Thursday, October 31, 2013

THE COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN: DAY 31

(Stoker's Story)


So here we are on the final day of the Countdown to Halloween and, again, I have to say it's been a fun, if somewhat harrowing, ride getting here!


(A photo of the award itself)

It's called the "BRAM STOKER AWARD" for a reason--the award granted to the authors of the works in the Horror genre voted best of the best each year by the Horror Writers Association.

With his novel, DRACULA, Bram Stoker changed the face of fiction.  Defining the vampire for the world for over a century and creating a villain the likes of which had rarely been seen before or since. 



Knowing the history of the myths and legends of vampires and knowing DRACULA itself backwards and forwards via viewings and readings and alternate takes over the years is one thing, knowing about the man who created the Count as we met him in his castle is quite another.  So I checked out a documentary entitled DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE VOIVODE
and found it to be quite a good look at the life of Stoker,
the wheres and whens and hows of his life
and his work as a writer.

Highly recommended and you can watch it streaming on Netflix...
but here's the trailer c/o the YouTubes:




A book like DRACULA gets published in every language, but let's concentrate only on the English editions I could find pictures of after a few days scanning the hills and valleys of the internet.
Over the years, see what wonderful variations there are...














Besides his masterpiece,
Bram Stoker wrote eleven other novels and three collections of short stories
and some other tales that hadn't been collected.

For anyone interested in any of his writing, much of it, if not all, is available for FREE at:



And don't forget:

TCM
HALLOWEEN DAY
OCTOBER 31, 2013

6AM -- The Curse of Frankenstein


7:30AM -- The Mummy (1959)



9AM -- Horror Castle


10:30AM -- The Castle of the Living Dead

12:15PM -- Dracula, Prince of Darkness


1:45PM -- The Devil’s Bride (The Devil Rides Out)



3:45PM -- Dracula Has Risen from the Grave



5:30PM -- Horror Express



8PM -- Pit and the Pendulum



9:30PM -- The Haunted Palace



11:15PM -- The Masque of the Red Death



1AM -- The Abominable Dr. Phibes



2:45AM -- Twice-Told Tales



5AM -- The Tomb of Ligeia



6:30AM -- The Conqueror Worm



8:15AM -- Theatre of Blood



2 comments:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Love the variations of the book. Hope you had an awesome Halloween!!!

Gary Lee said...

I did, and I hope you had a good one as well. Already looking forward to next year...