Happy October. Yes you read the title correctly. I am of the opinion that Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ is a fantastic work of literature. I believe it resonates deeply with the culture of western civilization. It touches on things deep in the murky cultural sub-conscience. If you haven’t read it you should.
It is also a profoundly Christian story. You may be saying- “Wait! Isn’t the whole vampire thing a residual pagan belief, unchristian superstition?” No, The folkloric origins are pre-Christian, but these sort of stories are ancient and universal to humanity. Some version of the vampire exists in most cultures around the globe. Just because something predates Christianity doesn’t mean it doesn’t convey truths. The western understanding of the vampire legend at this point is thoroughly Christian. Stoker’s Dracula is very much a conflict between light and darkness, completely shot through with a Christian worldview.
The mythic character personalized and solidified by Bram Stoker as Count Dracula is an excellent archetype of the Anti-Christ. Allow me to explain.
Christ is nobility, a King, the prince of peace. Dracula is nobility a count, prince of darkness.
Christ rose from the dead at dawn as the true light. Dracula rises at the setting of the sun, in darkness.
Christ gives his blood, in love, for the eternal life of others. Dracula takes the blood of others for selfish everlasting living death.
Christ is alluded to as the lamb. Dracula is alluded to as a wolf.
Christ is the son of God. “Dracula” means “son of the devil (or dragon)”.
Dracula is an inversion of Christ. He is Anti-Christ. This is also why the 1931 film ‘Dracula’, which contains no religious imagery, is the worst adaptation IMO.
If you haven’t read the book I recommend it.