Bram Stoker based his novel
(published in 1897) upon the historical
figure of Vlad Tepes.  Just how much stoker knew about the life and
atrocities of Vlad Tepes is unclear, but he was certainly aware of Vlad
from a reference in a history book obtained from the library of Whitby.
In any event, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has helped tremendously to
popularize the region and to make Vlad Tepes one of the most well-known
medieval figures that ever lived.