No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 11:00am 10/21/14 11:00am

10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But some of science fiction's most famous authors have just kept pushing the limits of storytelling. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy authors whose books only got… » 10/13/14 11:25am 10/13/14 11:25am

Did real people inspire these famous fictional monsters?

Was Godzilla inspired by an overweight stagehand? Does Count Dracula have more English actor in his background than Eastern European prince? And does Chucky trace his roots to a little boy and his creepy doll in Key West? We look at some of the legendary tales of real people behind fictional monsters. » 10/27/13 7:00am 10/27/13 7:00am

Anno Dracula's Kim Newman explains why there's not just one Dracula

At long last, Kim Newman is publishing the fourth volume of his Anno Dracula alternate-history series, Johnny Alucard. In an exclusive essay, Newman explains why a late-20th-century Dracula story had to encompass the many Draculas of pop culture. Plus there's an exclusive book excerpt! » 9/11/13 10:42am 9/11/13 10:42am

What Dracula really looks like, according to police composite software

When you think of the famed vampire nobleman Count Dracula, chances are that you envision something along the lines of Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman's rendition of the undead fiend. But just how close are these depictions to the description of the count in Bram Stoker's original novel? » 7/28/12 1:00pm 7/28/12 1:00pm

What if Dracula won? The secret inspirations behind "Anno Dracula"

Kim Newman's classic novel Anno Dracula imagines a world where Dracula wins at the end of Bram Stoker's story, conquering Britain and establishing a vampire-dominated society. Where did this horrifying scenario come from? » 5/23/11 12:15pm 5/23/11 12:15pm

Dracula: a novel of hot Victorian sluts

In honor of Halloween, cartoonist Kate Beaton read Dracula and made a series of comics about the classic vampire novel. In a series of strips gets at the book's true face of horror: sexually-liberated women. » 10/29/10 8:00am 10/29/10 8:00am

Bram Stoker's Descendant Pens "Official" Dracula Sequel

Over the decades, hundreds of authors have imagined the post-Dracula adventures of Van Helsing, Mina Harker, and the vampiric Count. But the Bram Stoker estate is about to release the official sequel to Dracula, based on Stoker's own notes. » 9/17/09 11:30am 9/17/09 11:30am

A First Stab At A Science Fiction Canon

They're ambitious, those Brits — the Guardian newspaper has been publishing a listing of 1000 books you must read, and now it includes every must-read science fiction novel. Let the canon-shredding commence! » 1/26/09 3:58pm 1/26/09 3:58pm