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2020-10-16: Chapter six of Carmilla, “A Very Strange Agony,* is in the app now. If you didn’t get a …

2020-10-15: Wallachia 2.0.2 Very small application update coming to the App Store today. In previous versions, fi you had the …

2020-10-09: My own little side project, Dracula Live, is in the home stretch now. The story concludes in early …

2020-10-09: Dracula: A Radio Play, “An adaption of the Bram Stoker novel, written and directed by Cruz Flores,” …

2020-09-16: Wallachia 2.0 A new version of the Wallachia app should be in the App Store shortly. It requires iOS 14, but the …

2020-09-01: 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 …

2020-08-14: 20. Wallachia Chapter 14: The Trial Eugen stands trial.

2020-08-12: When I read ebooks on my phone, I usually do it in landscape mode. I prefer having a wider screen so …

2020-08-11: I noticed a bunch of vampire movie deals on iTunes today: $20 Hotel Transylvania 3-Movie Collection …

2020-08-10: As I schedule the @live_dracula tweets, I’m getting to the parts of the book where much …

2020-08-08: Wallachia 1.2.2 I’ve published a small update to the app. The next major version, 2.0, will require iOS 14. …

2020-07-31: 19. Wallachia Chapter 13: The Mystery of the Blue Flames Marley meets Dracula.

2020-07-17: 18. Wallachia Chapter 12: The Farmer’s Afterlife Abraham has some news to deliver.

2020-07-17: Walachia Chapter 14: The Trial Chapter fourteen of Wallachia is out. Get it from the App Store and read it for free. 🏛Eugen stands …

2020-07-06: On Twitter I posted a few thoughts on the “Log of the Demeter” sections of Dracula, which are …

2020-07-03: New arrivals.

2020-07-03: 17. Wallachia Chapter 11: Nicolae at the Bat Rain cancels Ion’s oină practice.

2020-07-02: Sarah Andersen just published the last strip of her lovely web comic, Fangs.

2020-06-25: Blacula also seems to be free to watch with ads on Amazon Prime.

2020-06-22: I missed this last month when they appeared. Underworld, Underworld Evolution, and Rise of the …

2020-06-19: 16. Wallachia Chapter 10: Red Tower Pass Marley and Margareta go for a ride.

2020-06-18: Dracula Live ’20 is nearing the end of chapter four. Still lots of time to catch up! Follow along on …

2020-06-16: In chapter one of Dracula, there’s an odd scene where the count, pretending to be his own driver, …

2020-06-13: I’ve written a bit here about the disdain for Eastern Europe you find in the travelogues written in …

2020-06-08: Chapter 13: The Mystery of the Blue Flames Chapter thirteen of Wallachia is out. Get it from the App Store and read it for free. Marley meets …

2020-06-07: The Black Vampyre: A Legend of St. Domingo I watched Blacula for the first time yesterday. I’d always assumed it was a campy C-list movie, but …

2020-06-05: 15. Wallachia Chapter 9: Rides in the Rain Father Abraham visits a sick farmer.

2020-06-04: Chapter thirteen of Wallachia should be out tomorrow or Monday. Some things I researched while …

2020-05-22: 14. Wallachia Chapter 8: Goings and Comings The castle learns of Marley’s disappearance.

2020-05-18: Dracula Beats the Communists Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted …

2020-05-12: Chapter 12: The Farmer’s Afterlife Chapter twelve of Wallachia is out. Get it from the App Store and read it for free (then leave a …

2020-05-11: Rereading each entry to set up @live_dracula will add up to be (I think) my 13th time reading …

2020-05-10: Wonderful Animal Crossing literary reference from Reddit user u/TheyAlmostNamedMe.

2020-05-08: 13. Wallachia Chapter 7: An Imbalance of Humours Marley visits the castle’s dungeon.

2020-05-07: I relish every new Fangs strip. Check it out.

2020-04-30: Here’s a stream of the National Theater’s production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle and …

2020-04-29: Version 1.2.1 of the Wallachia app should be in the store soon. It adds a bit of mouse and trackpad …

2020-04-29: Dracula Live 2020 My Dracula Live project will be starting up again on the 3rd. I’m moving it over to …

2020-04-24: 12. Wallachia Chapter 6: The Proud Blood of the Wallachian Father Abraham attends the speech by Count Dracula and Negrescu Radu at the castle.

