Today is Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday.
Bram Stoker is one of my favorite monster creators.
And he wrote one of my favorite vampire novels, Dracula.
Stoker was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Of course he wrote more than just his famed vampire novel.
- The Primrose Path (1875)
- The Snake’s Pass (1890)
- The Watter’s Mou’ (1895)
- The Shoulder of Shasta (1895)
- Dracula (1897)
- Miss Betty (1898)
- The Mystery of the Sea (1902)
- The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903)
- The Man (aka: The Gates of Life) (1905)
- Lady Athlyne (1908)
- The Lady of the Shroud (1909)
- The Lair of the White Worm (aka: The Garden of Evil) (1911)
Short story collections
- Under the Sunset (1881), comprising eight fairy tales for children.
- Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party (1908)
- Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914)
- “The Bridal of Death” (alternate ending to The Jewel of Seven Stars)
- “Buried Treasures”
- “The Chain of Destiny”
- “The Crystal Cup”
- “The Dualitists; or, The Death Doom of the Double Born”
- “Lord Castleton Explains” (chapter 10 of The Fate of Fenella)
- “The Gombeen Man” (chapter 3 of The Snake’s Pass)
- “In the Valley of the Shadow”
- “The Man from Shorrox”
- “Midnight Tales”
- “The Red Stockade”
- “The Seer” (chapters 1 and 2 of The Mystery of the Sea)
- The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland (1879)
- A Glimpse of America (1886)
- Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906)
- Famous Impostors (1910)
He was a busy, busy man.
So in remembrance of the man who paved the way for modern vampires, go read one of his many works!