The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein vs. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which classic horror tale is scarier?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
Young scientist Victor Frankenstein, grief-stricken over the death of his mother, sets out in a series of laboratory experiments testing the ability to create life from non-living matter. Soon, his experiments progress further until he creates a humanoid creature eight feet tall. But as Frankenstein soon discovers, a successful experiment does not always equal a positive outcome.
It’s been a very long time since I read either of these books, but as I remember them it was Dr. Frankenstein that I found to be the most scary. I remember a strong psychological horror aspect to the story that made it so creepy. And, the fact that someone would presume to play God and have it come back on him in the most horrific way still sends chills down my spine.
Dracula is what he is. What he does is as much a part of him as breathing is to us. Dracula’s horror is more like a slasher movie/story with definite surprises of the biting kind. But that is not scary to me. It makes me jump in movies but that just a natural response and doesn’t indicate fear.