History NightmareFuel / Dracula

4th Aug '17 6:33:11 PM CASCHero
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[[caption-width-right:330:Hard to consider Harker lucky or unlucky. Keep it mind it was a similar nightmare from Stoker that inspired the novel. Image by Greg Hildebrant.]]

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4th Aug '17 2:23:21 PM CASCHero
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[[caption-width-right:330:Hard to consider Harker lucky or unlucky. Keep it mind it was a similar nightmare from Stoker that inspired the novel. Image by Greg Hildebrant.]]
29th Jul '17 12:12:12 AM CASCHero
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* Jonathan's first encounter with the brides. He never knew there were other people inside the castle and these three appear out of nowhere as he's half asleep to feed on her. The blonde bride was only a inch from biting him before Dracula arrived to stop him. Keep in mind by this point, Johnathan was unaware how vampirism works and if the brides had succeeded there, he likely would've became a vampire himself. Of course, while Dracula prevented this assault, he ''does'' promise the brides that he'll give them Johnathan once he leaves the castle. Needless to say, Johnathan doesn't stick around to become their meal/chew toy. Especially when he nearly falls asleep at one point from exhaustion and notices so odd bits of light in the sky. At first he passes it off as dust mites but then they start to form into to brides and he quickly wakes up, seeing nothing. Whether it was his mind playing tricks on him or not is unknown but it's pretty much all the motivation he needs to make to escape.

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* Jonathan's first encounter with the brides. He never knew there were other people inside the castle and these three appear out of nowhere as he's half asleep to feed on her. him. The blonde bride was only a inch from biting him before Dracula arrived to stop him.her. Keep in mind by this point, Johnathan was unaware how vampirism works and if the brides had succeeded there, he likely would've became a vampire himself. Of course, while Dracula prevented this assault, he ''does'' promise the brides that he'll give them Johnathan once he leaves the castle. Needless to say, Johnathan doesn't stick around to become their meal/chew toy. Especially when he nearly falls asleep at one point from exhaustion and notices so some odd bits of light in the sky. At first first, he passes it off as dust mites but then they start to form into to brides and he quickly wakes up, seeing nothing. Whether it was his mind playing tricks on him or not is unknown unknown, but it's pretty much all the motivation he needs to make to escape.
23rd Jul '17 6:47:23 PM CASCHero
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* Jonathan's first encounter with the brides. He never knew there were other people inside the castle and these three appear out of nowhere as he's half asleep to feed on him. The blonde bride was only a inch from biting him before Dracula arrived to stop him. Keep in mind by this point, Johnathan was unaware how vampirism works and if the brides had succeeded there, he likely would've became a vampire himself. Of course, while Dracula prevented this assault, he ''does'' promise the brides that he'll give them Johnathan once he leaves the castle. Needless to say, Johnathan doesn't stick around to become their meal/chew toy.

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* Jonathan's first encounter with the brides. He never knew there were other people inside the castle and these three appear out of nowhere as he's half asleep to feed on him.her. The blonde bride was only a inch from biting him before Dracula arrived to stop him. Keep in mind by this point, Johnathan was unaware how vampirism works and if the brides had succeeded there, he likely would've became a vampire himself. Of course, while Dracula prevented this assault, he ''does'' promise the brides that he'll give them Johnathan once he leaves the castle. Needless to say, Johnathan doesn't stick around to become their meal/chew toy. Especially when he nearly falls asleep at one point from exhaustion and notices so odd bits of light in the sky. At first he passes it off as dust mites but then they start to form into to brides and he quickly wakes up, seeing nothing. Whether it was his mind playing tricks on him or not is unknown but it's pretty much all the motivation he needs to make to escape.



* When Johnathan goes to find an out of the castle, he manages to come across Dracula's coffin and finds him sleeping in it. He tries to strike him with a shovel but Dracula somehow manages to dodge it. Dracula then opens his eyes but due to the sun he can't move at the moment, however he knows Johnathan is there and just...stares at him. After this, Johnathan decides to just get the heck out of dodge before sundown.



