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DRACULA: SENSE & NONSENSE (revised 2006)

by Elizabeth Miller

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This book has been named the winner of the "Children of the Night Award" for the year 2000. This award is given annually by the Dracula Society (U.K.) for the best novel, short story collection, or work of non-fiction in the Gothic genre first published in the U.K. Previous winners include Kim Newman, Freda Warrington, Barbara Hambly, Terry Pratchett.

This book received the Lord Ruthven Assembly's award for best book of non-fiction in the vampire genre for the year 2000. The award was announced at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, in Ft Lauderdale FL in March 2001.

"Dracula: Sense & Nonsense is an enjoyable, highly readable study that manages to be lively and entertaining without sacri­ficing scholarly rigour" (English Studies in Canada)

This book "demands to be read" (Bram Stoker Society Journal, Dublin)

"I loved the nits picked in this volume" (John Sutherland, The Good Book Guide, London)

"Virtually no book about Dracula or vampires published in the last 35 years escapes Miller's strident criticisms" (Alan Murdie in The Fortean Times, No. 139)

"It should be top reading for anyone interested in the true story of Dracula" (Ingrid Pitt in Shivers, No. 79)

"Best book on Dracula published in 2000" (Transylvanian Society of Dracula - Bucharest, Romania)

"Elizabeth Miller has succeeded - at last - in putting the record straight." (Voices from the Vaults, newsletter of the Dracula Society, London, UK)

Was Vlad the Impaler the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel Dracula? No. Did Stoker write about Transylvania from firsthand experience? No. Has the model for Count Dracula's castle been found? No. Must Count Dracula stay out of the sunlight? Absolutely no.

Literary sleuth Elizabeth Miller exposes over seventy popular misconceptions, distortions and downright errors that have plagued books, articles and documentaries about Bram Stoker and his famous novel for the past thirty years. Challenging what are considered the standard resource texts in the field, she traces each piece of misinformation to its origin and, using irrefutable evidence, provides the corrective.

Other "facts" that are challenged in this controversial book include the following:

Bram Stoker belonged to the Order of the Golden Dawn.

Stoker was suffering from syphilis when he wrote Dracula.

When Dracula was first published, it was a phenomenal success.

Arminius Vambery provided Stoker with information on Vlad, Transylvania, and vampires.

The genesis of Dracula was the 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde.

Stoker was in love with Henry Irving.

And much, much more!

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