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  • Alucard

    • Alucard is word Dracula spelled backwards. Alucard is the name of characters in several other vampire-related movies/series and computer games
    • Alucard (Hellsing), character of the manga and anime series, Hellsing
    • Alucard (Castlevania), a character in the ongoing series of video games, Castlevania

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  • Bela Lugosi

    • Born at 20 October 1882 at Lugos, Hungary (now Romania). Bela Lugosi shot to stardom in the title role of the 1931 film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula and set the standard for movie vampires.
    • Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (October 20, 1882 – August 16, 1956). He was born in Lugos, Banat, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), the youngest of four children of a banker. The blue-eyed actor is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the American Broadway stage production, and subsequent film, of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. (source:Wikipedia.org)
  • Bram Stoker (Abraham Stoker)

    • For most of his working life, Bram Stoker was a theater manager, then business manager for British actor Sir Henry Irving. In the meantime, he wrote fantastic stories and novels, his most famous being Dracula, published in 1897.
    • Bram Stoker, born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847, and gained fame for his novel "Dracula" about an aristocratic vampire in Transylvania. The sequel, "Dracula's Guest", was not published for 17 years after the publication of "Dracula," two years after Stoker's death. Stoker also wrote "The Mystery of the Sea" and "Famous Imposters." He was the stage manager for actor Sir Henry Irving and wrote "Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving," after Irving's death.

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  • Christopher Lee

    • After a long and distinguished career as one of the biggest movie stars of horror and fantasy, Christopher Lee is now known to film audiences as Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and as Darth Tyranus in the Star Wars epics Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Lee has been making movies since 1947, and over the years he has played mostly villains and monsters, thanks in part to a long association with the United Kingdom's Hammer Films. His remarkable filmography includes more than 250 films, including: Dracula (1958);
    • Christopher Lee, played the role of Dracula in Hammer Film Dracula (1958). It was followed by seven sequels beginning with The Brides of Dracula in 1960. Peter Cushing returned as Professor Van Helsing, and David Peel played Baron Meinster, a descendent of Dracula and replacement for Christopher Lee. Lee returned as Dracula for the rest of the sequels, with the exception of "The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula (1973)":

      Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
      Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
      Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
      Scars of Dracula (1970)
      Dracula AD 1972 (1972)
      The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)


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  • Dracula

    • The title character of Dracula, a novel from the late nineteenth century by the English author Bram Stoker. Count Dracula, a vampire, is from Transylvania, a region of eastern Europe now in Romania. He takes his name from a bloodthirsty nobleman of the Middle Ages. To lay the vampire Dracula's spirit to rest, one must drive a wooden stake through his heart.
    • Dracula (1897) is a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, and the name of the world's most famous vampire character.

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  • Impalement

    • Impalement is an act of torture and/or execution whereby the victim is pierced by a long stake. The penetration can be through the sides, from the rectum, or possibly through the mouth. The stake would be usually planted in the ground, leaving the victim hanging to die.

      In some forms of impalement, the stake would be inserted so as to avoid immediate death, and would function as a plug to prevent blood loss — thus extending the victim's agony for many hours. One way to achieve this gradual death is to insert the stake through the rectum deep into the body of the victim until it left the body near the right shoulder, thus avoiding damaging the heart.

      The term impalement is also used to describe deep stabbing wounds that occur in accidents where objects are driven through the body, for example by falling onto a spike, or being driven onto one in an automobile accident. Removing these objects presents a severe surgical challenge. (source: Wikipedia.org)


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  • Lamia

    • also Lamia Greek Mythology. A monster represented as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman that ate children and sucked the blood from men.
    • A female vampire.
    • On the fringes of Greek mythology Lamia was one of the monstrous bogeys that terrified children and the naive, like her daughter Scylla, or Empousa. The Lamia had the head and torso of a woman, but the lower half of her body was serpentine. Laimos is the gullet, and she had a cannibal appetite for children that could be interpreted as a dangerous erotic appetite for men.

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  • Nospheratu

    • Nospheratu is a silent movie realeased in 1922. Its original name was: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens ("Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" from German). Directed by F.W. Murnau, the movie is a expressionist film based  on Bram Stoker's Dracula. But the Dracula become Nospheratu, and the Count Dracula became Count Orlok.

