Dracula was the first English novel I read. I won it from a competition Sunday Time’s Mirror magazine held those days. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package I received from the Sunday Times through regular post. It was a period I was wasting time after the teacher training I had, without a job and the novel became a blessing to get rid of the monotony I was suffering from.
The language of Bram Stoker is pretty old. But in Dracula, he has maintained a style which can entertain the readers for generations. The whole novel is written as a series of letters, diary entries, journal entries, newspaper articles, etc. In fact the novel is loosely based on an ancient count that actually lived in Romania some time back by adding an interesting imagined story of a blood sucking vampire, ‘a living dead’ into it. That makes the book a page turner.
Though Stoker didn’t invent the vampire, the book was followed up by a vampire culture of books, movies, TV series, comics, etc. This was one of the greatest horror stories ever written. Host of other authors started bringing the character Dracula in their books afterwards.