Bram Stoker books: 9 things you didn't know about the 'Dracula' author

Bram Stoker is the godfather of the vampire craze, but the writer is often a mystery to modern readers. Here are 9 facts you probably don't know about the author.

8. You can own Stoker’s 'Dracula' desk for $96,000 (or $72,000 if you’re lucky)

That’s right, the desk where Stoker wrote his beloved horror novel is for sale. Auction company Profiles in History will auction off the desk and its matching candelabra Dec. 15 and 16, according to Ireland’s Independent. Over the last century, the prized piece of furniture saw its legs sawn short and its drawers gone missing. Over the years it became battered, scarred, and worn. Profiles in History restored and added to the piece imagery “appropriate to the great man’s inspirations and imaginings,” writes the Independent, including “bats, a savage hound and scrolling rose thorns and buds.” The piece also includes two secret compartments that will only be revealed to the new owner of the desk, according to the paper. The auction company expects the desk to sell for between $72,000 and $96,000.

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