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Hollywood Gothic

The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

David J. Skal

Faber & Faber

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.

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Copyright © 1990, 2004 by David J. Skal All rights reserved
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"Tracks Transylvania's most popular vampire with dry wit and the skills of a fine detective." --The New York Times Book Review

"Witty, comprehensive . . . For those who take Halloween seriously, this is something to gnaw on long after those trick-or-treaters are gone." --The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Meticulously researched, engagingly written and packed with rare, archival images . . . The history of Dracula reads like a novel itself." --The San Francisco Bay Guardian

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David J. Skal

  • David J. Skal is the author of numerous books on popular culture, including The Monster Show (Faber, 2001) and Death Makes a Holiday. He is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen

David J. Skal

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