Dracula

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Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. It was first published as a hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.

Dracula has been attributed to many literary genre including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of letters, diary entries, ships' logs, etc. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, postcolonialism and folklore. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

The novel is mainly composed of journal entries and letters written by several narrators who also serve as the novel's main protagonists; Stoker supplemented the story with occasional newspaper clippings to relate events not directly witnessed by the story's characters. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle (situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia). The purpose of his mission is to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer, Peter Hawkins, of Exeter in England. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula's nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula's strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula. He is saved at the last second by the Count, because he wants to keep Harker alive just long enough to obtain needed legal advice and teachings about England and London (Dracula's planned travel destination was to be among the "teeming millions"). Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.

Not long afterward, a Russia ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby, England, during a fierce tempest. All of the crew are missing and presumed dead, and only one body is found, that of the captain tied to the ship's helm. The captain's log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship's journey. These events led to the gradual disappearance of the entire crew apparently owing to a malevolent presence on board the ill-fated ship. An animal described as a large dog is seen on the ship leaping ashore. The ship's cargo is described as silver sand and boxes of "mould", or earth, from Transylvania.

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Win Shiki 57 to 29
Win Blacula 60 to 47
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Loss Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega 38 to 63
Loss Trevor Belmont 46 to 68
Win Carrie White 62 to 24
Loss Doctor Doom 32 to 92
Loss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20 to 93
Loss Ashley J. Williams 21 to 83
Loss Emperor Palpatine 30 to 88
Loss Darth Vader 27 to 112
Loss Skeletor 33 to 71
Win Monkey magic 64 to 24
Loss Blade 26 to 54
Win Jared Nomak 56 to 44
Loss Soma Cruz 37 to 47
Win Nosferatu (Graf Orlok) 69 to 23
Win Lestat de Lioncourt 74 to 27
Loss The Crow 49 to 66
Loss Mewtwo 41 to 51
Win The Lost Boys 79 to 23
Loss Alucard 25 to 52
Loss Ryu 34 to 63
Loss WitchBlade 23 to 61
Win Fourth Hokage 49 to 40
Loss Barret Wallace 29 to 46
Win The Phantom of the Opera 54 to 9
Win Lilith 21 to 11
Win The Wolf Man 15 to 12
Loss Mystic Gohan 3 to 24
Loss Batman 0 to 15
Win Vlad The Impaler 11 to 6
Loss Goliath (Gargoyles) 9 to 11
Loss Urahara Kisuke 4 to 13
Loss Courage the Cowardly Dog 7 to 8
Win Raphael Sorel 16 to 7
Loss The Headless Horseman 10 to 16