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Bram Stoker

  1. Dracula’s Castle Now for Sale to the Right Bidder

    Only 1! 2! 3! 135 million! Bahahahah!

    If you're a fabulously wealthy person in the market for a new home, you might want to head over to Transylvania: the castle that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula is now for sale. Buyer beware, though--it apparently has no bathrooms.

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  2. Merlin and Game of Thrones Actors Join Arrow‘s Huntress on NBC’s Dracula

    Bloody Good Fun

    We previously learned that Jessica De Gouw, aka Arrow's Huntress, would be playing Mina Murray to Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Drac (or Alan Grayson in the show, because Dracula is an awfully conspicuous name) in NBC's Victorian era-set Dracula. And now comes the news that the show's gotten even more genre-tastic with the addition of two new cast members: Katie McGrath and Nonso Anozie. Or Morgana from Merlin and Xaro Xhoan Daxos from Game of Thrones. This pleases me.

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  3. How Dracula’s Birthday Taught Me To Trust Campy Lesbian Vampire Comedies

    It was on May 26th in 1897 that Bram Stoker's vampire novel Dracula first made its way onto bookstore shelves and into popular lore. When I just recently learned this fact, I raised my fists to the air, thinking loudly, "This is the day that 113 years ago, a course of events was put into motion that ultimately led to Twilight! Curses!" I had, of course, assumed that as the definitive piece of vampire literature, Dracula was also the first. But you know what they say: When you assume, you make incorrect claims about the ancient origins of irritating popular culture phenomena. Or something to that effect. After a bit of research, just to confirm my disdain was well founded, I realized it wasn't. Dracula was actually preceded and inspired by the work Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, which came out in 1872. This novel, the real first vampire novel (though still not the first piece of vampire fiction), tells the story of a lesbian vampire who seduces a young girl and manipulates her family. Wait a minute. Carmilla sounds familiar. Lesbian vampires. I've got it! It turns out, this movie wasn't the completely random romp I once considered it to be:

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