Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Midweek Fiction: Bram Stoker, "Dracula's Guest"

Though Dracula was neither the first nor the last literary vampire, Irishman Bram Stoker's creation is arguably the most influential. It seems only appropriate, then, to invite him to celebrate literary monsters and All Hallow's Read with us. He'll be here any minute: The dead travel fast.

Though there is scholarly disagreement, evidence suggests that "Dracula's Guest" is the original and excised first chapter of Dracula. It was originally published in 1914, in Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories, a posthumus collection of Stoker's short work.