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At The Gutter: Engulfed By The Shadow Of Dracula

This week, Comics Editor Carol reads Becky Cloonan’s illustrated Dracula and thinks about sexy vampires, women and the horror of a corporate eternity.

In one of the first pieces I wrote for the Cultural Gutter, I wrote about how I like that there are so many versions of Batman. And I talked about how bats come in a “cloud.” I wish I had saved that metaphor for discussing Dracula, because there are so many more versions of him—and of vampires in general.

There is the Dracula of Bram Stoker’s novel, in which Stoker looks over his shoulder at Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, James Malcolm Rhymer’s Varney the Vampyre and Dr. Polidori’s Lord Ruthven.* There is the historical Wallachian Voivod, Vlad III. There is the non-legally actionable Count Orlok of F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922), voted the most creepily adorable vampire by me. There is Bela Lugosi’s classic performance on stage and screen and Carlos Villarías in George Melford’s Spanish-language version filmed simultaneously with Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931). Paul Naschy’s Dracula wore turtlenecks and looked for love in Count Dracula’s Great Love (1972) and Gary Oldman’s wore tinted glasses while doing the same in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) There is Christopher Lee’s protean count in Hammer Studios’s Dracula movies. In 1979, there were both an open-shirted Frank Langella in Dracula and a ratlike Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, The Vampyre. Marvel Comics’ Dracula has been a nemesis of Blade and Dr. Strange before moving to a castle on the moon. Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s Dracula appears to bite it before returning in Dark Horse’s Buffyverse comics. And just a few weeks ago I saw poor Vlad getting over some things in What We Do In The Shadows (2014) and then came across a copy of Becky Cloonan’s illustrated Dracula (New York: Harper Design, 2012) It seemed like both a sign and a portent—as if Dracula were calling out to me across oceans of time…

Trailer for The Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. It’s a response by 150 artists to George A. Romero’s classic film.

And writer Peter Gutiérrez has donated 2 dvd copies as perks for our Indiegogo fundraiser! Gutiérrez wrote the liner notes, and Gutter fans might recognize him from his articles at Twitch, Rue Morgue and The School Library Journal blog, Connect The Pop.

There are only 2 copies, so get them while you can!

Carol’s illustration for part two of “Herbert West, Re-Animator” read by Miguel Rodriguez of Monster Island Resort Podcast. Click through the image to hear the story!

Carol’s illustration for part two of “Herbert West, Re-Animator” read by Miguel Rodriguez of Monster Island Resort Podcast. Click through the image to hear the story!