Abraham "Bram" Stoker was born on November 8, 1847 in Ireland in the suburbs of Dublin. He is the author of the influential horror novel Dracula, wich started all the stories about the romanian vampire prince. Stoker was the third of seven children.
He was the author of many sensational novels, but the most famous was the tale about Dracula. He published the novel in 1897. Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as collection of diary entries, letters and telegrams from the characters, as well as fictional clippings from the London and Whitby newspapers. Dracula was the result of eight years of research about stories of vampires.

It seems that the inspiration for the story was a visit to the Slains Castle near Aberdeen. So we can tell that this Castle is the birth of Dracula.

Dracula has been the basis for countless films and plays. The first was Nosferatu directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and starring Max Schreck as Count Orlock. Nosferatu was produced while Florence Stoker, Bram Stoker's widow and literary executrix, was still alive. Represented by the attorneys of the British Incorporated Society of Authors, she eventually sued the filmmakers. Her chief legal complaint was that she had been neither asked for permission for the adaptation nor paid any royalty. The case dragged on for some years, with Mrs Stoker demanding the destruction of the negative and all prints of the film. The suit was finally resolved in the widow's favour in July 1925. Some copies of the film survived, however, and Nosferatu is now widely regarded as an innovative classic. The most famous film version of Dracula is the 1931 production starring Bela Lugosi and which spawned several sequels that had little to do with Stoker's novel.

Stoker wrote several other novels dealing with horror and supernatural themes, but none of them achieved the lasting fame or success of Dracula. His other novels include The Snake's Pass (1890), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911).


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