'Dracula Church' Landslide Sends Undead Showers Over Creeped-Out Town


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'Dracula Church' in Whitby
Hopefully if you're living in the shadow of an ancient cathedral known as the "Dracula church" for the role it plays in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, you have a relatively high tolerance for creepy stuff. Like, if you're going to choose to live in a town like Whitby, a seaside village in North Yorkshire, probably you're okay with eerie, centuries-old cemeteries like the one surrounding the crumbling stone facade of St. Mary's, built in 1110 -- maybe you're even a bit of a goth.

That would be a good thing right now, because if you happened to live in Whitby and didn't have a bit of a macabre side, the eroding cliff currently causing human bones to rain over the town might be kind of a downer.

Uh, yeah. Apparently an already-existing soil erosion problem got a lot worse after a recent period of heavy rains, and that's when skulls and hip bones and such began to "emerge" from their graves. Wow, and Bram Stoker thought the place looked creepy back in the 1800's! He wrote:

For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St. Mary's Church.

Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the Abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and churchyard became gradually visible...

'It seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not tell.

Clearly a sequel starring the new, super-horrifying setting is in order. Not that Stoker is alive, obviously .. or ... hmmm. Could a certain undead presence be responsible for the skeleton storm over Whitby?

Whatever the cause, some residents are reportedly packing up and moving away already (probably because they're afraid of plunging property values, not vampires, but still). And I can't say I blame them. I've got a bit of the goth in me, but while Whitby sounds like a nice place to visit, I wouldn't want to live there.

What would you do if you lived in Whitby?


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tuffy... tuffymama

This is another argument for cremation. Dead bodies in cemeteries take up valuable real estate. They're rotting! And don't even get me started on the chemicals used in the business of burying DEAD BODIES. For what? For a rotting shell to take up space from the living. My dead ass will be cremated so I won't be a burden on others in passing.

dirti... dirtiekittie

this is why as terrible as some people may find it, many churches will declare a land "no longer sacred" and will sell it to the highest bidder so it can be paved over and turned into parks and malls and whatnot. i agree with @tuffymama, carcasses in caskets are for the living - the dead really have no use for them. 

fwiw, i'll be cremated as well, after turning some of my body in diamonds for my children to pass on as heirlooms. morbid? to some. but i think passing down a family stone is far more valuable than loading up the kids and schlupping off to some cemetery four times a year. 

nonmember avatar Archaeogirl

Well, there goes the data for my PhD thesis...

Don't worry, Tuffymama! I'm pretty sure that those bones date from the 1100s (some earlier, some later by a few centuries)-- no chemicals, no tissues (anymore), just bones. And at that period, to be cremated meant that you would not be resurrected at the end of the world (expected any day, at that point)-- no one really thought of cremation as an option (though if you were holy, your body parts might have been distributed between parishes after your death).

So be grateful for the 19th c. shifts in religious belief which have made cremation as prevalent as it is today!

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