Published by Quirk Books on August 1, 2008
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
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In 1897, Archibald Constable & Company published Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous horror novel of all time. For reasons still widely debated by critics, the first chapter of Dracula was cut just weeks before publication. Here, it becomes the central clue in a spine-tingling interactive mystery.
Dracula’s Heir begins ten years after the horrific events described in the original novel. Jonathan and Mina Harker are happily married and enjoying life in Bixby, England. Meanwhile, their friend Dr. John Seward is tracking a string of crimes that seems eerily familiar: A 14-year-old girl sleepwalks out of her parent’s house and disappears into the night. Two “accident victims” are found drained of their blood, yet there is no crime-scene evidence to explain what happened.
As with The Crimes of Dr. Watson, Dracula’s Heir features an original novella plus several removable clues, including a private journal, a death certificate, a newspaper, and more. Once you’ve solved the mystery, you can open the final signature (sealed at the printer) to test your sleuthing skills.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the characters after the events in Bram Stoker’s Dracula? What if the story didn’t end there? And what if Dracula was more than a horror story?
Putting your hands on this book is like grabbing some valuable documents you secretly always hoped to find. Indeed, every interactive clue is remarkable, and you get a sense of realism that gives you the creeps at times . . . Inevitably, removing the hints while following the events narrated—in the form of notebook pages—gives the reader a certain pleasure. And when a (possible) theory starts taking form, pages are turned with even more eagerness. So, through precious handwritten notes, certificates, newspapers and more, the reader needs to solve a mystery that will make them ponder about the novel they read—and were fascinated by—in the past. Actually . . . was it really just a novel?
A great experience that I strongly suggest every Dracula‘s lover to try. Opening the sealed pages at the end won’t just test your skills, but it will make you smirk with satisfaction.