Monsters on your bookshelf

In today’s pop culture, monsters in movies and television are very popular even when it is not Halloween season.  Movies like the Twilight Saga, the Underworld series, and Zombieland brought vampires, werewolves and zombies to the forefront of mainstream entertainment and have made them household names. Even some television shows like The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, and Grimm feature these popular supernatural beings in their episodes every week. But have you ever thought of the literary origins of these monsters?

The world’s most famous vampire was introduced in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). The story is about Count Dracula trying to move to England so he could find new sources of blood and spread the vampire curse. http://sallypro.sandiego.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2695407Dracula-jpg

The werewolf becoming popular to the masses can be traced back to Guy Endore’s “The Werewolf of Paris” (1933). The story is about a man named Bertrand that suffers from lycanthropy and it recounts the very violent events of his life. http://circuit.sdsu.edu/record=b21697471~S0*engWerewolf_of_paris

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) is a modern reinvention of the zombie which involves Dr. Frankenstein’s experiment with the resurrection of the dead. http://sallypro.sandiego.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb20625071280px-Frankenstein,_pg_7

The ghost known as the Headless Horseman became famous from Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” where it tormented and hunted down Ichabod Crane. http://sallypro.sandiego.edu/iii/encore/record/C__Rb20671041280px-The_Headless_Horseman_Pursuing_Ichabod_Crane

If you would like to know more about these stories, you should check to see if they are available through our library collection. What are some of your favorite Halloween monsters? Let us know in the comment section below!

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October 22, 2014 · 12:36 PM

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