“the sign of the cross and the guard against the evil eye”

I am happy to say that, like a good little up-and-coming vampire novelist, I am delving into the one and only “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I happened to have seen it at a stop at my college bookstore trying to get (ironically, possibly) my last religion textbook.

Having been reading now for about a half an hour, I can say with surprise that I’m enjoying it. Stoker’s style is more descriptive and atmospheric than most classical literature I’ve tried. Take his first sighting of the Count’s castle, for example:

“… in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.”

So, my guess is I’ll actually read the whole darned (lolol get it…darned…like it’s damned…yeah never mind) thing. I feel safe using “Dracula” as my primary reading for the groundworks of RE. And it’ll be even better if “Dracula” is actually worthwhile.

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