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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…

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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.


I relish every new Fangs strip. Check it out.

Here’s a stream of the National Theater’s production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature. Tomorrow they’ll swap roles at this link.

Version 1.2.1 of the Wallachia app should be in the store soon. It adds a bit of mouse and trackpad support for iPadOS and fixes the most embarrassing typo I can imagine. Like, picture you misspelled your own name on the cover of your book. Worse than that.

Dracula Live 2020

My Dracula Live project will be starting up again on the 3rd. I’m moving it over to @live_dracula on Twitter. If you want to read along, follow that account.

To recap: Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is written in the epistolary format, meaning it’s a collection of letters, journal entries, telegrams, etc. I’ve broken up the text into individual entires and will be tweeting out links to them in real time based on when they happened in the plot in 1893.

For fun I’m also including frame grabs from several different movie adaptations. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 is one of the most faithful to the novel, so I’ll be leaning on it a good deal. For the sake of variety, I’ll be working in the Hammer films version with Christopher Lee, Tod Browning’s 1931 film with Bela Legosi, and F.W Murnau’s Nosferatu with Max Schreck.

12. Wallachia Chapter 6: The Proud Blood of the Wallachian

Chapter 6 of Wallachia: A Penny Dreadful by David Ely. Father Abraham attends the speech by Count Dracula and Negrescu Radu at the castle.

Wikipedia on Wayside Shrines that can be found throughout parts of Europe (and the forthcoming chapter 12). Here’s a photo of one in northern Romania.

11. Wallachia Chapter 5: How to Borrow a Book

Chapter 5 of Wallachia: A Penny Dreadful by David Ely. With the town all at Radu’s speech, Marley and friends “borrow” a book from the church.

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 generously).

⚾️Nicolae plays oină and 🥬Romanian cabbage rolls are consumed.

Here is the complete tale of Manoli the mason, from E.B. Mawr’s Roumanian Fairy Tales and Legends, 1881. The monastery in question, the Curtea de Argeş Cathedral, still stands.

I actually wrote a complete sequence where they were practicing oină before realizing I had clearly established it was raining the entire day in chapter 9. Then later, I placed Dracula at the castle when, also in that same chapter, I had him a ways south at the same time. Ugh.

Chapters 9–11 all more or less overlap with one-another. I don’t think—at least I hope—it doesn’t come off as confusing. I wanted to follow each character’s journey through these days until they wind up back together. Marley goes off with Margareta, Ion is at the castle, Abraham goes to visit the farmer’s sick father, and then by the next morning they’re all back in the village. On a TV show you’d probably just cut back and forth.

There’s a new chapter of Wallachia coming later this week. You can download the app now to get caught up. wallachia.net

Coming, in chapter 11: 🌧rain, ⚾️oină, and 🥬cabbage rolls!

Here’s a nice piece about Uncle Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

(And yes, I did put a small reference to firebending in chapter 10.)