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History of the Vampire

Discovery Channel News had a nice, short commentary from Katherine Ramsland, the author of The Science of Vampires.  It’s only about 2 and a half minutes long.  Lots of still images, some from Nosferatu.  So, if you don’t want to watch the Nosferatu movie, you can at least see how they imagined Count Orlok.  It’s a pretty interesting commentary and speaks to some of what we’ve recently discussed on vampires.  I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.

Nosferatu: The Symphony of Horror

NosferatuShadowNosferatu, The Symphony of Horror (How’s that for a catchy name?) was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  It is, as far as I can tell from a brief research, one of the earliest adaptations of Dracula.  Directed by F.W. Murnau and released in 1922, the film attempted to get around the problem of not having the rights to the Stoker story by changing the setting from London to the fictional German city of Wisborg and also changing all the names of the characters.  Count Dracula becomes Count Orlok, Harker becomes Thomas Hutter, Renfield becomes Knock, and so on.  Minus the ending, though, the story is essentially the same as Dracula. Continue reading

Who’s Bitten You?

As part of our continuing vampire theme for week one of our Halloween festivities, I’d thought I’d open things up to you all to share your favorite vampire loves, whether book or movie or TV show or comic or whatever.  Let us know what you like and, if you feel like it, why you like it.  There’s a lot of stuff out there on vampires and variations of them, so I expect lots of chatter!

Dracula’s Guest

“The children of the night; what music they make!”

Everyone should be familiar with Dracula.  Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 novel has been printed and filmed in numerous versions and adaptations.  The Count has become a figure recognizable to most people, even if they have never read the novel itself.  But perhaps not so well known is the short story Dracula’s Guest.

Published first in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death, Dracula’s Guest follows an unnamed protagonist, assumed to be Jonathan Harker, out for a ride around Munich, Germany.  He leaves his carriage and takes a walk through the deserted countryside and ends up in a strange adventure.  Dracula’s Guest has been assumed to be the intended first chapter of Dracula but that it was excised by the publishers for its length and lack of necessity to the overall story.

Here at the Pub for our kick-off to the October Festivities, we’ll read and discuss Dracula’s Guest.  It’s not a very long story, so feel free to start adding your comments and thoughts as soon as you’ve read it.  You may find it here and here.  If you’d like to listen to an audio version, B.J. Harrison from The Classic Tales podcast has a version of Dracula’s Guest available at either iTunes or Audible for a whopping $0.69!

Also, if you would like to compare Dracula’s Guest to the first chapter of Dracula, you may find copies online here and here.  There are also numerous cheap copies of both print and audio versions of Dracula available.

Have at it, and enjoy!