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As Bram Stoker travelled America in his job as a theater tour manager in the late 19th century, he observed a strange and frightening episode then occurring in the eastern states. Fear of rampant tuberculosis, then known as consumption, decimated the population, and in lieu of any reliable medical cure, many panicked citizens blamed a very old menace as the cause--VAMPIRES. Was Stoker inspired by this contemporary "Vampire Scare" to write his masterpiece, Dracula in 1897? And what prominent American poet may have served as his model for the notorious count? Join us for a look at how a New World Vampire scare transformed the traditional Eastern European myth of the vampire and helped to create a cultural icon that lives on today in popular culture.