I'll be devoting a post on Fridays for the books that have been turned into films over the years. I'm starting with one of the classics--Bram Stoker's Dracula.
When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into questions of human identity and sanity, and illuminating dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.
A true classic of creepy suspense. Not too much else to say, if you're a lover of horror/suspense then this is definitely something you should read. Dracula will forever be the quintessential vampire. As for the films, I have to say that no one will ever make a better vampire or Dracula than Bela Lugosi in Hollywood's 1931 film. The 1966 Hammer Film, Dracula: The Prince of Darkness, is another favorite of mine, Christopher Lee is a great Count as well.