The Un-Dead: The original title of America’s most famous vampire novel, Dracula. The original, 541-page manuscript of Bram Stoker’s most famous novel was deemed lost, until it was unearthed in a barn in Pennsylvania during the 1980s. The manuscript itself was typed, but the title, The Un-Dead, was handwritten. Also, if it wasn’t for the last-minute change of the title, the main character, Count Dracula, would have originally been named Count Wampyr. Today, the original manuscript can be found in the personal library of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder.
Florence Balcombe: The woman behind the quick spat between Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Stoker and Wilde knew each other at Trinity College when they were both students. In fact, Stoker proposed Wilde’s membership at the school’s Philosophical Society. However, when Wilde’s childhood sweetheart, Florence, decided to marry Stoker, Wilde left Ireland and moved back to England. Stoker and Florence remained married until Stoker’s death. Thankfully, both men didn’t hold a grudge for long, and before Stoker’s death, he visited Wilde in France.
Dracula: According to genealogists, the Royal Baby of Prince William and Kate Middleton is distantly related to Dracula, the 15th century prince who inspired Stoker’s famous vampire. Experts also traced the family tree back to an Islamic sultan who is believed to be descended from the Prophet Mohammed.
Dracula’s Guest: The short story by Bram Stoker. Dracula’s Guest was released two years after Stoker’s death. This short story is about a narrator who wanders around Munich on Walpurgis Night (similar to Halloween, but in the spring), and encounters a female vampire and a giant wolf. Dracula’s Guest was originally supposed to be the second chapter in Stoker’s main novel, Dracula. The book’s publisher decided to omit it, deeming it unnecessary to the story.
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