We’ve all heard of Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, and Wells’s time machine, but how many people have read the originals and know the actual stories? These Real Reads versions bring the fantastic tales back to life. Perfect to get boys reading!
When Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to sell a house, he little expects the horrors that await.
As the guest and prisoner of the sinister Count Dracula, Jonathan is plunged into a terrifying world of ancient evil and unbearable fear.
Back in England, Jonathan’s wife Mina is concerned about her friend Lucy who is mysteriously ill and growing weaker by the day. Can Lucy’s friends save her from the worst horror of all, or are they all doomed to a similar fate?
Can love, courage and goodness defeat the evil thirst of a vampire? In this fight to the bitter end, who will live, who will die, and who will be doomed to a living death?
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
When Dr Henry Jekyll dares to explore the delicate balance between good and evil, he little suspects the destructive powers he will unleash.
In London’s respectable society, Jekyll’s friends grow concerned. Why has Jekyll suddenly changed his will, and what is his connection with the frightening Mr Hyde?
In London’s squalour, a child is trampled and an elderly gentleman brutally murdered. Why do all fingers point towards Mr Hyde?
Is Jekyll strong enough to resist Hyde’s strange power? Are Jekyll’s friends strong enough to help?
In this exploration of two sides of Victorian London and two sides of human nature, the conflict between good and evil has been given a terrifying twist.
The Lost World
‘Dinosaurs are most certainly not extinct. I have seen them.’
An incredible claim by the eccentric Professor Challenger leads to an expedition deep into the Amazon, where an unlikely group of men find themselves on a journey into unknown dangers. Will they have the skills, strength, intelligence and good fortune to survive?
Do dinosaurs really exist on the inaccessible plateau? How did a human skeleton become impaled on a bamboo spike? Can humans survive in a land of such primitive powers?
If journalist Edward Malone ever returns home to write his newspaper report, will it be to declare Challenger a madman or a genius?
The Time Machine
‘On this machine, I intend to explore time ...’
The time traveller has invented a time machine. Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination.
Hundreds of thousand of years in the future, the beautiful Eloi people live in a Garden of Eden. But why are the Eloi so fearful of the dark? What horrors lurk beneath the surface of their world?
What will the time traveller learn about the future? Will he survive the evil he encounters? Even if he can find his stolen machine, will it return him safely home?
What does his future hold? What is the future of the human race?
The War of the Worlds
No one would have believed that planet Earth was being watched by creatures more intelligent than humankind.
But planet Earth was not only being watched – soon it would be invaded by monstrous creatures from Mars who strode about the land in great mechanical tripods, bringing death and destruction with them.
What can possibly stop an invading army equipped with heat-rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race?
This is one man’s story of that incredible invasion, from the time the first Martians land near his home town, to the destruction of London.
Is this the end of human life on Earth?
‘You must hear my tale. You must hear my terrible, terrible tale.’
Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end?
Frankenstein leads us through vast mountainous landscapes and over frozen seas. Can he stop the fiend’s murderous course? Is he prepared to do what the monster demands?
The reader will be shocked and surprised. Is the monster as evil as he seems? Is Victor Frankenstein responsible for the tortures he himself endures? What can Frankenstein’s terrible tale teach us today?
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