-But DID Bram Know Vlad?
Still reeling from the news last week that Bram Stoker did in fact read a book that mentioned Vlad “The Impaler” Dracula, thus overturning the decades-long belief that Stoker knew precious little about the historical figure from whom he took the name of his most famous creation. Upon discussing it with some of my fellow Dracula aficionados, they remain skeptical, and perhaps for good reason. Since Bram Stoker referenced the book, ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT by James Samuelson, in his personal notes, and Samuelson’s book is the one containing the information concerning the historical Dracula, we can say with certainty that Bram did read that book, enough of it to cite it in his notes.
However, as some have pointed out, we cannot say conclusively that he read those particular passages dealing with the historical Dracula. All we can say with certainty at this point is that he had access to the book, that he cited the book in his personal notes for DRACULA, and that the book contains mention of the historical Dracula. We may never know for sure if Bram read those specific words regarding the historical Vlad Dracula. But it is a plausible hypothesis that he did. Unprovable at this point, but plausible.
Sure is an exciting possibility, though.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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