I expected they’d do it. I never really doubted all the vampire marks would come through. The folks behind the celebration of the anniversary of the publication of DRACULA, held at Whitby, England, had decided to try to break the world record for the most people in one place all dressed like vampires. And they did. 1,369 people showed up in their gothic finest. The previous record was 1,039.
Whenever I encounter some conspiracy-minded troglodyte who insists that all media in this country is biased in favor of them-thar dang liberals—and any news source that ever reports anything remotely negative about Right-wing extremists is displaying this *obvious* bias—I encourage them to seek confirmation of any news story by checking with foreign sources. In this case, though, the BBC could’a done better with their research. Reporting on the breaking of the record, they said: “The Gothic horror tale [DRACULA] was said to have been inspired by Stoker’s trip to Whitby in 1890.” Well, anybody who’s read the book would know that Whitby plays a big part in the story. There is no “said to have been” about it. It’s at Whitby Harbor where the *Demeter* runs aground, bringing Count Dracula to England. This makes it the perfect location to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of the novel.