Essays and Such

Irish Cultural Society

of San Antonio Texas


Promoting Awareness of Irish Culture

Dracula is Irish
by Bob Slattery
Dracula Lore Began in Ireland

Dracula lore began in Ireland

Bram Stoker, the author of the world's most famous vampire book, 
"Dracula, was born in Clontraf, Dublin, Ireland, in 1847, during 
the terrible years of the Great Famine. He was born in the month 
of November, traditionally the Month of the Dead!  He did not walk 
until he was age seven and was often confined to his bedroom. He 
constantly begged his mother to tell, and retell, stories of 
ancient Irish myths and legends. To these she blithely added 
accounts of the 1832 cholera epidemic in her native Sligo. They 
were filled with such memories as hearing the banshee's cry when 
her mother died. She related how some drank blood extracted from 
the veins of cattle to ward off the cholera.

	There were accounts of coffin makers going door to door 
and hurried burials resulting in speculation that some were buried 
alive - hardly a normal bedtime story formula but grist  for the 
mill of an impressionable boy's imagination.  Superstition, 
history, folk tales and blood became part of Stoker's lifetime 
mental file system. Such stories were to inspire several of his 
eighteen novels, none of which equaled "Dracula."
For Stoker, the highlight of any stay in Paris was always a visit 
to the morgue, open to the public at that time!  There is 
speculation that Stoker would also have been familiar with the 
Celtic word
dhroc, f hole meaning " of bad blood," and pronounced "druc ulla." 
A strange coincidence with the name "Dracula."