We’ve heard for years now that the British royal family can trace part of its lineage back to 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Dracula. Now, because it suits his campaign to save the Transylvanian forests, Prince Charles is fully embracing his blood-sucking ancestry.
As a lady of Transylvanian ancestry myself, I’m all for this environmental effort. But I’d also like to start a campaign of my own: Fiction authors of the world, please get to work on some novels riffing on this theme. William and Kate would make gorgeous vampires, no? Maybe Harry discovers he’s a rare hybrid. Diana isn’t actually dead, just in hiding from a slayer. The possibilities are endless.
Jeaniene Frost, author of the Night Huntress novels (go pick up Halfway to the Grave and get hooked immediately), has written one of my favorite versions of Dracula — though he prefers to be called Vlad Tepesh. Excuse me while I go harass her about this idea. (Also, if such a thing already exists, please let us know because we want to read it right now.)
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