I’m working my way through Bram Stoker’s Dracula in preparation for a podcast featuring Walking Shadow’s Drakul. As a result, Bram Stoker and his legacy are weighing on my mind. Stoker himself was the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre and worked with Henry Irving, a position he was known for better than his writing, which the Times of London called “lurid and creepy”.
I have the rough script for Drakul also as part of my interview prep, though I haven’t had time to determine if it itself is lurid and/or creepy. One of my questions with Drakul is what John Heimbuch has found within Dracula itself that hasn’t been explored–but even though I’m just through Harker’s beginning journal entries in my Dracula read, there is ample material buried in that first 50 pages, and that’s not even taking into account the rest of the novel. So much of modern vampire fiction seems diluted in comparison to what Stoker initially envisioned–Harker’s growing horror over Dracula’s true nature seemed lost on me when I initially read the novel in 2003–that I think it’s indicative of how familiar we are with vampire mythos that the discovery feels so fresh and interesting.
I started this post with a link in mind, as Walking Shadow called it in their e-mail to me today, a “Needless Vampire Link.”