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Wallachia is an ongoing serial vampire novel by David Ely set in 19th-century Romania. New chapters are published every few weeks.

Decades before Dracula, the Principality of Wallachia had its share of problems long before it came to be ruled by a vampire…

Download the app to read or listen for free. Vote in reader polls that directly affect the story in forthcoming chapters.


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The audiobooks are available as a podcast. New chapters air every other Friday. Start with episode one.


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Flowers of Transylvania, a prelude to Wallachia, is included in the app but is also available separately for Kindle and Apple Books. 1741, Transylvania. Corina finds herself a prisoner of Count Dracula. The good news: Dominic, her first love, is a guard in the castle. But can she trust him?


You can follow Wallachia on Twitter @WallachiaNet. You might also lilke @live_dracula, a “live” republication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that runs from the book’s start in May to its end in November.


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Wallachia 2.0.3

Release notes

  • iPad keyboard shortcuts: Use the “[“ and “]” keys to move back/forward a page. ⌘-T shows the Table of Contents. ⌘-W closes the Table of Contents, if open, or closes the book.
  • Fixed a bug where the application badge count didn’t reset to zero after a new chapter notification is received.
  • Removed the “What’s New” page since 2.0 has been out for a while.

App Privacy

The Wallachia app does not collect any information about you. It doesn’t track you. It contains no third-party code.

Wallachia Chapter 15: Death and Burial Customs of the Wallachian Peasant

Chapter fifteen of Wallachia is out. You can read it in the app or listen to the audiobook chapter.

This one was murder to write. First, I’d taken a lot of time off to get version 2 of the app ready, and then it took me a while to get my pen wet again. (Is that an expression?) Then, I wrote it, and it was just boring. It was just a list of events. Abraham visits Eugen in jail. He and Dragos go to the farm. Eventually I figured out that what it was really about was Abraham coming to realize how much he’d changed in the 15 or so years since he travelled with his uncle. He isn’t riding around Europe fighting vampires and then moving on anymore. He’s part of a community that he cares for and wants to protect.

Anyway, I’d like to promise that sixteen will be along soon, but we’ll see. I think it will be! In trying to work this one out I made a new, handwritten outline of the current plan for the book’s plot from here to the end, and I’ll say that for the new year I’m feeling a renewed excitement about getting this story told.

Not many notes this time. Emily Gerard’s The Land Beyond the Forest provides the funerary customs, which we also saw in chapter three. Carmilla describes Baron Vordenburg’s library.

21. Wallachia Chapter 15: Death and Burial Customs of the Wallachian Peasant

Abraham and Dragos visit Marian’s farm.

Oh, and a quick note: I’m now serializing Varney the Vampire in the app. Chapters come out Fridays.

Chapter fifteen of Wallachia should be out tomorrow. I’ve said before that one of the hardest parts of getting a chapter ready is thinking up the reader poll question. When I started this project, I pictured the polls working in a few different ways. One, they’d be a way to get me out of a jam. If I couldn’t decide on which direction to take the story, I’d have the readers vote. Fun! Two, they’d keep me on my toes, forcing me to never write too far ahead, since upcoming events would depend on how the votes went.

Naturally I expected that sometimes there would be things I wouldn’t want to put up to a vote. The story is planned out all the way to the end. There’s stuff I don’t know yet—that’s what writing is—but the big stuff, I know. So whenever I get to the end of a chapter, I usually know where the next ones are going, at least generally. Chapter sixteen, for example, doesn’t have a lot of action in it. There’s just some stuff that happens in it that follows from where we’ve been and sets up where we’re going. It’s not like it has a place where you get to vote which character dies.

As I was writing fifteen, though, I came up with something great. It was going to end on a cliffhanger. A decision was going to be put before a character, and you, the reader, were going to vote on what that character decided. The consequences would matter and really would change a few things about what’s coming up. But then as I was writing it, I realized that one of the parties involved in that decision had *absolutely no motivation*—no reason to be in the situation I was setting up. I agonized over it. I sketched out the scene longhand. I typed it, deleted it, rewrote it, and ultimately just couldn’t make it work. So I scrapped it and rewrote the whole thing, which left me—again—with no idea what to put up for the reader poll.

If this were a different book, maybe I’d have every chapter end on a big cliffhanger for you to vote on, but it’s not. I’ve said before how I think often about what Stephen King says about how you have to let the story tell itself. It’s in charge, not you. So for me, that means pacing around the house for the better part of a day trying to clear my mind until the answer comes to me—which I liked doing more when I had the house to myself and not a whole quarantined family trying to get their own stuff done. Alas.

Varney the Vampire

Happy new year!

Today we start publishing a “new” serial, 1845’s Varney the Vampire or, The Feast of Blood, A Romance.

Chapters will hit the app Fridays—Vineri in Romanian—so check back each week for a new spine-tingling, bodace-ripping #VarneyVineri.

Chapter six of Carmilla, “A Very Strange Agony,” is in the app now.

If you didn’t get a push notification this morning (and you’ve been reading Carmilla), please open the app manually. This should make it resume notifications. Yesterday’s 2.0.2 update should make sure this doesn’t happen going forward. 🤞🏻

Wallachia 2.0.2

Very small application update coming to the App Store today.

In previous versions, fi you had the table of contents page open and tapped the chapter you were currently reading, the table of contents would close and take you back to the page you were reading. Now, it takes you back to the first page of the chapter. If you want to stay on your current page, the “Resume” button at the top of the screen will do that. I like this behavior better because it gives you a quick way to go back to the start of a chapter if you do want to.

Toggling the buttons when you tap the screen should be speedier now.

Changed the way notifications are handled by the system.

My own little side project, Dracula Live, is in the home stretch now. The story concludes in early November.

Dracula: A Radio Play, “An adaption of the Bram Stoker novel, written and directed by Cruz Flores,” comes out twice weekly in October.