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Marty Busse

Spoilers for P.C. Dohehrty's An Ancient Evil:

Doherty's book is the first of a series based on the Canterbury tales, featuring the terrifying stories told by the travellers at night (vice the stories they tell in the day, which Chaucer related).

Spoilers follow:

The knight's tale concerns stirgoi who come to England from Wallachia, and some of whom flee through Whitby when the going gets rough. The connection to Dracula is never made in the book, but it's pretty obvious.

This entry reminded me of the book. At some point, maybe a meta-entry can be made listing books influenced or referencing Dracula.

Elizabeth

Referencing Dracula. A great idea re cross-referencing. Maybe next year?

For example, characters in Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" frequently quote "Dracula". And there's a passage in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" which on his own admission was influenced by Stoker's novel:
"And bats with baby faces in the violet light
Whistled and beat their wings
And crawled head downward down a blackened wall."

Captain Slack

"And there's a passage in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" which on his own admission was influenced by Stoker's novel:
'And bats with baby faces in the violet light
Whistled and beat their wings
And crawled head downward down a blackened wall.'"

In fact, in an early draft of the poem (which I ran across in a scholarly work while researching a college essay), those three lines are a specific evocation of the Count scaling his own castle's walls: "A man contorted by some mental blight / Yet of abnormal powers / I saw him creep head-downwards down a wall..."

And upside down in air were towers.

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