Out for the Count

Dracula1stThe latest instalment of my year-long overview of vampire fiction is live! This time around, I’m looking at Dracula. Yes, I’ve written five articles’ worth of the history of vampire literature, and I’ve only just got up to Bram Stoker.

The post was a little intimidating at first: how much is there left to say about such an oft-dissected book? Well, as it turns out, I was able to look at it with fresh eyes. Most people discussing Dracula compare it with what came afterwards, particularly the various film adaptations; but in my case, having written about vampire fiction from 1818 onwards, I was able to discuss Dracula in terms of what came before. Doing so helped me to see the old favourite in a new light, and I hope my readers find something to appreciate.

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