Transylvanian Society of Dracula
The Transylvanian Society of Dracula emerged at the end
of the 1990s as the largest vampire-interest organization in the
world. It was founded in the early 1990s by a group of writers,
Romanian scholars, tourist experts, and others interested in
Dracula and vampire folklore in Romania and initially announced
its existence through the sponsorship of the World
Dracula Congress in 1995. Taking the lead was Nicolae Paduraru,
formerly with the Romanian Ministry of Tourism. During
that conference both an American and a Canadian chapter
were established by J. Gordon Melton and Elizabeth Miller respectively,
and a short time later an Italian chapter was
founded by Massimo Introvigne. Each is a scholar in vampire
studies and the author of multiple titles in the field.
The Canadian and American chapters joined with the
Count Dracula Fan Club to sponsor Dracula 97, the centennial
celebration of the publication of the novel Dracula, that
brought some 100 scholars and more than 600 participants to
Los Angeles, California, August 14–17, 1997. For three years,
the two chapters cosponsored The Transylvanian Journal
(1996–98). Currently, the Canadian chapter issues a newsletter,
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The Borgo Post, and an annual Journal of Dracula Studies. It has
an extensive Internet site at httpwww.ucs.mun.ca~emiller.
The American chapter has issued a set of monographs including
a detailed bibliography of the English-language editions of
Dracula. The Italian chapter has an Internet site (in Italian) at
httpwww.cesnur.orgdracula.htm.
The Romanian chapter sponsors an annual symposium in
the Borgo Pass in May of each year. The original novel Dracula
opens in May as Jonathan Harker travels to Borgo Pass to meet
the Count. In May 2000, the society is sponsoring a much larger
event, Dracula 2000, which will include a number of international
scholars in Dracula and vampire studies.
The international headquarters of the Transylvanian Society
of Dracula is at 47 Primaverii Blvd., Bucharest 1, Romania.
The Canadian chapter is at P.O. Box 23240, Churchill P.O., St.
John’s, NF, Canada A1B 4J9; the American chapter at P.O. Box
91611, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-1611; and the Italian chapter
at Via Bertola 86, 10122 Torino, Italy.
Sources
Introvigne, Massimo. La stripe de Dracula Indagine sul vampirismpo
dall’antichita ai nostro giorni. Milan Arnoldo Mondadari
Editore, 1997.
Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book The Encyclopedia of the
Undead. 2nd ed. Detroit Visible Ink Press, 1999.
———. The Vampire Gallery. Detroit Visible Ink Press, 1998.
———. VideoHound’s Vampires on Video. Detroit Visible Ink
Press, 1996.
Miller, Elizabeth. Dracula Sense and Nonsense. Westcliff-onSea,
UK Desert Island Books, 1998.
———. Dracula The Shade and the Shadow. Westcliff-on-Sea,
UK Desert Island Books, 1998.
———. Reflection on Dracula Ten Essays. White Rock, B.C.
Transylvanian Press, 1997