Twenty-five years before Bram Stoker's "Dracula" was published, another vampire story was at the height of its popularity. The story had been written by fellow Irishman, J. T. Sheridan Le Fanu. His novella was titled "Carmilla". Now recognised as being a major influence on Bram Stoker and his famous vampire creation, Le Fanu was one of the first authors of this era to invent distinctive characteristics for the vampire and a way of destroying them. It was with this connection in mind that the author decided to write the novel, "Within The Glass Darkly". Using the title character of Le Fanu's novella and some minor elements of the story, together with Stoker's later development of vampire mythology, the original plot acknowledges both authors and their respective contributions to Gothic horror.