Whitby churchyard reminds us of the Dracula story. Vampirism, the superstition that a ghost or evil spirit leaves the grave at night to suck the blood of a sleeping person is vividly portrayed by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula. Stoker was in fact visiting the port of Whitby when he wrote the novel and part of the story entails a shipwreck off the coast at Whitby, when Count Dracula, in the shape of a huge dog, swims ashore, runs up the 199 steps to the churchyard and takes refuge in the grave of a suicide. This stone, which would be pointed out by officials at the church, bearing a skull and crossbones, is said to be the very grave!
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Photo taken in North Yorkshire & Cleveland Heritage Coast, Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland, UK