Compare the chapter “Dracula’s Guest” with the published version of Stoker’s work. What is similar to Dracula? What is different? What elements of the Gothic genre can be found in this piece? Is it better or worse than the published version? Explain.
– The chapter “Dracula’s Guest” is combined of many short stories written by Bram Stoker. It was published in 1914. There are eight short stories which are: “Dracula’s Guest”, “The Judge’s House”, “The Gipsy Prophecy”, “The Coming of Abel Behenna”, “The Burial of the Rats”, ‘A Dream of Red Hands”, “Crooken Sands”, and “The Secret of the Growing Gold”. From the original novel, Dracula, “Dracula’s Guest” was deleted from its first chapter. Stoker deleted it because he felt that the chapter was unnecessary.
Let me give you a short summary of “Dracula’s Guest”. It is about an Englishman, Jonathan Harker, who leaves to Transylvania for his job. He goes around Munich before his voyage. Because of his curiosity, he decides to leave his hotel one night even though the coachman told him not to. He wanders through the forest by himself. While he was wandering around, he felt like someone was watching him which was Count Dracula. A female vampire, Countess Dolingen, appears and meets Harker in the graveyard where a marble tomb is. A wolf appeared and attacked him. Later that night, he was brought back to the hotel and he found a telegram which was sent by Dracula saying that ” dangers from snow and wolves and night”.