The punctured throat, the coffin lid slowly opening, the unholy shriek as the stake pierces the heartthese are just a few of the chilling images Bram Stoker unleashed upon the world with his 1897 masterpiece, Dracula. Inspired by the folk legend of nosferatu, the undead, Stoker created a timeless tale of gothic horror and romance that has enthralled and terrified readers ever since. A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written.
It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition. The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Stoker.