Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847– 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker (1799–1876), from Dublin, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley (1818–1901), who was raised in County Sligo. Stoker was the third of seven children, the eldest of whom was Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st Bt. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Church of Ireland Parish of Clontarf and attended the parish church with their children, who were baptised there.
Stoker was bedridden with an unknown illness until he started school at the age of seven, when he made a complete recovery. Of this time, Stoker wrote, "I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years." He was educated in a private school run by the Rev. William Woods.
I ... Though not conventional “ghost stories,” two popular books that emerged from this era of horror writing are Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” both of which featured a sort of undead monster who frightened humanity ...Books, films, television and even YouTube reflect our society’s fascination with paranormal phenomena ... .
One of his specialties was YA fiction for British lads, though he wrote a most grown-up book, under a psydeonym (as it was that shocking) about his time in the trenches of WWI... “The Book” by Margaret Irwin ... “The Squaw” by Bram Stoker ... True, Bram Stoker was slicing and dicing a lot of parts of old Poe stories, but no matter.
I remember the first time I read “Dracula,” the novel by Bram Stoker that has been made into film so many times and that has inspired so many spinoffs. I found the book in my high school library ... I did not know what to expect from the book ... The book is a reminder that one does not have to look to the supernatural to find genuine evil.
ImageCredits. BBC One ... The show is loosely adapted from the book of the same name by Bram Stoker and the story is expertly weaved together as a comprehensive whole through the incorporation of a few chapters (The Voyage of Demeter for instance) from the book into the episodes ... Is Dracula (2020) available to watch via streaming? ... And be warned ... NOTE ... .
Co-Directors Tom Lawlor and Maria Schweppe introduce the programme for this year's Bram StokerFestival, which returns to various venues across Dublin this October. Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has captivated readers and film fans for more than a century ... The Bram Stoker Festival runs at various Dublin venues from Fri 27th - Mon 30 October 2023.
Dracula, one of the most popular horror creations in literature, continues to stoke the insatiable desire of fans over a century since he first flew out of the pages of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. The vampire lord’s bloody adventures have graced not just books but comics, films, TV shows, and other media.