Continuing in the post-Halloween gothic vein, having finished We Have Always Lived In The Castle (loved this; I hadn’t read Shirley Jackson before reading Haunting a month or so ago, and I’m definitely interested enough to look into her less well-known works), I started reading Dracula.
I’m basically enjoying it a lot thus far. Here are some observations.
- I read (most of it) when I was 18 for an undergraduate module, and it made me laugh when Dracula invited Harker to “make [his] toilet” before dinner then and it still makes me laugh now.
- Reading this (or at least the first section with Harker in the castle) feels so much like playing an old survival horror game. Obviously survival horror games are influenced by all that epistolary stuff, but the whole oppressive danger of the situation being conveyed through found documents is so survival horror-y.