Exhibition to focus on Dracula author Stoker

Slains Castle
Slains Castle

An exhibition on Saturday provides details about how Dracula was written in an Aberdeenshire seaside village.

‘Bram Stoker’s Cruden Bay’ will be held in the Port Erroll Village Hall, Cruden Bay, on Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 4pm.

Entry is free and the event has been organised by the Port Erroll Heritage Group.

Bram Stoker visited Cruden Bay for his August holidays between 1893 and 1910.

He was a part-time author and much of his writing was done there.

Nearby Slains Castle, with its dramatic cliff-top setting, impressed him enormously. It appears explicitly or in disguised form in at least five of Bram Stoker’s novels.

Although the plot for the novel including its castle setting had been scoped out before the author first visited Cruden Bay, the interior description of Slains Castle was subsequently used for Count Dracula’s castle during the writing phase.

Bram Stoker walked over Cruden Bay beach and the nearby coastal cliff paths when thinking out the details of Dracula.

While doing so he noticed a curious feature of the bay; and as he wrote later, it resembles a mouth with the sands as its ‘soft palate’ and the rocky headlands on either side looking like teeth.

Indeed, he described some of the rocks as resembling fangs.