"As the twenty-first century begins, it no longer seems necessary to make a case for Dracula, the horror tale composed by Bram Stoker at the end of the Victorian Era in England. It has received ample recognition as one of the truly great horror stories of Western fiction, it is regularly the subject of academic courses ranging for gothic fiction to modern mythology, and a century after its original publication remains in print in a host of editions, adaptations, and translations.

This modest project traces the editions and printings of Dracula in the English language, lists the books and various media (film drama, audio recording, etc.) into which Bram Stoker's account of Dracula has been adapted, tracks the translation of Dracula into the several dozen languages in which it has appeared, and surveys a set of material which has been directly inspired by the text and its vampire star. This list was initially developed from the collection of the author, but would have not been possible without the additional references to the very extensive collections of Robert Eighteen-Bisang, Massimo Introvigne, and Bob and Melinda Hayes (the latter posted on Melinda's extensive website (http://isd.usc.edu/~melindah/Stoker/dracthum.htm). Between them, these four sources contain copies of almost every English-language printin"

"What's a Vampire?

According to tradition, a vampire is a person who does not die, an 'un-dead,' whose corpse rises from the grave at night and seeks to suck the blood of the living. The vampire must return to the grave at dawn.

Excommunicated people, unbaptized children, criminals, babies born with teeth, witches, magicians, and the seventh son of a seventh son can all become vampires.

Various methods have been used to protect against vampires. Driving a stake of ash or aspen wood through the heart during the daylight hours will kill one. Until 1823, when it was made illegal, it was common practice in England to drive a stake through the heart of suicides. In Romania, red-hot bars were often used. The vampire's body whould then be burned or reburied at a crossroads.

In Eastern Europe, vampires are believed to be afraid of garlic. Farm animals can be rubbed with garlic to protect them, while garlic often hangs from doors and windows to keep vampires out. Anyone who does not like garlic can be suspected of being a vampire.

Thorns of wild roses will also keep vampires away. Because vampires are compulsive counters, poppy seeds are often tossed around cemeteries, so that when the vampire awakes, he will spend the night counting and be forced to return to the grave before dawn.

Vampires dislike mirrors and si"

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula

On a trip to Transylvania, Jonathan Harker stays at an eerie castle owned by Count Dracula. When strange things start to happen, and the count escapes to London, Harker realizes that he and his friends are in grave danger. ()

The Critical Response to Bram Stoker

The Critical Response to Bram Stoker

This volume collects some of the most significant critical responses to the works of Bram Stoker, a writer best known in our time as the author of Dracula. But Stoker wrote other works as well, and he responded to many of the issues that concerned Victorian England and which continue to concern the present-day reader. The introduction to the volume places Stoker in the larger context of the literature of his time and discusses his variety of works. Each section that follows is devoted to one of Stoker's works. Within each section are representative samples of criticism, ranging from the Victorian era to the present day. A selected bibliography concludes the volume. Through this book, Stoker emerges not only as a significant writer of horror fiction, but also as a writer concerned with the role of women in society, the social impact of science and technology, and the impact of racial and ethnic issues. ()

We present you 2 great movies with and about Bran Castle, known also as Dracula's Castle.

The following movie is made by a hungarian team about the history of the Bran Castle.

An another extraordinary movie. I most like here the music. Is so..dracula style

Bram Stoker's Dracula, 4 Audio-CDs

Bram Stoker's Dracula, 4 Audio-CDs

Atmosphärischer Hörspiel-Vierteiler von TITANIA MEDIEN, ausgezeichnet mit dem Hörspiel-Award als ""Bestes Hörspiel-Label"" im Vertrieb von Lübbe Audio. Der bekannteste Vampir-Roman der Welt in einer neuen, atmosphärischen Hörspielfassung im Rahmen der preisgekrönten Reihe Gruselkabinett. Zum ersten Mal werden die Ereignisse aus Bram Stokers 1914 veröffentlichter Kurzgeschichte ""Draculas Gast"" dem Roman-Geschehen als Prolog vorangestellt, so wie dies der Autor ursprünglich beabsichtigt hatte: Der junge englische Anwalt Jonathan Harker befindet sich auf einer Geschäftsreise zum Schloss des Grafen Dracula in Transsylvanien. Durch widrige Umstände fügt es sich, dass Harker die Walpurgisnacht auf dem Friedhof eines verlassenen Dorfes in einem einsamen Tal vor München verbringen muss. Noch ehe er das Schloss des Fürsten aller Vampire in den Karpaten überhaupt betreten hat, lernt der junge Engländer in dieser Nacht, was Furcht bedeutet, denn blutdürstende Untote sollen Legenden zufolge hier in ihren Gräbern ruhen ... Dreißig der bekanntesten Synchron-Schauspieler Deutschlands hauchen der Geschichte um den dämonischen Vampirgrafen Leben ein. Joachim Höppner, die deutsche Stimme von 'Gandalf' in den ""Der Herr der Ringe""-Filmen, ist Dracula. Ihm zur Seite stehen Simon Jäger (die deutsche Stimme von Heath Ledger und Josh Hartnett), Lutz Mackensy, Andreas Mannkopff, Petra Barthel (Nicole Kidman), Jürgen Thormann (Michael Caine), Melanie Pukaß (Halle Berry), Marius Clarén (Tobey Maguire), sowie Inken Sommer (Anne Bancroft), Tanja Geke u.v.a.. 4 Hörspiel-CDs im Schuber mit insgesamt über 260 Min. Spieldauer. Die Hörspiel-Reihe ""Gruselkabinett"" wurde mit dem Hörspiel-Award in Gold als ""Beste Serie"" ausgezeichnet. (2007.)

