To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the novel’s publication dracula by Bram Stoker, English Heritage, in association with Guinness World Records, will attempt to break the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires at Whitby Abbey, UK.
dracula was inspired by the spectacular ruins of Whitby’s 13th-century Gothic Abbey, and the record attempt will kick off a series of special events to celebrate.
Traditional vampire clothing is defined by Guinness World Records as black pants, black skirt or dress, black shoes, vest, shirt, black cape or coat with a collar and fangs on top of the teeth.
The current record was 1,039 vampires gathered at Doswell in Virginia, USA in 2011.
The event was run by English Heritage, which oversees the 13th-century abbey, as part of a year of special events honoring the book.
Admission to the site was free for all those who wore traditional costumes and had intended to participate in the world record attempt. The only exceptions to this are an adult accompanying a child in costume or an adult assisting a disabled visitor in costume.
To be officially counted as vampires, the contestants had to wear a full, traditional vampire costume.
Guinness World Records describes traditional vampire clothing as black pants, black skirt or dress (if preferred, a dress can be worn with just the cape), black shoes, vest, shirt, black cape or collared coat (a different color in the inside will be allowed) and fangs on top of the teeth.
Throughout the celebration there was food and drink available. Also live music and a performance of excerpts from dracula of the theater group Time Will Tell.
On May 26, 1897, Irish author Abraham Stoker published in London the first edition of his best-known novel, Dracula. Stoker’s work is an icon of the gothic and horror novel and is considered the origin of the modern vampire.
That same year the artist Philip Burne-Jones presented his painting The Vampire, which created a stir due to the clear allusions to sexuality in the scene with a half-naked vampiress on the prostrate body of a man. Rudyard Kipling and Florence Marryat published a poem and a novel, respectively, that also focused on these blood-sucking undead.
However, the work of Bram Stoker managed to stand out from the others due in part to his particular epistolary style by which the story of Dracula, Jonathan Harker and his fiancée Mina was known through letters and diaries. Stoker was a great fan of the world of mysticism and used medieval legends about vampires and the story of Vlad Tepes, a Wallachian prince who lived in the fifteenth century and was known for his love of impaling enemies.
Many experts consider that, in addition to the elements of adventure and terror, Bram Stoker made Dracula a metaphor for the struggle between traditional society (embodied in the count) and modernity.
Dracula marked the birth of an entire genre and defined the modern characteristics of vampires in common belief. His story has dozens of adaptations or products based directly on Stoker’s work.