The Dastardly Past: Bram Stoker.
April 20, 1912 marked the passing of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. The authors of the Stoker article in the Dictionary of Literary Biography said this of him, “Without Dracula, Bram Stoker would be forgotten. As it is, he is one of the least-known authors of one of the best-known books.” Born in Ireland, Abraham Stoker, Jr., was by turns a civil servant, drama critic, actor and theater manager, as well as a writer. His social circle was wide and cultivated (as was Stoker himself). Scholars have attributed his interest in vampires to Hungarian Arminius Vambery, a colorful figure who told wild tales of the vampires of Eastern Europe. Intrigued, Stoker began researching the topic. Four years later he completed his world-famous novel. It has been adapted for stage, screen, radio, and every other conceivable medium. Although somewhat prudish, the circumstances of his marriage led Stoker to seek companionship outside of his home. He died of advanced syphilis at the age of 65.