The image above is a closeup detail of my latest painting ‘Dracula’s Guest’.
Dracula appears in the horror novel, of the same name, by Bram Stoker. Stoker documents the story via a series of diary entries written by various characters featured within the tale. Dracula’s appearance is not described in great depth, other than early sentences portraying him as pale-skinned, long-haired, bewhiskered and gaunt with age, but tall, august and with a grip of iron. Latter details mention Dracula seeming to reduce in age throughout the book’s progression. We can assume this physical rejuvenation is due to sating his appetite with blood, the only sustenance he is seen to ingest. Therefore he is a man whose true age defies appearance and who’s intentions are known to none. In secret, he is incorporeal; casting no reflection upon the water nor looking glass. He is the shadow and the mist. He is the prowling wolf, the scurrying rat and the soaring bat, lit by the moon. He is the silence in the dark and the predatory eyes forever watching.
Dracula, is an unsurpassed host, wielder of a relentless charm and intelligent wit. Thus his personality is one that intrigues and attracts despite the brief glimpses of fury, obscure behaviour and peculiarity of his turreted castle. Walk freely into his dwelling and you are forever his. No shackles restrain you, yet you are his captive. Bewitched prey led so willingly into an invisible snare, fresh for the feed to follow.
I entitled this image ‘Dracula’s Guest’ to encourage the viewer into the artwork, but also as a nod towards a chapter cut from Bram Stoker’s original novel by his publisher. Only to be published later in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death, as a short story called ‘Dracula’s Guest’.
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