Written by Steven P. Unger
Published by World Audience Publishers
Review by Meredith Allard
All vampire stories lead back to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. With my own recent interest in fang-driven tales, I had just finished reading Stoker’s classic novel for the first time when Steven P. Unger’s In the Footsteps of Dracula was sent to me. The timing could not have been more perfect. I had been captivated by Stoker’s storytelling, by his diary-style account of an evil, conniving creature and the lengths a small band of vampire hunters would go to stop him. Unger has done his homework for his book, and it is loaded with facts about all things Dracula. There is background information about how the novel came into being, historical information about the violent historical figure on whom Stoker based his menacing vampire count, Vlad the Impaler, and descriptions of the places most important to Stoker’s novel, Romania and England. There is even an itinerary for those interested in traveling abroad to see the vampire sights for themselves. Unger includes odds and ends about getting around in Romania, and he recommends books and hotels as well as restaurants. He even helps you stay safe on your journey. Unger speaks from personal experience traveling the Dracula Trail, and the book boasts 197 photographs from his journeys.
Unger’s book is an engaging account of one novel, its compelling central character, the real-life historical figure he was based on, and the settings of the story. It is fascinating to learn that Stoker himself never visited Dracula’s homeland, Transylvania, though he describes it in such detail in his novel.
This book appeals to readers on several levels. Fans of Bram Stoker’s Draculawill enjoy reading about and seeing the places featured in the novel. And it works as a travel guide for those who are so inspired by the vampire count that they wish to see the places he walked for themselves. Bram Stoker gave the world an iconic figure in Count Dracula, and Unger’s book sheds light on the vampire character who has played such an important role in our love for paranormal stories.
Meredith Allard is the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review.