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Dracula

Dracula

On this day in 1897, Bram Stoker first released his novel Dracula. While this was not the first written work of its kind, it set into motion the vampire phenomenon of popular culture we know today. Of Stoker’s seventeen novels, it is also his most famous work.

Dracula did well upon its release, but after Stoker’s death in 1912 is when it really took on its legendary status. In the 20’s the novel was adapted into a Broadway play and then into the first feature length film starring Bela Lugosi – which is where the seductive vampire was truly born. From there, vampires became erotic lovers… dark creatures we feared, but also longed for at the same time. Thus, giving birth to the vampires created by Ann Rice, Stephenie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and so many others.

By far, my favorite vampire novel will always be Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu – but there is no mistaking the power behind Bram Stokers Dracula.

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