On the site The Composites, Brian Joseph Davis has been utilizing police sketch software to make graphic renderings of famous fictional characters. The latest of Davis' composite sketches is of none other than Bram Stoker's Dracula. Most of us think of the Lugosi interpretation of the character; pale face with slick backed black hair, eyes that could melt butter and cheek bones that could slice through a watermelon.
The composite sketch below looks more like a character from King of The Hill than the legendary creature of the night, but read the original description of the character and you'll see how true the sketch is to how Bram Stoker described the character:
"A tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache...His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead...His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking...For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin...The blue eyes transformed with fury."
A handlebar mustache and a unibrow don't make him as menacing a creature as you have imagined all these years. But picture that guy riding a Merry-Go-Round by himself, and he'll still be pretty creepy.