Bram Stoker – The man behind ‘Dracula’


Abraham Stoker or Bram Stoker as most ‘Dracula’ fans know him, was born the 8th of November 1847. He died in 1912 at the age of 64. He Is an Irish author best known for the novel ‘Dracula.’  He published ‘Dracula’ at the age of 50. Bram spent the early part of his childhood confined to his bed because of a mysterious illness. Looking back on this part of his life Bram mentions that “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.” Bram married Florence Balcome and they had only one child together. This child they named Irving.

Here are some interesting facts about Bram Stoker:

Bram Stoker was the third child of seven.

Even though bed-ridden for most of his childhood he later on excelled in athletics being named University Athlete at Trinity College in Dublin.

Before Florence Balcome married Bram Stoker she actually had another suitor interested in her. His name was Oscar Wilde. Florence chose to be with Bram instead of Oscar. This left Oscar upset enough that he left the country.

Henry Irving and Bram Stoker became close friends. This happened when Bram wrote a review of Hamlet that impressed Henry. A few years later Bram ended up managing Henry Irving’s theatre and career.

‘Dracula’ was inspired by an essay written by Emily Gerard called ‘Transylvania Superstitions.’ Stoker himself had never visited Eastern Europe so he spent a lot of time on research, 7 years in fact.

‘Dracula’ was originally titled ‘The Un-dead’ and ‘Count Dracula’ was originally going to be called ‘Count Wampyr.’

‘Dracula’ wasn’t the first story ever written about vampires. The story ‘Camilla’ written by Sheridan Le Fanu was about a lesbian vampire who stalked young women in 1871. There also happened to be a horror series by James Malcolm Rymer called ‘Varney the Vampire,’ that also came before ‘Dracula.’

Walt Whitman was one of his favourite authors.

Bram’s death didn’t attract much attention in 1912 because it was around the same time as the Titanic hit an iceberg. The Titanic was big news at the time.

There are many different opinions on what the final cause of Bram’s death was. Daniel Farson, Bram Stoker’s grandnephew says in his biography the cause of death was Locomotor Ataxy – know in those days as general paralysis of the insane.

Check out some of Bram Stokers other writing:

The Snakes Pass

Seven Golden Buttons

The Watter’s Mou

The Lair of the White Worm

The Lady of the Shroud

The Jewel of the Seven Stars

The Shoulder of Shasta

The Man (A.K.A The Gates of Life)

Lady Athlyne

The Mystery of the Sea


Short Stories:

Under the Sunset (Eight fairy tales for children)

Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party

Dracula’s Guests and Other Weird Stories




Anne Rice – Wait a second that’s not her original name!

Anne Rice

Anne Rice is an American author of romantic gothic fiction. You may know her work from the popular series of Vampire Chronicles like Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. Anne Rice was born October 4th 1941. Anne Rice’s books have sold close to 100 Million copies.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Anne Rice: Her name isn’t originally Anne Rice. Her name at Birth was Howard Allen Frances O’Brien. This is what Anne Rice had to say about her name – “Well, my birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do. She was a bit of a Bohemian, a bit of mad woman, a bit of a genius, and a great deal of a great teacher. And she had the idea that naming a woman Howard was going to give that woman an unusual advantage in the world.”

Anne Rice changed her name to Anne on the first day of school because she didn’t want to be teased and she thought Anne was a nice name.

Something else that a lot of people don’t know is that Anne Rice had a daughter named Michele that died of leukemia at a very young age. A theory by many readers is that the character Claudia in these books is actually based on her own daughter. Not long after she decided to start writing full time.

Anne Rice was married to Stan Rice who passed away from brain cancer in 2002. They were happily married for 41 years. Christopher Rice her son is also a well known writer.

Interview with a Vampire was written in 5 weeks. Anne Rice likes to describe her ‘alter ego’ as Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles.

Some writing by Anne that you should check out:

The Vampire Chronicles

Interview with the Vampire                              The Vampire Lestat                          The Queen of the Damned

The Tale of the Body Thief                      Memnoch the Devil           The Vampire Armand                         Merrick

Blood and Gold                  Blackwood Farm               Blood Canticle


Lives of the Mayfair Witches

The Witching Hour                       Lasher                            Taltos


Songs of Seraphim

Angel Time            Of Love and Evil


Christ the Lord

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt                                        Christ the Lord:The Road to Cana                          


New Tales of the Vampires 

Pandora                              Vittorio the Vampire


The Wolf Gift Chronicles

The Wolf Gift                                 The Wolves of Midwinter


Other Novels

Violin                    Servant of the Bones                       Cry to Heaven                        The Feast of All Saints

The mummy, or Ramses the Damned


A. N. Roquelaure

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty                          Beauty’s Punishment                       Beauty’s Release


Anne Rampling

Belinda                       Exit to Eden