Sample excerpts from the English translation

Whereas in Dracula, the Count mostly remains hidden once he has arrived in England, in Makt Myrkranna he plays a public role under the name of "Baron Székely", and even engages in polite chatter with Vilma and Lusía (Mina and Lucy). He praises the supernatural talents of the Tatars (here taking the role of the Count's Gypsie helpers), so that the girls go and visit the exotic group of nomads who have just arrived in Whitby.


Wilma and LuCIA have a chat with the Vampire Count at the Whitby cemetery.

The next day the girls found Baron Székely in the cemetery. He appeared to be in a very talkative mood. A group of Tatars (Gypsies) had just arrived in town, and the Baron told the girls several things about the habits of these wandering people from his home country. He said that there are countless natural forces and laws known only to a few, and that the Tatars were familiar with a variety of such secret knowledge. He told them that women are endowed with the greatest and most valuable powers of all, and that Tatar women also know how to wield them. “I am convinced,” he said to Lucia, “that you have those talents as well, and it’s only up to you to use them.”  

The two girls decide to visit the groups of tatars, who have pitched their tents outside of whitby.

Wilma suspected that their arrival had been anticipated, as the Tatars welcomed them with much hospitality, but Lucia was treated with the most distinction − the leader of the group even kissed the hem of her dress. He then had his interpreter ask her whether she would like her humble servant to do anything for her. She answered, saying, “I’ve been told that your people are more knowledgeable in certain fields than people of other nations; it would be my pleasure to learn more about this.” The chief went into his tent and returned with a young girl. She was wrapped in a gold-seamed, yellow silk shawl. She handed Lucia a crystal ball and asked her to look into it. Lucia did so, and she saw her fiancé, Arthur, kissing a young woman sitting beside him. The next day Lucia received a letter from Arthur, in which he told her that his sister, Mary, had come to visit him the night before. Mary had just been married to a Romanian man, an assistant to Prince Koromezzo, the Austrian ambassador to London. Mary’s relatives had done everything in their power to prevent this marriage from happening, as the Prince had a ruinous reputation.