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Bram Stoker

            A pioneer in literature, Bram Stoker was one of the most influential.
             figures to enter the realm of gothic fiction. His vision of a world that.
             people dream about but never speak of has inspired many others to create.
             tales with the same attitude. Stoker has become a notable role model for.
             all fans of gothic literature, with his narratives of the dark and spooky.
             realm that are simple but still connote a deeper meaning. His most famous.
             work, Dracula, is a tale that everyone is familiar with because it has.
             given birth to countless vampire stories and films. But one of the things.
             that his fans should realize is how he came to write such enticing stories,.
             as well as how different aspects of his life that are portrayed in his.
             work. Even Stoker fanatics often fail to notice these seemingly subtle.
             influences that inhabit his various works, Dracula in particular. One of.
             his major influences originated from his Irish descent, and the events that.
             played themselves throughout his lifetime. Another notable inspiration was.
             the Celtic stories that were popular at the time, and finally, British.
             actor Henry Irving, who Stoker admired in particular, was another effect.
             that motivated Stoker to write his stories.
             Stoker's Irish heritage made a heavy impact on his writings. He was.
             born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847, as noted by various sources. 1847 was the.
             year in which The Great Famine of Ireland ended. Stoker was one of the many.
             children who was affected by the Great Famine, a time period in which food.
             was very scarce for Irish peasants. Due to this, he was raised a very.
             sickly child, but had a loving mother who would tell him stories and.
             various horror tales, which was undoubtedly an influence on his work. He.
             had always dreams of becoming a writer, and his mother was probably a.
             factor of that. Also, there were many things that inspired his work that.
             happened during his lifetime. He entered Trinity College in 1864, where he.
             enjoyed a rich academic, sporting and social life.