Count Dracula, a vampire set in Victorian-era England, was immortalized by writer Bram Stoker in 1897 in his book 'Dracula'. Though he was not the first one to invent the concept of the mythical undead, he gave a modern interpretation to the lore of bloodsuckers.
According to popular opinion, Stoker's Dracula was said to be Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia who was also called Vlad the Impaler upon his death. He was a member of the House of Draculesti and ruled from 1456 to 1462 at the peak of the Ottoman Turks' conquest of the Balkans.
The name Dracula came from Vlad III's father, Vlad II Dracul who was a member of the Order of the Dragon that had the mandate to protect Christianity in Eastern Europe. Dracula literally means 'Son of Dracul'.
Stoker had initially thought of naming the villain of his piece Count Wampyr while reading Romanian history. But the name Dracula fascinated him. Since then, there have been many interpretations of the vampire - down to the latest version in the hugely popular Twilight series of Stephenie Meyer. ...more
02:59 PM, Nov 08, 2012
Los Angeles: The desk where Bram Stoker wrote his famed 1897 book "Dracula" is going up for auction next month after having been restored and turned into a work of art, auction company Profiles in History said. The desk, which will be auctioned off by the California company on December 15 and 16, has had a long history, which, over the past century, has left it battered, with missing drawers...
11:47 AM, Nov 08, 2012
London: The private journal of author Bram Stoker, in which he sketched his first thoughts about his legendary creation 'Dracula', has been unearthed after more than 100 years. The thin, unmarked book was discovered on a shelf in his great-grandson's home on the Isle of Wight in Britain. It had been passed down by Noel Dobbs' ancestors for more than a century before arriving in his home, the Daily Mail...
01:16 PM, Oct 31, 2011