The first book published by Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was called The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland.
The Ministry of Tourism in Romania announced plans to build a Dracula theme park in 2001, but they ran into immediate problems on discovering that the rights to Dracula were held by Universal Studios.
Dracula is often linked to a 15th-century Romanian prince named Vlad the Impaler, though Vlad did not drink blood and there is no evidence that Bram Stoker had even heard of him. In modern Romanian, drac means devil or Satan.
Visitors to the Second World Dracula Congress in 1995 in the town of Poiana Brasov in Transylvania, Romania, were given miniature wooden coffins containing earth from beneath Castle Dracula.
When President Ceausescu was in charge of communist Romania, all mention of Dracula was banned.