Dracula

Bram Stoker Dracula doodle

Bram Stoker Dracula doodle

… her breast heaved softly … And then insensibly there came the strange change which I had noticed in the night … the mouth opened, and the pale gums, drawn back, made the teeth look longer and sharper than ever … and said in a soft voluptuous voice, such as I had never heard from her lips: ‘Arthur! Oh, my love, I am so glad you have come! Kiss me!’ — Bram Stoker, Dracula

He was deadly pale, just like a waxen image, and the red eyes glared with the horrible vindictive look which I knew too well … — Bram Stoker, Dracula

Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my throat … I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited – waited with a beating heart. — Bram Stoker, Dracula

Dracula is the classic Gothic novel by Bram Stoker.

There are two creatures of horror that are known to everyone – Dracula and Frankenstein – though in popular misconception neither bear much resemblance to their original creations.

Both Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein have led to a whole genre of horror movies, though none bear much resemblance either to the original characters or to the novels in which they first appear.

Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897) was not the first novel to bring to the attention of the public the nature of vampires, but it was the one that gripped the public imagination, possibly because of its barely suppressed strong sexuality.

Lucy’s vampire tendencies were associated with strong sexuality, the New Victorian Woman who longed for sexual freedom and liberty. Lucy had the desire to be had by at least three men, which she expressed with the thought ‘Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her?’. She then quickly represses the desire reminding herself, ‘But this is heresy, and I must not say it.’ But once she becomes a vampire, she is free to indulge her sexual fantasies.

BBC has dramatized Dracula, and in doing so, has brought out the sexual nature of the original work.

Dracula starts with Jonathan Harker on his way to Dracula’s castle, where three female vampires feast upon him. The description of the journey to the castle is very much akin to the writing of Ann Radcliffe.

BBC once again shoots itself in the foot and is only holding Dracula on-line for a couple of weeks.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was born in Dublin, the third of seven children. He was a sickly child and didn’t gain his strength until he was about seven. He studied at Trinity College, then worked for a short time as a Civil Servant. As president of the university Philosophical Society, he introduced Oscar Wilde. He travelled to London where he became a close friend of Henry Irving. He was secretary to Irving, also manager of the Lyceum Theatre and Irving’s theatre company. He met the American poet Walt Whitman (1884). He died in 1912 at the age of 64, possibly from syphilis.

Today Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday.

A modern retelling of Dracula is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

The film clip is from the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. It depicts when Dracula came ashore at Whitby, only gets it slightly wrong, the ship ran ashore at full speed, the crew all dead.

Top Story in QuoteLit scr*@*pbook (Friday 9 November 2012).

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