Scotland, Stoker And Classic Horror

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On the 125th anniversary of Dracula, VisitScotland is highlighting Scotland’s unexpected ties to the renowned novel and its famed author, Bram Stoker.
Scotland is considered to have had an important influence in the production of the classic tale, with Stoker spending time north of the border while writing it. Visitors and residents alike are urged to engage in literary tourism – when people are inspired to visit areas described in literature – and learn more about the country’s ties to Dracula, following in the footsteps of Bram Stoker.

Although there are connections to Stoker in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, and Glasgow, it is possibly the stunning cliff top castle in Aberdeenshire that is best renowned for its ties to the story. Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay, is thought to have been the inspiration for Dracula’s castle, particularly a distinctive octagon-shaped room mentioned in the book, which Slains has. While staying at the neighboring Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in 1894 and 1895, Stoker began writing Dracula, which was published in 1897. His signatures from the hotel’s guestbook in 1894 and 1895 have survived to this day.

The castle, now in ruins, is best viewed from afar and should not be entered for safety concerns.
Dracula’s 125th anniversary falls during Scotland’s Year of Stories, which honors and promotes the diverse range of stories inspired by, written in, or developed in Scotland. Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker took part in a Q&A and book signing attended by lovers of Dracula and horror literature at a special event co-hosted by the national tourism organisation and Blackwell’s bookshop in Edinburgh earlier this week to honor the occasion.

The Kilmarnock Arms Hotel in Cruden Bay will host a civic ceremony tonight [Thursday 26 May] to reveal a new information panel documenting Bram Stoker’s ties to the area. Scotland boasts some of the best literary ties in the world. For generations, our landscapes, history, and people have inspired writers, allowing them to create memorable characters who captivate the imagination. Scotland has inspired some of the world’s most beloved literary masterpieces, from Dracula to Outlander, Harry Potter to Sunset Song.

Visitors can also visit many Scottish locations associated with Dracula and vampires:
Renfield Street, Glasgow — It is thought that Bram Stoker funded the staging of plays at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, and that the character RM Renfield was named after Renfield Street in Glasgow.

Bram Stoker worked as a theatrical manager before authoring Dracula, and he was intimately involved in the opening night of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in 1883.

source visitscotland

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