Bela Lugosi as 'Dracula' Photo by: Google Images

Irish author Bram Stoker’s terrifying first inception of "Dracula"


Bela Lugosi as 'Dracula' Photo by: Google Images

November 8 marks the birthday of Irish author Bram Stoker, whose novel Dracula has inspired countless scary tales and movies for over a century.

In 2011, the private journal of Bram Stoker was discovered in his great-grandson Noel Dobbs’ bookshelf in England. The journal contains 305 of Stoker’s own entries, varying in length.

“When I saw it, I was amazed. 'I thought, 'The Holy Grail! We've found it!,” said  Professor Dacre Stoker of the discovery in his cousin’s home.

The journal would have gone unnoticed, reported The Daily Mail, had an American researcher not contacted Dobbs looking for it. The thin journal was found on Dobbs’ bookshelf, unmarked, save for the name “Abraham Stoker” written on it.

Dobbs forwarded some photocopies of the journal to his cousin Dacre Stoker, a professor in South Carolina. Stoker used the photocopies to create a book detailing the more personal side of Bram Stoker’s life.

He noted how his cousin Dobbs remained “blase” about the discovery. Dacre Stoker’s book, The Lost Journal, will be published to commemorate the 100 years since the passing of Bram Stoker.

Dacre Stoker worked with other Bram Stoker scholars to annotate the journal which Stoker began keeping in 1871 when he was in his early twenties. He would continue the journal for a decade, with one of his last entries hinting at his now famous Count Dracula character. It wasn’t until 1881 that Stoker first learned about ‘Vlad the Impaler,’ the major source of inspiration for his Count Dracula.

Bram Stoker was born in Clontarf, north of Dublin and studied mathematics at Trinity College.

Before writing Dracula in 1897, he spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires.

Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as a collection of realistic, but completely fictional, diary entries, telegrams, letters, ship's logs, and newspaper clippings, all of which added a level of detailed realism to his story.

Bram Stoker died in 1912, about twenty years before Dracula was made into an internationally popular film starring Bela Lugosi in the 1930s. 

In his diary, Stoker apparently alludes to there being another diary somewhere, though no one seems to know the whereabouts of it.

“There's something else out there - that missing piece, this mystery diary,” Dacre Stoker said. “I'm dying to know where it is.”

Below, watch the 1931 trailer for the film adaptation of Stoker’s Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi:


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