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Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
Description When estate agent solicitor's clerk Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to assist Count Dracula with the purchase of his London house, he discovers more about his client and his castle than he might wish It has had a pro-found influence on world literature. It has enjoyed enormous popularity since its publication and is singu-larly responsible for spawning an extraordinary vampire subculture in the second half of the twentieth century.
Over a thousand novels and hundreds of films feature Dracula or other vampires, not to mention the countless cartoons, comics, and tele-vision programmes which were ultimately inspired by Stoker's work. This edition includes the short story "Dracula's Guest," which was published in by Stoker's widow, Florence, who said of the story: "It was originally excised owing to the length of the book, and may prove of interest to the many readers of what is considered my husband's most remarkable work.
He was an Irish novelist and short story writer, who worked as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
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He studied law but was more strongly drawn to literature and the theatre, and he knew the family of Oscar Wilde. In his twenties he worked as a civil servant but also wrote journalism and short stories. His meeting with the great actor Henry Irving in was a turning-point in his life. For 25 years Stoker would be immersed in this hectic life, which brought him into contact with many of the leading figures of the time, and he travelled much abroad. He married the beautiful Florence Balcombe, for whose hand Oscar Wilde had once been a suitor.
Stoker continued to write, but his time was strictly limited, and Dracula was a work in progress for some seven years before finally appearing in Stoker had one son, born the year following his marriage.
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Stoker died in , but rumours that the cause was syphilis are unsubstantiated. His widow survived him for a quarter of a century, and guarded his literary legacy well, fighting copyright battles with the youthful film industry.
After the publication of Dracula , Stoker wrote eight more novels and many stories, and they all point to a mind drawn to horror and the supernatural in their strangest forms. Yet we have no real clues to his inner life: there is no bridge which links the lawyer, the busy man of the world and the socialite, with the man who wrote compulsively of another world filled with nightmare, horror, fear and cruelty. This is the enigma of Bram Stoker.
Both these novels have been filmed, the second in outrageous style by Ken Russell. Of the short stories represented here, nearly all seem to develop themes relating to the fear of pursuit; of being trapped, tormented and usually killed.qymowedasume.gq
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Retribution is also a strong theme, as in The Squaw , which has a sharp, realistic setting, and an intensely physical horror. The Secret of Growing Old is a Poe-like story of a murderer haunted by his actions. Stoker is more concerned than Poe with building up the social setting, and this sometimes results in a loss of atmosphere. The place Crooken Sands is modelled on Cruden Bay on the Aberdeenshire coast, where Stoker would often stay while seeking the solitude in which to work on Dracula.
How much did Stoker himself understand about the psychological motivation behind it? Did he realise he was exposing a bizarre, almost pathological set of obsessions in these novels and stories? We cannot say, for no contemporaries cared to dig beneath the surface of the sensational body of fiction created by this enigmatic man. But if Stoker had lived a little longer, he would certainly have found Freud and his later followers turning a keen eye on these strange works.