If you have read Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, you will probably recognize the writing style and tone of this short story ''Dracula's Guest.'' In fact, the story is an excerpt from the novel Dracula that was deleted by Stoker's publisher in order to shorten the original manuscript.
The story was easily left out without changing the plot of the novel. It does, however, give a bit of atmospheric foreshadowing of what Dracula's house is like once Jonathan (one of the novel's protagonists) arrives there.
''Dracula's Guest'' was published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. As the story is told in first person and the narrator is never actually named, there is no direct connection between this story and Stoker's novel.
Taken as a short story without any knowledge of the entire novel from which it originally came, ''Dracula's Guest'' still makes quite an effective scary story. There is the element of danger involved in the traveler's isolation in the snowstorm and the presence of wolves about the city, and this is before we even consider the supernatural aspects.
Rayan did once manage to sneak a book out with his cousins, as kids do. But he has had sleepless nights reading it, a horror novel called Dracula Kotta (Castle of Dracula), featuring the same vampire character created by Irish writer Bram Stoker in the 19th century. Pushpanath wrote about 20 Dracula novels, at first a translation, and then fascinated by the vampire that woke up in the night, he wrote his own stories featuring the Count of Romania, taking him to different continents.
Two decades later, and two years after the passing of his famous grandfather, Rayan is republishing five Dracula novels written by Kottayam Pushpanath - Draculayude Nizhal, Draculayude Anki, Dracula Unarunnu, Draculayude Makal, and Dracula Asiayil.
Pushpanath began writing in the late 1960s and went on prolifically for several decades, writing for Malayalam magazines that serialised the books and won him many readers. Along with the Dracula series (there were 20 of these), he wrote detective novels featuring two distinct characters Marxin and Pushparaj. Marxin solved cases outside India while Pushparaj dealt with those within the country.
Jesper Gulddal received his PhD in comparative literature from the University of Copenhagen and is now a senior lecturer in literary studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. A specialist in European literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, he has published books and articles on the literary history of anti-Americanism, including Anti-Americanism in European Literature (2011), and on the nexus of mobility and movement control in the modern novel. His essays have appeared in such journals as New Literary History, German Life and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Arcadia, and Comparative Literature.
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Kottayam Pushpanath was a household name among Malayalam fiction lovers in the 70s and 80s. The prolific writer had earned his popularity through his science thrillers, horror and detective novels. The Facebook page in the writer's name is a testimony to the impact author and his stories had left on generationss and how they still hold sway on the young readers of today. Now, the Kottayam Pushpanath Publications has announced the re-release of 5 novels from the prodigious writer's Dracula series.
Bram Stoker's gothic horror novel 'Dracula' had influenced Pushpanath so much so that he began translating the novel to Malayalam and then ended up writing as much as 20 novels featuring the infamous Count in the central role. These thriller novels filled with suspense and horrifying mysteries raised the heartbeats of the readers of their times. The announcement of the republishing of these novels got stupenous response from readers of Pushpanath all over the world. In the first phase, 5 Novels from the Dracula series titled 'Draculayude Nizhal,' 'Draculayude Anki,' 'Draculayude Makal,' 'Dracula Asiayil' and 'Dracula Unarunnu.' Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, a virtual book release will be held through the Facebook pages of celebrity authors and movie directors.
'Detective Marxin' and 'Detective Pushparaj', the two detective characters created by Kottayam Pushpanath, are still fresh in the minds of his readers. Kottayam Pushpanath Publications has already republished novels from the Marxin series and Pushparaj series and some of the novels are made available as e-books and audiobooks as well. The publications, in view of the changes in the trends and the new choices of readers of this age, is planning to release more e-books; recordings for audiobooks are also in progress.
The Publications team is now behind the work of creating new era stories with the celebrated characters created by Pushpanath for new readers. Last year's Manorama weekly published a story by Rayan bringing detective Marxin to modern times using the newest of technologies in his mission. A translation of Kottayam Pushpanath's first novel 'Chuvanna Manushyan' by Rayan himself will hit the bookstores soon.
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