Monday, October 07, 2013

Reader's Diary #1072- Bram Stoker: The Dualists

I know horror has many different shades. There are supernatural thrillers. There's gore. There's subtlety, there's intentionally shocking. Only having known Bram Stoker for Dracula, I'd have classified him as being a writer of supernatural thriller. I would not have surprised to hear that Dracula was shocking in its day, but I was surprised at how shocking "The Dualists" is even by today's standards.

There's a couple of young boys that have a penchant for torture. It does not have a happy ending. In fact, it's almost as if Stoker goes out of his way to make the most outlandish and gratuitously violent story he could.

It's not, however, scary.

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