14 Jan


In Bram Stoker’s imagination, the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church in the Yorkshire town of Whitby was the perfect place for Dracula to do a bit of moonlight munching on the neck of the beautiful Lucy Westenra. In the 1897 novel, Lucy’s friend Mina Murray sees Lucy reclining near the picturesque seaside church with “something dark” bending over her. “What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell,” Mina, Dracula‘s protagonist, says of the encounter.

The macabre reputation ofSt. Mary was burnished this week by a landslide, which opened up some of the graves in the clifftop cemetery and sent debris and human bones showering down on the town below. The bones have been rounded up and reinterred, but the incident has left some residents shaken. “Dracula is fantasy, but this is reality and it has given us sleepless nights,” Barry Brown, a partner in local 130-year-old fish…

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