October 9th, 2014


Halloween Countdown, Day 9

Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side (2014), by the late Margot Adler, examines how vampire stories have become the vehicle that lets us play with the question of mortality. Utne Reader has a thought-provoking excerpt here from the book's section "The Persecuted Other," describing Adler’s fascination with novels about outsiders, particularly those about vampires. (Thanks to shiny_elfriend!)

“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)


“I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes. The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck, she actually licked her lips like an animal.... Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my throat.... I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited—waited with beating heart.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
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