Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Documentary Journey into Vampire Country and the Dracula Phenomenon
When Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897, the ghoulish tale shocked, captivated, offended and thrilled readers. How Stoker became the creator of the mysterious, seductive count from a castle (and coffin) in Transylvania was a story in and of itself. Over the past century, Dracula has never been out of print and has become its own cultural phenomena, starting with B...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Pegasus
(first published November 2004)
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I don't know what silly translation I've got. It's just a coincidence that it happens to be Halloween and I'm reading about someone with fangs who hates the sun and looks nothing like ragged ann annie wearing a mini skirt sippin a vodka cranberry. It was in the Oprah classics, Oprah is more than a person but a force of gawd.
Aug 24, 2010 BJW rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: vampire and/or horror fans
If you loved the romance of the movie (Winona Ryder/Gary Oldman) and liked Dracula as a sort of sexy, sympathetic character you will be quite surprised and perhaps even disappointed with the actual story. This book is amazing and brutal, a good illustration of why Dracula was so feared and reviled. I would recommend this to anyone except young peeps that might get too creeped out by some of the passages.
Dec 30, 2011 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
A wonderful overview of the novel. Miller looks not only at Stoker's life, but the context in which Dracula was written, the source material, and just about everything else. An excellent book and reference.
I used this for a vampire literature class that I taught. It provides quite a bit of historical context and supplemental poems and short stories that help put Dracula into context with the world and culture around it.