backTHE DRACULAs - a bibliography

"Ever since Bram Stoker named his vampire count after this 15th century prince, Vlad the Impaler has become inextricably linked with vampires in the minds of most people. While he had no connection to vampires, his real life is fascinating to read about and there are a number of books available on the subject."

The above introduction and the following book titles were trawled from the websites visited during the research project in November/December, 2002. The authors of this listing have included comments from the source of the book information and offer no guarantees of accuracy or quality concerning the comments or the books themselves. This is just a list of what seems to be available if you can find it.

The Dracula Book by Donald F Glut, The Scarecrow Press, Inc., Methuen, 1975.

The Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature by James B. Twitchwell, Duke University Press, Durham, 1981.

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, J. Gordon Melton, Visible Ink Press, Detroit, 1994.

DRACULA: PRINCE OF MANY FACES by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally. Little, Brown and Co. Pub. 1989. ISBN 0-316-28655-9
"The most accurate and complete work available, it contains the entire life history of Vlad the Impaler from birth to death. Also has many photos of significant locations pertaining to Vlad's story."

IN SEARCH OF DRACULA by Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu. Houghton Mifflin. 1994 ISBN 0-395-65783-0
"Originally published in 1972, the 1994 edition has updated information. This book is less detailed than the one above, but gives a good overview of Vlad's life and also includes some chapters on folklore, myths etc."

THE COMPLETE DRACULA by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally. Copley Pub. 1992 ISBN 0-87411-595-7
"Combines two books into one: Dracula: A Biography of Vlad the Impaler and In Search of Dracula."

DRACULA COUNTRY by Andrew Mackenzie. Arthur Baker Ltd. 1977. ISBN 0-213-16658-5
"Contains some information on Vlad the Impaler, but also myths and folk tales from areas Vlad was familiar with such as Sibiu, Bistrita, etc."

Dracula: A Biography of Vlad the Impaler, 1431-1476, by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1973. 239 pp. & Hale, 1974.

The Life and Deeds of Vlad the Impaler Dracula Constantin C. Giurescu. New York: Romanian Library, 1969.

Vlad the Impaler, by Nicolae Stoicescu. Translated by Cristina Krikorian. Bucharest: Romanian Academy, 1978.
Stoicescu, Nicolae ; translated from the Romanian by Cristina Krikorian, Vlad Tepes, Prince of Walachia, (Bucharest : Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste Romania, 1978)

Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad Tepes by Kurt W. Treptow, ed. East European Monographs, no. 323, New York: Columbia University Press, 1991. 336 pp.

Brokaw, Kurt (introduction by Radu Florescu and Raymond T. McNally), A Night in Transylvania : The Dracula Scrapbook, (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1976)

Treptow, Kurt W., Vlad III Dracula : The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula, (Portland, Oregon: Center of Romanian Studies, 2000)

Andreescu, Stefan ; translated by Ioana Voia., Vlad the Impaler : Dracula, (Bucharest : The Romanian Cultural Foundation Pub. House, 1999)

Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, Christopher Frayling, Faber & Faber, London, 1991.
"Irreverent, definitive, wonderful. Read it."

Drakula: Contributi alla storia delle idee politiche nell' Europa Orientale alla svolta del XV secolo, Gianfranco Giraudo, 1972.
"The standard work on our man Vlad."

The Dracula Scrapbook, Peter Haining, Chancellor Press, London, 1992, c1987.
"Not bad in some respects. Not too good in others. I wouldn't pay too much attention to its history."

A Biography of Dracula: The Life Story of Bram Stoker, Harry Ludlam, W. Foulsham & Co, London, 1962.
"As the subtitle suggests this isn't actually much use in getting the low-down on Vlad, though it has some interesting material on the novel and various adaptations. It includes details on Stoker's research, but don't bother if you can get hold of Drakula instead."

Into the Unknown, Reader's Digest Services Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1982.

The Rough Guide to Eastern Europe: Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, Dan Richardson and Jill Denton, Harrap-Columbus, Kent, 1988.
"Of the various books I found actually about Romania this was easily the best."

Children of the Night, Dan Simmons, Headline, London, 1992.
"A novel that works best for the detail contained within. Pity about the unsatisfying structure -- more thriller than horror."

Dracula, or the Un-Dead, Bram Stoker, Constable, 1897.
"Well, you like it or you don't."

Dracula Country, Gahan Wilson, in Playboy, 1977.
"The single best source for tracking down the real Castle Dracula."

In Search of Dracula, 1971.
"Christopher Lee documentary (and we seem to recall Vincent Price did one as well)."

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This collection assembled in November/December 2002 by Romiley Literary Circle members.