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BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' First Edition; 1897
One of the most popular stories ever told, Bram Stoker’s Dracula written in 1897 has been re-created for the stage and screen hundreds of times in the last century. Yet it is essentially a Victorian saga, an awesome take of a thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of a supremely moralistic age.

Above all, Dracula is a quintessential story of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters in literature: Centuries old, Count Dracula whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless and the beautiful.

This remarkable novel is presented to the audience in twenty-seven chapters written, quite uniquely as a series of journal entries, letters and the occasional news paper article written mostly from the point of view of the main protagonists. The story begins when a newly appointed solicitor from England, Mr. Jonathan Harker, is summoned to visit the mysterious Count Dracula in his crumbling castle hidden away in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania and Moldavia. The details of the summons denoted that this 'Count Dracula' expressed interest in purchasing real estate in England. Thus, seduced by his charming manner, Harker heeds the invitation and presently finds that in acquiescing the Count's customs for a long visitation, is thusly turned into a prisoner of the Count's castle. After a series of blood-chilling events, Harker manages to barely escape the castle with his life.

Meanwhile at home in England, Harker's fiancée the lovely Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray and her vivacious friend Miss Lucy Westenra become the victims of the Count's vicious and cruel menacing. When Miss Lucy falls prey to a suspicious illness and begins to waste away, her numerous suitors fret for her life and the ingenious and eccentric Dr. Van Helsing is called to diagnose and treat her.
However, through a myriad of traumatic events and heavy deliberation Dr. Van Helsing concludes that what ails Miss Lucy could very well be the evil that is about to beset them all.
The key to this darkness in held in the pale hand of Dracula himself.

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WHO WAS BRAM STOKER?

Bram Stoker; 1912
The little-known author of one of the most famous novels in literature was overshadowed both by his mentor, the actor, Sir Henry Irving, and my his creation, the infamous Count Dracula.
Born in Dublin on the 8th of November 1847, he was named after his father, Abraham, a civil servant in Dublin Castle. Bram was a sickly child whose mother entertained him with ghoulish tales and legends. At Trinity Colleague, perhaps to compensate for his boyhood invalidism, Stoker became a champion track athlete and an honor student. In 1870 he took a monotonous civil service job but soon after found creative work as an unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. In 1876 he met Henry Irving, whose dramatic powers impressed him greatly; he became the actor’s tireless manager, adviser and traveling companion for the next twenty-seven years, throughout the triumphs and ultimate downfall of London’s Lyceum Theater. During this time Stoker also found time to write and earn a law degree as well.

In was his intense interest in vampires and horror that led Stoker to write Dracula in 1897. In all he wrote seventeen books, mostly tales of terror including, The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). Critics unanimously agree that Dracula is his greatest achievement.
In 1905 Irving’s death left Stoker bereft and almost penniless, and prompted a severe stroke that robbed him of his sight for a number of months. He never fully recovered. In 1908 Stoker wrote a series of bizarre and vindictive articles for the Nineteenth Century magazine advocating censorship of eroticism in fiction – a curious idea since Dracula is undeniably full of erotic implications. His biographers have suggested that beneath Stoker’s amiable exterior was a fomented man who feared his own dark obsessions. Bram Stoker died in 1912. Dracula was destined to be immortalized in hundreds of plays and films, few which are truly faithful to the original

AND WHAT OF HELLSING?

Kohta Hirano's 'Hellsing' Vol.1[English Edition]; 2003
Kohta Hirano, Japanese manga-ka, is one of today’s most popular author/illustrators carrying the Dracula legend onward in modern pop culture. Here, in his renowned Hellsing series we see reinvented creations of Abraham Van Helsing and his decedents leading up to the present-day heroine, Integra Hellsing herself.

In this vivid modernization we are introduced to a newly re-imagined Count Dracula, the ferociously battle hungry Alucard, whom is capable of great acts of humility and atrocious acts of violence.