Vlad the Impaler also knows al Vlad Tepes or Vlad Dracul (in romanian) or as Kazıklı Voyvoda in voivode of Wallachia, wich is in out days part of Romania. He had 3 reigns in 1448, 1456–62, and 1476. He is best known for the exceedingly cruel punishments he imposed during his reign.

It seems that Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration for Bram Stoker when he wrote in 1897 the novell Dracula.

InRomania he is viewed by many as a prince with a deep sense of justice and a defender of Wallachia against Ottoman Empire. He is knows as one of the best opponents of the ottoman intrusion in Wallahia. Even in our days romanians use the term 'Where are you Tepes' when fair justice is needed.

Vlad was very likely born in the city (a military fortress) of Sighişoara in Transylvania, during the winter of 1431. He was born as the second son to his father Vlad Dracul and his mother Princess Cneajna of Moldavia. He had an older brother named Mircea and a younger brother named Radu the Handsome. Although his native country was Wallachia to the south, the family lived in exile in Transylvania as his father had been ousted by pro-Ottoman boyars. In the same year as his birth, his father, Vlad Dracul, could be found in Nuremberg, where he was vested into the Order of the Dragon. At the age of five, young "Vlad" was also initiated into the Order of the Dragon.

Vlad's father was under considerable political pressure from the Ottoman sultan. Threatened with invasion, he gave a promise to be the vassal of the Sultan and gave up his two younger sons as hostages so that he would keep his promise.

These years were influential in shaping Vlad's character; he was often whipped by his Ottoman captors for being stubborn and rude. He developed a well-known hatred for Radu and for Mehmed, who would later become the sultan. According to McNally and Florescu, he also distrusted his own father for trading him to the Turks and betraying the Order of the Dragon oath to fight them.

Vlad's father was assassinated in the marshes near Bălteni in December of 1447 by rebellious boyars allegedly under the orders of John Hunyadi. Vlad's older brother Mircea was also dead at this point, blinded with hot iron stakes and buried alive by his political enemies at Târgovişte. To protect their political power in the region, the Ottomans invaded Wallachia and the Sultan put Vlad III on the throne as his puppet ruler. His rule at this time would be brief; Hunyadi himself invaded Wallachia and ousted him the same year. Vlad fled to Moldavia until October of 1451 and was put under the protection of his uncle, Bogdan II.

The exact length of Vlad's period of captivity is open to some debate. The Russian pamphlets indicate that he was a prisoner from 1462 until 1474. Apparently his imprisonment was none too onerous. He was able to gradually win his way back into the graces of Hungary's monarch; so much so that he was able to meet and marry a member of the royal family (the cousin of Matthias) and have two sons who were about ten years old when he reconquered Wallachia in 1476. McNally and Florescu place Vlad III the Impaler's actual period of confinement at about four years from 1462 to 1466. It is unlikely that a prisoner would have been allowed to marry into the royal family. Diplomatic correspondence from Buda during the period in question also seems to support the claim that Vlad's actual period of confinement was relatively short.

Around 1475 Vlad the Impaler was again ready to make another bid for power. Vlad and voivode Stefan Báthory of Transylvania invaded Wallachia with a mixed force of Transylvanians, a few dissatisfied Wallachian boyars, and a contingent of Moldavians sent by Vlad's cousin, Prince Stephen III of Moldavia. Vlad's brother, Radu the Handsome, had died a couple of years earlier and had been replaced on the Wallachian throne by another Ottoman candidate, Basarab the Elder, a member of the Dăneşti clan. At the approach of Vlad's army, Basarab and his cohorts fled, some to the protection of the Turks, others to the shelter of the Transylvanian Alps. After placing Vlad Ţepeş on the throne, Stephen Báthory and the bulk of Vlad's forces returned to Transylvania, leaving Vlad in a very weak position. Vlad had little time to gather support before a large Ottoman army entered Wallachia determined to return Basarab to the throne. Vlad's cruelties over the years had alienated the boyars who felt they had a better chance of surviving under Prince Basarab. Apparently, even the peasants, tired of the depredations of Vlad, abandoned him to his fate. Vlad was forced to march to meet the Turks with the small forces at his disposal, somewhat less than four thousand men.

There are several variants of Vlad the Impaler's death. Some sources say he was killed in battle against the Ottoman in December of 1476. Others say he was assassinated by disloyal Wallachian boyars just as he was about to sweep the Turks from the field or during a hunt. Other accounts have Vlad falling in defeat, surrounded by the bodies of his loyal Moldavian soldiers. Some Other reports claim that Vlad the Impaler, at the moment of victory, was struck down by one of his own men.
Vlad's body was decapitated by the Turks and his head was sent to Istanbul and preserved in honey, where the sultan had it displayed on a stake as proof that Kazıklı Bey was finally dead. He was reportedly buried at a monastery located near Bucharest, yet the exact place of his burial remains unknown.

A few year ago, romanians wanted to create a Dracula Park Theme amusement park. The park is wanted to be near Sighisoara, a wellpreserved medevil town.

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