The lead character briefly discusses a bedroom with "an Elmo night-light." (The author originated the character of Elmo during Sesame Street's 12th season.)
Later, the narrator mentions the "Cookie Monster growl" of a heavy metal singer.
In the acknowledgments, Meehl implies that Sesame Street's inclusive atmosphere and the existence of The Count inspired him to write a novel about vampires' fighting for acceptance in society:
“First, a big thanks to all politically correct producers in children's television who, over the years, have saved me from ignorantly offending minorities I was unaware of. Without their righteous guidance, I never would have realized that a tolerant, multi-cultural society should include our bloodsucking brothers and sisters.”