No matter how old I get, no matter how many times I’ve read it (and already KNOW what’s going to happen), I still sleep with the lights on when I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Go on, laugh. A 33 year old woman nervously peeking out the windows, looking for piercing red eyes would make me snicker, too. Especially since we all know bloodsucking beasts don’t exist, right?
But, Bram Stoker’s villain and the historical figure that he based his character on have frightened me since I was a 9 year old Time-Life reading freak. Look at the 1499 German woodcuts illustrating the deranged ruler dining among impaled corpses and tell me you don’t get a chill up your spine.
Dank, dark castles, wolves howling in the night, Romanian villages and the Carpathian mountains make up the perfect backdrop for a terror filled nightmare of a man who goes to Transylvania to do his job, only to find that he’s become the hapless puppet for the leader of the undead.
So, go ahead. This is the perfect time of year to pick up Bram Stoker’s peerless Dracula. Let’s see if you’re not pulling out the nightlight and jumping at ever creak in the floor.
– Jennifer Orozco