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A Vampire’s Native Soil

We all know the story about the vampire and its bond to its native soil. Right? According to the tale, a vampire can only rest in soil from the land of their origins. A vampire needs their native earth, it can’t survive without it. We all know the story, but where did it come from?…

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Dracula in the Peach State

Sounds like the title for a movie that really should have been made, doesn’t it? But no, I’m actually talking about a play that’s going on now right now. My friend Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, who in her day job is a professor of English at Middle Georgia State University, is serving as the director for this…

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How Did Dracula Become a Vampire?

To answer this question with accuracy, we first have to specify which particular version of the Dracula character, from which particular version of the story, we are talking about? We’ll begin, as we should, with the historical Dracula, Vlad III Dracula, nicknamed “The Impaler.” In life, he wasn’t considered to be a vampire; he was…

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A Plaque on the Site of Castle Dracula

Dracula scholar Hans de Roos discovered in early 2012, in Bram Stoker’s personal notes for the writing of DRACULA, the coordinates of latitude and longitude that Stoker listed as his intended site for the fictitious Castle Dracula. Or to be more precise, he deciphered the coordinates, using the novel and the current geography (as well…

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Two New Glimpses of Dracula

The SyFy series VAN HELSING is not a straight adaptation based on the character from the novel DRACULA. It isn’t even an adaptation of the movie starring Hugh Jackman, which was itself not a straight adaptation of anything. The TV series is all about Vanessa Helsing, a descendant of Van Helsing the vampire hunter. As…

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DRACULA and the Romany

Following up on last week’s post regarding whether or not Bram Stoker’s DRACULA was anti-Semitic, a friend pointed out that while the seminal novel might not be guilty of portraying Jews in a negative light, it does feature some unfortunate depictions of the Romany, aka the Gypsies. He’s right. The Gypsies in Stoker’s novel embody…

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Dracula’s “Son”

I really need to start a subcategory for this site entitled GOOD GRIEF! I end up saying it quite a bit. Often enough to warrant its own special designation. In this prospective category I would compile all the reports I chance across that cause me to roll my eyes, laugh with bitterness, or despair for…

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Victor Hugo DID Write About Dracula!

Special thanks to Andy Boylan, who put me in touch with Adrien Party, who was kind enough to go through Victor Hugo’s LA LEGENDE DES SIECLES (THE LEGEND OF THE CENTURIES) in its original French to see if indeed there is a passage that described Vlad Dracula and his battles with the Turkish Sultan. Gracias,…

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Technicolor Dracula

Should classic black-and-white films be colorized? My answer is no, under no circumstances (save one, which we’ll get to in a second). There is a beauty to a black-and-white picture, a mystique, a glamour, that can’t be achieved with a color film. Not that I’m advocating that moviemakers ought to go back to doing everything…

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-Dracula’s Cannonballs

Balls. CANNONballs, that is. Cannonballs that belonged to Dracula. The historical Dracula, that is. And by “belonged to” we mean that they were fired from cannons at his order. It’s doubtful he ever handled any of them directly. A few have been found in Bulgaria. But how did they end up in Bulgaria? The cannonballs…

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