On this day in history, May 26, 1897... Irish author Bram Stoker published his novel, Dracula. The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. While Stoker did not invent the creature known as the 'vampire,' he did re-define it into its modern form. Stoker's notes for Dracula show that the name of the count was originally "Count Wampyr," but Stoker became intrigued by the name "Dracula" while doing research, after reading William Wilkinson's book An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia with Political Observations Relative to Them. The name Dracula was the patronym (Drăculea) of the descendants of Vlad II of Wallachia, who took the name "Dracul" after being invested in the Order of the Dragon in 1431. In the Romanian language, the word dracul can mean either "the dragon" or, especially in the present day, "the devil."