Airbnb has announced that the Bran Castle in Romania, famously known as Dracula’s castle, will be available on Oct. 31. The company introduced a contest on Monday wherein the winner and his or her guest will get to spend All Hallows’ Eve at the castle made famous by Abraham Stoker’s 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
The guests will get to be part of the story of the novel’s protagonist, Jonathan Harker, during his stay at the castle. They will ride a horse-drawn carriage to their destination, and then wine and dine on a blood-enriching meal. They will also sleep on the red velvet-trimmed coffins just like what Dracula did.
They will be hosted by Dacre Stoker, the great nephew of the Irish author. Airbnb describes Dacre as a well-respected expert on any subject about vampires as well as a passionate advocate of Bram’s novel.
“I want to make it both realistic and show the legend in the wonderful country that birthed the whole thing,” Stoker says. “Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!”
Airbnb’s competition is an international one. Those who wish to participate may do so by writing a short passage on what they would say if they would meet Count Dracula face-to-fang.
Count Dracula is based on Prince Vlad Dracul, the infamous 15th century Wallachian prince who was also known as Vlad Tepes or Vlad The Impaler. The prince was given this nickname because he would impale his enemies.
The story has inspired many films including Horror of Dracula, which starred Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, and Nosferatu, which was an unauthorized film adaptation. The author’s heirs sued the creators of Nosferatu and asked to destroy its copies. Fortunately, a few copies managed to survive and for decades, it has been considered as one of the most influential films of all time.