Bram Stoker books: 9 things you didn't know about the 'Dracula' author
One hundred and sixty-five years ago today Irish novelist and short story writer Abraham 'Bram' Stoker was born. A prolific writer, Stoker is best known for his 1897 Gothic horror novel, 'Dracula,' a vampire novel Hollywood and the publishing industry sank its teeth into with numerous stage, screen, and literary interpretations ranging from the first 'Dracula' movie to Stephanie Meyerâ€™s 'Twilight' series to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' to HBOâ€™s 'True Blood' and the CW Networkâ€™s 'The Vampire Diaries.' In tribute to todayâ€™s Google Doodle honoring the little-known author behind one of historyâ€™s best-known vampire novels, weâ€™re raising the cape on the mysterious writer with this list, presenting nine things you didnâ€™t know about Bram Stoker.
1. Until age seven, he was a sickly, bed-ridden boy 'at the point of death'
The third of seven children, Stoker was extremely fragile as a boy. By his own telling, he was a bedridden child who never stood upright until the age of seven. â€śIn my babyhood I used, I understand, to be often at the point of death,â€ť he wrote in his memoir. â€śCertainly, till I was about seven years old I never knew what it was to stand upright.â€ť
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