Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. Although a semi-invalid as a child, he went on the gain a reputation as a fine athlete at Trinity College, where he also excelled in mathematics and philosophy. Stoker worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He also wrote 15 works of fiction, only one of which is very memorable - Dracula (1897). This work, involving hypnotism, magic, the supernatural, and other elements of gothic fiction, went on to sell over one million copies and is still selling strongly today. So well known has his fictional character become that today it is possible to visit the castle of Count Dracula in the Transylvanian region of Romania, a country that Stoker never visited. Several film versions of the story, both serious and comic, have made Stoker's work a part of modern mythology. His novel The Lair of the White Worm (1911) has also been made into film. It and the novel The Lady of the Shroud are, like Dracula, fantastic tales of horror.
• The original, unabridged, and proofread text
• Stoker’s short story, “Dracula’s Guest”
• Full-color maps and historical illustrations
• Author bio
Told in a series of first-person missives and reports, and set in 1890s Transylvania and England, Dracula is the source of every vampire story told since, the founding text of the entire genre. Count Vlad Dracula—as Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray, and Dr. Abraham Van Helsing learn—is a dangerous and powerful creature who’s lived for hundreds of years and possesses powers no mortal can claim. Bent on creating legions of Un-Dead followers in populous London, Dracula must be stopped—but how?
Dracula. Never has another name had such a profound and far-reaching impact on an entire genre. Bram Stoker's vampiric creature of the night has spawned countless versions in fiction, film, television, comics, and more...and it all started with Stoker's classic 1897 text.
As part of the Writer's Digest Annotated Classics series, this edition of Dracula features hundreds of insightful annotations from Bram Stoker Award winner Mort Castle. Explore the craft and technique of Dracula through the lens of a writer, and learn why and how Stoker made the choices he did while writing one of the most iconic horror novels of all time. The techniques revealed in the annotations and accompanying study guide will aid in the crafting of your own chilling works of fiction.