Written over a century ago, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is epic both in stature and its game-changing nature. It’s a book that’s hugely influential not only upon the world of literature, but on popular culture too. Sometimes its success makes it feel as though it has been pushed into the shadows by the very beacon of horror which it created. That being, of course, the vampire Dracula.
Don’t get me wrong; Stoker didn’t invent the vampire. In novella and novel format respectively, Polidori’s The Vampyre and Le Fanu’s Carmilla both preceded it, and before those works the vampire had existed in poetry and fragmentary lore for a long time. Click here to read more.. »