Dracula’s Birth Certificate
Not the real Dracula. That is to say, the HISTORICAL Dracula, Vlad III. It’s the fictional Dracula who has the birth certificate. COUNT Dracula, from the novel by Bram Stoker. He’s real, too. A real literary character. He just isn’t an historic, once-living person. There’s real and then there’s real. It’s all in which definition you choose for the word. Wait, you might be saying. How can a fictional character have a birth certificate? Why, isn’t it obvious? He’d have a fictitious birth certificate!
The “birth certificate” is actually a book, or a passage in a book. The book was, or is, AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPALITIES OF WALLACHIA AND MOLDAVIA by William Wilkinson. Bram Stoker discovered it in a library in Whitby, England, and reading through it chanced upon a short passage pertaining to the historic Dracula, thus finding the inspiration for his most famous creation, the bloodthirsty Count. The details provided by Wilkinson’s book were sketchy at best, but that passage is of vital importance to the creation of the novel and the worldwide phenomenon that would become Dracula. Our friends over at VAMPED went searching for that actual book that Stoker held in his hands. Alas, the book is no longer extant. The writer DID make one creepy-cool discovery, though. But I’ll let him tell you about it himself.