Born Abraham Stoker in 1847, "Bram" Stoker has been immortalized as the author and creator of the gothic novel Dracula which was first published in 1897.
During his lifetime, the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer was not known for his writing, but for being the personal assistant to actor Henry Irving (in 1906 Stoker published Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving) and business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre in London.
During his early childhood, Bram Stoker was bedridden with an unknown illness until he started school at the age of seven. At that point in time, he seems to have made a complete recover, even going on to excel at athletics, earning the "University Athlete" distinction while at Trinity College, Dublin (1864-1870). Looking back at his illness, Stoker wrote:
"I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years."One can imagine the exercise of imagination that would be stimulated by the child's solitary hours.
At Trinity College he obtained a B.A. in Mathematics, graduating with honors. Notably, he was also president of the University Philosophical Society, where his first paper was on "Sensationalism in Fiction and Society."
Stoker is featured in our Gothic Literature Study Guide. Enjoy reading his works, along with plenty of other spooky tales in our collections, Gothic, Ghost, Horror & Weird Library and Halloween Stories