So when we first start reading we meet Jonathan Harker, a solicitor who helped Count Dracula purchase an estate in London. My immediate thoughts were that this man is going to be Dracula’s first victim. Throughout the whole process of Harker reaching Castle Dracula, the suspense was killing me. The way the old lady at the inn begged for him to stay and was so worried, and the way the people in the town they passed did the sign of the cross it seemed to me like the author was building us up until the point where we encounter Dracula and the horror begins. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking of Stephen King’s article and how everything he wrote rang true because the whole time I was reading I was waiting for something horrible to happen to Jonathan Harker. And I’ll admit I was disappointed when we are finally introduced to Count Dracula and he was so nice and courteous. I was expecting a big bad scary man who lurks in the dark of night and is always up to no good. As we continue reading we learn that he is in fact scary, he does prowl the night and he is very mysterious but his manner towards Harker was always very polite and didn't match up to my expectations. As the chapters progress Harkers fear grows as he learns he is a prisoner and that Dracula is no normal human being. Once again this got me excited because I thought finally something is going to happen and this isn't going to end well for Harker. You must be thinking that I am such a horrible person, but I doubt I was the only one thinking this way reading this book. I think it is safe to say that Harker did not survive although his demise wasn't by the hands of Dracula but by the three wicked women he encountered who couldn't wait for the taste of his blood.
Stephen King was absolutely correct when he said we are all a little deranged. And that horror, whether it is in movies or books, is like a sick joke that appeals to all the worst in us. There was plenty of excitement and suspense that kept me interested and wanting to know more but I am patiently waiting for the horror to begin. So now all I want to know is where is Dracula and when is he going to do something scary?