1800’s Vampire Hunting Kit
Following the publication of Bram Stoker’s sensationalist novel Dracula in 1897 there was a sudden surge in the purchase of so-called “real” vampire killing kits, bought by gullible tourists or atmosphere-thrill seekers travelling to Eastern Europe. This is a nice example of one.
On a related note.
Did you know that it’s speculated that Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Irving was the real-life inspiration for the character of Dracula? Irving apparently had a dramatic persona masked by calm and gentlemanly mannerisms, and as Bram Stoker’s friend could have been prime candidate for the role.
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UPDATE / EDIT (4th March 2015)
Great comment from cjmoseley below. A hot beam of fact to burn through my fabricated fiction. Scroll down and enjoy.