Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Dracula

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3664 (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3664
  1. Birte Twisselmann, web editor, BMJ
  1. btwisselmann{at}bmj.com

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula was not the first vampire novel but it is certainly the most famous. Its enduring appeal is borne out by the many spin-offs, by theatrical, dance, film, and television adaptations, and by retellings of what has become one of the most captivating myths of all times. A classic novel in the Gothic tradition, it brings together manifold ideas and influences of its time. It can be read as a horror novel or serial killer novel—Jack the Ripper was active in London in the late 19th century. It also reflects a trend for “invasion fiction”—H G Wells’s War of the Worlds was published in the same year. It is in many ways a novel about modern communications technology, featuring journal entries, letters, telegrams, phonographs, and newspaper clippings; it uses methods of modern criminology to entrap its villain; it is in some ways based …

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