Dracula is, in my personal opinion, one of the best novels ever written. I would compare the likes of this 1800's writer to the earlier plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare. Two completely different timelines as well as niches, I know. However, the likes of Dracula can be compared to the tradgedies of William Shakespeare. Give Macbeth for an example. Both Dracula as well as Macbeth had historical meaning to them and were based on actual events and people. Where they are both fictional tragedies they can be traced back to historical events. Dracula can be traced back to Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) and Macbeth was actually based on the historical events in Scotland. So you see, in my opinion both are tragedies. Bram Stoker was the best Gothic Horror Novel writer of all time.