Since I got involved in Dracula Studies in Spring 2010, I have produced over 70 Dracula related articles, books, websites, conference presentations and photo galleries. The time has come to create an overview and make sure that these works can be accessed from one place. You will find most of my published writings in the archive, while fresh ideas and comments will appear in the blog. For new guests, "sparknotes" ("tidbits") on my most intriguing discoveries will explain my research contributions without footnotes and guide you to the relevant texts. Welcome to the Vampire's Vault...
Hans Corneel de Roos
Note: This website is not related to the computer game "Vault of the Vampire" in any way.
On Friday, October 13, our Kickstarter campaign for the expanded deluxe edition of the first Dracula illustrations ever will start! You can pre-order in the column on the right. A new edition was necessary, as by now, the artist who created the drawings has been identified: the painter and illustrator Emil Åberg (1864-1940). The new edition features:
MY BOOK WITH THE SWEDISH DRACULA DRAWINGS HAS BEEN PRINTED AND SHIPPED TO MY KICKSTARTER / FACEBOOK BACKERS ALREADY. A LIMITED NUMBER OF
SURPLUS COPIES IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING, ON A "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED" BASIS.
This book contains a handpicked collection of the first Dracula illustrations ever, taken from the Swedish Dagen serialization (1899-1900). In 2017, I have obtained high-resolution scans of these pen drawings, and over the course of the years painstakingly edited them, to restore the original vigour and flow of the linework in high resolution. Moreover, I have colorized them, adding vivacity, brilliance and atmosphere. Fundamentally, the Swedish drawings deserve just as much attention as the Icelandic translation, or as Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), or Dracula with Bela Lugosi (1931)... it is the very first visualization of the Dracula story... Nothing can beat that!!
The book has colorful, matte laminated, sewn hardcover binding and 76 pages of heavy quality coated paper (157 gsm glossy). The book has a size of 280 x 216 mm
(inside pages) with landscape (horizontal) orientation and weighs 613 g. It contains an illustrated essay (11 pages), 53 large-format plates in color, and three bonus pictures in black-and-white.
Each picture is accompanied by the relevant text translated from the Swedish.
The production has been successfully financed by crowdfunding (Facebook and Kickstarter) and the books have been sent out to the backers by
the end of 2021. But there are still a few copies left; you can order from the column on the right side. Please also send me your phone number, as it is easier and safer for the
delivery service if they can contact you if they don't find you at home and the package does not fit into your mailbox.
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE DRACULA FIELD:
Anthony Hogg, President of the Vampire Studies Association and Editor-in-Chief of Vamped.org:
“Hans Corneel de Roos is one of the most ambitious, thorough and innovative Dracula scholars today. When I heard about his project, I knew I had to chip in!”
“In academic Dracula circles, the name of Hans Corneel de Roos is well known for his groundbreaking research and dedication to the subject. The discoverer and translator of the lost Icelandic version of Dracula entitled Powers of Darkness, is now back with a new exciting initiative to bring to life the first ever illustrations of Dracula initially published in Sweden at the turn of the 19th century. This book is an absolute must-have for any Dracula enthusiast.”
"As a Transylvanian, I definitely recommend this book not only to Dracula enthusiasts, but also to pop culture lovers and those passionate about the history of late 19th and early 20th century. I have already ordered two books and now, to make Hans's 25% discount* even more interesting, I am offering a free guided tour of Brasov and two palinka shots to all those who have purchased the book and who will visit my hometown before the end of 2022."
Adrien Party, Editor-in-Chief at Vampirisme.com:
"Dracula Illustrated has always been a thing. This is where it started."
Brian Forrest, creator of the popular "Toothpickings" blog:
"Hans de Roos' work has, time and again, realigned the field of Dracula studies over a century after the novel's publication. He here adds another breakthrough."
For the first edition, I created a longer (5 minute) YouTube video, with more background information. Please enjoy it - but don't forget to come back here to "chip in."
Since the start of July, I have been selecting phrases and paragraphs from the Swedish Dracula text to serve as captions to the illustrations. In my book, each drawing is introduced by a short heading to explain the context, followed by some paragraphs of relevant text from the Swedish Dagen version, translated to English. With this, this book of illustrations will also present the first collection of translated text from Mörkrets makter, as the Swedish version is called, after I published a translation of the Swedish preface to English and German in May 2018 in Vamped.org.
A non-compete clause in my contract with Overlook/Abrams, New York, has stopped me from creating a complete translation, but with the collection of tidbits in the planned book with drawings, my readers will at least get a first taste of the text, that presented the very first modification of Bram Stoker's famous vampire novel.
A complete translation of the Swedish text was published by Will Trimble: I contributed an introductory essay, illustrations, and helped edit the annotation. See the Kindle edition on Amazon.
Review of Dracula: An International Perspective (Palgrave, 2017), in: Contemporanul Ideea Europeană • Anul XXIX • Nr. 11 (800) • Noiembrie 2018 • Page 5 (Cronica literară)
"In this volume edited by Marius-Mircea Crişan, the most exciting text concerning the geographic background of Count Dracula is written by Hans Corneel de Roos, who locates the castle of the Count in the Călimani Mountains, with exceptional scholarly detail. While the author takes the famous map of the region in the book by Charles Boner, Transylvania Its Products and Its People (London, 1865), as a starting point, he does not forget—and neither do the other authors—the just as famous article from 1885 by Emily Gerard, Transylvanian Superstitions (published in The Nineteenth Century), and with mathematical perfection traces the route taken by Jonathan Harker with the post coach from Bistriţa to Prundul Bârgăului and Pasul Tihuţa, where he meets with the Count, who takes him to his castle in the area of Bilbor.
De Roos works impeccably, scientifically: he consults the notes of Bram Stoker kept in the United States, and, if necessary or appropriate, browses through an Austrian Baedeker of the year 1896, in order to calculate segments of the road and to finally understand the context.
Of course, field trips, including an exploration of the [Borgo] Pass, are taken into account as well."
Ştefan Borbelý (* Oct. 31, 1953, Făgăraş, Romania) is a Professor at the Department of World and Comparative Literature of the Faculty of Letters in Cluj, Romania (Babes-Bolyai University). He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1999).
Whenever I feel inspired, I will publish new ideas in my blog. Check in regulary!
Research Award of the T.S.D. , the 2018 Lord Ruthven Award, the Special TCC Award and the Golden Bat Award. Read more.
Learn about the research issues I contributed to, especially about my discoveries, in short, easy-language "tidbits" guiding you to the relevant texts.
Apart from travel photography and artististic studio work, I created photo reports on conferences and other special events.