stoker writing Dracula in Cruden Bay, just north of here. 

 

Anyway, I'm hooked.