Happy Birthday Bram Stoker

Forget about Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2, Edward Cullen, and Bella Swan.  If vampires are your thing, then let’s wish Bram Stoker a Happy B-Lated 165th Birthday!  Bram Stoker was an Irish novelist and short story writer who penned the famous thriller, Dracula.

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was born on November 8, 1847 in Clontarf, Co. Dublin.  He spent his early childhood bedridden by an unidentified illness.  It wasn’t until he was seven that he made a full recovery.  “I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of a long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years,” Bram Stoker wrote.

Bram developed into an athlete in his adolescence, playing soccer and being named a University Athlete at Trinity College in Dublin.  He studied at TCD, where he received honors in mathematics.  Bram Stoker’s father, a civil servant himself, secured Bram a job at Dublin Castle, where he reviewed theatre for the Dublin newspaper.  He eventually began writing, before accepting a job as Business Manager for Sir Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre in 1872.  He left his job at Dublin Castle, competed for the hand in marriage of Florence Balcombe with Oscar Wilde, and moved to London.

During his career, Bram Stoker wrote twelve novels, three short stories, and four non-fiction books.  However, his most famed novel didn’t appear until 1897, when Dracula was published.  Stoker spent many years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires, before developing the perfect characters for this Gothic horror tale.   It’s definitely worth a chilling read, as you follow Count Dracula’s attempt to relocate from Transylvania to England, and the battle between the vampire and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Stoker died on April 20th, 1912 following a series of strokes.  He and his brilliant works were recently honored at the Bram Stoker Festival, which took place in Dublin on October 26th-28th.  Last week, Google even celebrated his birthday with a Doodle of Google in blood, featuring an online illustration of characters from Dracula.

So, let’s all wish a Breithlá Sona to Bram Stoker and thank him for his entertaining works that will haunt us forever.  If you are daring enough, be sure to ask your Tenon Tours Specialist about the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour where you will get first hand knowledge of the novel and the author himself.  Not for the faint of heart.

How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads, to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams. Dracula

Sleep tight, put some garlic by your bed, and don’t let the blood suckers get you!  Muhahahahaha!

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