What if Dracula, and all the other vampires that have captured the public imagination, have a basis in reality? A tantalizing clue lies in the meticulous research Bram Stoker undertook as he shaped his character. Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker has a set of notes in Stoker’s own hand which reveal his fictional count wasn’t simply the product of his own imagination. Well through his research at the British Library, Bram Stoker would actually go and collect notes on specific characteristics that he wanted to place into his vampire.
Secrets of the Dead: Vampire Legend premieres Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).