2020-04-13: Wikipedia on Wayside Shrines that can be found throughout parts of Europe (and the forthcoming …

2020-04-10: 11. Wallachia Chapter 5: How to Borrow a Book With the town all at Radu’s speech, Marley and friends “borrow” a book from the …

2020-04-10: Chapter 11: Nicolae at the Bat Chapter 11 of Wallachia is out. Get it from the App Store and read it for free (then tip …

2020-04-06: There’s a new chapter of Wallachia coming later this week. You can download the app now to get …

2020-04-03: Here’s a nice piece about Uncle Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender. (And yes, I did put a …

2020-04-01: Valerian - The Complete Collection Sale Tiny behind-the-scenes note: Laureline in Wallachia is named …

2020-04-01: An essential CD that I keep in my car and played for the kids often: David Bowie Narrates …

2020-03-31: Steve Troughton-Smith is running a poll asking about SwiftUI adoption. I haven’t adopted any …

2020-03-31: My stay-at-home listening has been this huge digital boxed set of 70s Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? …

2020-03-30: Benny Beck: Vampire Killer Fun, free four-page comic.

2020-03-30: An advantage of designing my own publishing platform is that I can make sneaky edits whenever I want …

2020-03-29: I’ve been using Ferrite Studio Pro on my iPad with an Apple Pencil to edit the Wallachia audiobook …

2020-03-29: Enna, Bruno (script), Fabio Celoni (art), and Mirka Andolfo (colors). Dracula Starring Mickey Mouse. …

2020-03-29: Mignola, Mike (pencils). Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Topps, 1992. Four-issue adaptation of the film by …

2020-03-29: Bowie, David and David Mallet. “Ashes to Ashes.” 1980. At the time the most expensive music video …

2020-03-27: Picard was quite good but, like most episodes of Discovery, it rarely felt like Star Trek to me. I …

2020-03-27: 10. Wallachia Chapter 4: Evening Tea Ion and Kwasi take Marley to the pub. They hear some music, she notices that something’s up …

2020-03-26: Here’s a summary of a 1701 account by Joseph Pitton de Tournefortof of a Vrykolakas (Greek vampire) …

2020-03-26: It’s hard for me to focus on programming with the kids at home. I have a bunch of ways I want …

2020-03-25: Far Sector continues to be one of the best books going.

2020-03-20: Here’s a chilling 13th century Wallachian legend about Manoli, a stonemason tasked by Radu the …

2020-03-18: Sypha calls Jason Isaacs’s character in season three of Castlevania a “township …

2020-03-16: Classic Vampire Stories You Can Read for Free I’ve read a good portion of the vampire stories published prior to 1900. Here are what I …

2020-03-14: Important research on Bunnicula from The Flophouse. 🐰🧛🏻‍♂️

2020-03-13: 9. Wallachia Chapter 3: Rumors, Lamentations, and Thunderstorms Father Abraham faces the possibility there’s been a murder in the village.

2020-03-12: DRACULA, MOTHERFKER by de Campi and Henderson coming this fall New graphic novel from Image due out …

2020-03-11: Feeling miserably weak? Have a ghastly pale complexion (but without anæmic signs)? Sterterous …

2020-03-09: The Legend of Poenari Citadel Good piece on this now-ruined fortress that Vlad III Dracula used. My …

2020-03-09: It’s fortunate that Warren Ellis knew to sprinkle dashes of camp and levity into Castlevania.

2020-03-09: I’m trying to figure out how Oină works. A maybe-predecessor to baseball, it’s a national sport in …

2020-03-05: There’s a small scene in the first episode of season three of Castlevania where there’s some …

2020-03-04: Chapter 10, “Red Tower Pass” I’ve just released chapter 10 of Wallachia, “Red Tower Pass.” Horses and vampires …

2020-03-02: Chapter 10 is written and edited. I need to read it over a few more times, then record the audio for …

2020-02-28: 8. Wallachia Chapter 2: Six Hundred and Eighty Steps We follow Ion up the steps to Castelul Argeş, see a little of what life is like for those who work …

2020-02-24: Today, February 24, is the date of the events of the pilot of Twin Peaks. From there the first …

2020-02-21: Bugs Bunny in Transylvania 6-5000. (Unfortunately the WB only has a shortened version up on …

2020-02-19: “Transylvania” by Jake Kaufman for the NES DuckTales game.

