Sunday, May 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Prince of Darkness!

On this day 1897, Bram Stoker's Gothic masterpiece Dracula was first published. Famously referred to in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire by Louis de Pointe du Lac as "the vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman." Nonetheless, academics have deemed it important enough to have written reams of shite about Stoker's creation.
The text has been interpreted as everything from a Christian allegory to evidence of the author's repressed desires (homosexuality, necrophilia, etc.) and it has even been claimed that Stoker died of syphilis (an outright lie, apparently). Thankfully, the renowned Stoker scholar Elizabeth Miller has done a masterful job of debunking the Postmodernist rubbish spewed by those who have superimposed their own hang-ups onto Stoker's work in her article
Coitus Interruptus: Sex, Bram Stoker and Dracula.

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