Bram Stoker, “Dracula”, 1897 was the topic of an earlier blog post. Here I present the similar: Jules Verne, “Carpathian Castle”, 1892 which is the source of the story 5-years later by Bram Stoker, “Dracula”, 1897. Both novels are set in the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania. I stated in the earlier post that the protagonist is “Count Dracula”, a vampire; and, the foil character “Professor Helsing”, vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s novel. Most people assume the “Colt Castle” in “Hunedoara County” of Transylvania to be the inspiration of Jules Verne earlier novel. The historical “Vlad III [(Vlad the Impaler) 1431-1476] ruler in Transylvania known for cruelty is whom the stories are about.
Jules Verne, “Carpathian Castle”, 1892 is horror fiction; and Jules Verne is the quintessential Science Fiction novelist. Thus, consider classification of Science Fictions: 0. horror fiction, 1. fantasy fiction, 2. supernatural fiction, 3. utopian fiction, 4. dystopian fiction, 5. space opera, 6. space western, 7. cyberpunk, 8. steampunk.
I consider horror fiction as a subgenre of Sci Fi. The science in this science-fiction is “Architecture”. Gothic Architecture is the setting that the storyline and the protagonist need for the plot. Gothic castle, and Gothic cathedral are the locations of 0. horror fiction, 1. fantasy fiction, and 2. supernatural fiction. The architecture is hard and cold; and, so are the stories. Quintessential science fiction writers, like Jules Verne wrote in these subgenre’s. The use of the setting architecturally is the essence.