When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.
Geek moment: this is an Interesting perpetration of the "Vlad the Impaler" myth of Dracula. In actuality, the idea of him as a vampire came AFTER Bram Stoker's novel was published, despite the fact that Stoker never once alluded to him in his work. Now, though, we ascribed Vlad to Dracula. Weird.