ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bram Stoker, Draculas Creator

Updated on November 14, 2010

Bram Stoker


Bram Stoker

As well as writing one of the most popular horror stories of all time, Bram Stoker was also the personal assistant to the actor Henry Irving. Born Abraham Stoker on 8th November 1847 in Dublin, Bram was a sickly child and was unable to walk until the age of about 7. His father was Abraham Stoker and his mother Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley

He attended Trinity College in Dublin,and despite his earlier poor health, became a very good athlete.

When he left college, he worked in Dublin Castle as a Civil Servant. Although while at College he was President of the Philosophical Society, his great love was the arts. It was while he was in this post that he met Oscar Wilde and proposed him for membership of the society.

This led to him eventually working for the actor Henry Irving, a man who he had a great deal of respect for and even called his only son Irving after his friend.

His first published novel was "The Crystal Cup" a short story and it was not entirely successful

The following year 1872 his four part horror story "Chain of Destiny" was published.

Bram eventually agreed to run the Lyceum Theatre in London for Irving, and he carried out his duties for thirty years. He settled in London, in in 1878 married the actress Florence Balcome

They moved to London and met other famous literary artists such as W. B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Bram had known Wilde from his student days and he was a former suitor of Florences' They remained friends, and Stoker visited Wilde abroad after he was released from prison.

On holiday in 1890 Stoker got inspiration for Dracula while he was in Whitby. He read about Romanian history and that is how he found out about Vlad Dracul and decided that Dracula - or Son of Dracul - would be the name for his vampire. He had originally thought of the name Count Wampyr,

Stoker did not make his fortune from Dracula, and when he died form syphilis on 20th April 19 Florence found that she often struggled for money. She had the copyright for the books, but they were not as popular then as they were to become. She successfully forced a German producer Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau to destroy the unauthorised film he made, and was able to negotiate the rights for Hamilton Deane to turn the story into a play. Although she saw this and the film starring Bela Lugosi, it was not until after Florences' death in 1937 that it became the success that it is.

None of his other books including The Lady Of The Shroud and The Lair of The White Worm are anywhere near as acclaimed as Dracula


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I found a sequel to Dracula in my local library. It was written by Bram Stoker's great grandnephew, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. I read it and found it to be different, but it does explain several things.

    • Donna Janelle profile image

      Donna Janelle 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      This was a very interesting hub! I have always been interested in Dracula and his story, and it was cool to read the story of the man who wrote about Dracula.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)