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The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker is a Book for Halloween

Updated on December 19, 2013

The Journal of Bram Stoker - Creator of Dracula

Everybody knows about the arch vampire Count Dracula but fewer may know that the great classic Gothic novel Dracula was written by Bram Stoker. Recently, in true horror classic style, a long-lost journal written by the Irish novelist has come to light. It was found in the dusty attic of Stoker's great grandson and the book sheds light on the Stoker youth and life in Dublin in the 1870's, laying open some of his most secret thoughts. The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker : The Dublin Years - What better tale for Halloween?

The journal was also the place where Stoker tried out various styles of writing - this was before he wrote Dracula - and it provides fascinating new insight into both the man and the writer.

With great wit and humor we are given an insight into Stoker - the man and his life. He lays bare aspects of his personality in notes that he never expected to be read, let alone published. He jots down anecdotes about his friends at Trinity College, his family and his co-workers in the law firm based at Dublin Castle. He became an able athlete and he recounts his athletic life and his travels at home and abroad.

All this has been edited by Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker together with Dr Elizabeth Miller and other historians and Dracular experts. They have drawn the information together and have pointed to links between the early notebook and Stoker's mature works.

This is a must-have book for any lover of horror, 19th century writing and the Dracula legend.


Love Gothic novels? This is my list of great classic Gothic horror novels

About Bram Stoker

Abraham Stoker was born on a dark and stormy night (no - just jesting) on 8 November 1847 in Dublin, Ireland, and was one of seven children. After a long and mysterious illness that rendered Stoker bedridden in childhood, he became a clerk in a law firm. Despite his diligence, his heart was far from the tedious work in the courts of Dublin. Stoker had other ambitions and he longed for a connection to the theatre and this lead to a double life, working as a law clerk in a law office and also secretly writing theatrical reviews. Eventually he became the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and and manager irving's Lyceum Theatre in London.

His fictional writings began in 1872 when he published the The Crystal Cup and then The Chain of Destiny in 1876. Less thrilling as the text book The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, published 1879.

Now he is almost exclusively know for his Gothic horror novel, Dracula, published in 1897.

He died on the 20 April 1912.

About the Author, Dacre Stoker

Born in 1958 in Montreal, Dacre Stoker is a descendant of Bram Stokers brother Dr George Stoker. Although he was an athlete and teacher of physical education and sciences he now lectures on Bram Stoker and he is the co-author of the Dracula sequel Dracula the Un-Dead (2009).

See the Interview on Radio 4 with Dacre Stoker below


Read the Classic Dracula, the Sequel and More Forgotten Writings By Bram Stoker

If you're interested in Stoker, vampires, Gothic novels and the undead, you must read the original Dracula for yourself. I loved it and found it most interesting to see where all the stories and films that followed had sprung from.

How interesting to then compare the great-grand nephew's sequel to Dracula, Dracula: The Un-Dead, especially in light of his work on The Lost Journal.

Finally I've chosen yet more writings by Bram Stoker that have long been buried by passing of time - The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker. Delve yet further into the psyche of this classic author.

Dracula: The Un-Dead
Dracula: The Un-Dead

This is Dacre Stoker's sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Twentyfive years after the death of Dracula, Quincey Harker (the son of Jonathan and Mina Harker) sets out on a career on the stage and discovers a production of Dracula, directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself. The characters of the play are characters are found dying gruesomely all over the city of London

 
The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker
The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker

This book contains twelve obscure and previously unknown works by Stoker. Delve further into the fictional world conjured up by this Irish lawyer.

 
Dracula - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 97)
Dracula - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 97)

You really must read the full version of Dracula and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. I loved this book. Set in Whitby, a busy fishing town on the north east coast of England famous for it's jet as well as Count Dracula, it tells how the vampire had himself shipped to Britain and about his assaults on the young women of the town.

 

Discover the Birth of Dracula with Dacre Stoker

Dacre Stoker himself visits Dublin, the birthplace of Bram Stoker, and tells us about the life of the creator of Dracula.

An Interview With Dacre Stoker

This interview with Bram Stoker's great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker took place on Midweek BBC Radio 4 on Wed 18 April 2012.

Dacre tells us about the finding of the journal by one of the great grandsons of Bram Stoker in his Isle of Weight attic and how the journal throws light on Bram Stoker as a man who is concerned about poor, potato famines and the lighting of the streets.

