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Bram Stoker was born on November 8th, 1847 in Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland. His birth name was Abraham Stoker, and in his early years, he was very sickly and could not walk or stand until seven years. He overcame his deficiencies to become an outstanding soccer player at Trinity College from 1864-1870. In his youthful years, he was very intrigued by the stories his mother told him, which greatly influenced his writing career. She told him stories such as the cholera epidemic that claimed thousands of life, adventure stories, and cruel but vivid tales.
Bram Stoker’s father was Abraham Stoker and his mother was Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. He was the 3rd amongst seven children, and the Abraham worshiped at the Church of Orland Parish of Clontarf. He was baptized in the Church and was devout Christian.
Bram Stoker got married to Florence Bram Stoker in 1878. After their marriage, the couple moved to Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, England, where they had one son called Noel Thornley Stoker. Around 1910 he suffered several strokes, other health issues, and financial problems. He finally died at St. George Square in London on April 20th, 1912, at the age of 65.
Education and Career
After his recovery from the mysterious illness that did not let him walk or stand until seven years, he did not experience any major illness again. He graduated with honors in mathematics in 1870. Bram Stoker worked in the civil service for about ten years and contributed greatly to criticizing the theater in Dublin Mail. He gave positive reviews of Henry Irving’s performances, which made the superstar actor make him his manager. Later on, he worked in a managerial and secretarial role in Lyceum Theatre, London.
Bram Stoker wrote a lot of stories and novels such as Dracula, The Snake Pass, and The crystal Cup, which was published by the London society in 1872. Another fiction book he wrote was the Chain of Destiny, written in four parts, which were also a significant hit. Even though he specialized in fiction, he also excelled in non-fiction books. One of such non-fiction book is The Duties of Clerks of Petty Season. Aside from writing, he also loved arts and is the founder of the Dublin Sketching Club, founded in 1879.
Some of the movies from the novel include the Dracula 1931 movie starring actor F.W. Murnau’s and Bela Lugosi and Dracula’s untold movie, 2014. The success of the Dracula propelled the vampire myth to the forefront of popular culture and movie adaptations. Bram Stoker has won a lot of awards, and to his honor, the association of Horror writers gives out the Bram Stoker Award annually. Several other award-winning novels he wrote are The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903) and The Mystery of the Sea (1902).