ISBN : 9780199564095
New to this Edition:
'it was butcher work...the horrid screeching as the stake drove home; the plunging of writhing form, and lips of bloody foam'
Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic shocker introduced Count Dracula to the world, an ancient creature bent on bringing his contagion to London, the very heart of the British Empire. Only a handful of men and women stand between Dracula and his long-cherished goal, but they are vulnerable and weak against the cunning and supernatural powers of the Count and his legions. As the horrifying story unfolds in the diaries and letters of young Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Mina, and Dr Seward, Dracula will be victorious unless his nemesis Professor Van Helsing can persuade them that monsters still lurk in the era of electric light.
The most famous of all vampire stories, Dracula is a mirror of its age, its underlying themes of race, religion, science, superstition, and sexuality never far from the surface. A compelling read, rattling along at break-neck speed, it is a modern classic. This new edition includes Stoker's companion piece, 'Dracula's Guest'.
"A timely and engaging new edition." - The Observer
"Lively introduction" - The Independent
Note on the Text
Timeline of Vampire Literature before Drcula
A Chronology of Bram Stoker
Appendix: 'Dracula's Guest' (1914)
An Audio Guide
I began by suggesting to Roger - with apologies for the pun - that, such is the pervasiveness of the Dracula story in our culture - we cannot come to it a virgin.
Listen to his response here. [0:36]
Bram Stoker was not the first to write about vampires.
find out about Dracula's vampiric antecedents. [1:28]
Vampires provide us with very potent metaphors that can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways, as Roger Luckhurst's introduction to the new edition of Dracula makes clear.
He tells me why he thinks vampires are such 'mobile metaphors'. [1:23]
Bram Stoker and His Time
Victorian women suffering from anaemia would be taken to abbatoirs to drink the still warm blood of slaughtered animals.
Roger Luckhurst reflects on the Victorians' very different attitude to blood from our own. [1:18]
Roger Luckhurst introduces the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, and explains why - in spite of the fact that we know a lot about his life - the private side of Bram Stoker remains very difficult to fathom [4:16]
Dracula first appeared in 1897.
Roger Luckhurst discusses that year in relation to two other occurrences - the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde and the coining of the term 'psychoanalysis' by Sigmund Freud [3:58]
The Gothic made a comeback in the late Victorian period. I asked Roger if this was because it provided a good way of talking about late Victorian anxieties. [1:28]
I then asked Roger how significant it was that Dracula comes from Transylvania to the very heart of the British empire.
Does that make the threat he represents all the greater? [1:27]
Thirty years on from the previous World's Classics edition of Dracula, the book has gained enormously in critical respectability and academic acceptance.
What, I asked, has changed in those intervening years? [1:29]
After its initial success in Stoker's day, the novel fell into relative obscurity. What part did early twentieth-century film adaptations play in it later success? [1:57]
Finally, I suggested to Roger that - whereas with a zombie, what you see is what you get - Dracula is much more of a multivalent monster. He took issue with my denigration of zombies... [0:59]