After suffering a number of strokes, Stoker died at No. The 2014 Bram Stoker Festival encompassed literary, film, family, street, and outdoor events, and ran from 24–27 October in Dublin. Until he started school at the age of seven—when he made a complete, surprising recovery—Stoker was sick. Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as collection of diary entries, telegrams, and letters from the characters, as well as fictional clippings from the Whitby and London newspapers. [17] In 1912, he demanded imprisonment of all homosexual authors in Britain: it has been suggested that this was due to self-loathing and to disguise his own vulnerability. The bleak spot provided an excellent backdrop for his creation. Both writers "based [their work] on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition" along with their own research for the sequel. His other novels include The Snake's Pass (1890), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). His interest in theater led to a lifelong friendship with the English actor Henry Irving. Dacre, a Canadian-American educator and sportsman who coached the Canadian Modern Pentathlon team at the 1988 Olympics, entered the world of the vampire when he wrote the 2009 book Dracula: The Un-Dead.Based on The couple moved to London, where Stoker became business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theater, a post he held for 27 years. [30][31][32] Although Irving was an active Freemason, no evidence has been found of Stoker taking part in Masonic activities in London. [33] The Grand Lodge of Ireland also has no record of his membership.[34]. [11] He published his Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving in 1906, after Irving's death, which proved successful,[5] and managed productions at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Now, new research by findmypast Ireland has uncovered aspects of Stoker’s family history, … Florence Stoker eventually sued the filmmakers, and was represented by the attorneys of the British Incorporated Society of Authors. Stoker's diary entries shed a light on the issues that concerned him before his London years. Though he later in life recalled graduating "with honours in mathematics," this appears to have been a mistake. While working for the Irish Civil Service, he became the theatre critic for the Dublin Evening Mail,[7] which was co-owned by Sheridan Le Fanu, an author of Gothic tales. [2] Stoker was the third of seven children, the eldest of whom was Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st Bt. They had one son, Irving Noel Stoker, who was born on 31 December 1879. Bram Stoker was gay. Nosferatu was produced while Florence Stoker, Bram Stoker's widow and literary executrix, was still alive. Dracula likely emerged from Vámbéry's dark stories of the Carpathian mountains. In December 1876, he gave a favourable review of Henry Irving's Hamlet at the Theatre Royal in Dublin. [35][36], In spring 2012, Dacre Stoker (in collaboration with Elizabeth Miller) presented the "lost" Dublin Journal written by Bram Stoker, which had been kept by his great-grandson Noel Dobbs. He was a strong supporter of the Liberal Party and took a keen interest in Irish affairs. 2 (Summer, 1994), pp. The case dragged on for some years, with Mrs. Stoker demanding the destruction of the negative and all prints of the film. The suit was finally resolved in the widow's favour in July 1925. During this period, Stoker was part of the literary staff of The Daily Telegraph in London, and he wrote other fiction, including the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). Stoker visited the English coastal town of Whitby in 1890, and that visit was said to be part of the inspiration for Dracula. Two novels were set in Cruden Bay: The Watter's Mou' (1895) and The Mystery of the Sea (1902).