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Dracula


Countless killers during the 20th century have been inspired by the predatory and seductive manner of the most famous vampire in fiction and film, Count Dracula. Published in 1897 in England, the novel Dracula has never been out of print. According to vampire scholar Martin V. Riccardo, of the approximately 300 vampire movies made since Bela Lugosi played the bloodsucker on the silver screen in 1931, a third have been about the character of Dracula.

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Bitten by a vampire
Most writers can remember the moment they started to compose their first story. For some, it started with an exercise book on the train. Others penned their first words in front of a blank computer screen. Successful children’s author Ann Jungman’s first attempt at literary creativity was slightly more public -- it happened in front of a class of unruly primary school children.

A Psychological Theory of Vampirism
I'm one of those scientific types who don't believe in the supernatural so my first reaction was skepticism. However, because of my romantic streak, I really wanted to believe in the existence of vampires in all their supernatural glory. So I discussed this with a friend who has a degree in psychology. The question was: is it possible that there can be real, supernatural, blood drinking, classical vampires?

The Vampires of Medvegia (Serbia)
In the early 1730s, a band of Austrian medical officers were summoned to the Serbian village of Medvegia. An investigation was underway concerning the strange deaths of several villagers. The locals claimed the deaths were caused by vampires. The first of these vampires was Arnold Paole, a man who had died several years earlier by falling off a hay wagon.

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June 29, 2008 (Citizen-Times / Rachel Letcher) -- This fall, author Elizabeth Kostova will be in Asheville, NC to read from her best-selling novel "The Historian," a modern story about Dracula, that has been translated into 40 languages.
November 27, 2008 (Independent.ie / Dick Barton) -- A rare first-edition copy of Dracula, signed by its Dublin-born author Bram Stoker, is expected to fetch up to £25,300 at an auction next month.
March 30, 2007 (Thomas K. Arnold / Chicago Sun-Times) - Elite Entertainment, a 13-year-old independent supplier known for restoring and distributing horror, science fiction and cult DVD titles, is about to unmask some of the horror genre's most despicable villains.

Review Archives

Vampires Are
Vampires AreReview by Edward James Heil, submitted on 29-Mar-2002 For sheer pulpy, trashy, campy nonfiction about vampires, I must recommend Stephen Kaplan's *Vampires Are*. It's not scholarly, and you're never quite certain if Kaplan is really serious (does he believe in blood suckers or not --?), but his interviews with vamps are very entertaining.
Awakening
AwakeningReview by The Princess of Cups, submitted on 9-Oct-2001 The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith. This is part one in a three part series. The other two will be The Struggle and The Fury. (No hint of when they will be out.) Published by Harper, ISBN #0-06-106097-6. Marketed as Young Adult. Cost $3.99. PB September 1991
Complete Vampire Companion: Legend and Lore of the Living Dead, The
The Complete Vampire Companion: Legend and Lore of the Living Dead