I Am Dracula And I Bid You Welcome To My Hubpage
Glad you have received my invitation. I'm going to confess, I am not Dracula. But don't be too disheartened. Stay a while. I don't bite, I promise. If you are a fan of Dracula, or have read Bram Stoker's novel, you may be interested to know the origins of the legend. It's quite far away from Hollywood. Dracula was created in Yorkshire. Whitby (a small fishing town) in North Yorkshire to be exact.
Bram Stoker was so mesmerized and inspired by the beauty of Whitby and its haunting coastline and gothic abbey, it fuelled the creation of the most popular gothic novel of all time 'Dracula' The novel has inspired many films and tv programmes and vampires have become part of the worlds culture.
Bram Stoker was Irish and born in 1847 and died in 1912. Bram often took his holidays in Whitby. He first came to whitby in the summer of 1890, for a holiday. His friend Gerald du Maurier often spoke to Bram about the beauty of Whitby and had suggested it was a good place to holiday and had charm. Bram soon found that his friend had not exaggerated. Two of the main characters in the book, Lucy and Mina were based on two of Bram's friends, who used to go on holiday to whitby with him. So how did Abraham Stoker think up such a powerful, fierce, dramatic character 'Dracula' the first and original vampire. Well, in April 1890 Bram met a Professor Arminius Vambery, who was very knowledgeable about the folklore and customs of his country, Budapest. After many talks about vampires and the occult, he stirred Brams mind. It is probably this proffessor who stoker depicts in his book as Proffessor Abraham Van Helsing. The proffessor may have mentioned the name Dracula, but it wasn't a vampire that Vamberry was referring to. It was Vlad the impaler, a medieval eastern european prince, who used to impale his enemies on long poles and burn people alive. Fuelled with this tale in mind Bram looked at maps to select faraway places, which he thought were highly unlikely to be visited by tourists. He deliberately chose a part of 'Transylvania' 'in the midst of the Carpathian Mountains, one of the wildest and least know portions of europe' for the location of Castle Dracula.
If you have ever watched the film Bram Stoker's Dracula, you will notice that when Dracula arrives on his ship 'The Demeter' he is passing through a harbour at night (This is Whitby). You can see Whitby Abbey is on top of the cliffes. The film incorrectly references this abbey in which Dracula like to rest as Carfax Abbey in London. In the novel it is actually Whitby Abbey In Yorkshire. Maybe the film makers thought that London was a more popular place to use as a reference (But I thought i would get Yorkshire on the map) Whitby is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Bram Stoker also shared the same sentiments. When speaking about Whitby Bram says 'This is a lovely place' ' Whitby Abbey is a most noble ruin, of immense size and full of beautiful and romantic bits'