Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ten of the best shapeshifters in fiction

Aimée Carter is the author of Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den and other books. One of her top ten shapeshifters in fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
Count Dracula, from Dracula by Bram Stoker

Believed to have been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, Dracula is a legendary figure. We all know the lore surrounding vampires: the fangs, the blood, the widow’s peak and intimidating black cloak. But while Dracula is well-known for turning into a bat, he could also shapeshift into fog and a wolf, which only made him all the more terrifying as a character.
Read about another entry on the list.

Dracula is on Helen Maslin's ten best list of castles and manors in fiction, John Mullan's list of the ten best coach rides in literature, Rowan Somerville's top ten list of good sex in fiction, Arthur Phillips' list of six favorite books set in places that their authors never visited, and Anthony Browne's six best books list. It is one of the books on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best teeth in literature, ten of the best wolves in literature and ten of the best mirrors in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue