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Christopher Fowler
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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
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Well, it's over. Farewell, Hobbitses, and thanks for all the fun. Last night I saw Borimir, Chlamydia, Moulinex, Fafnir, Ariel, Moomin, Thorax Oakenfold and Legoland go into battle for the last time, bringing together an end to a thirteen-year film cycle all the more remarkable for its consistency of tone. This time for 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies', they were pitted against each…
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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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The Arts
One of the reasons why there has never been a 'definitive' Hammer film collection available is that the rights were in such a spectacular mess that no previous owners of the company were ever able to fully unknot them. Worse, the films exist in different versions. The new owners of Hammer have finally got it right, and are slowly but surely correcting decades of mistakes. 'The Woman In Black' has…
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Dracula & Hammer
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Christopher Fowler
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London & Media
On April 16th, 1951, in a banquet room above a pub in Pont Street, South Kensington, London, Dracula had come home to roost... Bela Lugosi was rehearsing his British tour, getting ready to make an appearance across the dying music halls of Bram Stoker's homeland, from the Golders Green Hippodrome to the Alma Theatre, Luton. He had arrived in Southampton aboard the SS Mauritania, and immediately…
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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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