Saturday, 2 May 2020

How Classic novel "Dracula" has a lot in common with a traditional romance story - now as a free ebook

A novel I read when I was 18 and I was hooked! Although it is a horror story with scary animals and vampires the story deals also with the fascination for a man. In the story the thriller elements are combined with a lot of erotic influences and triggers that you also see in a traditional romance story:

Picture a ruined, gloomy castle owned by a highly ranked nobleman. 
He has a tragic past.
Somehow gets a spell on people and is very entertaining in bed.
When he meets the right girl he falls deeply in love.


Ok he is a walking corpse



Posted on AMAZON:
Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania.


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