Dracula was written by Bram Stoker, who was born on Nov. 8, 1847.
Stoker drew inspiration for his vampire from the 15th century historical figure, Vlad Tepes. "Tepes" is the Romanian word for "impaler," which was his favored form of execution.
Vlad also inherited the name Dracula from his father, who was also named Vlad. The elder Vlad was inducted into the religious society the Order of the Dragon. In Romanian, "dracul" means "dragon." By adding the letter "a" to the end of the word, it indicates a filial relationship. Therefore, as the son of Dracul, the younger Vlad was known as Dracula.