Glut, Donald Frank

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Author and editor Donald Glut.

Glut, Donald Frank (1944–)

(pop culture)

Donald Frank Glut, author and editor of vampire books, was born in Pecos, Texas, the son of Julia and Frank C. Glut. He attended DePaul University for two years (1962–64) and completed his bachelor’s degree (1967) at the University of Southern California. Following his graduation, Glut launched a career as a writer and, during the intervening quarter century, has produced numerous horror titles, especially around the Frankenstein and Dracula themes. Throughout the early 1970s, he authored a series of Frankenstein books including Frankenstein Lives Again (Spanish ed. 1971; English ed. 1977), Terror of Frankenstein (Spanish ed. 1971; English ed. 1977) and The Frankenstein Legend: A Tribute to Mary Shelley and Boris Karloff (1972).

In 1972, Glut produced his first vampire book, True Vampires of History. It proved a landmark volume—the first to bring together the accounts of all real (as opposed to legendary) vampires in what was a historical narrative. He followed in 1975 with The Dracula Book, a monumental bibliographical work on the character of Dracula as he appeared in the different media, such as books, comic books, stage, and film. It was awarded the Montague Summers Award by The Count Dracula Society, and became the foundation of all future vampire bibliographical and movie research. In 1977, Glut brought together his two primary loves in a novel, Frankenstein Meets Dracula (German edition, 1980).

During the 1970s, Glut contributed articles to numerous comic books including Eerie, Ghost Rider, The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor, and Vampirella. He created the vampire character Baron Tibor, who appeared in several stories in The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor. His novelization of The Empire Strikes Back earned him the Galaxy Award in 1980.

Glut continued his interest in Frankenstein and produced The Frankenstein Catalog (1984), an updated edition of his prior bibliographical work. He also pursued an interest in dinosaurs and has authored a number of titles on that topic, beginning with The Dinosaur Dictionary (1972). In the early 1990s, he began compiling a comprehensive work on dinosaurs. His completed work, Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia, published in 1997, was named a outstanding reference source by the American Library Association.

In his youthful years, Glut produced a set of short amateur films about vampires, which became well known among those interested in vampires, though many people had not actually seen the films. Over the years Glut improved his moviemaking skills and, after making a variety of movies over the years, turned to vampires once again and produced a feature film trilogy—The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula (2003), Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood (2004), and Blood Scarab (2008)—which present the contemporary story of Elizabeth Bathory’s search for a way to live and move about in daylight. In the series she is presented as Count Dracula’s widow. At about the same time, Glut assembled all of his early amateur movies into an anthology collection published on DVD as I Was A Teenage Moviemaker—Don Glut’s Amateur Movies (2006).

Sources:

Glut, Donald F. True Vampires of History. New York: H C Publishers, 1971. 191 pp.
———. The Dracula Book. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1975. 388 pp.
———. Frankenstein Meets Dracula. London: New English Library, 1977. 140 pp.
———. Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia. Jeffersonville, NC: McFarland & Company, 1997.