June 21, 2023. It is more than 11 years ago now that I published my first essays about the true location of Castle Dracula and the true identity of Stoker's Count through Linköping University Electronic Press in Sweden. By now, the first paper has been downloaded almost 1,600 times, while the second paper has reached the round number of 700 downloads. As we can see from the statistics, the interest in these papers has been growing over recent years. In order to bring about some real change in Dracula Studies, you have to play the long game.
12 April 2020. A meme about Powers of Darkness, my translation of the Icelandic version of Dracula, seems to have gone viral now on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, three years after my book was published. Perhaps, the COVID-19 "stay at home" rule has led people to pay attention to the classics of literature again? Whatever the true cause of this hype, I have posted links to this website and to the updated (English) Wikipedia page on Powers of Darkness.
Don't forget to check out my new author's page:
This website will also give you information about my new novel, Hidden Sin-Carolien Blansjaar and the Cursing Priest, which I created during the course of 2019. Now that the feedback of my test-readers is coming back, I will edite the text one last time and then start querying literary agents.
17 February 2020
Söderhams Newspaper (Sweden), 8 February 1893:
"Seven years ago, an innkeeper in Gosspodince, Hungary, was murdered. His wife was arrested on strong suspicions, and she confessed that she had committed the murder, together with a police constable named Drakulitz. She was condemned to death, but her sentence was reduced to life-long forced labor; her accomplice was sentenced to 15 years of forced labor. Now that seven years have passed, the miserable wretch has confessed that Drakulitz had not been involved in the murder, but that she had accused him to appear in a less criminal light herself. A new investigation yielded that this time, she had spoken the truth, and Drakulitz was set free."
On 10 June 1899, the story of "Count Draculitz" from Transylvania (then part of Hungary) started in the Stockholm newspaper "Dagen". In the second part of the story, Thomas Harker is falsely accused of murdering Margaret, an innkeeper's daughter, in Hungary.
4 February 2020. Found an interesting subjct to present at the upcoming Dracula conference in Brașov. Let's hope that the new coronovirus doesn't
spoil the fun!
2 February 2020. At the moment, I am busy completing this website and preparing the next international Dracula conference in Brașov (October 20120), together with Magdalena Grabias and Florin Nechita.