Abraham "Bram" Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
The future is a dystopian nightmare still reeling from centuries of conflict between humans and vast armies of humanoid vampires; having been saved (or so we're told) by fierce and noble warrior priests, people now live in walled-in cities ruled by the Church, while the remaining vampires have been consigned to "reservations" in the desert. A gang of vamps attacks one family, abducting pretty young Lucy, the daugther of a legendary retired Warrior Priest, and killing her parents.
A curious place was old Croglin Grange,
with a graveyard and church in plain view.
And a girl sleeps in fear, one night in some year
of which I admit there’s no clue.
From the trees outside, there appears a face,
two flickering lights do fix her gaze.
Nearer now, larger, something
ghastly emerges: eyes ablaze
it approaches, on and on,
til it clings to her windowpane,
this fiendish, unearthly one.
Scratch. Scratch. Scratch.
It finds the latch, and creeps inside,
bony fingers primed for violence.
Embracing her neck,
a smile; a gloat.
She cries out, but only silence
now quenches her throat.