Abraham "Bram" Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
With red lanterns, yellow, green
The vampires pass in night over wheat
And the dogs bark on in the night at the fields
The vampires have entered the loft of an inn,
And the loft is seen to be queerly lit
By red lanterns, yellow, green.
The vampires have returned to the loft to retrieve
Pledges left long ago in their lives …
So goes a story that now I’ve forgotten
That at night, in the inn, there appear silhouettes
With red lanterns, yellow, green.
But when the cock crows toward daybreak,
In a pack the vampires tumbles out of the loft,
`Cross the fields, and in chaos they all disappear,
Either red, yellow or green.
In the 19th Century Austrian village of Stettel, children are mysteriously disappearing. The villagers realize that the villain is the local count. Summoning their courage—attacking a nobleman is punishable by death—they charge into his castle, where they discover the dead body of a little girl and the very much alive body of Anna, a school teacher's wife who is now the count's lover. The count is a vampire, so the villagers dispatch him with a stake through the heart. But with his undying breath, he swears vengeance: that the villagers and their children will all suffer and die so that he can return. Fifteen years later, the village is quarantined due to a plague. No one can enter or leave, and there are guards at the perimeter. But somehow, a circus makes it through—a bizarre circus that both entertains and terrifies the villagers. But the Circus of Nights is no ordinary circus—it's a Vampire Circus, here in Stettel to avenge the evil count.