For the longest time, we were told that Stoker's vampire was based on the historical figure Vlad the Impaler. However, after doing some research, I've discovered a more plausible theory. In Irish Gaelic, "tainted blood" is dreach-fhoula (pronounced drac-ula). It is thought to refer to a blood feud. What's more, there's a castle in County Kerry called Dún Dreach-Fhoula. The superstitious believe that bloodsucking fairies live there. There is also a legend of a blood-drinking undead dwarf named Abhartach (aver-tack) who had to be buried upside-down after being killed a third time. The more you know! Now picture the vampire speaking with a thick brogue.
In 1897, Dubliner Bram Stoker published his famous novel "Dracula" but what inspired him? Perhaps he wasn’t inspired by Romanian legends.
Dracula! The very name conjures up visions of mist-shrouded ruined castles in the mountains of Transylvania and of superstitious peasants in the village inn