In their reviews of Dracula, the critics compared it with
Shelley's Frankenstein and Poe's The Fall of the House of
Henry Irving, an actor and lifelong
friend of Soker, was very probably the "physical" model for
Dracula. The description of the vampire is very close to
Irving's own appearance.
personnage who inspired Bram was Vlad III Dracula, prince of
Wallachia, living in the fifteenth century in Romania, a
time when the Ottomans had begin to conquer Central Europe -
but the situation had not been settled definitively yet by
the forthcoming Sultan Suleyman the
The Turk armies, using heavy
cannons , carried all the way from Istanbul, were
campaigning generally during the summer, avoiding to get
bogged, and returning to Istanbul before the
Upon leaving the Principalties they
were conquering, the Osmanli Sultans were passing their
reins to some "voivode" who had sworn
As soon as the Turks had left,
complots, assassinations and tortures were multiplying
between rival clans.
Dracula the Impaler, a
ruthless and despotic personage, was mastering expediently
dual allegiance and terror, if not horror as a political way
to re-conquer or keep the reins of the principalty during
these fluctuating times.
Dracula's head ended
up on a stake in Istanbul.