We all know that Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire (overlooking Whitby Harbor, where the DEMETER runs aground with all the crew dead and the captain tied to the steering wheel clutching a crucifix) plays a big part in the novel DRACULA. Now it is set to once again play a big part in Dracula history, as “the abbey will be attempting to break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires. The record is currently held by Ed Kuhlmann, who organized 1,039 participants dressed as vampires in Virginia in 2011, according to Guinness.” Only 1039? I predict that record is gonna get shattered. “Entry to the abbey will be free for all those wearing ‘traditional vampire fancy dress’ and [who will] participate in the record attempt…” This gathering to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the book’s release will take place on May 26. Any of you faithful planning to attend? I’ll for sure be there in spirit.
The non-profit organization ENGLISH HERITAGE, which takes care of the ruins and grounds of Whitby Abbey, requires the following in terms of costume: Black trousers or dress, black shoes, waistcoat, shirt, black cape or collared overcoat (a different colour on the inside is allowed), and fangs on the top set of teeth. (One assumes this means the canines, but I’m betting a pair of Nosferatu rat fangs would suffice just as nice.)