J.S. Barnes’ sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula reveals Jonathan and Mira Harker having just returned to England after their terrible Transylvanian collision with the inimical Count Dracula. Their son, named for his or her tragically deceased pal Quincey Morris, is growing up. But the glow of their victory over the ancient vampire is quickly tainted, as comrades die while speakme evil portents and young Quincey seems strange, even to his very own mother. The Harkers and the final members in their circle reassure themselves with the expertise that the Count is dead through their hand, and he can not return from beyond the grave they usual for him. But there are shadows gathering in the deep Romanian forests, and that they have designs on the world outside.
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In Dracula’s Child, Barnes portrays vampires at their maximum sinister. They do now not sparkle, nor do they experience shopping; rather, they hunger, and handiest the eldest and maximum disciplined among them can control the urge to feed. The gothic, nearly oppressively macabre ecosystem is enhanced by Barnes’ revival of Stoker’s epistolary shape. Not only is it an effective allusion to the authentic material, however telling this new tale through diary entries, letters and newspaper clippings additionally forces the reader to enjoy the events almost in actual time. There are no tips of omniscience; instead, Barnes is downright miserly with foreshadowing, offering handiest guidelines of what's to come. The result is each an admirable combination of horror and dark fantasy and an correct reconstruction of the unique’s mood.
However, Dracula’s Child is not only a sequel in form and cast, but also in its interpretation of its monster, and it's far this excellent that renders it mainly timely. Barnes extends Stoker’s underlying metaphor connecting vampirism to sexual abuse to encompass the seduction of social and cultural power. In Dracula’s Child, vampires do not simply threaten the life and well-being of their victims: rather, they are searching for to exert strength over entire societies, and they're adept at wielding sensationalism, mass opinion and the levers of public policy to accomplish their aims. The reader is left questioning how their very own society might react to a vampiric intrusion, or indeed, if the vampires are already here.