** The way her transformation just gradually comes about to as she gets weaker. By the third attack, she can barely respond to the men anyomore, yet they notice she seems more stronger at night, especially as she sleeps. Eventually Helsing notices, to his horror, the bite marks that were present on her neck have now vanished and her canines have now become much sharper. When Arthur comes to her, her demeanor changes to be uncharacteristically seductive as she asks Arthur for a kiss. Helsing, seeing what's happening, prevents this and Lucy regains her senses. The creepy part comes when it seems she she knows what's happening to her and ask Helsing to protect Arthur as a final request before she passes away. However Helsing knows this isn't over, while the Lucy they know did die, the transformation is just finishing up and that she's becoming a monster.

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** The way her Lucy's transformation just gradually comes about to as she gets weaker. By the third attack, she Lucy can barely respond to the men anyomore, anymore, yet they notice she seems more stronger at night, especially as she sleeps. Eventually Helsing notices, to his horror, the bite marks that were present on her neck have now vanished and her canines have now become much sharper. When Arthur comes to her, her Lucy's demeanor changes to be uncharacteristically seductive as she asks Arthur for a kiss. Helsing, seeing what's happening, prevents this and Lucy regains her senses. The creepy part comes when it seems she she knows what's happening to her and ask Helsing to protect Arthur as a final request before she passes away. However Helsing knows this isn't over, while the Lucy they know did die, the transformation is just finishing up and that she's becoming a monster.



** Then there's the confrontation in the cemetery with the hunters. Seward describing her as cat-like when they get her attention and she hisses at them. But even more disturbing is how she goes from creature like to seductive in the span of a minute and tries to seduce Arthur. It nearly works as Arthur is swayed by her voice only for Helsing to ward her off with a cross. The monstrous side comes back as she hisses and screeches at them until finally forced to flee back into her tomb. Shown by somehow slipping through the tomb door. Most adaptations aren't really sure how to do this, some just simply go for her turning into mist, but others interpret her ''actually squeezing through the door as if turning her body putty like''.

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** Then there's the confrontation in the cemetery with the hunters. Seward describing her as cat-like when they get her attention and she hisses at them. But even more disturbing is how she goes from creature like to seductive in the span of a minute and tries to seduce Arthur. It nearly works as Arthur is swayed by her voice only for Helsing to ward her Lucy off with a cross. The monstrous side comes back as she hisses and screeches at them until finally forced to flee back into her tomb. Shown by somehow slipping through the tomb door. Most adaptations aren't really sure how to do this, some just simply go for her turning into mist, but others interpret her ''actually squeezing through the door as if turning her body putty like''.
23rd Jul '17 6:38:53 PM CASCHero
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** The way her transformation just gradually comes about to as she gets weaker. By the third attack, she can barely respond to the men anyomore, yet they notice she seems more stronger at night, especially as she sleeps. Eventually Helsing notices, to his horror, the bite marks that were present on her neck have now vanished and her canines have now become much sharper. When Arthur comes to her, her demenor changes to be uncharacteristically seductive as she asks Arthur for a kiss. Helsing, seeing what's happening, prevents this from happening and Lucy regains her senses. The creepy part comes when it seems she she knows what's happening to her and ask Helsing to protect Arthur as a final request before she passes away. However Helsing knows this isn't over, while the Lucy they know did die, the transformation is just finishing up and that she's becoming a monster.

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** The way her transformation just gradually comes about to as she gets weaker. By the third attack, she can barely respond to the men anyomore, yet they notice she seems more stronger at night, especially as she sleeps. Eventually Helsing notices, to his horror, the bite marks that were present on her neck have now vanished and her canines have now become much sharper. When Arthur comes to her, her demenor demeanor changes to be uncharacteristically seductive as she asks Arthur for a kiss. Helsing, seeing what's happening, prevents this from happening and Lucy regains her senses. The creepy part comes when it seems she she knows what's happening to her and ask Helsing to protect Arthur as a final request before she passes away. However Helsing knows this isn't over, while the Lucy they know did die, the transformation is just finishing up and that she's becoming a monster.



