Dracula FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Count from Transylvania

Series: FAQ
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Bruce Scivally

Bruce Scivally on Pop Culture Tonight

Dracula FAQ unearths little-known facts about both the historical and literary Dracula. The 15th-century warlord Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula (son of the Dragon), became a legendary figure in his native Wallachia. Four hundred years later, Irish author Bram Stoker appropriated Dracula's name for a vampire novel he spent seven years researching and writing.

Considered one of the great classics of Gothic literature, Dracula went on to inspire numerous stage plays, musicals, movies, and TV adaptations – with actors as diverse as Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Christopher Lee, Jack Palance, Frank Langella, Louis Jourdan, Gary Oldman, and Gerard Butler taking on the role of the vampire king. And with Dracula proving the popularity of vampires, other bloodsuckers rose from their graves to terrify book, movie, and TV audiences – from Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows to The Night Stalker to the vampires of True Blood on the small screen, and Interview with the Vampire and Twilight on the big screen. More recently, Dracula has been resurrected for a TV series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a feature film starring Luke Evans. Dracula FAQ covers all of these and more, including the amazing stories of real-life vampires!

$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00127075
ISBN: 9781617136009
UPC: 888680007690
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
384 pages

Reviews

“Clearly, Bruce Scivally has done his homework for Dracula FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Count from Transylvania. While the trade paperback touches upon the vampire's literary roots and subsequent stage adaptations, it's the prince of darkness' numerous incarnations in the movies – reverent and irreverent, Universal and Hammer – that form the book's focus. The most satisfying aspect of this is how these sections read like miniature making-of articles on the films, whether John Badham's Dracula, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula or the comedy Love at First Bite. Television runs a distant second focus, with looks at various comic books, Drac-influenced music and merchandise bringing up the rear, all illustrated with a wealth of photos and poster art... Dracula FAQ proves one of the very best entries from Backbeat Books' ongoing line of pop-culture crash courses.” – bookgasm.com

Dracula FAQ brings you the complete pop culture history of the Count, from the historical figures that inspired Bram Stoker's greatest work to the innumerable variations on the character that have appeared on television, film, and the stage since then. In fact, a disproportionately huge chunk of the book is dedicated to the theater and film versions of Dracula, though comic books, literature, television, toys, music, and even lifestyle choices like goth behavior are also covered here.” – Manhattan Book Review

“[I]t is impossible not to find Dracula FAQ a fascinating book to get lost in, with something for everyone. 'Vampire versus Elvira' for example? Or the chapter on Blacula and Blade (Bad-Ass Bloodsuckers')? Take a dip for yourselves.” – The Dracula Society

“Bruce Scivally's glimpse into the famed vampire is exhaustive and reaches far beyond the gothic villain and into the many famed entries in the vampire canon such as Ann Rice's work, the Twilight series, and all the vampire films from big-budget to no-budget. This is a fun dive into history of an iconic character and many of the unique characters who portrayed Dracula and the various vampires inspired by the Count. As usual, the author uncovers some hidden nuggets about the subject. This is a nice addition to the series of FAQ books and a welcome resource for readers interested in the cultural evolution of a classic monster.” – curledup.com

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