Dracula Dirt: The Count was big in the seventies. Christopher Lee finished up his reign of terror early in the decade, Jack Palance donned the cape for Dan Curtis on TV, the Count even took the form of a friendly muppet on Sesame Street and Frank Langella scored on both the Broadway stage and in a cinematic adaptation of the notorious bloodsucker.
Of course, the Count was always alive in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine. And when I came across the ad above offering a casket shaped pendant filled with actual soil from the grounds of Castle Dracula…I had to have it. How I talked my folks into it, I’ll never know. But I still have it to this day. A small plastic casket filled with a gram of dirt on a cheesy golden necklace. It was seventies monster gold.