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Date of Birth 8 November 1847Dublin, Ireland
Date of Death 20 April 1912London, England, UK  (paralysis progressiva due to syphilis)
Birth NameAbraham Stoker
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1847, and gained fame for his novel "Dracula" about an aristocratic vampire in Transylvania. The sequel, "Dracula's Guest," was not published for 17 years after the publication of "Dracula," two years after Stoker's death. Stoker also wrote "The Mystery of the Sea" and "Famous Imposters." He was the stage manager for actor Sir Henry Irving and wrote "Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving," after Irving's death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Spouse (1)

Florence Anne Lemon Balcombe (4 December 1878 - 20 April 1912) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (23)

His only child, Noel Thornley Stoker, was born in 1879. Both Stoker and Oscar Wilde competed for the affections of the lovely Florence Balcombe, who eventually married Stoker. Over 100 years later two of Stoker's and Wilde's most famous characters, Mina Harker and Dorian Gray, would appear in the same film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
The character of Prof. Abraham Van Helsing is modeled after Stoker.
Contrary to popular belief, Stoker did not base his most famous character, Count Dracula, on Prince Vlad II of Romania (at the time called Wallachia). Most of his novel was completed and his vampire protagonist was to be named Count Wampyr. Then, during his research, he came across William Wilkinson's "An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia". In this book were brief passages about "Voivode Dracula" (never referred to as Vlad), who crossed the Danube to fight the Turks and helped to drive them out of Wallachia, but was betrayed to them by his brother. What intrigued Stoker was a footnote that in Romanian, Dracula meant Devil. Liking the name for that reason, Stoker changed the name of his vampire from Wampyr to Dracula.
Great-great-grandfather of actress Alberta Mayne.
His father was Abraham Stoker, a civil servant at Dublin Castle, and his mother was Charlotte Stoker (nee Thornley), a lieutenant's daughter from Sligo.
He was the third of seven children. His siblings were William, Matilda, Thomas, Richard, Margaret and George.
Childhood illness meant he was unable to walk until he was seven years old. An explanation for the illness was never found.
A fan of poet Walt Whitman, with whom he corresponded.
Worked as a Petty Sessions clerk in the civil service at Dublin Castle.
Worked for the Dublin Evening Mail as a theatre critic.
During his lifetime he was known mostly for being the Business Manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London and the Personal assistant to actor Henry Irving, the manager of the Lyceum. When Stoker died, not a single obituary of his mentioned Dracula.
Friends with actress Ellen Terry, the leading lady of the Lyceum Theatre. She joined the Lyceum the same day Stoker did.
His death was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic which occurred the same week.
While part of Dracula is famously set in Transylvania, Stoker never actually went there, learning about it by researching Transylvanian history and culture at the British Museum.
His novel "Dracula" was an early inspiration for author Stephen King. King's first novel, "Carrie", while it tells a completely different story, uses much of the same style. "Dracula" was an epistolary novel, which means that rather than relying solely on an omniscient narrator, much of the story is related from first-hand accounts, such as journal entries, newspaper articles and, in one case, a recording made on wax cylinders. Much of the story in "Carrie" is related the same way. King's second novel was "Salem's Lot", which parallels "Dracula" quite closely. "Dracula" begins with the Count looking into buying a house in London, while the vampire Barlow buys a house in the town of Salem's Lot. Included in those who hunt down Dracula are John Seward, a doctor, and his medical school professor, Abraham Van Helsing, who is an expert on vampires. "Salem's Lot" features a doctor, Jimmy Cody, and his former schoolteacher, Matt Burke, who becomes an expert on vampires and is compared to Van Helsing by other characters. The heroes hunt down Dracula to avenge Lucy Westenra, who has been turned into a vampire, and Mina Harker, who will suffer the same fate if Dracula is not killed. In "Salem's Lot" they do so to avenge Susan Norton, who has been turned into a vampire.
Great-grand-uncle of Dacre Stoker.
Stoker is buried at Golders Green Crematorium, Greater London (UK) (plot: East Columbarium).
Was invited to the white house twice and got to meet Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Was a friend and distant relation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Did not start writing until he was in his late twenties and did not begin writing novels until the age of 43.
Wrote eight novels in 20 years.
His character Count Dracula is considered the most famous vampire in all of fiction one of the most famous literary characters of all time.
His creation Count Dracula has been played more times in film and television appearances than any other horror character.

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