Of all the creatures of the night, why do you think Vampires have such a powerful and enduring grip on the imagination?
The year 1897 saw the publication of two horror novels: Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Richard Marsh's 'The Beetle: A Mystery'. Both titles feature the infiltration of England by supernatural nobility from foreign lands (the Balkans and Egypt respectively) and both were critical and (eventually in Stoker's case) commercial successes. But how many people have heard of 'The Beetle' today?
Just why do you think it is that vampires have such an enduring grip on the imagination? Is it their ability to adapt to different times and places? The lure of sex and death? Or something else entirely? What are your thoughts on all this?
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