Bram Stoker's original Dracula notes reveal odd unused vampire power

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Apr 24, 2013, 8:08 AM EDT (Updated)

 It seems the Count originally had one more supernatural ability in his arsenal.

When he debuted in the pages of Bram Stoker's landmark horror novel in 1897, Count Dracula had plenty of special abilities to his name: super strength, shapeshifting, hypnotism, weather control and that whole making-his-own-vampire-companions thing. But according to Stoker's original notes, he was set to have at least one more, and this one is rather eerie.

The document below is a page Stoker titled "Historiae Personae," and it lists the various characters that were to populate Dracula. Many of the names you'll likely recognize, but there are a few notable changes. For one thing, you'll notice a few characters -- a detective and a "physical research agent" among them -- who don't exist in the novel but possess some of the attributes of the character who became Abraham Van Helsing. Perhaps more interesting, though, is the name "Francis Aytown," who is described as a painter. She doesn't appear in the novel, but apparently Stoker's original plan was to have her attempt to paint Dracula's portrait, only to find that his image would simply not appear on the canvas. Over the years, Dracula (and vampires in general) gained the ability to cast no reflection, but this is somehow creepier. He's so not of this world that you can't replicate his image in any way. 

Dracula ended up being scary enough without the weird "you can't paint me" powers, but it's interesting to see that Stoker had even more vampire weirdness up his sleeve.

(Via Slate)