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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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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?


Important research on Bunnicula from The Flophouse. 🐰🧛🏻‍♂️

9. Wallachia Chapter 3: Rumors, Lamentations, and Thunderstorms

Chapter 3 of Wallachia: A Penny Dreadful by David Ely. Father Abraham faces the possibility there’s been a murder in the village.

DRACULA, MOTHERFKER by de Campi and Henderson coming this fall

New graphic novel from Image due out in October. 🧛🏿‍♂️Count me in.

Feeling miserably weak? Have a ghastly pale complexion (but without anæmic signs)? Sterterous breathing and heavy, lethargic sleep with frightening dreams, and gums shrunken back from the teeth? You may have recently been bit by Count Dracula. (But wash your hands, anyway.)

The Legend of Poenari Citadel

Good piece on this now-ruined fortress that Vlad III Dracula used. My fictional Castelul Argeş in Wallachia stands just a bit north, across the river.

It’s fortunate that Warren Ellis knew to sprinkle dashes of camp and levity into Castlevania.

I’m trying to figure out how Oină works. A maybe-predecessor to baseball, it’s a national sport in Romania and I sort of want to work it into Wallachia somewhere. Here’s a video (in Romanian, which I don’t speak!) that has a good cartoon demonstration of it.

There’s a small scene in the first episode of season three of Castlevania where there’s some haggling over money. Hungary in that era used denarii. Moldavia, to the east, grosh (or grosz). Both were circulated in Wallachia in the 15th century. See: History of coins in Romania.

Chapter 10, “Red Tower Pass”

I’ve just released chapter 10 of Wallachia, “Red Tower Pass.” Horses and vampires and wolves, oh my! (Get it on the App Store!)

As I say in the news section, this one was very hard for me to get down. I knew what was going to happen in the story, but I just couldn’t make the words come out right. One morning I woke up with a new opening line in my head, and it started to slowly to come together from there. Not that there’s anything special about the opening line — it’s no “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” — just that once I figured out I needed to flash back a little bit between the present moment and Marley’s first ride to Turnu Roșu Pass, the story started to work.

The other problem was that I hadn’t intended to reveal where Marley had been for those two years just yet, but I couldn’t figure out how to write around it. Having a whole chapter where two characters avoid talking about something just to keep the reader in the dark didn’t work. Once I let go of that and let the story take me where it wanted to go, I wound up with something I was happy with.

Here’s a painting of Turnu Roșu Pass from 1831.

Chapter 10 is written and edited. I need to read it over a few more times, then record the audio for it. The kids are out of school tomorrow and we’re going to Mount Vernon so it should be out on Wednesday.

I wish this chapter hadn’t taken this long. It was frustrating trying to write it because I knew what was going to happen in the story but couldn’t get the words to come out right. I hope you’ll agree one you read it that it was worth the wait.

More on all of it as soon as it’s ready. Thank you for your patience.