A journal belonging to Dracula author Bram Stoker has been discovered more than a century after it was written. The journal offers fresh insight into Stoker’s life and writing, and into the processes that led him to create the world’s most famous vampire.
Discovered sitting innocuously in the bookcase of a descendant, Stoker’s journal contains hundreds of entries ranging from comments on event of his days to ideas for future stories. He also notes down a story about a boy filling a jar with flies that some experts believe might have been the inspiration for the Dracula character Renfield.
The contents of the journal will be discussed more fully in a book title The Lost Journal, which will be published early in 2012 to make the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death. The author had died before his Dracula character became the iconic figure that he remains today.