Dracula: a novel of hot Victorian sluts

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In honor of Halloween, cartoonist Kate Beaton read Dracula and made a series of comics about the classic vampire novel. In a series of strips gets at the book's true face of horror: sexually-liberated women.

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Beaton is primarily known for her historical comics, but lately she's turned her attention toward classic literature. And this week, she decided to read Dracula, which inspired this tweet:

Illustration for article titled Dracula: a novel of hot Victorian sluts
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Which, in turn, prepared us for this:

Illustration for article titled Dracula: a novel of hot Victorian sluts

She has plenty more strips about Bram Stoker's cursed count and the befuddled Brits he encounters over at Hark, a Vagrant. Just be prepared for steamy Victorian collar bones.

Dracula [Hark, a Vagrant]

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wookielifeday-old
Wookielifeday

That's pretty much right. Bram Stoker was (to use an Un-PC term) hen-pecked, and the whole novel is full of women who like sex and how scary that is.

Dracula represents the "exotic" (at the time, Eastern Europe still counted as "exotic") foreigner who seduces the women (essentially "turns them out" like a pimp) and the uptight Western Europeans (and Americans) can't have that.

(although the vampire women are also kinda evil, too. Dracula's brides drain a baby, and Lucy, once vampirized, goes after little kids who don't run away because they trust the "bloofer [beautiful] lady"