Bram Stoker, the Irish-English author, wrote Dracula based upon a real count in Romania. The count's name was Vlad Tepes, Son of the Dragon. He was part of the Romanian nobility and fought to keep the Ottoman Turks out of Romania. While he ruled Romania, he employed draconian methods to keep his subjects in line. His bloodthirstiness regading his ruling methodology was the basis for the fictional Count Dracula. He was also known as Vlad The Impaler because of his extreme barbarity and bloodthirsty manner.