2020-02-17: Sengir Vampire. Art by Anson Maddocks.

2020-02-17: I was very excited about this week’s Doctor Who. Shelley, Byron, and Polidori really did spend time …

2020-02-14: David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in 1983’s The Hunger. [I initially mis-typed this as …

2020-02-14: 7. Wallachia Chapter 1: Welcome to Wallachia Chapter 1 of Wallachia: A Penny Dreadful by David Ely. The previous six episodes have comprised the …

2020-02-12: I don’t know how well it works digitally, but The Terrifics 25 is a very fun issue. It lets you make …

2020-02-06: Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is a fun “Elseworlds” Story by Doug Moench. Here’s a collection that …

2020-02-05: Turnu Roșu Pass along the Olt River near the southern Transylvania-northern Wallachia border. 1831 …

2020-01-31: 6. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 6: Home At Last Corina and Dominic arrive at her village. This marks the end of the Flowers of Transylvania novella. …

2020-01-30: My brain woke me up at 4:00 or so this morning because it had finally figured out the line of …

2020-01-26: John Williams wrote the score for 1979’s Dracula starring Frank Langella.

2020-01-22: A Bit More on Count Von Count Inspired by this letter Children’s Workshop got about Count von Count, here are a few more …

2020-01-22: Naturally, Count von Count has a Twitter account: @CountVonCount. It’s frightfully, …

2020-01-22: In 1989 Children’s Television Workshop received a letter expressing concern that Sesame …

2020-01-19: Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula №1: Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a …

2020-01-17: 5. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 5: As the World Falls Down The morning after finding something terrible beneath the chapel in the village, Corina despairs.

2020-01-10: Chapter 9, “Rides in the Rain” is out now. Father Abraham takes a ride in the rain to …

2020-01-07: I’m hoping to have chapter 9 out tomorrow or Thursday. If tomorrow’s a snow day it might slow me …

2020-01-07: BBC One has posted a few short documentaries about its new Dracula series (on Netflix in the US): …

2020-01-07: The count’s ring in the Dracula series is the symbol of the Order of the Dragon. Here’s a shot of …

2020-01-06: In the BBC/Netflix show, Count Dracula has a new trick: learning languages by drinking blood. Here …

2020-01-04: I quite liked the first episode of BBC One/Netflix’s Dracula. It plays with the source well and …

2020-01-03: 4. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 4: Into the Labyrinth Corina and the girls visit the village, and she makes a startling discovery.

2019-12-29: This was in my Christmas cracker tonight.

2019-12-20: Chapter 8 of Wallachia, “Goings and Comings,” is out now. The Order gets some orders The trouble …

2019-12-20: 3. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 3: Day and Night in Castle Dracula Corina and Dominic connect; she starts having bad dreams.

2019-12-09: I let myself, somehow, sleep on the first book of Pullman’s new Dark Materials series, “The Book of …

2019-12-06: Vampires in The Green Lantern: Blackstars The second issue of The Green Lantern: Blackstars by Grant Morrison, Xermanico, and Steve Oliff has …

2019-12-06: 2. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 2: The Lord Who Receives Many Guests Corina awakens in Castle Dracula and discovers that she’s not alone.

2019-11-22: Audiobook chapters of Wallachia are now available as a podcast, starting with the first chapter of …

2019-11-22: Chapter 7, “An Imbalance of Humours,” is out now. 🥖Ion arranges to buy some old bread. …

2019-11-22: Having a nice cup of 🍵green tea while I get chapter seven ready to publish.

