Bram Stoker:- Author of Dracula
- What would he be doing today:- Embroiled in a bitter mud-slinging battle with Stephanie Meyer.( and a few other modern writers, probably).
- Who would you most likely bump into at his dinner parties?:- Sir Authur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, Henry Irving, Hall Caine, William Ewart Gladstone, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt..
- Most defining character building fact:- Was bedridden for most of his pre-school years.( until he was seven-years-old.).
- Where did he travel?:-He was very well travelled, having toured most of the known world, however, he did not venture into Eastern Europe. I wonder why not??.
- Worst social blunder:-Married his friends ‘gal’, the celebrated beauty Florence Balcombe Oscar Wildes Girl-friend..
- What would he be doing for a living, apart from writing:- Running a state theater somewhere, probably in association with someone like Andrew Lloyd Webber..
- Most famous work:-Dracula. Originally called the Un-Dead- The title was changed at the last minute before publication.
Did he invent Vampires?:-No in 1872 Joseph Le Fanu wrote a short-story Carmilla that influenced Bram Stoker. “Although Carmilla is a lesser known and far shorter Gothic vampire story than the generally-considered master work of that genre, Dracula, the latter is heavily influenced by Le Fanu’s short story.
In the earliest manuscript of Dracula, dated 8 March 1890, the castle is set in Styria, although the setting was changed to Transylvania six days later. Stoker’s posthumously published short story “Dracula’s Guest”, known as the deleted first chapter to Dracula, shows a more obvious and intact debt to “Carmilla”: Both stories are told in the first person. Dracula expands on the idea of a first person account by creating a series of journal entries and logs of different persons and creating a plausible background story for them having been compiled. Stoker also indulges the air of mystery further than Le Fanu by allowing the characters to solve the enigma of the vampire along with the reader.
The descriptions of Carmilla and the character of Lucy in Dracula are similar, and have become archetypes for the appearance of the waif-like victims and seducers in vampire stories as being tall, slender, languid, and with large eyes, full lips and soft voices. Both women also sleepwalk.
Stoker’s Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is a direct parallel to Le Fanu’s vampire expert Baron Vordenburg: both characters used to investigate and catalyse actions in opposition to the vampire, and symbolically represent knowledge of the unknown and stability of mind in the onslaught of chaos and death.”.
- How did he die:- A series of strokes. However many suspected Syphilis..