Bram Stoker is Possessed

Bram Stoker coverThe Man Who Wrote Dracula: A biography of Bram Stoker

Submitter: This may not be so much an awful library book as it is an awful book cover. We can see from an inside photo that Stoker was a decent looking guy, so why the demonic possession eye treatment? I’m guessing the publishers wanted to ride The Exorcist wave as this book was published in 1975 after the 1973 film release. Better yet, the author was the great nephew of Stoker, so you think he’d want to honor his relative rather than make him look like an evil character. We have plenty of other (better) Stoker biographies so this one had to go.

Holly: What a strange choice of cover art! I swear I’ve seen this cover before, actually, but it’s not part of my library’s collection and I don’t see it in a previous ALB post. That’s a face you don’t forget, though!

Bram Stoker portrait


  1. Green jacket, gold beard and purple eyes: yay! Mardi Gras!….

    ……bad cover for that reason too.

    1. The author often has very little to zero input on the jacket design. They probably just told him it was a portrait of his great uncle and failed to mention his eyes.

      1. There is an entire website of awful book cover art somewhere, even recognized great writers of the time got some uncountably irrelevant or trash covers.

        1. Do you mean Good Show Sir? They do sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, so this would qualify for their criteria.

  2. Here’s a map of Stoker’s house of birth across from Bram Stoker park…,-6.2279674,94m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x48670e50e535a5bd:0x1744cb35043d1a10!4b1!8m2!3d53.3654541!4d-6.2279634

    As they say in New Orleans his family had the key lot of the block: in turn of the century New Orleans home construction (especially in the Riverbend/Carrollton neighborhoods) had the houses front almost on the sidewalk with more garden space in the back, but one lot had more space than the others and I suppose that this lot was more expensive, but realtors say this a drawback because of lack of privacy. Bram was still a success anyway, even with that key lot….(wham, bam thank you Bram)

  3. The Eyes of Laura Mars; She’s Got Bette Davis Eyes: none can compare to Bram Stoker has Purple Laser Eyes.

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