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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 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 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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More On That Book Proving Bram Stoker Knew About The Historical Dracula

Revealed by author Dacre Stoker, great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and a gifted storyteller in his own right, Bram Stoker consulted a book entitled ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT at the London Library when he was writing his novel DRACULA. This former book makes detailed mention of the historical Dracula, thus proving that Bram *did* know about…

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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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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’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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Is Dracula anti-Semitic?

I saw something posted on social media the other day. Somebody was calling for all members of the Vampire Community to take a stand for marginalized groups. That’s a good thing. Would that we all would take a stand for marginalized groups. Unfairly marginalized groups, that is. Some groups ought to be marginalized. Nazis, terrorists,…

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When Did Dracula Become a Vampire?

The title for this article is truncated due to length. A better title would be “At what point did the historical Dracula, Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes, or “the Impaler,” become linked with vampirism? It was not during his life. People would have no need to attribute vampiric abilities to the man in…

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-Still More On Bram Stoker and Vlad Dracula

I initially reported on the discovery made by Dacre Stoker concerning the confirmation that his great-grand uncle Bram consulted, while writing DRACULA, a book called ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT by James Samuelson, a book that talks about the historical Dracula (Vlad III, aka “The Impaler”) and a book that we know Stoker read at least…

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