Series: The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula's Daughter

The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part One

The classic horror films made by Universal had no shortage of monstrous men, such as Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein’s monster. Monstrous women, on the other hand, were few and far between. The Bride of Frankenstein, iconic as she is, appears so briefly in her self-titled 1935 film that she can scarcely be described as a character. The Invisible Woman (1940) rejected horror in favour of broad comedy. Captive Wild Woman (1943) was commercially successful enough in its day to spawn two sequels, but its lasting impact on popular culture is negligible. She-Wolf of London (1946) had...

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The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part Two

Having taken a look at the plot of the 1936 film Dracula’s Daughter in my previous article, I shall now discuss the origins of the film and make a closer examination of its themes. The Birth of Dracula’s Daughter The film started life as a proposed adaptation of “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker, a short story that was published posthumously and is thought to have been a sequence excised from Dracula. It is a slight but atmospheric work, following an unnamed narrator (presumably Dracula’s Jonathan Harker) as he briefly glimpses a female vampire in a tomb while en route to...

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The Life and Times of Marya Zaleska, Dracula’s Daughter: Part Three

Having discussed the 1936 film Dracula’s Daughter in the first and second posts in this series, I shall now conclude with a look at the film’s afterlife in adaptations and derivative works. Dracula’s Daughter: The Novel The novelisation of Dracula’s Daughter was published by Berkley Books in 1977. Its author was credited as Carl Dreadstone; when the novel was republished by Star Books in 1980, the name on the cover had curiously changed to E. K. Leyton. Both are pseudonyms, and the man behind the novel was in fact Ramsey Campbell. Campbell would later establish a reputation as one...

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