Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26: Count Dracula

On this date in History ... May 26, 1897:

Brom Stoker’s novel “Dracula” goes on sale in London. 

While vampires had always been popular characters in folk tales, it was Stoker’s “Dracula” that propelled the predatory character into mainstream literature. Stoker published a total of 17 novels but it was “Dracula” that gave him his 15 minutes of fame, even though when he died in 1912, none of his obituaries even mentioned his most famous writing. 

Bela Lugosi as "Dracula" - 1931
He originally named the vampire Count Wampyr but changed it to Dracula after seeing the name in another book.  

He never earned a great deal of money on the book but after his death, sales skyrocketed when the book was adapted for Broadway in the 1920s. Sales jumped even higher after the movie, starring Bela Lugosi, was made in 1931, giving birth to an entire genre of vampire movies, TV shows and other vampire novels.  

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