By Nigel Suckling
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If any was present it was deeply unconscious. If Irving took advantage of Stoker, he submitted to it willingly, almost as in an ideal marriage where two complementary personalities fuse so that to an outsider it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. This quasi-marital aspect of the relationship has led to much speculation about whether Bram Stoker was a repressed homosexual. There are other possible pointers – when at Trinity he had championed the poetry of Walt Whitman at a time when it was widely condemned as being morally offensive, hymning as it did the special rapport sometimes possible between male friends.
Throughout the nineteenth century there had been an undertow of interest in vampires, fuelled by rumours of vampire epidemics in Eastern Europe a hundred years before. The earliest known use of the word vampire (or ‘vampyre’ as it was spelled) in English was in The Travels of three English Gentlemen, from Ve n i c e t o H a m b u r g h published anonymously in 1734 but probably written by John Swinton, later keeper of the Oxford University archives. ’ Whether or not this was the original source, use of the word ‘vampire’ rapidly spread through the British press, as it was simultaneously doing in mainland Europe.
As a tribute to Carmilla Stoker wrote a similar tale as a preamble to Dracula. This was dropped for publication but later published as an independent short story under the title Dracula’s Guest. The tale of Carmilla is narrated by a young Englishwoman living with her retired military father in a modest castle in Styria (Austria). Her story begins one warm, moonlit evening when they have left the castle for a stroll in the open: ‘At our left the narrow road wound away under clumps of lordly trees, and was lost to sight amid the thickening forest.