Yes! I also remember a conference on Dracula I attended a while ago, and the professor presented called our attention by pointing out how one kills a vampire:
- You cut their heads so they don't think
- You put garlics on their mounth so they won't speak
- You put a stake through their hearts so they don't feel
- And since they're ungodly creatures you don't feel remorse in doing so.
This applied mostly to vampiresses (like the the Brides of Dracula), but I think much of it applies to the Count as well.
Fantastic read, Shourya!