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Bram Stoker

Bio: Abraham "Bram" Stoker was born near Dublin in 1847 where he spent his first seven years more often than not confined to his bed due to a mysterious and unexplained disorder. Making reparations for this period, by the time he went to Trinity College in Dublin he had become an adept sportsman and was commended as University Athlete before gaining honours in Mathematics. He was then employed in Dublin as a civil servant for eight years until 1878 when he became manager and actor at the Lyceum theatre under the direction of Henry Irving. He would later write Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906) but, as you are doubtless aware, this is not the tome for which he is remembered.

Although he had published a collection of children's stories in 1882, called Under the Sunset (predictably, in retrospect, somewhat macabre) and his first novel, The Snake's Pass in 1890, it is Dracula (1897) that brought Stoker fame and a seminal role in the construction of the ubiquitous horror myth that filled the twentieth century's books and cinema. With contrasting Transylvanian and English settings and a mixture of the erotic, the macabre, and the thrilling adventure so typical of later nineteenth century fiction, Stoker created a novel and a character from which he and his reputation would never escape.

After the death of Irving and the closure of the Lyceum, Stoker continued to write. Notable works were The Lair of the White Worm (1911) and The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), both of which were filmed in years to come--the latter famously as The Awakening in 1980. Yet these books created little of a stir and are hard to get hold of now. Just as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) rapidly took on a life of its own and left the author forgotten, Dracula has become synonymous with Stoker and, given the lacklustre nature of his other works, that situation seems unlikely to change.

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1 Dracula [MultiFormat]
by Bram Stoker
  A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga o... more info>> (Published: 1897)

Words: 160641 - Reading Time: 458-642 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Horror
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2 Three Great Horror Novels: Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [MultiFormat]
by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley
  Three Classc Terror Tales in One eBook! Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--all three classics complete and unabridged. Together in one eBook at one low price for the first time! Dracula tells the tale of the world's most chilling, and famous blood-drinker, and those whose lives he alters forever. Frankenstein recounts the creation of a new order of being--and its consequences when the creator rejects it. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one man--with two personalities--his evil self set ... more info>> (Published: 2003)

Words: 270000 - Reading Time: 771-1080 min.
Category: Horror/Science Fiction
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