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The Lair of the White Worm

The Garden of Evil

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Author: Bram Stoker
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,974 / 159 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 8,393 6697
Genres: Horror, Audiobook, Occult

American Adam Salton is contacted by his great uncle in England, who is trying to re-establish a relationship between the last two members of the family. Adam travels to Mercia, and quickly finds himself in the center of some inexplicable occurrences. The new heir to the Caswall estate, Edgar Caswall, appears to be making some sort of a mesmeric assault on a local girl. And a local lady, Arabella March, seems to be running a game of her own -- something strange, inexplicable, evil....

Show Excerpt

ove and good wishes, or the memory of them, can make life sweeter, yours shall be a happy one. Now, my dear boy, let us turn in. We start early in the morning and have a long drive before us. I hope you don't mind driving? I was going to have the old travelling carriage in which my grandfather, your great-grand-uncle, went to Court when William IV. was king. It is all right--they built well in those days--and it has been kept in perfect order. But I think I have done better: I have sent the carriage in which I travel myself. The horses are of my own breeding, and relays of them shall take us all the way. I hope you like horses? They have long been one of my greatest interests in life."

"I love them, sir, and I am happy to say I have many of my own. My father gave me a horse farm for myself when I was eighteen. I devoted myself to it, and it has gone on. Before I came away, my steward gave me a memorandum that we have in my own place more than a thousand, nearly all good."

"I am glad, my boy. Ano

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****

The story is good and it COULD be a great work.. The fact that many chapters were cut off from the original probably helped ruining the piece, but i also think that Stoker's writing is not at its best here. The reader feels rushed up between facts and there is no time to enjoy the mystery, it's so obvious you don't get scared.
Could be great, but it's just.. ok.

Phil Martin

Amazing! Here's Bram Stoker outdoing H. P. Lovecraft! The writing is kinda "bad," but the story is literally and figuratively spellbinding.


Everyone knows Bram Stoker as the author of the marvellous and much-interpreted "Dracula": his other works are frequently overlooked. This is a great short tale of the supernatural in which the English landscape plays a major role and was the last thing he wrote before his death. Unfortunately, Stoker suffered several strokes before he died and was sometimes quite incoherent, something apparent in this story.

Like "Dracula", this book has been filmed and the Ken Russell interpretation is so brilliantly dreadful that it is well worth seeing!


This book is very enjoyable. It has elements of the occult and mystery. The English countryside takes on a hidden and sinister hue while madness is not too far off for one of the characters.

Dracula isn't here, but he isn't needed. hahahah



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