Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847 – 1912) The most literary successful of business managers ;-) During his lifetime, Irish author was better known as the personal assistant of extremely famous actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theater in London, which Irving owned, but made it to the history as an author of Gothic novel "Dracula". Before writing it, Stoker spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires. When it was first published, in 1897, Dracula was not an immediate bestseller, although reviewers were unstinting in their praise. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations. Stoker wrote also dozen of other novels and numerous short stories as well as non-fiction works. Overworked, after suffering a number of strokes, author died at age 64.