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Bram Stoker, British author. Born Dublin, Ireland, 1847. Died London, England, Apr. 21, 1912. Stoker wrote Dracula, a story about a vampire who feeds on human blood. Since its publication in 1897, Dracula has become known as one of the great horror classics. It has inspired a whole vampire genre in motion pictures. Stoker spent much of his life as the personal secretary and manager of the famous actor Sir Henry Irving. Fascinated by the occult, he did research in the British Museum on vampire legends and historical references to vampires before writing his masterpiece. Stoker's other books include The Mystery of the Sea (1902), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1904), and Famous Imposters (1910). For further information, consult Raymond T. McNally and Rader Florescu's In Search of Dracula (New York Graphics Society, 1972).