The Rebirth of the Undead

Jake Esau brings Count Dracula and classic horror back to local broadcast television

Are alien autopsies covered by HMOs? Count Dracula (a.k.a. Jake Esau) lays on hands for the camera
Are alien autopsies covered by HMOs? Count Dracula (a.k.a. Jake Esau) lays on hands for the camera

"I do this as a means of making a living," Esau says. "There's an artistry to it, too--I don't want to sound like there's no art to it. But what I've learned in 29 years in this business is that art has to pay the freight, that starving for your craft is greatly over-romanticized, usually by people who don't have to starve for their art." The immortal Count Dracula may be comfortable in a room full of rubble and cobwebs, but the aging Esau has come to prefer the luxuries of the living. "I've spent my time in dusty garrets, shuddering at the thought that the landlord might be knocking at the door," he says. "I don't want to do that anymore. I'm too old."

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