Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cemeteries, a great source of inspiration (Buenos Aires)

Victor T. Foia was born in Transylvania where he studied theoretical physics at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. At the age of 22 Victor escaped from behind the Iron Curtain and defected to Italy. After a waiting period of months spent in UN refugee camps, he emigrated to the United States. There Victor graduated from the University of Illinois and University of Dallas. He then embarked upon a career as an international corporate executive. Presently he is engaged full time in writing historical fiction.

Victor’s interest in Dracula dates from the age of six, when he first visited his compatriot’s birthplace only a hundred miles from his own. Soon this interest became a lasting passion for research into Dracula’s life. Exploring castles, fortresses, and monasteries throughout Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Victor went beyond the iconic Dracula literature to ferret out the essence of the man behind the Legend. The four‑decade long quest has taken Victor to virtually all the places where Dracula lived, loved, fought, and was imprisoned. In the end, by the empty tomb from where the prince disappeared without a trace 535 years ago, Victor felt his journey of discovery was complete and now the story of the real Dracula could be told.

5 Comments so far.

  1. Arnold Benson says:

    Sir Foia,

    Congratulations on your very successful entry into the world of the historical literati.

    My retirement has afforded me the time to intensify my passion for history, and devouring Chapter 10 of Margaret MacMillan’s tome, “Paris 1919”, transported me back to an evening in Nashville where you waxed eloquently on the history of the Ploesti oil fields. If I had been blessed with a greater sense of the future, I would have realized then that your intellect, talent, and interests would drive you to produce your masterwork.

    Please pardon my coming persiflage, but after reading the aforementioned chapter, I understand your French fluency (recall the lagniappe incident) and your panache. Also, I am certain that your ancestors were not cabdrivers.

    Arnold Benson
    Keller, TX

    • Victor says:

      Dear Sir Arnold,

      I am so happy to hear from you, and most flattered you’d remember such insignificant proof of erudition on my part.

      What you are not saying (though seem to be implying) is that you’ve graced my humble literary forays with your reading. A sincere appraisal of my efforts to entertain through the means of historical fiction, coming from you, a person I respect so much, would mean a lot to me. And if such appraisal were to take the form of an Amazon review, it would be certain to either deter other readers from giving my books a try, or to compel them to part with their money and plunge headlong into Dracula’s murky world. I can accept either outcome with equanimity, for your warrant would assure me it was well deserved.

      Best wishes and stay in touch,


      P.S. As a proof that my memory has not been entirely ravaged by age, I’ll remind you that about 35 years ago I learned all I’ll ever know about Peterbilt trucks from you. If a future novel I might write will feature such a vehicle I promise to add your name to the Acknowledgments list. 🙂

  2. Dear Mr. Foia,

    I have just started reading The House of War and I am once again
    so glad that I was introduced to your work some months ago, by your son, Tim.

    Thank you for sharing your gift and for creating an enchanting, intriguing and exhilarating World that all of your readers can travel to, experience, enjoy and reflect upon in so many ways.


    Only the best,


    Robert D. Bond

  3. Aurelia says:

    “A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
    —Angela Carter

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