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BBC Netflix Dracula Watch Party

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I’m both thrilled and honored to be one of Dacre Stoker and John Guarnieri’s  invited Guest Authors attending the Netflix Watch Party June 5th,  8pm US eastern time zone.  

We are going to be watching the 1st episode of the BBC Netflix adaptation of “Dracula.”  

I have been asked to introduce myself and display a cover of one or more of my books about Dark Fiction, Horror, or Vampires. 

I am an international bestselling and award-winning author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance, best known for the Tales of the Black Rose Guard series. I am also a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and wrote my MA thesis on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I have traveled to Romania twice on trips which included visiting both Bran and Corvin Castle. I have also presented papers at conferences for the International Gothic Association (IGA), Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA), and San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). 

My vampire fiction novels include:

Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Forever Chosen (Vampire Brides)

Immortal Skye (Vampire Mates)

Wicked Desires (Cursed Coven) 

Academic papers include:

“Location and the Vampire: The Impact of Fictional Stories upon Associated Locations,” in Dracula: An International Perspective;

“Tragic Monsters and Heroic Villains: Anne Rice’s Contribution to the Rise of the Heroic Vampire,” in Concerning Evil.

Leave the Lights On: Literary and Other Monsters – Editor

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To attend the event: 

You will need a Netflix account and can access it on your computer using Google Chrome, it is easy to register, and it is FREE.

We ask that you are considerate and respectful of others with your comments. I know there are folks who hate this version of Dracula, there are others, myself included, who enjoy and respect originality, and the many different adaptations of Bram’s timeless classic.

This Watch Party is organized by Silver Spear Security and The Dracula Store, to register please email John Guarnieri of Silver Spear Security: guarnieri.john@gmail.com.

There will be book giveaways at the end of the Watch Party, in addition, all who register will receive a special 15% off discount coupon code to use at the Dracula Store on Etsy on June 6 and 7th.

Special Guests include: 

Dacre Stoker, the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker and co-author of both the International Bestselling novels Dracula the Un-dead and Dracul. 

JD Barker is an International Bestselling Author of the 4th Monkey series, co author with Dacre Stoker of the International Bestseller, “Dracul”, co author with James Patterson “The Coast to Coast Murders” due out in early September.

JM Guarnieri the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Spear Security , a premiere private security firm. He is an avid fan of books and movies about Vampires, and Werewolves.

James A. Moore was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for “Best Novel” for his book “Serenity Falls”. In 2006, the novella “Bloodstained Oz “(co-authored by Christopher Golden) was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for “Best Long Fiction”.

Charles R Rutledge is the author of ‘Dracula’s Revenge’ and co-author of ‘Congregations of the Dead’, and a collector of books, movies, and comics involving Dracula and vampires.

Rena Mason is a Bram Stoker Award winning Dark Fiction author and monster fan of all things Dracula and Vampires.

Amanda DeWees is a scholar of 19th-century vampire literature and author of vampire fiction.

Darrell Grizzle is the author of ‘I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and Other Stories.’

Adam Messer is the author of “The Savannah Vampire Novel” series and publisher of Valhalla Books.

Cliff Biggerss is a horror/weird fiction author, a comic book writer, an a comics journalist who had to add an extra home to house his monstrous collection. He denies all rumors that he keeps the head of Bela Lugosi in a jar in his closet.

Greg Wilkey is the creator and writer of the Mortimer Drake series of YA vampire novels. His vampire cosmology is an adventurous mix of supernatural, mythological, and science fiction elements of storytelling.

Christopher Rondina is the author of Ghost Ships of New England and Vampires of New England and was a script consultant on the PBS documentary Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, which was nominated for a regional Emmy.

Lev Butts is a Professor of Composition and Literature at The University of North Georgia, he is the award winning author of “Guns of Wasteland” series and co author with Dacre Stoker of two short stories related to “Dracula”, both to be released later this year.

For a change of pace the 2016 World Champion of Real Tennis Camden Scott Riviere will be joining us, he is the current World #1 ranked player and is preparing to get back to playing the unique game of Court, or Real, Tennis once this Coronavirus cloud lifts.

All are welcome!

 

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Undying Embrace: Now Available!

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Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her,would remain forever elusive.
Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.
Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.
As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?
Now Available on Kindle Unlimited:
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A Search for the ‘real’ Dracula

Transylvania, Romania

Last week, I took a research trip to Transylvania to explore the historical locations associated with Vlad Tepes.  For those who do not know, Vlad Tepes was a Prince of Transylvania who ruled between the years 1448 – 1456 and 1462-1476 respectively.

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In Transylvania, Vlad is most often frequently remembered as a folk hero who fought off a Turkish invasion during his reign. However, his harsh tactics in battle and his use of various forms of painful executions earned him several more infamous names throughout history. One of these names is Vlad the Imapler, due to his reported affinity for executing vanquished foes by impaling them on large wooden poles.

