On this day (May 26) – Dracula is published

Bela Lugosi in his career-defining role of Dracula in the 1931 film of the same name

What do a trilogy of Batman comics from the ’90s, a 2004 flop starring Hugh Jackman, and a production by Turkish State Opera and Ballet in 2013 have in common? They all owe their existence to Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 story. Stoker’s tale of an immortal monster and one man’s attempts to defeat him is held up along with Shelly’s Frankenstein as one of the foundational texts of gothic horror and his interpretation of a traditional European folk monster remains influential to this day.

And for those wondering, the three works mentioned at the beginning are Batman & DraculaVan Helsing, and Kont Dracula respectively

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