By Karen Essex

London, 1890. Mina Murray Harker, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially natural Victorian heroine, turns into count number Dracula’s item of hope. to maintain her chastity, 5 male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. this is often the tale we've got been informed. yet now, from Mina’s personal pen, we find a story extra sensual, extra devious, and extra enchanting than the Victorians may have ever imagined. From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Mina vividly recounts the intimate info of what quite transpired among her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair, in addition to her uprising opposed to her personal scary preternatural powers.

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She did not control herself or her urges. ” I had no idea what she was talking about, but I shook my head violently so that my mother would know I did not intend to be that sort of person. “And she came to a very bad end, so you must learn to control yourself and mind your behavior. ” And I was good. I became Miss Hadley’s star pupil and pet. “I have never seen a girl with such a lovely complexion and compelling green eyes,” she told my mother the day I arrived. I could tell that she was taken with me, and I foresaw that I could use that to my advantage.

I suppose that she wanted the Gummlers to see that she was a woman of means, ripe to be swindled out of a goodly sum of money. Either that, or she secretly enjoyed wearing silk finery and could not admit it, considering her ideals. Jacob wore a dark suit, which he had purchased years before to cover funerals of important people for the newspapers. He did not look quite the equal of his “wife,” but men of means often did not pay much attention to their dress. He had, however, found some way of bleaching his fingers clean of their perennial ink stains.

Surely this mind that could think was still attached to a body. I opened my mouth to scream, but nothing escaped, not even a vibration. I took a breath, and a foul, sour smell shot up into my nostrils making me gag but letting me know that I was still alive. A warm, wet drop fell upon my eye, as if someone had spit on me. I opened my eyes. I was not dreaming. No, the creature on top of me, reeking of stale beer and dripping his saliva onto my face, was all too real. But where was I? Who was this man, pushing my legs apart with his knees, this fiend with a coarse, unshaven face and bulbous eyes so red that I expected them to start bleeding?

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