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He is also associated with a much more famous name: Dracula. Meaning son of the Dragon, or in some stories, son of the Devil. This name goes hand-in-hand with tales of Vlad’s bloodthirsty and ruthless nature.  These often sensationalized stories have grown in time with the proliferation of the famous novel, Dracula, first published by Bram Stoker in 1897.

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There are multiple theories as to how Vlad became associated with what can reasonably be argued as the most famous vampire of all time and I will not pretend to be a leading expert on the theory.  In this regard, I would refer you to the work of others, such as:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: A Reader’s Guide by William Hughes, PhD. http://www.amazon.com/Bram-Stokers-Dracula-Readers-Guides/dp/0826495370/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413286910&sr=8-1&keywords=dracula%2C+william+hughes

Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times by Radu R. Florescu and Raymond T. McNally. http://www.amazon.com/Dracula-Prince-Many-Faces-Times-ebook/dp/B00FOR2O4O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413287133&sr=8-1&keywords=vlad+tepes

Or check out the website of Dacre Stoker and Hans de Roos, who are working on a Romanian Travel Guide for visiting locations associated the legends surrounding Vlad and its ties to Bram Stoker’s novel. http://www.dractravel.com/

Now, back to my personal journey.  It began in Bucharest, where I spent my first night in Romania. Initially, I was in awe of the city, in both positive and negative ways. To begin with the good, the city features a lot of history with some truly breath-taking views. The buildings are very elaborate, and the streets were lined with grandiose statues, and gorgeous fountains. And of highest importance…Bucharest has a Hard Rock Café which, as an avid Hard Rock pin collector, was definitely a point in its favour.

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In the negative was driving in Romania, which I was fortunate enough not to have to do myself, as my father who took the trip with me did the driving. The streets were very crowded, sometimes consisting of up to six lanes which were completely lined with cars. The lanes were poorly marked, especially for night driving and there were a lot of round-abouts, some six lanes across with up the eight exits. The average speed of driving in Romania was probably 30mph, except on very specific highways. I say probably because road signs were not in abundance.

The second day is when the real journey began. We had three planned stops on our agenda for the first day. They were the Snagov Monastery; Princely Court with Chindia Tower in Targoviste; and our hotel outside of Bran Castle.

The first stop was Snagov Monastery which took us about 45 minutes to reach. Despite having a map and a GPS, we did get lost a few times before finally finding a sign that not only listed name of the Monastery, but actually said Vlad Tepes. We ended up following the signs to what we planned on being our first stop. It was located in a small town down several poorly paved roads in a deprived area that was several miles the main roads.

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When we reached the monastery, there were a group of men standing outside of the building. One of these men directed us to park the car, which at first seemed fine. However, after we got out of the car, the man approached my father and stated that if we paid him, nothing would happen to the vehicle and that his companions would walk us into the monastery itself. My father, who is generally uncomfortable with very little, gave me a look that spoke volumes as this man continued that state that nothing would happen if we paid him. We said a terse, no thank you, and got back into the car without seeing the actual location.

The second stop was Princely Court. It consists of two parts. The first is a garden with several statutes of the Princes who have ruled over Transylvania. It was actually quite lovely and was filled with flowers between the statutes. It also featured a rather touristy restaurant which advertised its association with Vlad Tepes. In the centre of the garden was a large statue of Vlad which towered over the ones surrounding it. We had a very enjoyable walk through this garden.

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The second part is the Chindia Tower, which is also associated with the Transylvanian Princes.

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However, it turns out that this tower is closed on Mondays, so we were unable to go inside. Though we did take several photographs of the outside. There was also a small restaurants called the Mcrama Murfatlar, which was both very reasonably priced and had excellent food and wine which is located between the Tower and the garden.

After this, we continued our journey towards Bran Castle. The drive up the mountains was a slow one, with the road full of sharp curves that had to be taken with the upmost care. The GPS and map estimates stated that it would take approximately 2 hours to make the drive, the reality (at least for our trip) was closer to 3 ½ .

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However, we did eventually reach the hotel by the castle and enjoyed a fun night of tasting some local wines.  We also took a few night photographs of Bran Castle, which to me appeared both powerful and ominous upon the mountainside, allowing my imagination to understand how one might come to associate the castle with the myths and legends of the vampire.

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The next morning we explored the castle itself. It held a great deal of history about the ruling families of Transylvania and the history of the castle itself along with some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also featured a section on the vampire myths associated with Vlad, a room I spent much time exploring.

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Overall, the castle was truly spectacular and well worth the tedious trip up the mountains.

 

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After the castle, we shopped the small, open-air market that was located near the entrance and picked up a few things for some friends. Also could not resist trying a few of the specialties.

 

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Afterwards, we headed back to Bucharest where we spent out last night trying a few additional local foods and drinks of the area, including an unknown Romanian liquor whose name I was unable to recall the next morning.

Overall, despite a few complications, the trip was a good experience. It was really inspiring for me to be able to actually visit the locations which I have been studying and reading about for so many years. I feel very fortunate to have been able to take this trip and explore the history of the myths which inspired my imagination as a child and continue to do so to this day.

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