Episode 070 - Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Novel

 

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The year was 1897 and author Bram Stoker had his latest novel, Dracula, published for reader consumption. Though not a sensational hit when first released, it was still a tale worth reading for anyone who enjoyed mainstream novels of the time. Of course years later it is part of the literary canon for anyone who reads classic literature. It has crossed over to be not only joyous pulp but a novel spoken in the same breath as A Tale of Two Cities or Moby Dick.

Dark Discussions welcomes once again, Inanna Arthen, author of the novels Mortal Touch and The Longer the Fall and owner of the publishing company By Light Unseen Media. She returns to talk about the most important vampire novel of all time. Though everyone knows such characters as Count Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing, other characters are discussed. Renfield, Dr. Seward, and Lucy Westerna among others are brought into the spotlight. Plus important plot points that have never been filmed are discussed.

Though vampires are the main focus, the novel goes above and beyond being just a horror novel. The book was a forerunner to steampunk. It included important topics including the dramatic changes in technology during the Victorian Era, a subtext about parental nurturing, sexuality, xenophobia, among others; all while telling a delightful edge-of-the-seat thriller. So take a break from Dracula on screen and learn more about the source of one of the greatest villains of fiction.

Director Michael Neel also appears to discuss his feature film Drive-in Horror Show and his upcoming horror animated film, Infinite Santa.

Download and Play Episode 070 - Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Novel (2012-08-23)