New Book Reveals Hidden Side of Bram Stoker

By Adrienne Farr

Bram Stoker is a legend thanks to his most famous work, Dracula, but there’s more to the author than you might have known. The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker, a new book that was recently excerpted on The Huffington Post, includes 12 previously unknown published works, three that have never been reprinted, 12 rare writings about Stoker by his contemporaries, and the estate sale catalog of Stoker’s personal library.

As I read the excerpt entitled “A Baby Passenger,” I began to wonder, “Who was Bram Stoker really?” Was he some scary and wretched man that delighted in torturing people, synonymous with his most feared character? I decided to do a little digging and was surprised by some of the facts I found:

• Bram Stoker (born in Dublin 1847-1912) was raised in the church! The third of seven children Bram was baptized at the Church of Ireland Parish of Clontarf and attended a private school led by a reverend.

• He contracted a mysterious illness which left him bedridden until about the age of seven.

• Stoker excelled in athletics at Trinity College in Dublin.

• He developed a friendship with a theater owner who specialized in gothic tales (maybe that’s what made him go to the dark side with his writing).

• His early works include The Crystal Cup and The Chain of Destiny—both macabre in their own right.

• The original manuscript of Dracula was found during the 1980s in a barn in Pennsylvania and purchased by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

For more, check out The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker, which is now available in bookstores and online.

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