expression of sexuality

June 16, 2019

In Dracula, blood is of utmost importance. The novel opens with Jonathan Harker’s experience in Dracula’s castle, the first proof of the supernatural power and unnatural pull of vampires, and the first few examples of their overwhelming appetite for blood. The act of taking blood and allowing blood to be taken is eroticized in the novel, and the absolute necessity of blood for vampires in order to survive connects the creatures and their blood lust to exaggerated, violent sexual images. Built on many aspects of Gothic horror with these tropes of Dracula’s castle shifted to and set against Victorian-era London later in the novel, Dracula emphasizes the corrupting foreign influence of the Transylvanian vampire and his hunt for blood as he invades the patriarchal society at the center of the story. The lead characters are modern and chaste, as per the era’s societal expectations, directly in opposition to Dracula, an inhuman demon, a creature on a constant hunt for young blood, a predator whose influence tests Victorian conceptions of gender roles and the expression of sexuality. Dracula directly attacks women, so the men seek to protect the women and their innocent forms from the sexual outsider, Dracula, but in turn, the men are tempted greatly by the corrupted females with their inviting, vampiric tendencies. These warped women appear first in the form of Dracula’s brides, three vampiric beings exerting a tempting force on Jonathan Harker, and later Lucy Westenra becomes a threat as well in her vampire form. Mina Harker’s possible transformation into a vampire leads up to the climax in the novel, as the male characters race to prevent her change into a monstrous and hypersexualized form.

Sean Bernhard
The Blood is the Life

The fair girl shook her head coquettishly, and the other two urged her on. One said:

‘Go on! You are the first, and we shall follow; yours is the right to begin. The other added:

‘He is young and strong; there are kisses for us all.’ I lay quiet, looking out under my eyelashes in an agony of delightful anticipation. The fair girl advanced and bent over me till I could feel the movement of her breath upon me. Sweet it was in one sense, honey-sweet, and sent the same tingling through the nerves as her voice, but with a bitter underlying the sweet, a bitter offensiveness, as one smells in blood.

I was afraid to raise my eyelids but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes. The fair girl went on her knees and bent over me, fairly gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed to fasten on my throat. Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her tongue as it licked teeth and lips, and feel the hot breath on my neck. Then the skin of my throat began to tingle as one’s flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches nearer – nearer. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of her lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited – waited with beating heart.

Bram Stoker
Dracula

Draskylo

March 9, 2015

stiches

Imagine, boys & girls, a dream in which you are accompanied by a most beautiful person. Although they are unknown to you, a stranger, you feel incredibly drawn to them. You want them intimately. Just being by their side arouses you…You feel on fire – your poor senses are flaming with lust for them; feelings stronger than any you have ever experienced before.

Ah, beware, boys and girls. This might be more than the prelude to a wet dream. You could be under psychic attack. The victim of a vampire…

In northern Greece you may hear the word Drasklo whispered. It means ‘to step across’ and it is used to describe the act of an animal, most usually a cat, jumping over a corpse. If this should happen, the corpse will become a vampire, a blood drinker with a most terrible hunger…

Vasilis Amarantos witnessed just such an event. Night after night his beautiful young daughter was visited in her dreams by a “beautiful stranger” who initiated her in the arts of Venus. The girl began to waste away before her father’s eyes. Her dream lover was draining her lifeforce…

Psychic attack is common. It might be that you experience sleep disorders, nightmares, or a feeling of unease when awake, an inability to meet the gaze of another, because you are uncertain who is looking out of your eyes. These can all be symptoms of psychic attack. Such attacks may originate with the living, but more often it is the spirits of the recently dead who cause us problems…People who in life wished ill on others. People whose corpse was in contact with a cat.

Remember nothing can invade you or do harm to you without your permission. In desiring a “dream stranger” and wishing to achieve physical consummation with them, you are effectively “inviting them in”. Even in sleep you must learn to say no. No means no. They can do you no harm if you remember this golden rule.

Poor Êione Amarantos gave herself willingly to this handsome stranger. In her dreams they became lovers. Only when her father went to a village elder seeking help for his sick child, was the connection to a recently deceased relative – a miserly, vindictive soul – realised. The dead relative’s grave was opened at dead-of-night. The corpse, surprisingly, looked young, healthy; the face was flushed; most shockingly, the penis stood rigidly erect.

Prayers were uttered. A wooden stake was hammered through the heart of the corpse. Garlic was stuffed in the gaping mouth; the lips and eyes sewn together. And, miraculously, the Psychic attacks on the girl ceased…