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Number 9 (2007) of Journal of Dracula Studies is now online at the Dracula Research Centre. I’m co-editor as of this issue.
The papers in this issue are:

Rethinking the New Woman in Stoker’s Fiction: Looking at Lady Athlyne (Carol A. Senf)
The Status of Vlad Tepes in Communist Romania: A Reassessment (Duncan Light)
Hamilton Deane and John C. Balderston: The Men Who “Re-vamped” Count Dracula (Michael McGlasson)
Quiero chupar tu sangre: A Comparison of the Spanish- and English-language Versions of Universal Studio’s Dracula (Robert Harland)
Why am I so changed? Vampiric Selves and Gothic Doubleness in Wuthering Heights (Lakshmi Krishnan)

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Everyone should read the blog of my friend the blooferlady: Snow Day in Toronto

I think my aversion to snow can be traced back to the fact that when I was less than 2 weeks old, being transported by dog team from one rural Newfoundland community to another, I fell off the sled and into a white, fluffy snow bank. Not surprisingly, I became quite ill. At some subconscious level, I have never forgotten the experience.

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Elizabeth’s causing trouble again… TorontoSun.com - Other News - Canada’s Baroness of the House of … Dracula

A cold wind gusts past surrounding gothic spires as the Baroness of the House of Dracula touches a bat-shaped earring and sinks her teeth into a discussion of one of her grand, consuming passions.

“I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a child. My father loved the game and he shared it with me at a young age,” says Dr. Elizabeth Miller, resident of Toronto, professor emerita of Memorial University, leading authority on all things vampiric — and, yes, Baroness of the House of Dracula.

So how does a solid daughter of Newfoundland, a cultured professor of English literature and a (dare we say rabid) Blue Jays fan end up as an expert on blood-sucking?

“I was teaching a course on the British Romantic poets (at Memorial University in St. John’s in 1990) and was looking for something new,” Miller says as she sits in a U of T cafeteria, having just finished an animated lecture on her favourite subject before a rapt audience of more than 100. “I was drawn to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and that led to (John) Polidori’s The Vampyre and finally to Dracula.

“I was just bitten, I suppose,” she says with the twinkle of someone who’s used the line before.

And also:

Blood simple?

1. The real-life 15th-century Transylvanian ruler Dracula, known as Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s fictional count.

2. Dracula means “devil” in the Romanian language.

3. Stoker based Castle Dracula on Vlad the Impaler’s home, Castle Bran, which you can still visit today in Romania.

4. Nosferatu is a Romanian word for vampire.

5. Dracula must remain in his grave during the day or be destroyed by sunlight.

6. Stoker’s Dracula was an immediate success when it was published in 1897.

[check on the link for answers]

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Check out Catspaw’s Guide to Toronto Weather. Catsy, Ken, Elizabeth, Rochelle and Jeremy are coming over for dinner tonight. And Jeremy’s cooking. I’m cringing, Ken is mellowing, Elizabeth’s scoffing, Yuka’s avoiding, and Catsy and Shelly will be bonding. Looking forward to it.

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Toronto Star has an article, Dracula’s castle? Don’t count on it, that really gives a good account on Drac and Bran Castle

So why is Bran Castle, a lovely, 13th-century palace near Brasov in Transylvania, known far and wide as “Dracula’s Castle?” Blame a mish-mash of expediency, misconception, and a yearning to connect in some way with the most notorious character in English fiction.

The conventional wisdom goes like this: Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, basing his vampire Count on real-life, 15th-century Romanian nobleman Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), who was infamous for skewering his enemies on stakes. Tepes lived in Bran Castle, which is a dead-ringer for Dracula’s mountain lair as described in the novel. So, the Stoker-Tepes-Bran connection is obvious. Right?

Except that it’s also nonsense, says Dr. Elizabeth Miller, a world-renowned expert on all things Dracula.

“Bram Stoker never even heard of Bran Castle, and Dracula owes nothing to Vlad’s atrocities,” says Miller, a retired professor at Newfoundland’s Memorial University and president of the Canadian chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (www.ucs.mun.ca/~emiller/trans_soc_dracula.html), a society dedicated to the serious study of Dracula in fact and fiction.

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I have just been named co-editor of the Journal of Dracula Studies (archived issues available free online). JDS has been published since 1999 under the editorship of Elizabeth Miller, is indexed by the Modern Language Association, and is a publication Transylvanian Society of Dracula (Canadian Chapter).

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Das Bloofer (aka Elizabeth Miller) has finally started a livejournal blog. The world will never be the same again. If you don’t know Elizabeth, go to google, type in dracula and you’ll see that she’s #3 today.

And the she’s co-habitating with the Mighty Q!

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Masterpiece Theatre | Dracula, the PBS showing of the BBC version lists the Dracula Research Centre and the Journal of Dracula Studies on their Links page both sites that I host. Wheee. I wish I was responsible for the content, but that’s Elizabeth’s work.

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Check out elizabeth’s latest paper: √Črudit | RON n44 2006 : Miller : Coitus Interruptus: Sex, Bram Stoker, and Dracula. Trust me, it won’t bite! Yuka and I are heading down to hang with Das Bloofer (aka Elizabeth) and the Mighty Q Prince of Softness, this sunday.

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