Rape and Blood and Dracula

What was it about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that inspired the folks at Quirk Publishing to think, “This would be so much better with zombies?” Given that the mash-up spawned imitators and graphic novels and prequels and sequels, it obviously struck a public nerve. I think it is because the Quirk folks hit on the same idea as … Continue reading

Deja Vu Dracula

For Halloween a couple years ago I put up this post on Dracula. Reading the book now, it is remarkable how that cartoonist is true to the novel’s description of the super bad guy. Dracula is described as  a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from … Continue reading

Dracula, the great epistolary novel

Here is how the most famous (sorry, Frankenstein) horror novel ever written begins: 3 May. Bistritz.–Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train … Continue reading

All Souls Day and Dracula

I’ll be back to working through If on a winter’s night a traveler tomorrow, but not today. Today is All Souls Day, the day after Halloween when we pray for the souls of the departed. So it is only appropriate to recognize this day with something both literary and soul-oriented.  Below, a recent entry from … Continue reading