Bram Stoker, who supplies the titular quote, would be 160 years old today if he were, like his most famous protagonist, blessed (or cursed) with immortality. Bram Stoker’s most famous novel, Dracula, has endured probably beyond anyone’s estimation of its popularity, and has inspired more film adaptations than any other single novel. Even more than its direct adaptations, however, Stoker’s novel influenced the way vampires were perceived. What makes Stoker’s Dracula so popular? Is it the thrilling sexuality, both in Dracula himself and in the captive vampiresses that attempt to seduce Jonathan Harker? Is it the fear of foreigners that held so much fear for Victorian audiences? Or is it the nature of blood, that has so many deeply-conditioned responses? It’s hard to say, but it seems based on the themes he revisits in his later novel Lair of the White Worm, that what is most important to Stoker himself is both the corruptive power of the vampire and its eternal youth.
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