Stoker goes on to recount the difficulties of Bram's child hood which was marred by ill health and the respiratory problems that rendered him bed bound for his first seven years - an illness that Bram Stoker later saw as an opportunity to think.

Bram Stoker had always been interested in the supernatural and he loved tales of Irish folklore about leprachauns and fairies as well as the more horrific and morbid tales of that region. At his mother's knee he heard he stories of the polar epidemic of Sligo where the 'undead' were mistakenly buried too soon and who then dragged themselves out of their own graves. This is creepy stuff. Not surprisingly, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein was one of his favourites.

In the journals we are shown a man wanted to be man of letter, who loved langauage, made puns and jokes (Why is death like a psalm? Answer: kicking the bucket is like a can tickle). It was through his theatrical writings, a damning review of Hamlet, that Bram Stoker first met Henry Irving.

.He had influential friends like the Wildes and the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

When Dacre Stoker was asked about a life growing up under the shadow of Dracular, Dacre admitted that at first it was spooky, but then he later became interested in the real model for 'Dracula' and he's never looked back!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I am so happy to learn here that Bram Stoker has a lost journal! He is among my favorite authors!

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Sounds like an interesting read, I am not really into Dracula but the author does like a real character.

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      Verinus 3 years ago

      As I made my way down the LotD list, this caught my attention right away, Stoker, Dracula, Ireland...Gratz!!

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I'm always curious about the minds of those who write such horror.

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      seoandarchiving 3 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmmmmmm It sounds like an absolutely fascinating book.

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      pjsart 3 years ago

      Fascinating facts...piqued my interest in the writer.

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I always thought of Dracula and not of Bram Stoker. I guess it's because the word 'Dracula' brings forth a larger emotion than the author's name. Interesting to hear some history from a relative, too. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very cool lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      ElaineMarlowe LM 3 years ago

      What a wonderful book review. This is a haunting book that Bram Stoker wrote. Many movies and television shows have been made from this and my hallucination is that more are still to come with this fascinating story. Thank you so much for a wonderful lens.

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      TheCozyDinosaur 3 years ago

      This journal sounds very cool- I'm pretty into reading personal writings. I haven't heard or read of anything he's written apart from Dracula. Learned a couple of things about Stoker just reading this article. Thanks for the review, adding it to my Goodreads TBR list.

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      sexyladyj20 3 years ago

      @graysquidooer: He is the original author!

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      sexyladyj20 3 years ago

      I love Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

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      SandAndPalms 3 years ago

      Two years graduated from high school, I read Bram Stoker's, "Dracula", took notes as I was reading it, and sent them to the publisher of "Famous Monsters of Filmland".

      Issue #30 (September 1964) featured my article titled, "The Powers of Dracula".

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      Thank you all for all your kind comments. I'm so thrilled that this lens has been chosen as LOTD.

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      graysquidooer 3 years ago

      I learned something new today thanks to your lens, I didn't know Bram Stoker had witten Dracula

      Will be Tweeting link to this lens

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      graysquidooer 3 years ago

      I learned something new today, I didn't know Bram Stoker wrote the sory of Count Dracula

      Interesting lens and the short insight video about Bram was informative

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Excellent lens about a remarkable author.

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Very interesting, such a great keepsake for all the Dracula fans.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I love this lens. Bookmarked to several sites and linked as related to some of my vampire related lenses as well as http://www.squidoo.com/voodoodreams. It is important to realize that along with the shock and thrill of the vampire myth is a deep literary tradition.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Sounds like an interesting book, character and author

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      It sounds like an absolutely fascinating book.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very interesting lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      PlumberJorge 3 years ago

      I never knew the creator of Dracula. Cool lens.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Just thought I'd note (in case you made a mistake, early on in the lenes you mention the journal was found by stoker's great grand nephew, if you mean Dacre that's his great Nephew.. I haven't come across this journal but I did just finish Dracula UN-dead if you or your readers would like to check it out, you can find it here

      https://hubpages.com/literature/2013yearofthebooks...

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      glowchick 3 years ago

      Very interesting.. I loved reading Dracula, I didn't know there was a sequel or this journal. Thanks for sharing!

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Thanks for this valuable information about Dracula.I am looking forward to read this book.