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Christopher Fowler
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I've written on this subject often because it lies at the junction of several of my interests, but decided this could be the last word on the subject. Every time I see that Disney are spinning off another peripheral character into a film franchise my heart sinks. Walt Disney himself was far more imaginative. He searched Europe (sadly not the Middle and Far East) for new stories to tell, and was…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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Bram Stoker's novel has somewhat paradoxically become one of the most influential novels of the last century, considering it was written as a melodrama and went head-to-head with Richard Marsh's 'The Beetle'. 'The Beetle' was a bizarre hybrid novel of supernatural romantic mystery published in 1897, the same year as 'Dracula', and initially it eclipsed the undead count's sales. Hysterical in tone…
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Christopher Fowler
He married Oscar Wilde's old bird, he never went to Eastern Europe, he was the author of 'Miss Betty', he managed the Lyceum Theatre and he wrote 'Dracula' (which I always couple with 'Frankenstein' as the readable half of the pair). In 10 days' time it's the anniversary of Bram Stoker's death, and in that time we've switched from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee to RPatz, all valid versions,…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
Artist Graham Humphries has been staying in Dracula's holiday town of Whitby, North Yorkshire, where he has been casting a painterly eye about the Abbey - this is what he came back with. Sometimes I wonder if Yorkshire isn't more sinister than Transylvania. For me, Bram Stoker's Dracula remains the only big gothic novel that's still readable and enjoyable (I've always struggled with Frankenstein)…
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