Large numbers of tourists travel to Transylvania every year, looking for traces of Count Dracula. This article investigates why people feel the need to connect fictional stories, such as Dracula, with identifiable physical locations, and why they subsequently want to visit these locations. Based on field work, it is concluded that the experience of the Dracula tourist is characterised by a dynamic between two partially contradictory modes. First, Dracula tourists are driven by a desire to make a concrete comparison between the landscape they are visiting and their mental image. On the other hand, this rational approach to trace reality is contrasted with a more intuitive, emotional desire for a temporary symbiosis of both worlds.

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Keywords dracula, imagination, place No items selected, reality, vampire
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Series ERMeCC - Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture
Journal Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal
Note Article in press - dd November 2010
Reijnders, S.L. (2011). Stalking the count: Dracula, Fandom and Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research: a social sciences journal, 38(1), 231–248. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2010.08.006