It is undoubtedly a very fascinating theme, since it touches both on mystery and fact. In the Middle Ages the terror of the vampire depopulated whole villages.
When Irish author Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel about a mysterious debonair Count was first published in 1897, he couldn’t have possibly known that he’d penned a masterpiece as immortal as the Count himself.
Yes, it is unquestionably Mary Shelley’s disturbing horror story of “Frankenstein” which is credited with birthing the genre of literary horror. But it was Stoker’s distinguished and dauntless Count Dracula who truly refined that genre into the tantalizing, forbidden fantasy world we, in the year two thousand and twenty, have come to know and love.
“Dracula” was published on May 26, 1897. Little more than a month later, an article appeared in the July 1, 1897 issue of The British Weekly: A Journal of Social and Christian Progress: “Mr. Bram Stoker. A Chat with the Author of Dracula”. Stoker was interviewed for the article by Miss Jane Thompson Stoddart, known affectionately to readers of The British Weekly by the name “Lorna”. At the publication, Stoddart was chief assistant to Dr. William Robertson Nicholl, proprietor, editor and contributor to British Weekly. He also helped found the paper in 1886. Continue reading