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Bram Stoker

(1847 - 1912)

Bram Stoker was an Irish author best known for his Gothic masterpiece "Dracula," a novel that has become the quintessential vampire tale, shaping the horror genre for decades to follow. Born in Clontarf, Dublin, Stoker was a sickly child whose early years confined to bed might have fueled his imaginative powers. As he grew up, Stoker defied his ailing beginnings, excelling academically and physically, eventually attending Trinity College, where he studied mathematics.

Stoker’s career was multifaceted: he worked as a civil servant in Dublin Castle, wrote as a respected theater critic, and managed the Lyceum Theatre in London, where he became a close friend of actor Henry Irving. It was during his tenure at the Lyceum that Stoker began writing novels, with “Dracula” (1897) being his fifth and most famous work. This epistolary tale of Count Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England has not only spawned countless adaptations but also inspired an entire genre of vampire fiction.

His other novels, such as "The Mystery of the Sea" and "The Jewel of Seven Stars," also explore themes of the supernatural and occult, though none reached the iconic status of "Dracula." Bram Stoker's writings exhibit a fascination with the darker elements of Victorian society, the anxieties of his time, and the complexities of modernity encroaching upon traditional life.

Stoker passed away in 1912, leaving behind a rich legacy that immortalized him within the pantheon of literature's greatest horror writers.

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