Also, this just popped into my head, it's difficult to imagine Quincey P. Morris from Texas being in Frankenstein. Uhhh that's a bit off topic of me but y'know.
As for TonyV's original post....uh, I'd have to disagree with the Tribune. Dracula is killed at the end of the book, Stoker doesn't actually spend that much time explaining what vampires are or how to kill them, or the mythology behind Dracula himself. The primary subject of the book is about protecting that era's poor helpless fragile delicate women from vampires, which were of course a metaphor for the venereal disease that would have horrified people in 1897. I'll go to my grave saying that--Stoker absolutely hammers you over the head with the fear of something happening to those poor girls. Of course, I guess this still means it's a fairly dark book, but for different reasons than a lot of people who haven't read it probably figure.