Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897). (Genre: Horror, gothic).
First Impressions: Surprised at how unlike all the Dracula and vampire propaganda this novel that started it all, actually is.
Excerpt From The Novel: (THE description of Dracula)
“There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion.”
- First famous film version of Dracula appeared in 1931 in black & white, but with sound, starring Bela Lugosi.
Watch the whole film, starting here and finish the rest on youtube.