Transylvanian Society of Dracula
What is the TSD?
The Transylvanian Society of Dracula (TSD) was formed in Romania in 1991, following the fall of Communism. It is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the study of both Count Dracula of fiction and Vlad (Tepes) Dracula of history. There are chapters of the TSD throughout Romania and the rest of Europe. There is no active chapter in the U.S. at the present time. Americans are eligible to join the Canadian chapter.
The TSD in Romania hosts an annual Symposium and World Dracula Congresses. Its official travel agency "Company of Mysterious Journeys" offers Dracula tours in Romania. The head office of the TSD is in Bucharest, Romania. TSD members come from all walks of life: scholars, writers, artists, film buffs, tourism officials, students, computer programmers, home-makers, librarians, etc., all united by a common interest in the myth and the history of Dracula. We currently have three honorary members: novelist Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, retired architect Patrick Stoker (Bram's great-nephew), and Noel Dobbs (Bram's great-grandson).
The Canadian Chapter
The Canadian Chapter was formed in July 1995 and is incorporated under Canadian federal law. The president is Dr Elizabeth Miller, Professor (Emerita) of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland, now living in Toronto. Membership in the Canadian Chapter is open to residents of Canada and the U.S., as well as those in other countries that have no active chapter. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Note: The TSD does not direct its programs at practicing vampires or aspiring vampires.
As a member of the Canadian Chapter, you will receive:
- our quarterly newsletter, The Borgo Post
- a free copy of our annual scholarly publication, the Journal of Dracula Studies
- access to the Membership Directory
- occasional in-house publications
- on request, access to various resource materials held by the TSD office
- updated information on conferences and Dracula tours, as well as discounts on TSD-sponsored events
Most important, you will be part of a group that shares your enthusiasm for Dracula.
FOR NEW MEMBERS
There are two ways you can join
1. Postal Mail
Print and complete the form below and return it to the address indicated.
Include the annual cost of membership in the form of a check or money order as follows: $30 (Canada, in Canadian currency); $30 (U.S., in U.S. currency); $30 for international members (all other countries, in U.S. currency).
This covers your first 12 months of membership and becomes due yearly on the month in which you join. Make check or money order payable to "Canadian Chapter, TSD". For more details, or for verification, contact Elizabeth Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: _____________________________
City: ______________ Province/state: ____________ Postal code/Zip: _____________
e-mail address: _____________________
Specific interests* (list 3-4): ________________________________________________
* These can be general or Dracula/vampire-related
Elizabeth Miller, TSD
249 Beatrice St.
Canada M6G 3E9
2. EmailYou may e-mail the above information to email@example.com and use the PayPal option (below) for payment (or include the above information in the 'special instructions' section in paypal).
FOR CURRENT MEMBERS RENEWING MEMBERSHIP
You will receive by e-mail a reminder when your membership comes due. You may continue paying by sending a check to the address above; or you may use the PayPal option (see below).
If you choose to pay via paypal, click on the following link and pay wtih either a paypal account or using a credit card. Note that PayPal will charge $30 Canadian converted to your local currency. This is cheaper than paying by cheque.