DRACULA FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Count


DRACULA FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Count

BRUCE SCIVALLY    Book Number: 86963    Product format: Paperback

He goes by many names: Dracula, Nosferatu, and Vlad the Impaler. Now, with Dracula FAQ, any reader can unravel the mysteries behind this vampire, from the real historical figure, to the title character of a Gothic novel and numerous stage plays, musicals, films, and TV adaptations. Bruce Scivally, who guides us through the many faces of Dracula, has authored several other books on film history. He produces a brilliant roll call of vampires, loveable and terrifying, that range from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows, and the film version of Interview with the Vampire, to Peter Kürten, the German serial killer who was called the 'Vampire of Düsseldorf', R. de Moraine's drawing 'The Vampire' from 1864, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This guide transports us to every corner of the globe, from Transylvania in Chapter One 'He, Who Commanded Nations: Bad Vlad, Dangerous to Know', which looks at the history of Vlad III, the Impaler and Dracula (son of the Dragon), to Whitby, the 'Dracula mecca,' where one can not only learn about a Gothic Weekend event in the town but also discover where to purchase Vampire wine or chocolates with little vampires on them and visit the ruins of Whitby Abbey which inspired Dracula's castle in Bram Stoker's novel. Discover music based on the very existence of this character featuring commentary on 'Dearest Dracula, A Musical Nightmare' at Dublin Theatre Festival in 1965, the German opera 'Der Vampyr' composed in 1828, and the appearance of vampires in songs by artists Neil Young, Blue Öyster Cult, and Annie Lennox. Delve into the history of this infamous spectre and learn that the film Nosferatu, recognised by many as one of the seminal classics of cinema, could have been stopped by Florence Stoker, and appreciate Charles Bennett's 1985 dance drama based on the story of Dracula which was not only performed on a tri-level stage but danced by a forty-four member cast bearing fangs. Incredible black and white photographs such as the hotel Lucy and Mina stayed in during Bram Stoker's Dracula and the cover of the 'penny dreadful' Varney the Vampire, as well as snapshots and stills from television and film, actors Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Gary Oldman and Udo Kier who appeared in Andy Warhol's Dracula in 1974. A book to sink your fangs into. Paperback, 6" x 9", dozens of black and white photographs, 368pp.
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