Off For Easter, Fang You Very Much
Bram Stoker never visited Romania. He depicted Dracula’s castle based on a description of Bran Castle that was available to him at the time of writing, so now I’m going to put that right. I’ll be writing a novella for the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC, and am off to do my research.
My Easter journey is taking me from Cluj in Romania to Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu and into Dracula country. Sadly, Michael Ripper is dead. Ripper was usually cast as a Transylvanian inn-keeper, and bizarrely chose a West Country accent to deliver his lines, crying ‘You’m bain’t be goin’ up to Carstle Draaakler tonoight!’ Perhaps this was the point. Hammer films weren’t set in Bavaria or Lichenstein or Transylvania, they were set in England and they were about the English, only nobody could see it at the time.
I had planned to follow the exact path of Bram Stoker’s novel (as much as it specifies places ie. not at all) but I have been let down at the British end. After Easter I’ll be at the Scarborough Literary Festival, Books On The Beach, and had thought I could hop a train to Whitby, except that the line is closed and would take longer than the entire journey from London, so I’ll finish that leg another time.
Meanwhile, I imagine that over the next few days my wi-fi connection will be less than perfect, so there may be some interruption in your service during Easter. Soon I’ll be revamping the site (starting to look as messy as a teenager’s bedroom) and connecting it to my author hub on the upcoming Penguin author website. Until then, watch this space, or follow me on Twitter @peculiar, or on Facebook as Christopherrobertfowler…