The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula

The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 15, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0826417949
ISBN-13: 978-0826417947


Published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the last of the nineteenth century’s three major horror stories. It followed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but Stoker’s novel had the greater impact on our culture and our nightmares.Count Dracula has been called the king of the vampires, but, in truth, he is the king of all the monsters, and his influence can be seen everywhere today: in everything from the number-obsessed count on sesame street to the vast fandom for Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles. He is arguably the most recognized of characters, not the least of which is the iconic performance of Bella Lugosi.

With Stoker’s novel serving as the backbone, this Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to the world’s most famous vampire considers all aspects of the Dracula phenomenon in often entertaining and unexpected ways–in the Bedside tradition: the book, its author, its psychological and sociological implications, the stage plays, the movies, television versions, the actors, and, of course, the historical Dracula, Vlad the Impaler.

Author: Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, The Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.