DraculaBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3664 (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3664
- Birte Twisselmann, web editor, BMJ
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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