by Armando Sanchez
Question: Do I need permission to use the name of Dracula in a novel? My idea is to have his son as my main character and Dracula as secondary character.Answer:
As always, I must say that I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice.
However, the general rule is that a work is under copyright until fifty years after the author's death, after which it passes into public domain. Since Bram Stoker (who wrote Dracula
) died in 1912, I think you are on pretty safe ground--so long as you only borrow from the original novel and not a more recent adaptation of the Dracula story.