Monday, October 1, 2012

Scary Books – Dracula by Bram Stoker


Celebrating 31 days of Halloween with a month of scary books!

Pictured here is the Airmont Publishing 1963 paperback edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The best known vampire novel ever published, Dracula continues to inspire a host of vampire films, both good and bad. Bela Lugosi’s quintessential performance in Universal’s 1931 class film went far in making Dracula a household name.  Stoker’s vision of Dracula differs markedly from the film versions – he was white haired albeit still creepy – but the basic gothic elements of Stoker’s novel have transferred well to the screen treatments. Written in the leisurely style of the Victorian era, the novel’s suspense builds slowly but the concluding chapters are truly riveting. This Airmont paperback was the first edition I had read and the cover is clearly modeled after Christopher Lee’s film version. It’s a great gothic cover. I don’t know who painted the cover but it’s one of my all-time favorites for a great book. It’s possible this cover was painted by Elaine Duillo who created so many memorable covers for the paperback market. Modern editions all offer a lackluster cover. Dracula is a fun book to read and definitely on my list of scariest books.

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