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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

A new version of the Wallachia app should be in the App Store shortly. It requires iOS 14, but the previous version should keep working fine until you upgrade. 🤞🏻

Get it now on the App Store.

Before I run down the features, I want to thank everyone who’s been reading and supporting me this past year. It’s been a ton of work but it’s been incredibly fulfilling. With this version finished, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing. (Though I’m sure there will be some bug fixes to do.)

New in 2.0, roughly in order of importance:

🎧Audiobooks have been removed from the app. This removes a lot of programming complexity for me. I don’t think a ton of people were using the audiobooks in the app, but if you subscribe to the podcast you’ll get the audio chapters the same day the prose versions go up.

📚The app now includes a library of “Essential Vampire Classics“: Lord Byron’s fragment of a novel, John William Polidori’s The Vampyre, J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There are many more pre-Dracula stories I could include, but this will get you started.

The books are from Project Gutenberg with a lot of formatting applied. I think they look fantastic but please let me know if you run across, say, a Latin word that hasn’t been italicized or a paragraph that’s not indented.

🆕Serialized classics. Starting with Carmilla, I’ll be releasing new chapters of classic books every week (assuming I can keep that schedule). Carmilla will run for a few months, then I’ll set up a new one.

🔔Notifications can be configured per-book. If you grant access to the app, you’ll see a bell icon in the toolbar for each book. You won’t get notified for books you haven’t opened, and you can turn them off for any book you don’t want notifications for using that icon.

🔢Handy page counter. Ebook readers tend to have a way to tell you how many pages are left in your current chapter. The trick was designing a way to show this without resorting to junking up the page with a progress bar. I reached out to Cat City Creative for some help designing ornaments for the page and we settled on a nice solution. The bottom-right page corner now features a little design that incorporates a countdown showing you how many pages are left in the chapter.

🏛Front matter pages are now properly numbered using roman numerals, and the book’s regular page numbers start with one after the front matter ends.

Elsewhere, every single page has been redesigned in some way or another, though you may not notice. The landscape view on iPhones has been streamlined to give you an extra couple of lines of text per page. The tables of contents are popovers again. The reader poll pages should work more reliably now (I hope—these are hard to test).

Under the hood, the entire app is now written using SwiftUI. I did decide to move to a simple fade animation for page turns rather than the skeuomorphic page flip the old version had. Part of this was necessity. The animation was provided by UIPageViewController but I didn’t want to embed that, and partly also I think this is just cleaner.

Somewhere on my to-do list is the idea of doing a two-page view for landscape iPads, but it’s honestly not a high priority. I’d like to do some more work to speed up the layout/typesetting process, but it’s improved over version one at least.

Wallachia 1.2.3

Another small bug fix update should be in the App Store now.

This fixes a small bug in the Table of Contents view. It won’t actually manifest until I start the 2.0 upgrade process on the server, so I wanted to get it out now so that most everyone is updated when I do that. I’m trying very hard to future proof the app so that when 2.0 comes out people who haven’t upgraded to iOS 14 can still use the existing app without any glitches. Hopefully this covers it. 🤞🏻

20. Wallachia Chapter 14: The Trial

Eugen stands trial.

When I read ebooks on my phone, I usually do it in landscape mode. I prefer having a wider screen so that the text doesn’t wrap every tenth word. In the Wallachia app designed a different page footer that gets shown when you’re on a phone in landscape mode. It’s a little more compact, which lets me squeeze an extra line of text on the page.

Today, when I was making tweaks to the footer for the new version of the app, I had a small design realization: I don’t need the footer at all in compact mode. The page number can just go in the upper-left corner of the screen. Right now in version 1.2.2, on an iPhone 11 in landscape mode at the default text size, you get eleven lines of text. In the new version, I can fit thirteen in. That’s 18% more text, which means fewer page flips!

As I schedule the @live_dracula tweets, I’m getting to the parts of the book where much more happens in each entry. It’s quite the exercise to squeeze them into one tweet!

Wallachia 1.2.2

I’ve published a small update to the app. The next major version, 2.0, will require iOS 14. Today’s version ensures forward compatibility for those who don’t upgrade to 14 right away. You won’t get any of the new features, but the old version will still keep working just as it has.

19. Wallachia Chapter 13: The Mystery of the Blue Flames

Marley meets Dracula.

18. Wallachia Chapter 12: The Farmer’s Afterlife

Abraham has some news to deliver.

Walachia Chapter 14: The Trial

Chapter fourteen of Wallachia is out. Get it from the App Store and read it for free.

🏛Eugen stands trial.

Notes:

  • It’s 2 July, a Tuesday. The moon is at 48%. 🌓
  • Județ was a “an office with administrative and judicial functions, corresponding to both judge and mayor. The word is etymologically rooted in the Latin ‘judicium.’” It’s pronounced like the first two syllables in “judiciary.”
  • Otherwise I’m mostly making up how the legal system works. No juries or lawyers. It’s roughly in line with what I’ve read about how the law operated in some parts of Europe, but it works for what we need.

Lastly, I need to focus a bit on programming so I can get the new version of the app ready for iOS 14’s launch in the fall. I don’t think I’ll have no new chapters until then, but normally I’d start writing the next chapter right away; instead I’m going to be busy in Xcode.