Bram Stoker

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Bram Stoker AKA Abraham "Bram" Stoker

Ireland / England 1847 – 1912


Comments: Horror novelist with Theater and Occult interests and friends: personal assistant of actor Henry Irving ; Vampire; Dracula was originally called “Count Wampyr";


Teachers: Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, author of Carmilla, 1871; Walt Whitman; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; J.W. Brodie-Innes; Arthur Machen; Edgar Allan Poe; Algernon Blackwood; John Polidori, author of Der Vampyr aka Lord Ruthven, 1819 ; Richard Francis Burton, collector of the Hindu Vikram and the Vampir ; James Malcolm Rymer or Thomas Preskett Prest, author of Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood, 1845; Heinrich August Ossenfelder, poet of The Vampire (1748); Gottfried August Bürger, author of Lenore (1773); Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in his poem Die Braut von Corinth The Bride of Corinth (1797); Robert Southey, in Thalaba the Destroyer (1801), John Stagg's "The Vampyre" (1810); Percy Bysshe Shelley, in the poem "The Spectral Horseman" (1810) ; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, unfinished poem Christabel ; Lord Byron's poem The Giaour; his lover Lady Caroline Lamb; Emily Gerard ; Geoffrey Keating and Patrick Weston, authors of A General History of Ireland, 1634 book mentioning an Irish Vampire like ruler, King Abhartach; Vlad II, Duke of Wallachia, aka "Dracul" aka Son of the Dragon; Countess Elizabeth Bathory; Vlad II aka “Dracul” of Order of the Dragon aka Societas Draconistarum; Perkin Warbeck, The Hidden King; Stefan Mali; Princess Olive; Paracelsus; Cagliostro; Mesmer; The Wandering Jew; John Law. Doctor John Dee; La Voisin; Sir Edward Kelly; Mother Damnable; Matthew Hopkins; Arthur Orton ; Hannah Snell; La Maupin aka Julie d'Aubigny;


Students: H. P. Lovecraft; Valentine Penrose; J. G. Eccarius; Montague Summers; Eugen Grosche; Margot Adler; Don Webb; Michael Talbot; Stephenie Meyer of the Twilight series; F. W. Murnau; Max Schreck aka the vampire Count Orlok; William Hinds of Hammer Studio; Bela Lugosi; Terence Fisher,film director ; Vincent Price (what a nice guy!); Peter Cushing; Christopher Lee; Ingrid Pitt; Ralph Bates ; Martine Beswick; William Castle aka William Schloss, Jr; Roger Corman of American International Pictures; Steven King; Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau aka Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, director of Nosferatu, 1922; Marilyn Ross, creator of Dark Shadows' Barnabas Collins, 1960s; Anne Rice, creator of Lestat; L.A. Banks; , Laurell K. Hamilton; Kim Harrison; Richelle Mead; Louis Jourdan, actor; Klaus Kinski; Charlaine Harris, Anna Paquin and Alan Ball of True Blood; Stephanie Meyer of 'Twilight' ; Paul Allen of Microsoft (bought original Dracula manuscript);

Friends: Dr. Maunsell; Florence Balcombe, wife; Oscar Wilde; James Abbott McNeill Whistler; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Hall Caine; Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone; Pamela Colman Smith; Walt Whitman, poet;

Enemies:

Organizations: Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; Trinity College, Dublin; University Philosophical Society

Author: Dracula, aka 'The Un-Dead, 1897; "Sensationalism in Fiction and Society"; Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914); Miss Betty (1898); The Mystery of the Sea (1902); The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903); The Man (aka: The Gates of Life) (1905); Lady Athlyne (1908); The Lady of the Shroud (1909); The Lair of the White Worm (aka: The Garden of Evil) (1911)(which was made into an INSANE movie in the 1970s); The Primrose Path, 1875; Under the Sunset, 1881; The Shoulder of Shasta, 1895; Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving, 1906; Snowbound: The Record of a Theatrical Touring Party, 1908; The Snake's Pass, 1890; The Watter's Mou' , 1895; Midnight Tales; The Judge's House and Other Weird Tales; “The Crystal Cup”, 1872; “The Snake’s Pass”, 1890; theater reviews for the Dublin Evening Mail; “The Duties of Clerks and Petty Sessions in Ireland” : Famous Impostors;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker; http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s#a190 ; turn the lights down low and listen at http://librivox.org/author/138; http://gawker.com/transylvanian-scientist-not-even-trying-to-hide-that-1459044311; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire ; http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/1108/Bram-Stoker-books-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-the-Dracula-author/Until-age-seven-he-was-a-sickly-bed-ridden-boy-at-the-point-of-death ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/draculas-dungeon-found-turkey-tokat-castle_n_5907838.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Dragon;