Google Doodle celebrate Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday – and MM explore the creation of Dracula

By Mancunian Matters staff

Google is celebrating Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday today with a typically gothic Doodle.

By coincidence (or is there ever just coincidence in horror?), 2012 also marks the centenary of his death – and MM teamed up with Grimm Up North to mark the occasion.

Grimm’s film columnist and expert on all things horrific, Steve Balshaw, put pen to paper to explore just why ‘the blood is the life’.

You can read Steve’s The Creation of Dracula Part One here and you can find part two here.

Stoker’s gothic , Victorian creation of the Lord of Darkness may have been a work of fiction, but was thought to be inspired by the Transylvanian-born prince Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia… better known as Vlad the Impaler.

And what better name for a man who impaled his enemies on giant sharp sticks – while still alive – and then ate his dinner in a forest of squirming bodies.

Unfortunately, the name Dracula means nothing more malicious than ‘son of Dracul’ though – though his father did receive the name after being inducted into the Order of the Dragon.

Manchester horror fans were treated to Grimm Up North’s Vampire Sunday back in July, which screened classics such as Dracula, Prince of Darkness and Guillermo Del Toro’s Chronos.

Read Steve’s exhumation of the Count, in ‘The Creation of Dracula’ here.

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