Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to by David J. Skal

By David J. Skal

The primal snapshot of the black-caped vampire Dracula has turn into an indelible fixture of the trendy mind's eye. It's acceptance issue competitors, in its personal perverse method, the familiarity of Santa Claus. so much folks can recite with no prompting the salient features of the vampire: snoozing by means of day in its coffin, emerging at nightfall to feed at the blood of the residing; the power to shapeshift right into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wood stake throughout the center or a shaft of solar. during this severely acclaimed day trip in the course of the lifetime of a cultural icon, David Skal maps out the archetypal vampire's relentless trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to motion picture idol to cultural commidity, digging in the course of the populist veneer to bare what the prince of darkness says approximately us all.

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