Today's Google Doodle payed tribute to Bram Stroker's books, most notably "Dracula," the classic vampire story. Google's redesigned logo features an elderly, evil-looking Count Dracula, an ominous looking castle, a young woman fainting and several concerned people surrounding her.
The entire black-and-white Google Doodle is a clever homage to Irish "Dracula" author Bram Stoker, who would have celebrated his 165th birthday today if he was an immortal vampire himself.
1) Bela Lugosi is Dracula:
Today's Google Doodle may reference an author who wrote over 100 years ago, but his influence today is evident in all the vampire movies, books and TV shows that have boomed in popularity in the past few years, all thanks to Stoker and his most famous character, Count Dracula.
2) Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula":
Born in 1847 in a suburb of Dublin, Stroker was the third of seven children who struggled with illness as a young child. At Trinity College he excelled in both intellectual and athletic pursuits, joining th debate squad and become president of the University Philosophical Society while also playing soccer, as well as track and field.
3) "Interview With A Vampire" based on the book by Anne Rice, Inspired by "Dracula":
After graduating, Stoker took a menial job as a clerk, writing countless short stories and theater reviews for a Dublin paper in his spare time. Through his press connections, Stoker befriended Henry Irving, a famous actor and owner of the Lyceum, a theater in London. When Stoker moved to London with his wife Florence Blacombe he became manager of the Lyceum Theatre, holding the job for three years.
4) Buffy The Vampire Slayer vs. Dracula:
Throughout his time in London, Stoker continued to write, and finally struck gold with his fifth novel, "Dracula," which told the story of a powerful ancient vampire through fictional journal and diary entries.
5) "The Simpsons" Halloween Episode Where Mr. Burns Is Dracula:
"Dracula" was a critical success among reviewers, but was slow to draw a passionate following. What really turned Count Dracula into a household name was the countless film adaptations of the novel; according to PBS there are over a thousand.
Bram Stoker died on April 20, 1912.