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8th Nov 2012 9:36am | By Dan Thorne
Bram Stoker, the Irish novelist who first breathed life into the haunting character of Count Dracula is celebrated on the homepage of search engine Google today in a Google Doodle.
The black and white drawing celebrates the 165th birthday of Stoker who wrote Dracula in 1897 whilst working at London's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Stoker also wrote 18 other novels, but remains popular today as the Dracula story continues to inspire film makers and writers.
The original title of Dracula is thought to have been 'The Un-Dead' - the original manuscript was discovered in a barn during the the 1980's with that title handwritten on it. It was written following years of study into European folklore and stories of Vlad the Impaler, a member of the House of Drăculești.
Stoker also wrote The Lair of the White Worm, which was developed into a film in 1988, directed by Ken Russell and starring Hugh Grant.
Born in Dublin but spending most of his working life in London, Stoker died in 1912 and the novel Dracula became more popular after his death. His legacy continues to this day.
Dracula: "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."