“..one of the novels I taught was Dracula. I was surprised at how vital it had remained over the years; the kids liked it, and I liked it, too. One night over supper I wondered aloud what would happen if Dracula came back in the twentieth century, to America. ‘He'd probably be run over by a Yellow Cab on Park Avenue and killed,’ my wife said… But if he were to show up in a sleepy little country town, what then?” (King, “Inspiration For Salem’s Lot”)
King recognized that it wasn’t realistic to his audience to bring a vampire over into the modern society so he placed them in small town America and utilized the intrigue associated with small town folk …show more content…
This once again helped facilitate readers connect with them and make them more realistic. The idea was briefly included in Stoker’s Dracula with the character of Renfield. “I don’t want an elephant’s soul, or any soul at all!’….He has assurance of some kind that he will acquire higher life. He dreads the conscience---the burden of a soul” (Stoker 273) Anne Rice addresses this idea and evolves it into her 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire. Rice’s antagonist Lestat is a ruthless and efficient killer who belittles Louis for not wanting to feed on humans. “Feed on what you will. Rats, chickens, poodles, I'll leave you to it and watch you come around. But just remember, life without me would be even more unbearable.” (Rice 49) After being changed by Lestat, Louis struggles to survive as a vampire because he initially refuses to kill humans to eat however eventually his gives into his vicious nature. When Louis feeds off of a sick little girl, he contemplates about leaving Lestat. Realizing that he is about to lose his companion, Lestat turns the little girl that Louis has fed off of to create a “vampire daughter”. Anne Rice portrays Lestat like Stoker did his Count Dracula, a cold, remorseless, predator feasting on the weak with no discretion. It is this portrayal that allows the reader to see the contrast between the “old vampire” and Louis as the new modern vampire with a conscience.