About this time every year, articles about Bram Stoker appear, and I’d saved one just for curiosity’s sake (“Bram Stoker: 9 things you didn’t know about the ‘Dracula’ author” from the Christian Science Monitor):
- Stoker was a sickly boy up to age seven.
- He admired Walt Whitman and they later became friends.
- During his lifetime, Stoker was not known as a novelist.
- The famous book was once titled The Undead, and the Count Dracula character was originally called Count Wampyr.
- The first adaptation of the story preceded Stoker’s book and there have been a lot of films since.
- The name Dracula was inspired by the Dracul family.
- Dracula was not the first vampire novel.
- Stoker’s desk is for sale (or it was in 2012).
But then the article lost me with its cheat of a ninth factoid: Stoker is to blame for everything that followed (i.e., Twilight and more). Ehhh. Maybe.
So instead, have a look at this article from the Telegraph: “Bram Stoker: 10 facts about Dracula author.”
And for those of you intrigued by the Walt Whitman connection—I sure was—there’s this 2012 article from the National Endowment of the Humanities magazine, “When Bram Met Walt.” I recommend it to you.
Thus here you have a trick—and a couple treats. Enjoy!