The vampire, a creature clad in darkness and legend, has haunted man's imagination for centuries. None more so than Dracula, Bram Stoker's fictional Count, who leaves a crumbling ancestral castle in his native Transylvania for the shores of Victorian England, seeking out innocent victims in his insatiable thirst for human blood.
Universally acclaimed as the most frightening gothic novel ever written, the book is based on the infamous deeds of the real life medieval tyrant Vlad Tepes or 'Vlad the Impaler', and the mysterious tales of the strigoi, the Romanian word for the undead.
Despite several warnings, Sir Simon Marsden, the modern master of gothic images has sought out and photographed many of the sites associated with both the real and the imagined Dracula. This 2009 wall calendar features Marsden's evocative photographs accompanied by details of their chilling history and extracts from the novel itself.