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.

9. You can thank Stoker for the flood of modern vampire and zombie literature

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Though he’s hardly the first writer to pen a novel about vampires, and certainly did not invent the vampire, Stoker invented the blood-sucking mythological creature’s modern form. As such, he is regarded as the unsung hero of the modern vampire/zombie mania that Hollywood and the publishing industry sunk its teeth into with such works as the “Dracula” movies, “Twilight,” “Vampire Diaries,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “True Blood,” and many more. Thanks to Stoker, modern Americans can’t stop feeding on vampire culture.

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