Famous Irish Dracula author, Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker has recently come to Romania to join a group of young local entrepreneurs who want to build a village in little in Bran, based on the place’s real story and on the legendary characters who became famous here. The entrepreneurs bought the plot of land, while hoping to get the money for their initiative through a fundraising campaign.
Dacre Stoker, who formerly coached the Canadian Olympic pentathlon team, co-author of a sequel to his ancestor’s famous novel, argues that Vlad Dracul’s history must be better explained in Romania, which should not be mistaken with the Count Dracula’s story created by Bram Stoker. “I feel I am responsible somehow as member of the Stokers, for Bram started this machinery. God or bad, the story is fantastic, is counting on myths and superstition a lot, but he is gone a long while ago. And what remained after him is off the track,” Dacre Stoker said, as quoted by Digi24.
The initiators of the project bought the land and hope they will raise the money from donations. A complex of eight traditional houses (typical to the Bran area in the 18th-19th centuries) will be erected. The complex is 6,000 square meters and costs about EUR 180,000.
The fundraising campaign will last 45 days, with at least USD 70,000 being needed so that the construction of the first two houses should kick off in March next year.
Those who want to get involved in the project will receive holiday vouchers in advance and when the village is ready, they will have accommodation guaranteed.
Because of the Stokers’ frustrating history with Dracula’s copyright, Dacre Stoker, with encouragement from screenwriter Ian Holt, decided to write “a sequel that bore the Stoker name” to “reestablish creative control over” the original novel. In 2009, Dracula: The Un-Dead was released, written by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Both writers claim to have “based [their work] on Bram Stoker’s own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition” along with their own research for the sequel, though the plot and characters often directly contradict the original novel. This also marked Dacre Stoker’s writing debut. Dacre Stoker directed, produced and wrote the 2011 documentary film Dracula meets Stoker.