CD-ROM Review: 'Dracula: Truth and Terror' |


Against a black-swathed gothic backdrop, with winds howling and organs droning, Boston College Russian-lit prof T. McNally lures users into Dracula’s stranger-than-fiction history and creepy pop-culture incarnations (including clips from Scars of Dracula). The entire 1922 silent vampire classic Nosferatu shows up, but the generally texty presentation drains a lot of the blood from this disc. Dracula: Truth and Terror features an annotated, searchable version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; several ”real” vampire biographies, like that of medieval Transylvania’s Vlad the Impaler; and an interactive map of vampire myths and happenings. But because these elements aren’t interwoven, the CD-ROM remains little more than a coffee-table book, albeit a fascinating one. B