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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. The story is told in epistolary format, as a series of letters, diary entries, and ships' log entries, whose narrators are the novel's protagonists, and occasionally supplemented with newspaper clippings relating events not directly witnessed. The events portrayed in the novel take place largely in England and Transylvania during the 1890s. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations. Dracula remains the most read horror story ever written.
About the Author
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847-1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. Stoker visited the English town of Whitby in 1890 and that visit is said to be part of the inspiration of his great novel Dracula. Whilst working as personal manager for Henry Irving and secretary and director of London's Lyceum Theatre, he began writing novels Other important works include The Snake's Pass in 1890 and the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911).