What hath Bram Stoker wrought? Is Dracula the single most influential book on writing today? When I look at all the vampire novels on the stands (and there must be dozens of new ones every month, if not more), I think it must be.
Bram Stoker - Biography and Works: "Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847-1912), Irish writer, best known for his vampire novel Dracula(1897).
Bram Stoker was born near Dublin on November 8, 1847, the third of seven children. An unidentified illness kept him virtually bedridden until age seven. Although he remained shy and bookish, in his adolescence Bram Stoker was anything but sickly. Perhaps to make amends for his earlier frailty, he was by this time developing into a fine athlete. At Trinity College, Dublin, he would conquer his shyness and be named University Athlete."