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Dracula, originally created by Bram Stoker in 1897, lives on through new media each year.

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The immortality of Dracula

The story of Count Dracula has been told over and over again in countless renditions (and with many more to come).
<a href="" target="_self">Jim Marsoobian</a>

Jim Marsoobian

July 31, 2023

“I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot,” said Van Helsing, Dracula’s enemy.

Of course, it might be a little difficult to believe that there are really blood-drinking, bat-converting, nocturnal, and undead monsters walking among us. Or even in the possibility that someone can truly be immortal. However, Bram Stoker’s 1897 “Dracula” would beg to differ. Immortality most definitely exists just in the form of stories, rather than monsters.

There is no denying the immortality of Dracula. No matter how many years pass, this particular bloodsucker continually pops up in all sorts of movies, books, and songs.

The original novel is said to be inspired by classic vampiric folklore, like the nosferatu — an archaic Romanian word translating to “undead” or “vampire.” Others speculate that the novel was influenced by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 vampire novel, “Carmilla.” Yet the character of Count Dracula himself is often thought to be based upon a 15th-century governor of Romania: Vlad the Impaler.

Vlad the Impaler was also known as Vlad III and even get this Vlad Dracula. He was known for his excessively brutal acts of violence. According to some records, he ordered people in his prisons to be impaled to “assist them on their way to heaven.” hence the name. Vlad III’s “thirst for blood” can easily be recognized in Count Dracula’s literal thirst for blood.

The figure of Dracula in pop culture, however, has come a very long way since the days of poor, old Vlad. There are innumerable adaptations of Dracula, especially in film. Some examples of the most popular include the 1922 “Nosferatu,” the iconic Universal Studios 1931 “Dracula,” “The Horror of Dracula” from 1958, and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” of 1992.

And of course, there is plenty more in store for the future of everyone’s favorite, fanged Count. Several upcoming projects will be arriving this year, including Chloe Zhao’s Sci-Fi/Western Dracula movie, “The Last Voyage of Demeter” coming August 11, 2023, and Renfield” which arrived April 14th of this year.

Renfield is a comedy-horror film centered around the pitiful R.M. Renfield, the troubled assistant to Count Dracula. Renfield is deranged with the promise of immortality in exchange for his services. The plot of this film will follow Renfield as he tries to leave his line of work and of course, the mayhem he faces when Dracula learns of his decision.

Even though that may be all that is on the books for now, there will be, without a doubt, plenty more Dracula to come. Like the character himself, Dracula’s stories will never die. They will live on and on, haunting us for many years to come.

At the darkest of dusks, the pages of his novels will always flap open like bat wings, ready to spook a new generation. Every Halloween night, kids will drip bloody ketchup down the crooks of their mouths in his honor. And every year or so, a new film or novel will be released with some interesting twist on the original story.

It will never matter how much time passes Dracula will always be immortal.

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