‘In the moonlight opposite me were three young women…they threw no shadow on the floor…Two were dark, and had high aquiline noses, like the Count, and great dark, piercing eyes, that seemed to be almost red…The other was fair…with great masses of golden hair and eyes like pale sapphires…All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips…burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips…The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive…I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the super sensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth…I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.’
(Stoker 1897, “Dracula”, Chapter 3)
“The Brides of Dracula are characters in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. They are three seductive female vampire ‘sisters’ who reside with Count Dracula in his castle in Transylvania…In the novel the three vampire women are not individually named. Collectively, they are known as the ‘sisters’, and are at one point described as the ‘weird sisters’…” link
(1931) The Brides were played by (in uncredited roles): Geraldine Dvorak, Cornelia Thaw and Dorothy Tree – with Bela Lugosi as Dracula.
I remember the first Halloween I dressed-up like one of the brides. I was pretty young (maybe 6 or 7). I had found a dress in a thrift store that I thought resembled a “shroud” and happily went out trick-or-treating in it, safely assuming I would be recognized as one of the undead. I knocked on the door of this one house. A large man answered the door and he and his wife proceeded to gush over my “princess” costume! I immediately corrected them, declaring myself a VAMPIRE – not a princess!!!!
(I should’ve worn fangs…)
Subsequent Halloween vamping has been carried-out with a heavy dose of eye makeup, red lips, and flowing black dresses.
(I haven’t been mistaken for a princess since.)