Today marks the 165th birthday of one of literature’s most popular authors, Bram Stoker.
Stoker is most famous for his 1897 novel, Dracula, in which he introduces the world to the world’s most notorious blood sucker. The book follows the Count Dracula as he tries to leave Transylvania to go to England but encounters some obstacles on the way. The book wasn’t a fast seller when it was first released but it was recognized as a masterpiece from the start.
While the myth of vampires was hardly started with Stoker’s Dracula, the novel certainly modernized and defined the vampire that ultimately led to the world-wide vampire box-office successes.
It is believed that some of Stoker’s inspiration came to him while he was working as a civil servant in Dublin Castle as well as from his friend Sir Henry Irving who was a Shakespearean actor whose mannerisms influenced those of Stoker’s Dracula.
Stoker was born in 1847 in Dublin, studied at Trinity College and worked as a civil servant as well as a theatre reviewer for a Dublin newspaper. More importantly, he wrote 12 novels, three short-story collections and four non-fiction books.