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Dracula (1897) - Bram Stoker

Related: Bela Lugosi (Dracula in cinema) - epistolary novel - new media - gothic literature - horror fiction - vampires - 1897

The new electric world came to the public in the shape of new media. There are few other novels that acknowledge this arrival as promptly as Dracula with its array of post-print technologies such as telegraphs, phonographs, Kodak cameras and what must be one of the first cameo appearances of a telephone in a novel. --Geoffrey Winthrop-Young [Aug 2006]

In his Danse Macabre, Stephen King argues that Dracula is an allegory of Victorian repressed sexuality, with vampirism a metaphor for intercourse. [Aug 2006]

Move vampire fiction: Carmilla (1872)

Real life 'vampires': Elizabeth Bathory

Dracula (1897) - Bram Stoker
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Bram Stoker

Dracula is a fictional character, arguably the most famous vampire in fiction. He was created by the Irish writer Bram Stoker in his 1897 horror novel and love story of the same name. It is an epistolary novel, that is, told mostly in diaries and letters from the characters, although Stoker also fabricates newspaper clippings, and even uses transcriptions of a dictation machine, then very new. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula [Jun 2004]


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  2. Dracula (1897) - Bram Stoker, Leonard Wolf (Introduction) [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest. Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits. An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety. The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere. Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale? Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY, amazon.com

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