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Dracula (Paperback, 1992, Signet) 4 stars

It tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he …

A great read, not just for codifying vampire lore, but the way it's built from letters and diaries.

5 stars

The original novel is a great read. Not just for the way it codified modern vampire lore. But for the way it's built entirely out of diary entries, letters, news fragments, telegrams and so on. For the way it shows modern science coming to grips with ancient superstition and figuring out how to deal with it. For showing an early example of a woman participating in her own rescue. And for some of the parts that didn't make it into general pop culture. (Count Dracula spends an awful lot of time in a shipping box.)

In some senses it's the written-word equivalent of the "found footage" horror genre. Except the "sources" are wildly varying. John and Mina write their journals and letters to each other in shorthand. Business letters are of course written formally. Dr. Seward keeps an audio diary on a phonograph. Van Helsing's speech is rendered with every …

@KelsonReads I was reading the daily dracula substack via RSS all year and really enjoyed it. Dracula is a book I read as a kid but re-reading it as an adult made me appreciate it a lot more. The prose in particular is amazing in some places.

Also completely agree wrt codifying vampire lore; it's so cool to see how much of our modern vampire lore comes from this one source.