This evening’s Dracula Live entry is a big one. Van Helsing enumerates a number of the count’s powers and what little of his backstory Stoker ever reveals. A few notes:
- We know from the books Stoker had access to that he knew little about the historical figure from whom he gets his name. Dracula expert Elizabeth Miller has more.
- His mention of Scholomance comes from Emily Gerard’s Transylvanian Suoerstitions. In folklore it was a school of sorcery presided over by the devil himself.
- Van Helsing’s friend Arminius is a version of real-life Ármin Vámbéry, an expert on Eastern Europe and friend of Stoker whom he consulted in writing the novel.