Bram Stoker wasn’t famous in his lifetime for creating the monster Dracula. If he was known publicly, it was for managing the career of famous thespian Sir Henry Irving. Even Stoker’s obituary hardly mentions his writing, instead concentrating on his contributions to the success of the Lyceum theater. His “particularly lurid and creepy kind of fiction” is only mentioned in passing. His name wouldn’t become synonymous with blood-curdling writing until much later.