Dracula’s Origins: A Vampire Story in Romania

Things I'd like to ask Bram Stoker: What was the true inspiration for Dracula? It's possibly the most common question writers are asked. Everyone wants to know where a writer gets their ideas, and the writer often struggles to come up with a satisfying answer. But the history surrounding Dracula's origins makes the question irresistible! So who was it inspiring such terror in Eastern Europe that could have sparked something in Stoker? Was it Vlad the Impaler? He's certainly a solid and popular possibility. But there's also Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who has a[...]