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  1. Introduction
  2. The child like quality of his character
  3. Hatch connecting with Vassago
  4. The supernatural connection between Hatch and Vassago
  5. The plot line in Dracula and Hideaway
  6. Conclusion

To say there are similarities between the novel Hideaway by Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker's Dracula is an understatement ? there are so many plot, character and thematic parallels, with very little derivation on Koontz's part it is nearly the same story. First, the character of Vassago, or Jeremy Nybern, is similar to the character of Dracula. Both of them share such qualities that they both are portrayed as child-like in their motives and basic urge to kill innocents; they reside underground; both prey on women; both hate religion, or more specifically Catholicism; Dracula and Vassago have supernatural powers in which they can communicate through others; and when the characters do their dirty work, it is under the comfort of darkness. The plot between the stories is very similar as well. Both Dracula and Hideaway follow the main protagonist as he threatens the nuclear family. As Dracula preys upon the women, like Mina and Lucy to hurt the male counterparts, Vassago preys upon women, but to hurt creation which is the main idea of the nuclear family - women are the means in which new life will emerge.

[...] He also writes subtle details to show his child-like quality, such as Vassago lives under the ground in an abandoned horror section of the park and he consumes candy bars and soda with an urge that Vassago himself does not understand all together. The reader does understand the connection. The candy and Vassago's choice of dwelling are signs inherent in the needs of children. Theme parks are built to appeal to the younger generation; similarly for candy as well. But the reason for Vassago's urge to kill women is adolescent in nature as well. [...]

[...] There are no sinister thoughts in her mind, at least not like Vassago's depraved ones. However, Regina's acting out by putting Jell-O in the holy water is merely adolescent behavior. Her renunciation of such shows that she is willing to grow-up, mature just a little, to let the Harrison's know she is good and wants them as parents. A similar plot line found in Dracula and Hideaway is the recollection of Dracula's and Vassago's past. The author in both texts tries to give the reader an explanation as to where such evil originated from. [...]

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