Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Tina Rath gained her doctorate from London University with a thesis on The Vampire in Popular Fiction and her MA with a dissertation on The Vampire in the Theatre. She has lectured on vampires for the Fortean Times Unconvention, and for various societies including a Pagan Group, Talking Stick, for Westminster University, the literary society at Newcastle University, and at Salford University. She has also made a number of radio and television appearances to talk about vampires, most recently on Woman's Hour discussing their particular sexual attraction for women.