Sink Your Teeth into Dracula Facts


Bite into these facts about everyone’s favorite vampire and see how much you know about Count Dracula. Thanks to Interesting Literature for these fun facts. Check out this “Library of Literary Nothingness” for a lot of interesting and informative tidbits from the world of literature.

1. In early drafts of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula was originally named ‘Count Wampyr’. Bram Stoker’s original title for his 1897 novel Dracula was ‘The Dead Un-Dead’. However, he came across the story of Vlad the Impaler and was inspired to invent the character Dracula, whose name literally means ‘son of the dragon’. And that is how one of the most famous literary creations of the entire nineteenth century came into being – if it hadn’t occurred in quite this way, we might now be talking about Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Wampyr.

2. The first theatrical adaptation of Dracula was actually staged before the novel itself had been published. Dracula was published on 26 May 1897; but eight days earlier, on 18 May, Stoker – who was also
involved in the world of Victorian theatre – put on a stage adaptation of his novel, in an attempt to drum up publicity for the book.

3. Bram Stoker was renowned actress Ellen Terry’s manager. She called him ‘Mum’. Stoker was well-known among the theatrical and literary world of late-nineteenth-century London. He had met Oscar Wilde, until his downfall in 1895 one of the most popular writers for the 1890s London stage, before the two men became leading lights on the theatre scene. Both men hailed from Dublin and Wilde was even one of the former suitors of Bram Stoker’s eventual wife, Florence Balcombe.

4. Dracula wasn’t exactly a bestseller when it was first published. Although Dracula sold reasonably well upon its publication in 1897, the novel didn’t quite fly off the shelves. In fact, it was outsold by another horror novel published in the same year, 1897: Richard Marsh’s The Beetle. Like Dracula, Marsh’s novel is a Gothic horror story set largely in London, which engages with notions of the ‘other’ which is figured as a colonial or racial ‘alien’ found in Victorian London. It was the numerous twentieth-century film adaptations of Stoker’s novel – beginning with Nosferatu, which brought a lawsuit against the film’s director from Stoker’s widow – that helped to make it a popular Gothic novel and a classic. Now, Dracula is the most filmed fictional character ever, beating even Sherlock Holmes into second place.

5. The co-founder of Microsoft owns the original manuscript of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, paid an undisclosed amount for Stoker’s manuscript of the book. The book remains perennially fascinating to fans of Gothic fiction – indeed, to fans of literature in general. Like the character himself, Dracula is a sort of ‘Un-dead’ creation, initially only a moderate success but later taking on a more powerful life, or afterlife, beyond anything his creator could have foreseen. In fact, Dracula has become that rarest of things: a true literary archetype.

Image: A screenshot from the trailer for the Hammer Horror film Dracula (1958), Wikimedia Commons.

Learn Why Some People Feel Compelled to Eat Some Really Weird Things

Do you ever have a craving for chocolate that won’t let you concentrate until you satisfy it? Have you known a pregnant woman whose appetite seems to glitch like a faulty computer? These urges are nothing compared to those who suffer from the eating disorder pica. In this article, our friends at Stuff I Learned…

Keep reading

Supernatural Conspiracy Theories About the Royal Family

There is a mystery and mystique surrounding royalty. It seems that the public can never get enough inside information about those who were fortunate enough to be born into the highest class of privilege. Members of the royal family recognize that they must navigate a very narrow path between their roles as public figures and…

Keep reading

Why Does Sesame Street’s Count Like to Count?

Children have been learning how to count with the help of Sesame Street’s Count von Count for nearly fifty years. The purple-skinned vampire is well named, since he derives much more pleasure out of counting things than he does from drinking blood. This aspect of his personality is more than just a fun educational quirk.…

Keep reading

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.