This is reblogged from my Lurking Musings blog where it featured as part of my Vampire Month special event. On Thursday this week, Johnathon will be talking in more detail about the Vampire Killing kit that the museum has in its collection.
Today we have an interview with Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. He recently gave a talk entitled ‘How to kill a Vampire’ which I was lucky enough to attend and it was this talk which led me to approach him about a slot in Vampire month.
It has the look of a place where you might expect to find the undead. In fact, St. Mary’s Church in Whitby‘s atmosphere is so heavily drenched in creepiness then it inspired no less then the creator of one of the most iconic horror icons of all time, Bram Stoker and his vampire creation Count Dracula.
Lately, though the village of Whitby has a new problem caused by the church. It’s getting rid of the bones in it’s graveyard spits right into the backyards of Whitby’s residents.
Of all the supernatural creatures that are known about, I reckon that Vampires are quite possibly the most well known.
The literary creation of John William Polidari (one time physician to Lord Byron) and popularized by Bram Stoker, the Vampire has blazed a trail through books, movies, cartoons, comics and theater productions for much of the 20th century and is still going strong in the 21st. YA fiction in particular has adopted the vampire with gusto, turning them from blood sucking horrors that lurk in the night to sexy, angst ridden anti heroes. Needless to say, everyone knows all about Vampires.