As those incidents from the past begin to collide with those of the present and it seems that Dracula may have survived, members of the team who battled him begin to die. Inspector Cotford, a police officer who lost his credibility when Jack the Ripper escaped his clutches many years earlier, suspects the elderly Van Helsing of being the Ripper and picks back up his obsession to prove his theory. Arthur Holmwood desires to forget the past and the incident with Dracula as that event resulted in the death of his beloved Lucy. When Quincey Harker arrives to ask for help in tracking down the vampire, Arthur initially refuses but ultimately agrees, and the two begin their quest. Mina Harker senses the presence of darkness but is unsure as to what it may be attributed and seeks to learn the truth in order to protect her son. The actions of all of the characters converge as the novel progresses.
Using a style that employs both a modern sensibility and eighteenth-century gothic melodrama, Stoker and Holt create a highly-readable, suspenseful and enjoyable tale that re-introduces the reader to familiar characters, though often taking them in very different directions than may be expected. This sequel contains more gore than either the original or most urban fantasy, placing it in the horror genre, but the usage is not gratuitous. The story flows well despite the narrative switching back and forth between the various characters and their respective predicaments, even with the end-of-chapter cliffhangers. An intriguing premise that takes existing characters from the original novel and continues their stories, introducing an even scarier villain, and employing the meta-fictional technique of having the original novel and its author play a role, results in Dracula: The Un-Dead providing a very satisfying reading experience.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451230515
- ASIN: B005B1E69O