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.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)|
About 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.
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Copyright © 1990, 2004 by David J. Skal All rights reserved
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION - CASTLES, COBWEBS, AND CANDELABRA,
CHAPTER ONE - MR. STOKER'S BOOK OF BLOOD,
CHAPTER TWO - THE ENGLISH WIDOW AND THE GERMAN COUNT,
CHAPTER THREE - "A NURSE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE AT ALL PERFORMANCES",
CHAPTER FOUR - A DEAL FOR THE DEVIL,
CHAPTER FIVE - THE GHOST GOES WEST,
CHAPTER SIX - "LA SANGRE ES LA VIDA",
CHAPTER SEVEN - THE DRACULA CENTURY,
DAVID J. SKAL,
Praise for Hollywood Gothic,
APPENDIX A - DRACULA ON STAGE,
APPENDIX B - DRACULA ON SCREEN,
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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.