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Powers of Darkness

Written by: Bram Stoker,Valdimar Asmundsson,Hans Corneel de Roos,Dacre Stoker,John Edgar Browning
Narrated by: Adam Verner,Robertson Dean,Ralph Lister,Derek Perkins,R.C. Bray
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Powers of Darkness is an incredible literary discovery. In 1900, Icelandic publisher and writer Valdimar Asmundsson set out to translate Bram Stoker's world-famous 1897 novel Dracula

Called Makt Myrkranna (literally, 'Powers of Darkness'), this Icelandic edition included an original preface written by Stoker himself. Makt Myrkranna was published in Iceland in 1901 but remained undiscovered outside of the country until 1986, when Dracula scholarship was astonished by the discovery of Stoker's preface to the book. 

However, no one looked beyond the preface and deeper into Asmundsson's story. In 2014, literary researcher Hans de Roos dove into the full text of Makt Myrkranna, only to discover that Asmundsson hadn't merely translated Dracula but had penned an entirely new version of the story, with all new characters and a totally reworked plot. The resulting narrative is one that is shorter, punchier, more erotic, and perhaps even more suspenseful than Stoker's Dracula

Incredibly, Makt Myrkranna has never been translated or even read outside of Iceland until now. Powers of Darkness presents the first ever translation into English of Stoker and Asmundsson's Makt Myrkranna. With a foreword by Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew and best-selling author, and an afterword by Dracula scholar John Edgar Browning, Powers of Darkness will amaze and entertain legions of fans of Gothic literature, horror, and vampire fiction.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Hans Corneel de Roos

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Interesting variation.

This is definitely a much different Dracula story than the original and the overwhelming majority of it centers around Harker's presence in the castle, leaving the rest of the story feel rushed. Of course, in all of our familiar movie adaptations, that it the opposite approach to what we are used to experiencing. Overall, it was fascinating and entertaining.

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Stoker Enthusiasts Will Love It

Intriguing story, did they work together, is this an adaptation of Stoker's original text? Only the 2 men know for certain. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-09-05

An unfinished work

If you've ever wanted an hour-long, self-indulgent memoire by a distant descendant of Bram Stoker on the enduring importance of Dracula scholarship, then this book is for you.

And if you want an additional hour or so of some guy's graduate thesis on whether or not some Icelandic newspaper publisher modified Bram Stoker's story without permission, or stole this version wholesale from a Swedish newspaper publisher who modified Bram Stoker's story without permissions, then you are in for a treat. If you were super hoping that this thesis contained a detailed analysis of the conversion rates between late nineteenth century Danish Crowns and 2016 Euros, you will not be disappointed. And if you were hoping that this academic treatise would include two appendices and also spoil every single difference between Stoker's original novel and this version before the novel even starts, then congratulations, you have hit a true goldmine.

But if you were looking for a Dracula story, this will leave you wanting.

The first quarter of the story is well fleshed out, and has some significant additions to the Dracula legend. But once Harker escapes Castle Dracula, the author seemed to lose interest, and it comes across more like a Wikipedia summary of a novel than an actual story. It's a true embodiment of "tell, don't show," and it will leave you wanting.

The translation is superb, as far as I can tell, and the performance is excellent, but far too much of this book consists of people talking about the novel, and not the novel itself, and when you actually get to the story, you're left unsatisfied just as the story's about to get good.

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  • Kelly D
  • 2020-04-24

You don't get to the actual story until chapter 11

The story starts on chapter 11, everything before is forwards, intros and backstory of how it came about.

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  • BigDaddy
  • 2020-10-24

7 chapters of introduction? Really?

Change the title to an In Depth History of Dracula Version 2 Followed By Version 2.

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  • Thorbert
  • 2018-07-20

A worthy companion to Dracula

I greatly enjoyed this lost early version of Dracula. The Count himself was quite terrifying, more so than he seemed in the final version published by Stoker. I enjoyed this version of Harker's stay at the castle much more than that found in the final version. That said, the ending was rushed and nowhere near as developed at the rest of the book. The rushed ending aside, I found it to be a worthy companion to Stoker's final version of Dracula.

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  • Just another person
  • 2020-08-30

An interesting version of Dracula

I skipped the whole introduction to the book, an entire 11 chapters of preface is not enjoyable to me, I like getting straight to the story, so this somewhat hindered my interest in the book as a whole. Now the ending is anticlimactic, however the beginning of the story is great, I simply felt disappointed by the ending that hardly felt like a conclusion. This is an interesting story nonetheless and just the beginning is a worthy thing to listen to.

I would not necessarily recommend this book. Unless the prospect of hearing a different side of the classic tale is worth your time. I found parts of this book, mainly the rewrite on Jonathan/Thomas Harker’s journal. Had that been merged with the English version’s ending, it would have been a perfect story. However all the other characters stories aren’t told in their journals or the like, it is told in most part in third person. And I definitely prefer the journal/letter formula in the English Dracula. Still a good listen if you want to learn a generally new plot of Dracula.

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  • Brian Taylor
  • 2021-03-18

Interesting Only to Bram Stoker Fenatics

Unless you are a college student or professor interested in Stoker's life, then this will be the most boring book of your life. It is so incredibly boring and dry.

FALLING ASLEEP RECOMMENDATION
It will be great if you want to listen to something that will put you to sleep.

I'd rather be bitten by Dracula then have to listen to any more of this garbage.

It is as interesting and scary as making Graham cracker marshmallow chocolate S'mores over a lovely riverside campfire.

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  • William L
  • 2020-09-23

Intriguing alternate version of a classic

This alternate version of Dracula focuses almost entirely on Harker’s adventures in Transylvania, with the London scenes limited to one fifth of the overall narrative. Presumably based on an earlier draft of Dracula, it gives us insights into the creative process that led to the publication of the renowned classic of gothic horror, and also insights into the character and mentality of the Count which were omitted in the later version. A must-read for any fan of Dracula.

Who wants to see a film adaptation of this version? I do!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-23

eleven chapters of pure commentary is to damn much

eleven chapters of masturbatory dialogue on this book is an extreme annoyance. the actual story begins on chapter twelve. skip the last chapter and then you have the the actual story by it's self.

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  • Pamela
  • 2021-09-30

want story? skip 13 chapters at least

Enjoyed but first dozen or so chapters are various notes on translation etc. so if you're just wanting the different story skip a bunch.

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  • Steven Byrd
  • 2021-08-09

The story doesn't begin until Chapter 11

The voice actor is very good. The problem is that there is so much not related to the story that it ruins so much of it. It's just bland fan fiction.

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