Published in 1897, this book introduces Count Dracula, a vampire living in Transylvania. Count Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. The story is told through a series of letters, diary entries, newspaper articles and ships' log entries.
Dracula is considered a horror story and established many conventions of vampire fantasy which have subsequently been showcased in movies, theatrical productions and TV.
This short story is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, due to its illustration of the attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century.
Narrated in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband (John) has rented an old mansion for the summer. Forgoing other rooms in the house, the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, the unnamed woman is forbidden from working, and is encouraged to eat well and get plenty of air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency", a diagnosis common to women during that period.