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               Draculae

                             It is the blood which gives rise to the disturbing world of this long-lived character.  
                             Draculae emerges from the darkness, from silent rooms, where the only sound to be heard  
                             is from the creaking of the bed, or shifting of the sheets; frozen nights that crave 
                             the warmth of a human body.
But the blood which flows persistently throughout Draculae's story becomes the aesthetic leitmotif that pervades 
everything. The blood flowing from the wound caused by the frenzied stab of a murderer isn't sordid and sinister. 
No. It's the blood of life and the touch of the skin, the scent of sex which evokes the full crimson lips, it is 
that of the menorrhagia which wipes everything clean and initiates a new life cycle, it is the same as the 
perforation of the hymen; it is the blood that is drunk to cause a transmutation.

Draculae is not death, not hate, but sex, blood, the night and eternal life. It is that which calls into question 
the limits of the living; it is he who dies with a stake and curls like a wounded snake from the stench of garlic. 

The Draculaean world has an overwhelming coherence, which is why the mind is disturbed as it provokes passions 
which are poles apart from our rational thought.

Vlad Dracula is the character from Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" (1897), and has become one of the most famous 
orror novels of modern times. Dracula was inspired by the 16th century Hungarian Emperor, Vlad Tepes "The Impaler", 
who was famous for his cruelty.

In the film version of Francis Ford Coppola, the blood is imbued with extreme sensuality

But Draculae is unrelated to the horrors of his flesh and bone namesake since, as he was a Count, his status was 
elevated  and this degree conferred nobility and supported his foppish behaviour, bordering on homosexual. However 
he is on a quest for life, not death and it is not hate but subtlety and patience (he had lived for a great many 
years so had acquired an extraordinary patience) that he uses to devise a strategy to attract a woman.  It is 
through her, in a feast of "good" blood (the blood is never spilt and there is no blood-drenched murder!), that he 
achieves life, and through her he begets more similar beings of an unknown species. He does not ejaculate semen, 
but blood which is the code of the night.

Humans in the story, as in real life, relentlessly pursue this being. It is the same as how they persecute 
scorpions, boas and sharks in order to annihilate them just because they are not human. Because scorpions in the 
natural exercise of their being, inject their sting so that they can perpetuate their species. And boas, as they 
are strong and malleable, envelop their prey and soften its bones to make it easier for them to swallow it; and 
sharks can smell the blood of their prey and they can home on to its food with precision, because they do that 
which gives them life. 

Religion is omnipresent in the cosmogony of Dracula.

There is a conflict that borders on the esoteric. Dracula was not a demon, but he was seen as evil. For the 
Spanish, so were the primitive peoples of America, who were seen as strange and brutish, as did Darwin, who 
belittled them and didn't rate their intelligence as much as his own, even though they were his contemporaries. 
They were not able to understand the Holy Scriptures, they were not part of Ecclesiastes, and so they were not 
part of life as was laid down by God. Draculae in particular, is part of a parallel world, he is anti-life and 
therefore the Christians, in the novel in question, will take on the role of annihilators.

Unfortunately, Draculae, who had lived for many centuries, and who had already been persecuted in earlier times, 
recognised that the Christians had powerful weapons that oppressed and injured him, but yet they could not 
destroy him.

The Count Draculae ideal has been represented in the arts in many ways, because it is a whole and a completely 
unified world-view, but which contains separate parts or innate schemata that form a coherent whole, but this 
also makes it ambiguous. 

The first film version was "Nosferatu" and it was banned because it plagiarised Bram Stoker's novel. 

        

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