Nightmare Fuel / Dracula

The Novel

  • The description of the Count crawling out of the window and across the stone wall (with several hundred feet of sheer cliff face below it) and into another window is terrifying.
    • Nightmare Retardant: Until you realize what gravity would do to your cape and clothing when you are upside down...
  • Dracula's mortal minions laughing at Jonathan's predicament when he looks to them for help, and turning the correspondence he entrusted to them back over to his captor.
  • That village woman coming to the castle to demand her baby back. After the Brides already ate him. Shouting abuse at the helpless Jonathan, who doesn't pity her when the wolves come since he feels that her fate was better then finding out that the vampire women had devoured her child.
  • Renfield, in a moment of clarity, begging to be removed from the place where he can do most damage in his madness, only to be utterly dismissed by the heroes.
  • Dracula's metaphorical rape of Mina — which only gets worse when she has to re-tell it from her point of view — is especially graphic and chilling.
  • Dracula sucks so much blood from Lucy that even her gums are rendered pale!
  • The ship captain's Apocalyptic Log detailing Dracula picking off his crew one by one while remaining hidden in the shadows.
  • The villagers referring to Dracula's castle as hell incarnate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.