Since its publication in 1897 Dracula has enthralled generations of
readers with the alluring malevolence of its undead Count, the most
famous vampire in literature. Though Bram Stoker did not invent
vampires, his novel helped catapult them to iconic stature,
spawning a genre of stories and movies that flourishes to this day.
A century of imitations has done nothing to diminish the
fascination of Stoker's tale of a suave and chilling monster as he
stalks his prey from a crumbling castle in Transylvania's
Carpathian mountains to an insane asylum in England to the bedrooms
of his swooning female victims. A classic of Gothic horror, Dracula
remains an irresistible entertainment of undying appeal.
"Do you not think that there are things which you cannot
understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that
others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be
contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know -or think they know-
some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of
our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not,
then it says there is nothing to explain."