This book sheds some light upon the vampire figure from a cultural, anthropological and historical point of view; in order to understand the process undergone in the writing of the most famous vampire novel of all time: Bram Stker's Dracula.
An insight into Stoker's knowledge of previous vampire literature and folklore is offered to the reader, so that Stoker's depiction of his Count is understood. The reader will discover Elizabeth Bathory, the Vampire Countess; and the real Dracula, Vlad Tepes, who was known as Vlad the Impaler. Stoker's knowledge of these historical figures, as well as other various fascinating stories, myths and facts; will show the reader a new face of the most popular and well-
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