Bram Stoker visited Whitby in 1890, and it was in the local library that he first came across the name Dracula (previously the book had been titled The Un-Dead and the Count simply Count Wampyr).
Whitbys influence on the novel simply cannot be ignored, several iconic scenes in the book take place in the town and you are able to recreate and follow the paths characters take, in particular Mina’s flight towards the Abbey which you can follow on a modern map as you read.
The Bram Stoker International Film Festival is dedicated to continuing Whitbys and Bram Stokers gothic tradition through art, music, literature and of course films.
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