Frankenstein, Dracula ahead of their time
HOWARD JACKSON says horror genre classics Frankenstein and Dracula were ahead of their time
‘Poe is nowhere.’
This is not a cool student wanting to impress the class. Dracula was first published in 1897 and the mother of Stoker knew a hit. ‘No book,’ she said, ‘since Mrs Shelley’s Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror – Poe is nowhere.’
Fame to be transcendental needs to be either global or eternal. Dracula and Frankenstein have achieved both. The books are best sellers and widely read but their appeal is now rooted in myth and two powerful icons. The movies become more interesting when they appear. The books are different. They combine myth, primal fear and challenging thought.