Most people in this country and indeed the world are aware of the association of Dracula in Whitby but not so many are aware of the actual background and history associated with the original novel.
Bram Stoker, the novelist enjoyed many holidays in Whitby and stayed in lodgings on the Royal crescent. He was fascinated with the Abbey ruins and St Mary’s church at the top of the 199 steps. He drew his inspiration for the novel Dracula from this apparently atmospheric gothic Victorian area. On a moonlight night it is not too difficult to see why, especially when Whitby Abbey is floodlit of an evening.
According to the story when Dracula left his home country he travelled to England by sea on the ship The Demeter. Unfortnately the ship was wrecked off the coast of Whitby and he came ashore in the form of a huge black dog.
It is believed that the inspiration for the Goths weekend originated from the connections Whitby has with Dracula and it’s dramatic Abbey area.
Although it is essentially a dark novel it has been adapted in many forms ranging from childrens cartoon films to comedy programmes and films. Little did Bram Stoker realise that his novel would have inspired such a wide variety of spin-offs.
Last year a descendent of Bram Stoker came to Whitby, also an exhibition from the Hammer House of Horror was held at the Whitby Colesium drawing crowds from all around the country. One of the original actors from a Dracula film in the seventies also visited and gave television interviews.