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  • Ottoman Empire

    • A vast Turkish sultanate of southwest Asia, northeast Africa, and southeast Europe. It was founded in the 13th century by Osman I and ruled by his descendants until its dissolution after World War I. Originally a small state controlled by Ottoman or Osmanli Turks, it spread rapidly, superseding the Byzantine Empire in the east. (source: The American Heritage Dictionary)
    • An empire developed by Turks between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries. It was succeeded in the 1920s by the present-day republic of Turkey. At its greatest extent, the Ottoman Empire included many parts of southeastern Europe and the Middle East.
    • The Ottoman Empire (Ottoman Turkish; literally, "The Sublime Ottoman State"), also sometimes known as the Turkish Empire, existed from 1299 to 1923. At the height of its power in the 16th and 17th centuries, its territory included Anatolia, the Middle East, parts of North Africa, and much of south-eastern Europe to the Caucasus. It comprised an area of about 5.6 million km²[1], though it controlled a much larger area, if adjoining areas dominated mainly by nomadic tribes, where the empire's suzerainty was recognized, are included. The empire interacted with both Eastern and Western cultures throughout its 624-year history. (source: Wikipedia.org)

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  • Strigoi

    • In Romanian mythology, strigoi (same form singular or plural) are the evil souls of the dead rising from the tombs (or living) wich transform into an animal or phantomatic apparition during the night to haunt the countryside, troubeling whoever it encounters. A strigoaica (singular feminine form) is a witch. Strigoi are also known as "moroi" in some parts, especially rural areas. They are close relatives of the werewolves known as varcolaci.
    • According to Romanian mythology a strigoi has blue eyes, ginger hair and two hearts.
    • Read more info about Romanian mytology and vampires

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  • Transylvania

    • A historical region of western Romania bounded by the Transylvanian Alps and the Carpathian Mountains. Part of the Roman province of Dacia after A.D. 107, it was later overrun by Germanic peoples and came under Hungarian rule in 1003.

      Transylvania passed to various powers over the following centuries and finally became part of modern-day Romania after World War II.

    • Largely as a result of the success of Dracula, Transylvania has become a popular setting for horror fiction (particularly that involving vampires).
    • More info about Transylvania and the places related to Dracula that you can visit.

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  • Vampire

    • Originally part of central European folklore, they now appear in horror stories as living corpses who need to feed on human blood. A vampire will leave his coffin at night, disguised as a great bat, to seek his innocent victims, bite their necks with his long, sharp teeth, and suck their blood.
    • In folklore, animated corpse that sucks the blood of humans. Belief in vampires has existed from the earliest times and has given rise to an amalgam of legends and superstitions. They were most commonly thought of as spirits or demons that left their graves at night to seek and enslave their victims; it was thought that the victims themselves became vampires.

      The vampire could be warded off with a variety of charms, amulets, and herbs and could finally be killed by driving a stake through its heart or by cremation. Sometimes the vampire assumed a nonhuman shape, such as that of a bat or wolf (see lycanthropy). Probably the most famous vampire in literature is Count Dracula in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.
    • See also our section about Vampires
  • Vlad the Impaler

    • Vlad III Dracula 1431?–1476, prince of Walachia (1448, 1456–62, 1476), known as Vlad the Impaler. He was the son of Prince Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Devil) and is therefore also called Dracula or son of the Devil. Vlad IV seized the Walachian throne briefly in 1448 and definitively in 1456 with the support of John Hunyadi, whom he had helped against the Ottoman Turks. Ruling with firmness and with cruelty toward his opponents, he created an orderly administration, developed commerce, and strengthened the army. In 1462, however, a campaign against him by the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad II resulted in his deposition. Vlad sought aid from the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus but was instead imprisoned in Hungary for 12 years. In late 1476, Vlad, with Transylvanian aid, regained the Walachian throne only to be defeated and killed by the Ottoman-supported prince, Laiota Basarab.

      The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, although not based on Vlad's historical exploits, made the name Dracula well known in literature. (Columbia University Encyclopedia)

    • See also the section of the site about the Vlad the Impaler

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  • Wallachia

    • A historical region of southeast Romania between the Transylvanian Alps and the Danube River. Founded as a principality c. 1290, it was ruled by Turkey from 1387 until it was united with Moldavia to form Romania (1861).
    • Wallachia (also spelt Walachia, known as Ţara Românească, "the Romanian Land" in Romanian) is a historical region in Southern Romania, corresponding to formed a principality formed in the late Middle Ages and in existence until the mid-19th century.
      (Wikipedia.org)
  • Werewolves (werewolf)

    • Legendary human beings who are magically transformed into wolves. Werewolves supposedly prowl at night, devouring babies and digging up corpses, and cannot be killed with ordinary weapons. They are particularly associated with the full moon.
    • A werewolf in folklore and mythology is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf, either purposely, by using magic, or after being placed under a curse. The medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury associated the transformation with the appearance of the full moon, but this concept was rarely associated with the werewolf until the idea was picked up by modern fiction writers. Most modern references agree that a werewolf can be killed if shot by a silver bullet, although this is more a reflection of fiction's influence than an authentic feature of the folk legends. Werewolves are sometimes held to become vampires after death. (Wikipedia.org)

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