- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: World Audience Publishers; 3rd edition (March 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935444530
- ISBN-13: 978-1935444534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Following "In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journal and Travel Guide, 2nd Ed." is exactly what the title implies it is. But what the title doesn't imply is how rich this book is with information. It really is stunning. Steven P. Unger deserves high praise for the mere existence of his opus, but moreover, the book is well written and provides the ultimate tome of Dracula data for classic horror fans. You'll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining nonfiction read.
Jason Thorson, Flames Rising Dot Com
Steven Unger's book is not just a simple travelogue, but an inspirational journey to the birthplace of Dracula. Within the first few pages, you'll feel like you're right beside him, meandering past ancient tombstones, historical cities, and glorious countrysides. And all of a sudden, a passion which you perhaps never knew you had will be born. A passion to learn about all things Dracula, and perhaps start your own journey into Bram Stoker's life and mind.
Andrew Sanchez, i love werewolves.com
The book's introduction begins "In the Footsteps of Dracula was written to entertain, to inform, perhaps even to inspire." The book manages to fulfill its aim in all three aspects for me--Chronicles of the London Vampyre Group
More than just a travel guide, In the Footsteps of Dracula is indeed a personal journey, following the author as he tracks down sites relating to both the fictional Count Dracula and the very real Prince Vlad Dracula the Impaler. From the shores of Whitby to the mountains of Poenari, we get a real feel for the people and places along the way.--Vampyres Only
In the Footsteps of Dracula appeals to readers on several levels. Fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula will enjoy reading about and seeing the places featured in the novel. And it works as a travel guide for those who are so inspired by the vampire count that they wish to see the places he walked for themselves. Bram Stoker gave the world an iconic figure in Count Dracula, and Unger's book sheds light on the vampire character who has played such an important role in our love for paranormal stories.--Meredith Allard, executive editor of The Copperfield Review.
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I give this book its highest marks as a travel guide. Visitors to London, Whitby, Bucharest, and Sighisoara (in Transylvania, modern day Romania) will appreciate both the helpful travel hints (forget the trains in Romainia, and stick to the private "Maxicabs" which are both cheaper and quicker) and the strict avoidance of Dracula kitsch. Instead Unger follows both the path of Jonathan Harker through the Carpathians and also the historical trail of the actual count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. As Unger notes, a "do it yourself" traveler on a budget could easily follow these routes for under $100 a day (he gives the figure of $77 in 2005) v. the $400 you would pay for a commercial tour covering the same topic.
But Unger has also done a fair amount of serious literary and historical research as well for this little volume. Among other things, he notes that English (and especially American) readers have for some time been mislead by the "haystacks in trees" comment by Stoker. Among the many photos in the book (several of which are captioned with lines from Dracula) are pictures of the Haystacks in question. These include posts that appear to be branches coming from the haystack, an image that Stoker was not quite able to convey.
In any event, Stoker did not travel to the region he wrote about. It was, as Unger puts it, close enough to be "European" but far enough removed from the everyday experiences of his readers to lie in the "first circle of otherness." It is all the more remarkable then that Stoker's description of Dracula's castle was so accurate, even if Borgo pass is not quite as it appears in the novel. Stoker was also unaware of Vlad's reputation as the Impaler, though readers of this book will get a fairly graphic (and anatomically accurate) description of what is involved in the process. The historic Dracula was as interesting a creation as Stoker's literary one.
I enjoy travel literature, particularly books that focus on hiking. (This one does not disappoint in that regard either. Readers can vicariously follow Mina Murray along Church Street in pursuit of Lucy, or, should they travel to Whitby, they can walk/run the same route using this book.) Following literary and historical characters adds to the enjoyment of any trip, and this travelogue offer both for the price of one.
The author left almost no stone unturned in his travels. Unger even traveled to the British Museum's exclusive Reading Room, where Stoker went to research Transylvania since he himself could not travel there. Stoker may not have made the trip but Unger certainly did, and readers will thank him for his extremely descriptive observations and wonderful photographs of the enchanting countryside and the attractions they hold. Paintings, statues, plaques, the specific locations mentioned in the novel, the castles and ruins that inspired Stoker's vision, and the real life stomping grounds of Vlad The Impaler are all here to be seen, often from multiple angles. Documents featuring Tepes' handwriting and his genealogy, are also displayed along with some of the townsfolk Unger met along the way. He seems to have a strong fondness for any local goths he came across and at one point writes that the more tattoos and piercings a person has, the more likely they are to say "excuse me" after bumping into you. Unger's travels in Whitby (where much of the novel was written and takes place) are particularly cool and filled with images of exact locations from Dracula. But if I had to pick one place from the novel or Unger's book to visit, it'd have to be Borgo Pass in Romania. The Hotel Castel Dracula looks like a horror fanatic's dream come true from a tourist standpoint. It is built on the spot where the fictional Dracula's Castle would have stood and plays the theme to the hilt. Unger's photos of the frescos on the walls of the Dracula's Vault attraction within look AMAZING. I only wish the images were in color. Further along in Romania, we get to see the true castle of Vlad Dracula -which bears an uncanny accidental resemblance to the fictional one considering Stoker never saw it- in Poenari. These are just a few of the many locations tied to Stoker, Tepes, and The Count that are explored to the fullest.
Now all of this is very cool, but what makes this book especially above and beyond for potential Dracula pilgrims is the final chapter. Here, the author breaks down each leg of the trip with practical advice, costs, transportation tips, and other fantastic suggestions that anybody who wishes to duplicate this rather difficult and impractical journey. Rural Romania doesn't exactly have a subway you see, and you aren't going to see as many Starbucks as you are comfortable with. All of this helps make "In the Footsteps of Dracula" an essential purchase for anybody mulling over a Dracula-themed vacation. The more hardcore you are, the more you will get out of it. There are a few issues I have with the book that keep it from a perfect score. First, there are many instances of Unger repeating the same information verbatim in different chapters. Whether this was an accidental failure in editing or simply to make each section stand as it's own little brochure, I'm not sure. But it does bug me as a reader. Also as much as I love the pictures, there are place where it gets a bit excessive and unnecessary. Two kids in Marilyn Manson and Kurt Cobain t-shirts in a German cemetery that doesn't seem to have any relevance to Dracula doesn't really warrant a full page pic. On the other hand, it would have been nice to see some photos of Slains Castle, on which the fictional Dracula's castle was modeled. At one point in the story of his travels, Unger also passes up an enticing-sounding tourist stop known as "Dracula's Castle" in Bran. Having read it is "the epicenter of Dracula kitsch", he passes it by. This seems rather insane for a guy who is writing a book about Dracula tourism. I'm a big fan of reading, but there is no substitute for seeing for yourself and while it may have sounded lame to the author, it may have been noteworthy or fun for the reader, especially considering the significant stretches of the book that are devoted to general observations on modern communities along the way that are not related to Dracula or Vlad Tepes.
Still, minor flaws are easily cast aside in favor of this comprehensive travel guide for the Dracula enthusiast. It's a fascinating combination of brutal history linked to one of the greatest horror stories ever told woven into a modern journey filled with enticing images, practical advice for travelers, and insights into the facts and legends of Dracula in real life and fictional undeath as well as the experiences of the man who made them famous. All in all, an excellent read for vampire fanatics