2019-11-21: Units of Measurement in Wallachia Throughout Wallachia, whenever I refer to a distance, weight, etc., I try to use the era-appropriate …

2019-11-21: 1. Flowers of Transylvania Chapter 1: The Princess of Springtime Transylvania. The first day of spring, 1741. Corina is the jewel of her village. She’s been …

2019-11-18: Development Log: Fleurons part 2 As discussed previously, I use little fleurons to give the text a little bit of flourish here and …

2019-11-18: Wallachia v1.2.0 Big announcement: Wallachia is now completely free to read or listen to; no subscription required. …

2019-11-18: I fully expected to do a few rounds with app review before this was ready. Big update coming soon.

2019-11-12: Cannot say I agree that “fugly” is a suitable synonym for “homely,” Apple thesaurus.

2019-11-08: Also, Dracula Live has now concluded. Here’s the complete table of contents. I might do a …

2019-11-08: Chapter 6, “The Proud Blood of the Wallachian,” is out now. 🗣Father Abraham overhears some gossip. …

2019-11-08: Suzerainty: a position of control by a sovereign or state over another state that is internally …

2019-11-05: Dracula Live ends tomorrow. Well, most of the action is happening just about right now, but Mina and …

2019-11-02: I made a little teaser and a webpage for my novella, Flowers of Transylvania. It’s only $2.99 …

2019-10-29: iOS 13.2-related emoji follow-up: the 🧄garlic is new, 🧛🏻gender-neutral vampire was already in (news …

2019-10-28: iOS 13.2 includes an important new emoji to protect yourself from digital vampires: 🧄.

2019-10-28: Count Dracula & Vlad the Impaler Q: Is Count Dracula based on Vlad the Impaler? A: In name only. Bram Stoker, writing in the 1890s, …

2019-10-25: To promote the new animated Addams Family movie, MGM has uploaded a number of full episodes of the …

2019-10-24: And (un)naturally, Lord Vampyre and his bride ¹ glow in the dark. She doesn’t have a name, just …

2019-10-24: No Vampyre Castle is complete without a zombie chauffeur-driven hearse.

2019-10-24: Looking for a short vampire book to read before Halloween? Flowers of Transylvania is only $2.99. In …

2019-10-23: Wallachia v1.1.1 A very minor update, 1.1.1, has been approved and will be coming to you shortly. It fixes a bug that …

2019-10-22: Chapter 5, “How to Borrow a Book,” is now available. Alt title: “The Gang Robs the Church.” Also, we …

2019-10-20: The Vampyre and Carmilla Both The Vampyre and Carmilla are in the public domain. You can download ebooks of them for free …

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2019-10-18: Van Helsing and friends are waiting in Varna. The count is retreating to Transylvania aboard the …

2019-10-15: Gay Characters and Homophobia in Wallachia My wording in the video, that I “realized” Ion and Kwasi were gay, is intentional. The …

2019-10-14: A number of the Addams Family strips feature bats and coffins, but this one, from The Charles Addams …

2019-10-14: Book keeping: Most of the events in Dracula Live from here on out move to the Eastern European Time …

2019-10-10: Research question: would coffee have been consumed in 1816 Wallachia? Wikipedia says it got to …

2019-10-08: Out today: Tomb of Dracula: The Complete Collection vol. 3 by Marv Wolfman et al. (Also a new volume …

2019-10-03: This morning’s Dracula Live posts are long, I know, but also have a ton of good action in …

2019-09-30: This evening’s Dracula Live entry is a big one. Van Helsing enumerates a number of the count’s …

2019-09-30: From Cinemassacre: Which film adaptation of Dracula is the most faithful to the book?

2019-09-25: Chatted with Apple support today. TV OS’s new multi-user system requires you to either A) add …

2019-09-24: I made a little video about my favorite set of Heroes of the Storm skins, the “Hallow’s …

2019-09-23: Setting up next week’s Dracula Live posts, I see a few cracks in the epistolary format. The …

2019-09-19: Wallachia v1.1.0 is out now if you have iOS 13. It adds dark mode and fixes a bug where audiobooks …

2019-09-18: “Buffy vs Dracula” vs Dracula This week, the wonderful podcast @BufferingCast covered “Buffy vs. Dracula,” the season …

2019-09-14: Development Log: Dark Mode Website I spent a little time tonight adding some dark mode colors to the website. I did it the slightly …

2019-09-13: Lastly for now, the unoffiicial subtitle of this chapter might as well be, “I read Emily …

