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Bram Stoker ca. 1906

Bram Stoker was an Irish novelist born November 8, 1847 and the author of the popular novel, Dracula. During the height of his career, he was the manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London and was personal assistant to Victorian actor Henry Irving.

During the time taken to write the novel, Dracula — arguably his most famous novel — he visited Transylvania and Whitby. Dracula has been a staple of modern gothic culture since it's release a hundred-and-sixteen years ago. Many times it has been adapted, and it is held as a classic staple of literature. As a child, Bram Stoker was often ill and his mother used to tell him  ghost-stories. This (and a nightmare he once had) inspired him to write his horror masterpiece. Other novels he wrote never reached the level of infamy that Dracula did. In 1910 he wrote a collection of short stories titled Dracula's Guest.

After a long life, on April 20, 1912, Bram Stoker died at the age of 64. He continues to be remembered for the legacy that he, and Dracula left on the gothic-genre. Stoker has an award named after him, the "Bram Stoker Award" which, since 1987, has been given to horror writers.