Google's scary Bram Stoker doodle

Following its tradition of celebrating weird birthdays of fascinating people, Google doodles in honor of Bram Stoker's 165th birthday. It's an ad for Google Books, of course.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I'm not feeling lucky. I'm feeling scared.

For Google has chosen November 8 to celebrate Dracula's daddy, Bram Stoker.

Yes, the latest doodle is an especially creepy tribute to Stoker's legacy -- which, some might say, has brought us to the apogee represented by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Stoker was actually Irish and was a theater critic before he sank his teeth into novels.

He began to write while he was the director of the Lyceum Theatre in London. His conception of Dracula was written as a series of made-up diary entries, newspaper clippings, and other pieces.

Count Dracula, in his original form, was merely trying to move from Transylvania to London. Because, well, London had better blood banks. Or something.

However, many will remember Dracula as a movie character, whether it be in the original 1931 Bela Lugosi version or the one featuring Gary Oldman and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Blood and wine have so much in common.

You will be wondering that this doodle must be celebrating some odd birthday. Indeed, this would have been Stoker's 165th.

However, this being New Google, as opposed to the old, pure version, this doodle is an ad. For a click upon it will take you to, yes, Google Books (via the search term "Bram Stoker books").

Still, it's hard not to become fond of every eclectic choice that Google's doodlers make. Even if you feel the occasional shiver.

 

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