Sunday, 9 August 2009

Going Underground

It is quite amazing how popular vampires - fictional vampires - seem to be at the moment. I just learned that a Bram Stoker Film Festival is on in Whitby in mid-October, including a 'vampire walk' of the town known from Stoker's Dracula. Well-known writer Neil Gaiman recently commented that he thought that the popularity of vampires had reached a saturation point and wished that they would go underground for a couple of decades, only to return in another and different shape.

1 comment:

Niels K. Petersen said...

Apropos of fictional vampires I just received a message from Amazon that Elizabeth Miller's new book on Dracula, Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Documentary Journey into Vampire Country and the Dracula Phenomenon is now available (and my own copy is on its way):

'This generously illustrated documentary explores in full the scope of the Dracula phenomenon, from the folkloric origins of the vampire legend to its unending legacy as a vital influence on the literary and performing arts, not to mention the Romanian tourist industry. Nor does it overlook Bram Stoker himself—among its many exceptional primary documents are his working notes for Dracula—for without Bram Stoker, as this comprehensive volume shows, Count Dracula would never have assumed a life of his iconic own.'

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