2019-09-13: This is the first chapter I’ve published post-launch, so that’s invigorating. It took me a while to …

2019-09-13: Wallachia chapter three, “Rumors, Lamentations, and Werewolves” is out now. You can …

2019-09-12: If all goes well, chapter three of Wallachia will be out tomorrow. It’s called “Rumors, …

2019-09-07: Today in 1893 we have Van Helsing recommending a blood transfusion to help Lucy. The transfusion was …

2019-09-05: When I read all of Dracula and broke it up by dates and times, I was looking forward to the period …

2019-09-05: Dark Mode development wasn’t too hard. I switched to the system semantic colors and put a 90% …

2019-09-03: Development Log: Fleurons Very early on in the design process for Wallachia I decided that I’d be writing the book using a …

2019-09-02: Today over at Dracula Live, we get both our first reference to Van Helsing followed closely by a …

2019-08-29: Wallachia Launch Follow-Through Reading Brent Simmons’s piece about following-through on the launch of the excellent NetNewsWire, I …

2019-08-26: Flowers of Transylvania, the prelude I wrote to Wallachia, is now available on Kindle and Apple …

2019-08-23: Here’s a longer trailer, featuring me! 📚

2019-08-22: Development Log: Wallachia's App Icon I’m not much of a visual designer. I know the basics and think I have an adequate aesthetic …

2019-08-21: Here’s the press kit for Wallachia. I’ll say yes to essentially any podcast or interview …

2019-08-20: Here is the excellent cover that Samantha Lane Fiddy painted for Wallachia. 📚🎨

2019-08-20: Never fear, this account will continue to republish Dracula live, from 1893. If you’ve been …

2019-08-20: Teaser for Wallachia Here’s the teaser trailer for Wallachia, my new serial vampire book.

2019-08-19: Forgetting Sarah Marshall featured a silly but earnest puppetry performance of a Dracula-themed rock …

2019-08-12: Note: today’s letter from Sister Agatha was written 12 August. It’ll take a week for the …

2019-08-02: Happy August! Today, in 1893, sailers aboard the Demeter are falling one-by-one to their unseen …

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2019-07-30: My copy of Dracula Starring Mickey Mouse just arrived!

2019-07-27: I’ve updated the Table of Contents for Dracula Live. I have to do it manually but I’ve …

2019-07-20: Jason Kottke’s Live TV Coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing and Moon Walk using CBS’s footage just went …

2019-07-18: From today’s Dracula Live entry, Backsheesh: n. (in parts of Asia) a small sum of money given as …

2019-07-16: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the 1992 film by Francis Ford Coppola, is on sale for $4.99 this week on …

2019-06-30: Today’s Dracula Live entry concludes chapter four. We’ve already read from chapter five; Mina and …

2019-05-27: I schedule Dracula Live posts two weeks ahead of time. Today there was only one to do! We have …

2019-05-19: If you’ve been sleeping on starting Dracula, we’re only up to chapter 4 in our live read-along. …

2019-05-16: The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is out now for Nintendo Switch. It has eight games and …

2019-05-10: Next entry will go up later tonight. There’s no date listed but the letter say it’s a Wednesday, and …

2019-05-09: Today we have our first post that comes out of order with respect to the original Dracula novel: a …

2019-05-08: Working out the Dracula Live chronology can be tricky even with dated entries! This morning, Harker …

2019-05-06: So what does it look like? I like the tall, jagged versions depicted in Vampire Hunter D, …

2019-05-06: Castle Dracula With Harker taking a day off today to rest after arriving at his destination, I’ll write a …

2019-05-05: Beware Saint George’s Eve Here’s a bit of history on the superstitions that feature into the …

2019-05-03: Maybe I should have worked out a cross-promotion with @vampireweekend. “Listen to the new record …

2019-05-02: My posts are currently at the top of both /r/dracula and /r/vampires! They’re not big subreddits, …

2019-05-01: Jonathan Harker’s train just left Munich for Vienna, then on to Transylvania.

2019-04-30: Announcing Dracula Live. I’ve taken the text of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, broken each …

2019-04-26: In one week: Dracula Live. 🧛🏻‍♂️🕗