Lynne Cantwell's Reviews > In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires

In Search of Dracula by Raymond T. McNally
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Apr 25, 12

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The authors have written an engaging history of Vlad the Impaler and his family, of Bram Stoker, and of Dracula's impact on popular culture.

I was interested to learn that the real Vlad didn't live in Transylvania; his castle was actually in Wallachia, and his military exploits occurred up and down the Danube. Stoker put his story in Transylvania for his own dramatic purposes.

Another fun fact to know and tell: Bela Lugosi didn't speak English at all. He learned all his lines phonetically.

The section on popular culture is looking a little hoary -- no sparkly vampires in this edition of the book -- but that's a minor criticism. In all, it was an entertaining read.
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