Of the many admiring reviews Bram Stoker's Dracula received when it first appeared in 1897, the most astute praise came from the author's mother, who wrote her son: "It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror."
A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the diabolical cravings that Stoker dramatized with such mythical force, render Dracula resonant and unsettling a century later.
Bram Stoker (1847–1912) was born in Dublin, Ireland. He began his career as a theater critic before becoming manager of London’s Lyceum Theatre. Dracula was Stoker’s fourth novel; he went on to write many more, including The Lady of the Shroud and The Lair of the White Worm.
Richard E. Grant is a Swazi English actor, screenwriter, director, and perfumier. He first gained recognition for his performance as Withnail in the classic black comedy Withnail and I. He has appeared in numerous films since then, including Gosford Park, Spice World, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Corpse Bride, and Jackie. In 2006 he helped expose a $98 million scam to sell a bogus AIDS cure with the help of BBC's Newsnight.