Genre: Gothic horror
Publisher: Archibald Constable and Company
Pub. Date: May 26, 1897
Martie’s 2020 Halloween Read
“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!” Those words, which were written in the 19th century, were the beginning of the vampire craze that is still going on today. There have been earlier stories on vampires but it was Stoker, who made the vampire, Count Dracula, a household name. Surprisingly, the novel is not a pure horror book, especially when compared to present day horror novels. It flows much slower and probes deeply into human identity and sanity. I am sure I do not need to tell you the basics of the story that has been recreated in theaters, television, and films. I can share that none of them get the tale correct. Even the 1991 movie, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (I watched it the moment I finished the book) misses the major themes of the novel. The plot is too complicated for film reproduction. It is a true mixed genre novel including, folklore, Victorian culture, religion, eroticism, colonialism, war, mystery (almost reads like a detective murder mystery), and of course gothic horror. There is no narrator. Almost the entire story is written in the daily journals of the main characters. This can make the novel trying to read. But, stick with it because it is so darn good.
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