It was a cold autumn evening, the trees were bare and the wind scattered the fallen leaves on the deserted street. I was only a child when I passed for the first time near the Tower of Vlad Dracula in the city of Târgoviște, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. The Tower, like a stone giant watching over the city, fascinated me.
My name is Viorel Moraru. I was born and raised in Romania. I have a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in History, both received from Valahia University of Târgoviște.
My passion for history, myths and horror movies sparked my interest in the controversial character Dracula, also known as the Impaler. Inspired by the two faces of Dracula, the medieval hero and the vampire, I created a story about a vampire-hero, who instead of a black cape wears red armor, who in the dead of night is not sneaking out from the castle to kidnap babies, but sharpens his sword to defend his kingdom and the European civilization against his greatest threat in the world, Mehmed the Conqueror.
I wrote the script in a couple of weeks, then I bought a graphic tablet and I started drawing.
I am not a professional artist, I am just a guy who likes stories. I have worked about a year to make this story happen, it wasn`t easy, but it was fun.
Codex Dracula tells the story of Vlad the Impaler and his descendents. The comic book combines historical fiction with horror stories.
The first version of Codex Dracula appeared as an indie project at the beginning of 2017, since then, I have reunite under the same cover the first two volumes of Codex Dracula: “Under the Shadow of the Half-Moon” and “An Eye for An Eye.”
Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula – prince of Wallachia;
Mehmed the Conquerer – Sultan of the Ottoman Empire;
Huma Hatun – Mehmed’s mother;
Matthias Corvinus – king of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia;
The Executioner – gypsy hangman, perhaps the last man Vlad can trust;
The Wise Man – Indian sorcerer, mystic, hermit, or as some people call him – a Djinn.
Synopsis: In a time when The Holy Roman Empire was divided by internal power struggles, the nations from southeastern Europe were forced to defend themselves against Islam… They failed… After the conquest of Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed shifted his attention toward the north. In his quest for power, the small kingdom of Transylvania could be used as military base against the heart of Europe. But Mehmed still needed to pass one more obstacle for the world to stand at his feet. That obstacle was a prince born in the Carpathian Mountains, baptized in blood on the battlefield and raised by his father with a sole purpose, to kill. That prince was Vlad Dracula, the Impaler.
I was told that the strongest part of the comic book is the story and the weakest part is the art. I don’t disagree.
I recommend Codex Dracula to those who want to see a new storyline on Vlad the Impaler.
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