Abraham (Bram) Stoker
Bram Stoker, third of seven children, was born in Clontarf, a suburb of Dublin, on November 8, 1847. He was a sickly child who made a curious recovery by the age of seven. He attended Trinity College in Dublin where he was both a debater and an athlete; he graduated in 1870 with honors. He began working as a civil servant at Dublin Castle, but also pursued private interests. He obtained an advanced degree in mathematics and wrote theatre reviews for the Dublin Evening Mail, a pastime which led to a friendship and professional relationship with the English actor Sir Henry Irving.
In 1878 Stoker married Florence Balcombe, a noted Victorian beauty; their son Irving Noel Stoker was born on December 31, 1879. Stoker became the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London (owned by Irving) and remained in that position for 27 years. In addition, he wrote many novels and short stories as well as non-fiction.
Dracula, a chilling masterpiece of Gothic horror, was first published in 1897 and has never been out of print since. Although it was not the first story about a vampire, it became the most well-known and has since had a huge impact on popular culture as respectful interpretation as well as imitation and parody. It has been estimated that over 1,000 films have been inspired by the Dracula story.
Stoker died in London on April 20, 1912.
Works by Bram Stoker:
1875 The Primrose Path
1879 The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland
1881 Under the Sunset, short stories
1886 A Glimpse of America
1890 The Snake's Pass
1895 The Watter's Mou'
1895 The Shoulder of Shasta
1898 Miss Betty
1902 The Mystery of the Sea
1903 The Jewel of Seven Stars
1905 The Man (aka The Gates of Life)
1906 Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (in two volumes)
1908 Lady Athlyne
1908 Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party
1909 The Lady of the Shroud
1910 Famous Imposters
1911 Lair of the White Worm
1914 Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories