Research on Bram Stoker’s family tree offers new insights into how he created the vampire Count Dracula.

Count Dracula is one of the most terrifying figures in popular culture. He first appeared in print in 1897, as the title character in Bram Stoker’s book. Since then the name ‘Dracula’ has become shorthand for all vampires.

Our research has proven links between the writer’s family, the oldest surviving Irish manuscript in existence, and one of the greatest treasures held in the National Museum of Ireland.

Intriguingly, Bram Stoker himself knew of these family connections, and was probably influenced by them when he wrote his best known novel.

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