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10 Fascinating Facts Dracula

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Created by Bram Stoker, Dracula has achieved mythical status and has featured in hundreds of movies old, new and contemporary. Find out more about who created him; inspirations; characteristics; and his impact on culture through these 10 interesting facts. We all have a favourite Dracula or Vampire film… what’s yours, a Christopher Lee original, or Robert Pattinson from Twilight?

 

10 Fascinating Facts Dracula

10 Fascinating Facts Dracula And The Man Who Created Him

Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula in the 1931 film

1- Dracula is the antagonist of the Victorian gothic horror classic, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, 1897. Stoker’s notes for the novel show that his original name for Dracula was Count Wampyr.

2- Bram Stoker had a lifelong huge interest in art, he was one of the founders of Dublin Sketching Club 1874.

3- In Romanian, Dracula is translated to ‘dragon’ and ‘devil’.

4- According to Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula had a heavy moustache, can only change himself at sunset, and only sleeps in sacred earth.

5- Dracula’s castle stands on the edge of an enormous cliff, dropping a thousand feet. With a breath-taking view of Carpathians. The rooms at the castle, though tasteful and luxuriously decorated, are absent of mirrors.

 

10 Fascinating Facts Dracula And The Man Who Created Him

1972 Dracula and other vampires – Christopher Lee and Alan Gibson (Image: Rex)

6- What killed Bram Stoker on 20 April 1912? Bring on the conspiracy theories… In Daniel Farson’s (his nephew) biography of Stoker’s he proposed the death certificate read ‘Locomotor Ataxy 6 months’ as the cause of death. A softened approach to saying the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis. His remains are located at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

7- Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft (with Bill Gates), paid an undisclosed ‘large’ amount for Stoker’s manuscript of the book. Eight days before the novel’s publication, Stoker released the stage play, which he had also written, at the Lyceum Theatre.

8- Dracula appeared just short of 300 films, making him the most-often portrayed character in film, just ahead of iconic detective Sherlock Holmes.

9- Dracula wasn’t the best seller you imagine today when first released. It sold well in 1897, however it didn’t quite fly off the shelves. It was outsold by Richard Marsh’s The Beetle.

10- Actor Christopher Lee has been cast in 11 Dracula roles.

 

 

 

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