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Vampires in New England
I want to recommend a website to anyone interested in New England vampire legends. Actually, it’s a blog – the work of Dr Michael Bell, a well-known Rhode Island folklorist. In 2001, Bell published Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires, in which he outlined his many discoveries related to the vampire legend in that region. A fascinating read. In his blog, he revisits this subject, providing us with the results of his continuing research into New England vampires.

Go to http://apps/vampiresgrasp.com/Blog/

By the way, there is a Bram Stoker connection here. Pasted into Stoker’s Notes for Dracula is an article from the New York World dated 2 February 1896. Title of the article is “Vampires of New England.” Stoker apparently found it while he was in NY during the winter of 1896 with the Lyceum Theatre. He was still working on Dracula (it would be published the following year), so it is possible that the article may have had a peripheral influence on him, in particular the last two paragraphs about vampire bats. For a full text of this article, go to my Dracula Research Centre at http://www.blooferland.com/drc and check under “Bram Stoker and Dracula: Miscellaneous documents.”
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 25th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Pennsylvania Man

Christopher Rondina has the scoop on this article (or does he?) in Vampire Legends of Rhode Island (North Attleborough: Covered Bridge Press, 1997):

"Accompanying Irving on a theatrical tour of America in 1896, Stoker met a Pennsylvania man who had some interest in the subject of vampires. When the fellow heard about Bram's novel, he offered him a newspaper clipping regarding the survival of vampire belief in modern New England" (52).

According to Rondina, that newspaper clipping was "Vampires in [sic] New England" from New York World, 1896. Thoughts?
blooferlady From: blooferlady Date: January 26th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Pennsylvania Man

The existence of the article "Vampires in New England" was known long before Rondina published his book. The article is part of the Dracula Notes which were "discovered" at the Rosenbach Museum in the early 1970s. The article was first published in 1975 in "A Clutch of Vampires" by Raymond McNally.

As I recall, Romdona made a few rather outrageous claims about the article and its impact on Stoker & the writing of "Dracula." I do not have his book at hand, but I did quote from it in one of my own ("Dracula: Sense & Nonsense"). Rondina claimed that the article saved the day - that Stoker was about to abandon his novel when he came across it. That is utter nonsense. He started the novel in March 1890. By 1896 it was almost finished.

As for how Stoker actually got the article, we do not know. As the Lyceum company was in New York during the winter of 1896, it is possible that he saw it himself, clipped it out and saved it among his Notes. Or it is possible that someone, knowing of his interest, had clipped it and given it to him.

Hope this helps.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you know if there an Italian translation of this article? I really need it. Thanks
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
No Italian translation that I know of.
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