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'''''Dracula: Asylum''''' is a 2006 novel by Paul Witcover. Part of a series of novels from DH Press tying in with classic Franchise/UniversalHorror films (the others include ''Literature/FrankensteinTheShadowOfFrankenstein''), this book is a sequel to Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}''.

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'''''Dracula: Asylum''''' ''Dracula: Asylum'' is a 2006 novel by Paul Witcover. Part of a series of novels from DH Press tying in with classic Franchise/UniversalHorror films (the others include ''Literature/FrankensteinTheShadowOfFrankenstein''), this book is a sequel to Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}''.


'''''Dracula: Asylum''''' is a 2006 novel by Paul Witcover. Part of a series of novels from DH Press tying in with classic UniversalHorror films (the others include ''Literature/FrankensteinTheShadowOfFrankenstein''), this book is a sequel to Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}''.

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'''''Dracula: Asylum''''' is a 2006 novel by Paul Witcover. Part of a series of novels from DH Press tying in with classic UniversalHorror Franchise/UniversalHorror films (the others include ''Literature/FrankensteinTheShadowOfFrankenstein''), this book is a sequel to Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}''.


Over twenty years have passed since Van Helsing drove a stake into Dacula's heart and left his body deep in Carfax Abbey. Now, during WorldWarI, a bombing raid leads to the Count's resurrection by dislodging the stake. Meanwhile Lisa Watson, an American psychiatrist, is starting work at the nearby Carfax War Hospital in the hopes of treating her amnesiac fiance Denis Faulks.

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Over twenty years have passed since Van Helsing drove a stake into Dacula's heart and left his body deep in Carfax Abbey. Now, during WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, a bombing raid leads to the Count's resurrection by dislodging the stake. Meanwhile Lisa Watson, an American psychiatrist, is starting work at the nearby Carfax War Hospital in the hopes of treating her amnesiac fiance Denis Faulks.

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'''''Dracula: Asylum''''' is a 2006 novel by Paul Witcover. Part of a series of novels from DH Press tying in with classic UniversalHorror films (the others include ''Literature/FrankensteinTheShadowOfFrankenstein''), this book is a sequel to Universal's ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}''.

Over twenty years have passed since Van Helsing drove a stake into Dacula's heart and left his body deep in Carfax Abbey. Now, during WorldWarI, a bombing raid leads to the Count's resurrection by dislodging the stake. Meanwhile Lisa Watson, an American psychiatrist, is starting work at the nearby Carfax War Hospital in the hopes of treating her amnesiac fiance Denis Faulks.

Mysterious events begin happening around the hospital, and both Watson and Faulks eventually stumble upon the extent of Dracula's malignant influence. But the Count's darkest secret is found in papers left by Van Helsing: the vampire hunter deliberately avoided destroying Dracula once and for all, and for good reason...

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* CanonDiscontinuity: The novel ignores the events of ''Film/DraculasDaughter'', in which the Count's body is destroyed shortly after he was staked. But then, the film series itself was pretty loose continuity-wise.
* FrozenInTime: A curious variation. Universal's ''Dracula'' had a contemporary setting of circa 1931, but this novel's backstory places the film's events at some point in the eighteen-nineties - when Bram Stoker's novel was published. Can be seen as legitimate ArtisticLicense as it allows the World War I setting, a vital part of the story.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Renfield has a SplitPersonality, his good side named Renny.
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: Dracula claims to be none other than [[spoiler:Jesus Christ, having been corrupted by the sins which he had died to absolve us of.]] However, some characters believe that this is a lie, and one in particular concludes that he is actually [[spoiler:Judas Iscariot, revived as a vampire after making a deal with the Devil.]]
* NapoleonDelusion: Denis Faulks believes himself to be Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* NotSoDifferent: Dracula is revealed to pick women who he feels have darkness within their hearts to be his brides - Lisa Watson being one of his targets.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: It turns out that certain elements of the vamprie legend, such as a weakness to crosses, are actually the result of lies spread by Dracula to confound his enemies. The novel also works with the unusual idea that a stake through the heart is not a means of killing Dracula but rather of immobilising him, making it possible to kill him using other means - but this idea could be a nod to Universal's ''Film/HouseOfFrankenstein'', in which the Count is resurrected when the stake is pulled from his skeletal corpse.
* TheRenfield: ''The'' Renfield.
* StayingAlive: Renfield survived his apparent death (by being strangled and thrown down the stairs by Dracula) in the film. Dracula's powers presumably played a role, and his broken neck is at one point {{lampshaded}} (possibly a ShoutOut to the Ygor character in Universal's ''Frankenstein'' films, who survived being hanged but had a broken neck)
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Dracula versus Sherlock Holmes. Well, sort of...

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