I’ve collected several editions of this book and the related Stoker story “Dracula’s Guest.” The writing style and use of letters and journals are exquisite for imagery. Having friends with lineage in what was Romania and Hungary in the story setting has added shadows and shades of depth as I have re-read the book many times since childhood.
The the first edition I purchased was a dark blue Dell paperback for $.69 around about Junior High School. The front cover displayed a rather stoney image in shades of dark blues — the head and shoulders of Count Dracula. The book was for sale, of all places, on a rack at a Kroger grocery store. Having never heard of the story before, I have been glad several times since that it was the first Gothic Horror and first vampire story I ever met.
Few of the newer film versions of Dracula, from Hammer Productions to 2010, do the original story justice; however, I enjoyed a made-for-TV film of the tale with David Hyde Pierce in the role of Renfield. He was unforgettable as that erratic character – the best since Dwight Frye. Bela Lugosi, with his theatrical training and performing the role of Dracula on stage in his younger days must have been magnificent. The Universal film showed some of his style and command, but a stage production must have been thrilling. There is no match for him in any era, as he was in the 1920s.
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