Just a short quote from Dracula (1897) that I rarely hear mentioned and haunts me to this day. Jonathan Harker’s love for Mina is so complete, he would willingly become one of the undead to stay by her side. THAT is the love story so often dropped from adaptations of this classic horror novel.
Chapter 22, Jonathan Harker’s Journal.
“To one thing I have made up my mind: if we find out that Mina must be a vampire in the end, then she shall not go into that unknown and terrible land alone. I suppose it is thus that in old time once vamprie meant many. Just as their hideous bodies could only rest in sacred earth, so the holiest love was the recruiting sergeant for their gastly ranks.”