** It starts with the fact that once she arises, she begins to go after children. We only get second hand reports of it, but she proceeds to come off as a friendly motherly figure to her targets helped by her looks (hence why they dub her the "Bloofer Lady" which is a child-like way of saying "Beautiful Lady"), then takes them to a secluded area and feeds on them. Grade-A AdultFear right there. Granted she never takes too much blood to completely drain them. But the bite enough infects them with the vampire curse and likely if she continued, [[UndeadChild undead children]] would be roaming the streets of London and continue spreading the curse.

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** It starts with the fact that once she arises, she begins to go after children. We only get second hand reports of it, but she proceeds to come off as a friendly motherly figure to her targets helped by her looks (hence why they dub her the "Bloofer Lady" which is a child-like way of saying "Beautiful Lady"), then takes them to a secluded area and feeds on them. Grade-A AdultFear right there. Granted she never takes too much blood to completely drain them. But the bite enough infects them with the vampire curse and likely if she continued, [[UndeadChild undead children]] would be roaming the streets of London and continue spreading the curse.curse to their parents and likewise to others.
22nd Jul '17 11:05:02 AM CASCHero
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** NightmareRetardant: Until you realize what gravity would do to your cape and clothing when you are upside down...

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** NightmareRetardant: Until you realize what gravity would do to your cape and clothing when you are upside down...down.... Then again Drac seems to generate his own gravity when he does it.



* Jonathan's first encounter with the brides. He never knew there were other people inside the castle and these three appear out of nowhere as he's half asleep to feed on him. The blonde bride was only a inch from biting him before Dracula arrived to stop him. Keep in mind by this point, Johnathan was unaware how vampirism works and if the brides had succeeded there, he likely would've became a vampire himself. Of course, while Dracula prevented this assault, he ''does'' promise the brides that he'll give them Johnathan once he leaves the castle. Needless to say, Johnathan doesn't stick around to become their meal/chew toy.
** Later in the novel, Helsing and Mina are confronted by the brides with Helsing ''barely'' having time to put up what amounts to a holy barrier around the two of them before three women try to attack them, and this goes on for ''the entirety of the night''. Their presence is so much that their horses die from fright (or are fed on, depends on the adaptation). What's more the dialogue between Mina and Helsing had the latter promising to protect her. But she states that, if anything, ''he's'' the one that's being protected. The brides are there to add Mina to their ranks as they sense she's nearly a vampire, something that Mina seems to both relish and is terrified of, and haven't come to hurt her. But for Helsing, they'll likely kill him on the spot once the chance presents itself. Luckily the two manage to hold out until the dawn comes and the brides flee back to the castle.



** The way her transformation just gradually comes about to as she gets weaker. By the third attack, she can barely respond to the men anyomore, yet they notice she seems more stronger at night, especially as she sleeps. Eventually Helsing notices, to his horror, the bite marks that were present on her neck have now vanished and her canines have now become much sharper. When Arthur comes to her, her demenor changes to be uncharacteristically seductive as she asks Arthur for a kiss. Helsing, seeing what's happening, prevents this from happening and Lucy regains her senses. The creepy part comes when it seems she she knows what's happening to her and ask Helsing to protect Arthur as a final request before she passes away. However Helsing knows this isn't over, while the Lucy they know did die, the transformation is just finishing up and that she's becoming a monster.



** An alternative interpretation is that Dracula was innocent, and that it was the captain's second in command who killed them all. This seems likely given Dracula's apparent frustration near the end of the journey, the man's (who is the last survivor besides the captain) increasingly erratic and hysterical behaviour, and Dracula not harming anyone on his return voyage.

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** An alternative interpretation is that Dracula was innocent, and that it was the captain's second in command who killed them all. This seems likely given Dracula's apparent frustration near the end of the journey, the man's (who is the last survivor besides the captain) increasingly erratic and hysterical behaviour, behavior, and Dracula not harming anyone on his return voyage.



