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Bram Stoker

Abraham (Bram) Stoker wrote the classic 1897 vampire novel Dracula. Raised in a Dublin suburb and educated at Trinity College, Stoker first worked as a civil servant while writing theater reviews and…

Dracula: Bram Stoker's Novel

The most blood-thirsty novel in English literature? by David Johnson Monster Links Halloween Tricksters and TreatsQuiz: DraculaMenacing Monster GuideQuiz: Monste…

Max Schreck

Max Schreck is famous for his portrayal of Count Graf Orlock in the 1922 vampire film Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror). Schreck (his name in German means "terror…

Anne Rice

In 1976 Anne Rice published Interview With The Vampire, and within a decade the book became the best-known vampire novel since Bram Stoker's Dracula. She has written several novels exploring sexual an…

Erzsebet Bathory

A member of the Transylvanian royal family, Erzsebet (or Elizabeth) Bathory was known as the "Countess of Blood" and ultimately imprisoned in her own castle for murdering more than 600 women. Erzsebet…

Tom Waits

Tom Waits released his first album, Closing Time, in 1973. It was a set of bluesy ballads about love gone sour, and established his musical persona as a raspy-voiced, whiskey-soaked denizen of smoky p…

Bela Lugosi

Name at birth: Béla Ferenc Dezso BlaskoBela Lugosi set the standard for movie vampires when he starred in the title role of Dracula, the 1931 film version of Bram Stoker's famous book. A successful st…

Tom Waits Biography

Tom Waitsmusician; actorBorn: 12/7/1949Birthplace: Pomona, California Waits made a number of critically acclaimed albums before his commercial breakthrough Small Change (1976). He followed with Hearta…

Keanu Reeves Biography

Keanu Reeves actor Born: 9/2/1964 Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon Despite a deadpan style, Keanu Reeves has developed an impressive portfolio of acting parts. His theatrical start at Shakes…

Gary Oldman

Name at birth: Leonard Gary OldmanGary Oldman wowed audiences playing punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), then matured into a respect…