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Dracula Day

May 26, 2020

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 26 of May, repeating indefinitely

Dracula Day


May 26



Created by the Whitby Dracula Society 1897
to celebrate the date that the novel
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker was published.





Cool to know:

Vampires are based off a variety of folkloric monsters that consume
some form of life force from humans or animals.
Often of these creatures were perceived to be undead or in any other
way not quite following the anatomy of “normal people”

Creatures that were called vampires probably were first
mentioned around the 18th century.
These vampires drank blood, made victims into vampires
and looked like corpses.
People that feared their deceased relatives had become vampires
incapacitated the corpses in ways that were supposed to stop the
vampire from doing harm.

The first vampire novel that would influence the modern idea of the vampire
was “The Vampyre” written by John William Polidori.
The concept of “The Vampire” was written during a visit at Villa Diodati,
where Lord Byron was hosting an extended visit with several of his friends.
During this visit a story challenge was done. Not only did this result in the
above novel, but also resulted in  Mary Shelley writing the first drafts of
her most famous novel “Frankenstein”.

While “Dracula” by Bram Stoker might not have been a fully original concept.
It was published in a time where the trend of vampire stories was
approached in most creative ways.
Also in Victorian Europe the fears for deadly diseases like syphilis and
tuberculosis were a threat close to home.
It made people wonder about the fragility of life and how being undead
like a vampire might be a mix of both  a curse and a blessing.





May 26, 2020
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