By David Wellington
Laura Caxton vowed by no means to stand them back. The horror of what the vampires did is simply too shut, the injuries too clean. but if Jameson Arkeley, damaged and infrequently recognizable, involves her with an unfathomable, unholy discovery, her unravel crumbles.
Arkeley leads Caxton to a tomb in Gettysburg lately excavated by way of an area archaeology professor. whereas the city, with its mythical position within the Civil War’s worst conflict, is not any stranger to cemeteries, this one is remarkably, eerily various. In it lie a hundred coffins—99 of them occupied by way of vampires, who, fortunately, are lacking their hearts. yet one of many coffins is empty and smashed to items.
Who is the lacking vampire? Does he have entry to the ninety nine hearts that, if put again within the our bodies in their proprietors, may well reanimate a complete bloodthirsty military? How did the vampires turn out there, undisturbed and undiscovered for a hundred and fifty years? the reply lies in Civil warfare files that include sinister secrets and techniques in regards to the newly stumbled on coffins—secrets that Laura Caxton is ready to discover as she is thrown right into a lethal, grotesque undertaking of saving a complete city from a mass invasion of the undead. . . .
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No? Then tell me—for I am student of the brain—how you accept the hypnotism and reject the thought-reading” (191). For Van Helsing, once science accepted hypnotism as scientific, it opened the door to a stream of related fields such as thought transference, astral projection, and materialization. Therefore, Van Helsing is able to accept the possibility that vampirism is equally explainable. Van Helsing further points out to Seward that “there are things done to-day in electrical science which would have been deemed unholy by the very men who discovered electricity—who would themselves not so long before have been burned as wizards” (191).
He later examines the records of his meetings in order to locate the Count’s house in Piccadilly. As the characters continue to keep a record of their investigation, each new entry to the archive leads to further clues. Mina controls the search for Dracula through her systematic ingestion of the details of the case and her ability to analyze the information like a computer, producing the results of her analysis and instructing the men thusly. Mina’s technological synthesis of information begins with her ability to memorize train timetables, which proves to be instrumental in her methodical investigation.
The emphasis upon seeing and eyes in this and other passages illustrates Jonathan’s dependence upon the empirical grounding of positivist knowledge to understand all that surrounds him. As he witnesses and records events in his diary that increasingly defy his understanding of the laws of nature, he begins to doubt his own vision and sanity rather than accept the inexplicable. When Dracula lunges at Jonathan at the sight of blood from a razor cut, Jonathan notes that Dracula’s return to a civilized demeanor was so quick as to make him doubt that the threat had existed (26).
99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale by David Wellington