What's great about this book is its choice of perspective; it is an autobiography of Dracula who begins his young life in the late 1800's as a medical student, and discovers his forbidden pleasures like most young men of the day -- through wealthier, less law-abiding friends. Absolutely spellbinding as a story of the late 1800's and its social norms, then shot through with the horror of Dracula's story. If this sounds good? Check out the book 'PERFUME' as well.
From the back of the book...
Young Dr. Dracula is the envy of all. Heir to an aristocratic Hungarian family, he lives very well indeed, studying medicine during the day and partying with Parisian high society at night. Yet he is pursued by strange sexual urges. In a jealous rage, he kills a beautiful patient from the local insane asylum, then drinks her blood - an act that will eventually consume him, body and soul.
Returning to Hungary to assume his noble duty as lord of the ancestral estate, Dracula tries in vain to control his increasingle twisted desires. By day he selflessly ministers to the sick and poor, but at night he savagely murders young women, driven by an uncontrollable lust to suck the lifeblood from his trusting victims. His murder spree continues unchecked, speeding to a horrifying climax and a breathtaking, unforgettable finale.
"A brilliant and erotic retelling of the Dracula myth, here is a very different Dracula--not a monster, but a man, struggling to resist his evil impulses--a serial killer who cannot stop himself from dilling again and again and again."
If you're into Vampires, you'll like this one.