Bram Stoker: Created One of Horror Genre's Greatest Anti-Heroes

Born today: Bram Stoker,

Of a Transylvania legend an evoker.

His Dracula votaries of "Twilight" might deem

The best Gothic tale and horror meme.

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Bran Castle in Romania, a.k.a. Dracula's Castle

"The castle is on the very edge of a terrible precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.
But I am not in heart to describe beauty, for when I had seen the view I explored further; doors, doors, doors everywhere, and all locked and bolted. In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit.
The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!" [from Chapter II of "Dracula"]

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  • 81 years later, that movie poster would be written off as Svengoolie kitsch. You call that scary? Maybe it didn't take that much back then for women to be scared enough to want to be felt up.

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't know. Lugosi, in my opinion, was scarier than the vampires I occasionally see when I surf the internet. I'm not a big fan of the current crop of them who seem to be all young Adonises.

    As far as what's scary or not, that might be a function of age, taste, or even childhood experiences.
    I liked the vintage horror movies because they left more to the imagination, which can stir up primitive fears and , concomitantly ,our instinctive reactions of fight and flight.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I was referring to the poster, not the movie itself.

  • Dracula--what a great story!

    I agree with you, AW. The classic vampires were (and are) really scary---predatory creatures, not cute fantasy boyfriends.

    That castle is a nice touch--Daylight, and clouds with a patch of blue sky is quite a contrast from the Gothic dark and stormy nights...

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