On May 26th, 1897, Bram Stoker’s notorious novel Dracula was published. More than a century later, the vampire tale has indeed proven to be as immortal as its protagonist. There have been films, TV shows, music, books, art and entertainment events inspired by the Count. Stoker’s work has left such an indelible mark on, not just the literary world, but the creative world in general that there is a day dedicated to it—Dracula Day. There are many ways to celebrate and following you will find ideas for how to throw a fangtastic vampire soiree, whether alone or with others!
Wine & Cocktails
There’s nothing like enjoying a delicious libation when celebrating a special occasion. While Dracula’s drink of choice would be blood, you can come close with Vampire Vineyards’ selection of wines. They offer a Dracula Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Rose, as well as other red and white wine varietals. I love the Vampire Merlot. In the mood for a cocktail? Then try this Martha Stewart Vampire Vodka Cocktail, which is a blend of vodka, grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice.
Movies & TV Shows
Now that you’ve got your drink of choice in hand, you’re ready for some entertainment. With so many options of Dracula-inspired films and shows, it’s difficult to choose which to mention. If you’re in the mood to binge-watch, I suggest hopping on Netflix and seeing the animated series Castlevania or the mini-series Dracula based on Stoker’s book. Other recommendations include Nosferatu, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dracula 2000 and Dracula Untold. Plus, there are countless other vampire films worth viewing. This is far from a complete list, but it’s a good start.
Nothing sets the mood like music. For a darkly ethereal ambience, I love listening to the Transylvania album by Nox Arcana or Midnight Syndicates’ Vampyre: Symphonies from the Crypt. If you’re into alternative rock, definitely play the Dracula 2000 and Queen of the Damned film soundtracks with the volume turned all the way up! I also must mention metal band FIRA who recently performed at the Endless Night Vampire Ball. Lead vocalist Hannah is quite talented at singing with fangs in and the group’s music is really enjoyable.
Virtual Tour of Dracula’s Castle
Although you may not be able to travel to Romania at the moment, you can still experience the magic of Transylvania with a virtual tour of Dracula’s Castle. Originally known as Bran Castle, this historic building sits atop a cliff and is at least 600 years old. There’s no evidence of Vlad Tepes having any direct connection to it, but it’s been said that Bram Stoker based the castle in his novel off of this architectural wonder.
I recently jumped on the podcast bandwagon and immediately searched for shows on vampires. My first recommendation is Rose Sinister: Vampires. Host Rose Sinister resides in New Orleans where she works as a guide for Haunted History Tours, showcasing the more macabre side of the city. Her podcast explores vampire folklore in a historical context, providing well-researched insight. Her episodes examine these nocturnal creatures in books and film including Nosferatu, Underworld, Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Blade, The Twilight Saga, Dracula and many more.
Fangsmith Father Sebastiaan recently relaunched his podcast Endless Night Vampire Radio. Besides vampires, topics include magick, the paranormal, music and more. And if you’re into audiobooks, Mike Bennett narrates the classic in the podcast Dracula by Bram Stoker. So far, the episodes go up to chapter 21.
Revisiting Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the obvious choice, but there’s a plethora of vampire reading material out there. One I highly recommend is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The book creates an intriguing tale by fusing together the historical figure Vlad Tepes and the fictional character Dracula. For those who’d like to know more about the real man Vlad the Impaler, have a look at In Search of Dracula by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu, which includes extensive research into the true history of Vlad III and the vampire legends he spawned.
Custom Fangs by Father Sebastiaan
If you’ve read my blog posts on the Endless Night Vampire Ball, then you know that Father Sebastiaan is a world-renowned master fangsmith. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, he’s not taking in-person appointments, but he is offering “Telefanging” mail-order molding kits for $50, not including the price of fangs. The new service allows you to take your own dental imprints to mail back for custom-made fangs. What better way to show your loyalty to Dracula than with a shiny new pair of incisors? You can get more information at Endless Night Vamporium.
I hope these recommendations have given you some fun ideas on how to commemorate Dracula Day. Please do share if you have other suggestions!
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