Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen [NOOK Book]

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The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the ability to shapeshift into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wooden stake through the heart or a shaft of sunlight. In this ...

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Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

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Overview

The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the ability to shapeshift into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wooden stake through the heart or a shaft of sunlight. In this critically acclaimed excursion through the life of a cultural icon, David Skal maps out the archetypal vampire's relentless trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to movie idol to cultural commidity, digging through the populist veneer to reveal what the prince of darkness says about us all.

Here is an irreverently entertaining, authoritative guide to all Dracula's incarnations, from Victorian sex nightmare and 1920s stage villain to Hollywood movie legend and modern-day cuddle toy. 200 illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Horror novelist Skal presents various 19th- and 20th-century interpretations of everyone's favorite black-cloaked bloodsucker. Featured here are Bram Stoker's Victorian thriller, Max Shreck in the German expressionist film Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi on stage and screen as Count Dracula. Illustrated. (Oct.)no PW review
Library Journal
It could be argued that Dracula is a mediocre novel which led to a dismal play, which was revised into an average play, all of which led to a so-so film, followed by many less-than-good sequels and imitations. Obviously the vampire theme connects with something primal in humans, or it would have been forgotten long ago. Horror novelist Skal ( Antibodies , Congdon & Weed, 1988) is primarily interested in Dracula from Stoker to Lugosi, although he touches briefly on earlier and later incarnations of the character, as well as the psychological underpinnings for its popularity. Of particular interest is his description of a superior Spanish-language version of the 1931 film, shot on the same sets but with a different cast and director. Hollywood Gothic is pricey, but well written and attractively designed. For larger film collections.-- John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429998451
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 10/18/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 645,635
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

David J. Skal is the author of numerous books on popular culture, including The Monster Show (Faber, 2001) and Death Makes a Holiday. He is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula.


David J. Skal is the author of numerous books on popular culture, including The Monster Show and Death Makes a Holiday. He is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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Hollywood Gothic
Copyright © 1990, 2004 by David J. Skal All rights reserved
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Table of Contents

Introduction : castles, cobwebs, and candelabra 3
Ch. 1 Mr. Stoker's book of blood 9
Ch. 2 The English widow and the German count 77
Ch. 3 "A nurse will be in attendance at all performances" 103
Ch. 4 A deal for the devil or, Hollywood bites 139
Ch. 5 The ghost goes west 163
Ch. 6 "La Sangre Es La Vida" : the romance of the Spanish dracula 207
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    Excellent book! I didn't want it to end. If you're a fan of Bela Lugosi, 1930's film history or want to know about all the film and stage variations of Stoker's novel, this is the book for you.
    I'll be reading more of this author's work, that's for certain.

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