Sunday, March 4, 2012

Paperback 508: Dracula / Bram Stoker (Pocket Books 452)

Paperback 508: Pocket Books 452 (1st ptg, 1947)

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $20


Best things about this cover:
  • Here we see Dracula's famous aversion to Victorian table lamps. "Aargh ... so ornate ... so ... floral!"
  • I love how he's enhaloed by some magical unseen light source. Unless he's just standing in front of the TV.
  • His hand! Just stare at that thing for a while. It's grotesque and intoxicating.
  • This is a famous cover. An iconic horror cover. From the font to the deep, regal purple to the brilliant use of light, it really is a winner.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Well, we're off to a good start. Nice tagline!
    I forgot about the hypnotists.
    This is a good back cover, in that it's *really* making want to read the book (again).

Page 123~
He has the sugar of his tea spread out on the window-sill, and is reaping quite a harvest of flies. 

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DemetriosX said...

I like that Dracula is sort of a compromise between Bela Lugosi and the way he is described in the book (which is a lot closer to Max Schreck). It's very effective at meeting the expectations of those who know one or both.

But the woman really ought to remove her makeup before going to bed. It's going to be hard to get that lipstick out of those sheets. No thought for those below stairs.

Random White Guy said...

Ah, the good old days, when vampires were creatures you set out to kill, not ask to the prom.

Doug said...

That's a nice cover even though the young woman looks a little bit flat!
True, it's definitely not in the paranormal romance branch of Vampire books!

Anonymous said...

You REALLY should have put some sort of hint of what was in store in the title of the post, because when I scrolled down and saw the cover, I literally did a spit take with my tequila and probably ruined my monitor.

But well worth it.

Doug Brunell said...

Wait, is he glittering?