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When we first meet Renfield in Dracula, he is a tortured soul in decline, a fly-gobbling, Scripture-quoting lunatic who acts as a haunted harbinger of Dracula's arrival in England. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr. John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears inWhen we first meet Renfield in Dracula, he is a tortured soul in decline, a fly-gobbling, Scripture-quoting lunatic who acts as a haunted harbinger of Dracula's arrival in England. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr. John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears in expectation of unspeakable rewards. Now, in an ingenious work of fiction, author Tim Lucas at last brings Renfield's own story to light. The Book of Renfield is a collection of the long-lost private diaries, professional journals, and wax-cylinder recordings that comprise Dr. Seward's obsessive study of Renfield. Featuring appearances by many of the characters from the original Dracula, Lucas's novel takes on the frighteningly realistic tone of a textual documentary as it illuminates the warped consciousness of Renfield and reveals, through a series of stories from his childhood, how this poor unfortunate was predisposed to become the ideal portal for evil....

Title : The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula
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ISBN : 9780743243544
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula Reviews

  • Nick Miranda
    2018-10-15 11:46

    One of the great things about this book is the style in which Lucas tells the story. Voiced in the narrative of Dr. Jack Seward, this book fills in the gaps in his and Renfield's tale omitted by Stoker. Another key element to this novel is that Lucas does a wonderful job of copying the Victorian dialect and mannerisms used by Stoker so that it reads like missing chapters of the original novel instead of a mere companion.

  • Oogmar
    2018-09-26 12:02

    This is a book I would recommend to anybody who even sort-of enjoyed Dracula. The style is a bit brisker, smarter, but holds to the same patina of dread that makes the first book so suspenseful.I finished it during a four hour tattoo session. I had no problem keeping my attention on the book. If that's not interesting, I don't know what is.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-23 13:58

    Interesting book from Renfield's point of view. Edgy, and well written.

  • Jolene
    2018-09-24 07:43

    IF YOU LOVE BRAM STOKER'S "DRACULA", YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!RENFIELD HAS BEEN INSTITUTIONALIZED IN THE CARFAX ASYLUM BEING TREATED BY DR. JOHN SEWARD. IN THIS BOOK YOU READ RENFIELD, VAN HELSING, & SEWARD'S CONVERSATIONS IN THE BEGINNING, AS IF YOU ARE READING A LONG LOST INTERVIEW OR SOMETHING. THERE IS A LETTER (AFTER THIS LOST INTERVIEW OR SOMETHING ) WRITTEN BY DR. JOHN SEWARD FOR THE READERS TO READ, THEN AS THE BOOK GOES ON YOU ARE READING DR. JOHN SEWARD'S DIARY.THEN THERE ARE SOME PATIENT NOTES, BACK TO DR. JOHN SEWARD'S DIARY, AND BACK & FORTH.When we first meet Renfield in Dracula, he is a tortured soul in decline, a fly-gobbling, Scripture-quoting lunatic who acts as a haunted harbinger of Dracula's arrival in England. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr. John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears in expectation of unspeakable rewards. Now, in an ingenious work of fiction, author Tim Lucas at last brings Renfield's own story to light. The Book of Renfield is a collection of the long-lost private diaries, professional journals, and wax-cylinder recordings that comprise Dr. Seward's obsessive study of Renfield. Featuring appearances by many of the characters from the original Dracula, Lucas's novel takes on the frighteningly realistic tone of a textual documentary as it illuminates the warped consciousness of Renfield and reveals, through a series of stories from his childhood, how this poor unfortunate was predisposed to become the ideal portal for evil.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-18 11:41

    I couldn't finish this book. I started it, didn't care for it, put it aside and read two other books thinking I'd come back to it, but I lost interest altogether. I had no compulsion to find out what happened. I made it one-quarter of the way through. It was just strange. The book focuses on Renfield's history all the way from his childhood. His childhood memories as related by Renfield himself seem highly unrealistic. Like he was putting his own spin on interpreting his childhood as he went. Overall, just weird and uninteresting. I am a fan of all things relating to the original Dracula, this one just didn't fit.

  • Susan
    2018-10-07 06:43

    When I started this book, I was interested in a backstory tale that would give some accessibility to the crazed charter in Stoker's book. Unfortunately, what I got was a story so convoluted and loaded with arcane mysticism that I eventually gave up. I never did care about this character; I felt no empathy for him and found the continual barrage of weirdness for weirdness' sake to be tiring. The imagery is good, but the filling in of every crevice in every character with whatever ill struck the writer's fancy at the time made this a soap opera. Don't waste your time.

  • Eomicheli
    2018-09-20 13:52

    Great follow-up to Bram Stoker's Dracula. We see deeply into Renfield's life and as a bonus, come to know Jack Seward much better. I liked this as an adddendum to Dracula, and have given it 4 stars. In retrospect, I wish I could give Dracula 4.5 stars as I liked the variety of characters and locations that were developed by Stoker.

  • Dan
    2018-10-06 10:50

    Excellent novel, I couldn't put it down. Any fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula will appreciate and enjoy this book. Tim Lucas does a masterful job of conveying his interpretation of Stoker's Renfield; essentially "filling in the blanks" in the life of the oddest and least understood character in Dracula.

  • David Ward
    2018-09-24 05:42

    Fans of the Bram Stoker classic Dracula will not be disappointed by this one. Absorbing Victorian atmosphere, dismay, anxiety, drug addiction and some good ol' fashioned lunacy. Oh, yeah and Dracula. How can you go wrong? Being myself a fan of basically everything Dracula I found this engrossing.

  • Angela Render
    2018-09-18 06:56

    I just couldn't get into it. The writing is in that pompous style of the late 1800's (the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula). In that, it was extremely well written. Just not for me. I couldn't finish it.

  • A. E. S.
    2018-09-22 07:52

    Only read this if you're a die-hard fan of Renfield and want to know about his tragic past. Although "Our Holy Bewhiskered Mother of Patchwork" to describe Jolly under a blanket was the cutest, funniest part in the entire novel!

  • Patti
    2018-09-28 12:04

    It was interesting. You got to learn more about the man Renfield, and how he got involved with Dracula. Interesting read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Vampire genre or the story of Dracula.

  • Sue
    2018-09-18 11:57

    Excellent book hat focuses on two of the characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The reader learns more about Renfield and also about Dr. Seward. Renfield's past is fascinating and knowing how it fits in to the Dracula storyline makes it all that much more interesting.

  • Nightraine
    2018-09-27 11:43

    This was good for the most part, but it kind of left me a little perplexed at the end. If you like Dracula, you will be interested in the life of Renfield. He was acutally one of my favorite characters in Dracula.

  • Brett
    2018-09-24 05:52

    Not an ostensibly bad book but one I won't finish. I wanted to read the story of Redfield and not the doctor who sometimes talks to him for a while. It's not terrible but it isn't what I wanted or what was advertised.

  • Adrian
    2018-09-21 05:58

    ODD beyond odd.

  • Bibliofiendlm
    2018-10-11 06:51

    Dracula from the most interesting character's point of view ;)