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 “the Impaler” when he wrote his book! Previously it was commonly accepted that he did not. It was formerly believed that Bram got the name “Dracula” from a single book, AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPALITIES OF WALLACHIA AND MOLDAVIA by William Wilkinson. That may be where he first learned of the name, but we now know that it was *not* the only book he consulted with a mention of Dracula!
The copy of ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT at the London Library today, Dacre Stoker revealed, is not the one that Bram would have used—somebody borrowed that one and neglected to return it—and thus none of Bram’s handwriting graces the pages. Even so, Bram did reference the book in his personal notes for DRACULA, so we know he read it.
Check out the photograph at the top of this article. (The underlining is mine.) Visual proof, discovered by Dacre Stoker, that Bram knew about Vlad!
A lot of books are going to have be rewritten over this one!