Hollywood Gothic The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

David J. Skal

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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384 Pages



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Count Dracula—the original monster as icon—has long haunted the modern imagination. Renowned pop-culture author and film critic Skal here provides us with "the ultimate book on Dracula" (Newsweek) by fully and engagingly exploring his creation, evolution, and widespread infiltration. Now appearing in a revised edition, Hollywood Gothic maps the archetypal vampire's trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to early-film sensation to modern cultural commodity. Along the way, Skal also reveals what this dark prince says about us all.


Praise for Hollywood Gothic

"Meticulously researched, engagingly written, and packed with rare, archival images . . . This history of Dracula reads life a novel itself."—The San Francisco Bay Chronicle

"Anyone interested in Bram Stoker's Dracula will find this book indispensable."—Ray Bradbury

"[Skal] tracks Transylvania's most popular vampire with dry wit and the skills of a fine detective."—The New York Times Book Review

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  • David J. Skal

  • David J. Skal is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books, including The Monster Show; Death Makes a Holiday; Screams of Reason; and, with Elias Savada, Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Todd Browning. With Nina Auerbach, he is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Skal's writing has appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from The New York Times to Cinefantastique, and, for television, on the A&E series Biography. A longtime New Yorker, he currently lives and writes in Glendale, California.