* Descriptions of Vampire!Lucy are horrific enough, but it doesn't end even after she's been staked. Seward and Van Helsing take the time to decapitate her corpse and stuff her mouth with garlic to make sure she doesn't come back again. Quincy at least took Arthur away so he'd be spared seeing his fiancee's head cut off.
* Speaking of Vampire!Lucy, the staking itself deserves a special mention. In most modern medias, a vampire being staked is despicted as no real different than stabbing, with the body turning to ashes after death in some cases. In this book, on the other hand, it's despicted in a gruesomely realistic way: poor Arthur has to ''slowly'' dig the stake through Lucy's heart with the help of a hammer, with a description of the gushing blood and her screams of agony as she literally rips her own lips to shreds.

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* Descriptions Pretty much the entirety of Vampire!Lucy are horrific enough, but it doesn't end even the newly vamped Lucy.
** It starts with the fact that once she arises, she begins to go
after she's been staked. children. We only get second hand reports of it, but she proceeds to come off as a friendly motherly figure to her targets helped by her looks (hence why they dub her the "Bloofer Lady" which is a child-like way of saying "Beautiful Lady"), then takes them to a secluded area and feeds on them. Grade-A AdultFear right there. Granted she never takes too much blood to completely drain them. But the bite enough infects them with the vampire curse and likely if she continued, [[UndeadChild undead children]] would be roaming the streets of London and continue spreading the curse.
** Then there's the confrontation in the cemetery with the hunters.
Seward describing her as cat-like when they get her attention and Van she hisses at them. But even more disturbing is how she goes from creature like to seductive in the span of a minute and tries to seduce Arthur. It nearly works as Arthur is swayed by her voice only for Helsing take the time to decapitate ward her corpse and stuff her mouth off with garlic a cross. The monstrous side comes back as she hisses and screeches at them until finally forced to make flee back into her tomb. Shown by somehow slipping through the tomb door. Most adaptations aren't really sure she doesn't come back again. Quincy at least took Arthur away so he'd be spared seeing his fiancee's head cut off.
* Speaking of Vampire!Lucy,
how to do this, some just simply go for her turning into mist, but others interpret her ''actually squeezing through the door as if turning her body putty like''.
** The
staking itself deserves a special mention. In most modern medias, a vampire being staked is despicted depicted as no real different than stabbing, with the body turning to ashes after death in some cases. In this book, on the other hand, it's despicted depicted in a gruesomely realistic way: poor Arthur has to ''slowly'' dig the stake through Lucy's heart with the help of a hammer, with a description of the gushing blood and her screams of agony as she literally rips her own lips to shreds.shreds.
** And finally Seward and Van Helsing take the time to decapitate her corpse and stuff her mouth with garlic to make sure she doesn't come back again. Quincy at least took Arthur away so he'd be spared seeing his fiancee's head cut off.
2nd Jul '17 1:34:41 PM Redmess
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** An alternative interpretation is that Dracula was innocent, and that it was the captain's second in command who killed them all. This seems likely given Dracula's apparent frustration near the end of the journey, the man's (who is the last survivor besides the captain) increasingly erratic and hysterical behaviour, and Dracula not harming anyone on his return voyage.
28th Jan '17 7:29:07 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Being able to walk in the sunlight with only dampened powers is rather chilling. Modern stories say he stays in his coffin the day. In the book, he could be anywhere and still stalking his prey.

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* Being able to [[DaywalkingVampire walk in the sunlight with only dampened powers powers]] is rather chilling. Modern stories say he stays in his coffin the day. In the book, he could be anywhere and still stalking his prey.
6th Oct '16 10:43:31 AM madammina
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* Being able to walk in the sunlight with only dampened powers is rather chilling. Modern stories say he stays in his coffin the day. In the book, he could be anywhere and still stalking his prey.
6th Oct '16 10:42:02 AM madammina
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*Dracula has a wealth of powers that modern renditions don't give him. Such as controlling wolves, turning into a wolf, and control of the weather. Written down like this they don't sound scary. But in context, he knows exactly how to use them. Such as telling Jonathan, yes, of course he can leave the castle, then summoning a pack of hungry wolves to the door so if he tries to leave he will be eaten.
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