HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRAM STOKER!
Most Famous Work: Dracula
November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912
Fun Facts about Bram Stoker & Dracula:
- He was friends with Oscar Wilde in school, and married a girl who Oscar had once been interested in!
- He’s distantly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes
- He was manager of the Lyceum Theatre, and joined his boss and famous actor Henry Irving in traveling the world, including the United States, where he met presidents McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt
- On his travels, he also met one of his literary heroes, Walt Witman
- Dracula‘s original title was “The Un-Dead”
- “Stoker had a strong interest in science and medicine and a belief in progress. Some of his novels like The Lady of the Shroud (1909) can be seen as early science fiction.” – Wikipedia article
- “Stoker came across the name Dracula in his reading on Romanian history, and chose this to replace the name (Count Wampyr) that he had originally intended to use for his villain.” – Thanks again, Wikipedia!
Read a little more about Dracula in my Halloween Creepy Stories Entry!
(Edited at 6:30 this evening: Man, there are a lot of author birthdays this month! Suddenly I have something to journal about without me having to get stressed over more complicated entries! Okay…I can feel myself recanting my hiatus extension. Maybe I should chop up my more complicated entries to make them more manageable? Yes! Good idea, self! Much more bite-sized. So this means I’m off hiatus! Just…don’t expect any LONG entries!)