Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Few Thoughts About DARK SHADOWS and DRACULA

A sleepwalking young woman suffers a large loss of blood and sports two puncture wounds in her neck, and yet nobody thinks "vampire"? Really?

Have the people in Collinsport never read DRACULA? Have they never seen any of the various Dracula films? Have they never read any vampire lore at all?

My first thought would be "vampire"!

Perhaps the people of Collinsport were meant to be "modern-era" skeptics, the type of people who just don't believe in such things. However, skeptics shouldn't deny evidence simply because it doesn't fit their skeptical views.

One of the things I love about the character of Professor Van Helsing in the novel DRACULA is that, even though he is a man of science, he does not deny the evidence of a vampire lurking in Victorian England. He accepts the evidence and understands what it means.

Ignoring evidence because it does not fit your preconceived notions of the universe is bad science. Van Helsing was a true scientist; he followed where the evidence led.

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