Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review: Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula A Facsimile Edition, McFarland & Company, Inc., 331 pages, 2008

As man is prone to do we bastardize concepts. Of course, what an author writes is his thoughts and a certainly an insight in the creativity of the artist. But like all of life, it is never that simple or shallow.

My God. Most times artists have to compromise with editors and publishers for the privilege of being commercial and the public who mostly operates at an embarrassing reading level. Come on just look at most of the dreck that is out and selling.

Do you sparkle in the morning sun?

I hope to Hell not because there was a time when Horror literature wasn't littered with sparkles and dildos, and in that I am including authors. Back before our fathers and even grandfathers literature was intelligent and artistic. It was meant to tell a story without brutalizing a segment of the population with sophomoric ideas, clichés and scenes.

Dracula is an iconic character and novel. The Count is a baseline from which the crap vampire tale was outshined and gobbled.

But above all writing is a process not the result. The notes and manuscript pages contained in this historic document give you the research, the logical ideas and Stoker's decision making for character development, scene designation and plot.

Hand written and typed these notes allow one to pour into Stoker's mind for the ingredients of his creation. Fascinating.

For some this may be tedious. For some this may not be humorous. To those all I say is that is fine, keep working on 'Run Spot Run' and we'll talk to you at a later date.

For you others; the bibliophiles, the artists and the adults at the table this is a rare gem that should be ogled and cherished.

Buy this book.

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