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Did Count Dracula originally come from Devon?

February 5, 2016 | Comment icon 13 comments



Was Dracula really based on Vlad the Impaler ? Image Credit: Nicolae Iorga
A new book alleges that the world famous vampire might not have come from Transylvania after all.
It has long been believed that the blood-sucking antagonist of Bram Stoker's famous 1897 novel 'Dracula' was inspired by Vlad the Impaler - the 15th century Prince of Wallachia - but now author Andy Struthers has thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting that the infamous vampire was actually based, not on Vlad, but on the works of priest and novelist Sabine Baring-Gould.

According to Struthers, Broker came up with the character of Dracula after reading the book ''Lycanthropy: the study of Werewolves" as well as the vampire story "Margery of Quether".

He also maintains that Broker's reference to Johnathan Harker leaving from Exeter's Cathedral Close was a deliberate reference to Sabine Baring-Gould's work.
"The book of werewolves and the vampire tale provided Stoker with elements of his story, and virtually everything he needed for the creation of his vampire Count, possibly including the voice of his vampire, which was female," said Struthers.

"Stoker was fond of tipping his hat to friends and acquaintances who had either helped him in researching his novel, or perhaps, even inspired the characters within it's pages."

Struthers' book, "Dracula Incarnate: Unearthing The Definitive Dracula", is due out later this year.

"People will be surprised and sometimes shocked by my findings, as most of what they now hold true will be proven to be false," he said. "It's a bit like finding out who Father Christmas really is."

Source: Plymouth Herald | Comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Chaldon 6 years ago
Am I the only one who rubs one's eyes and shakes one's head reading "Broker" instead of Stoker?
Comment icon #5 Posted by R.E.H Fan 6 years ago
This is just an attempt by Struthers to attract some attention for his book. Stoker like all authors will have taken inspiration from many different sources on a subconscious level.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 6 years ago
Due respect for his gringo dedication
Comment icon #7 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 6 years ago
World Dracula Congress??? To be perfect, it only needs an Elvis act.
Comment icon #8 Posted by joonmoon999 6 years ago
Hahaha. Well, I like the movie "Translyvania".
Comment icon #9 Posted by Codenwarra 6 years ago
Having read some of Baring-Gould's yarns, I'm not surprised if Stoker picked up an idea or two from there, then pushed the story over to a wild and woolly part of Eastern Europe and embroidered it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
A vampire from Devon can't be that scary. He'd prefer cider to blood and rather than biting necks he'd prefer to bite clotted cream fudge and pasties. But he might get a bit p***ed off if Plymouth Argyle lose to Exeter City, so you never know what he'd do then.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Absinthe 6 years ago
Who cares !
Comment icon #12 Posted by Leonardo 6 years ago
This story only serves to show how a vested interest produces bias. Dracula was named specifically for the infamous Wallachian nobleman, so to claim Stoker took his inspiration from a vampire tale set in Devon is ridiculous. At most, Mr Struthers might be able to claim that Stoker read Baring-Gould's works and, as a nod towards them gave his vampire-hunter (not the vampire himself) a Devonian origin.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
This story only serves to show how a vested interest produces bias. Dracula was named specifically for the infamous Wallachian nobleman, so to claim Stoker took his inspiration from a vampire tale set in Devon is ridiculous. I don't agree. Stoker could easily have taken his inspiration for Dracula from a vampire tale set in Devon and then, when trying to concoct a name for his now-famous vampire, decided to call him Dracula after Vlad the Impaler, who was also named Dracula.


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