October … a time for colourful, crispy leaves, pumpkins … and the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival here in Whitby! 
So … what’s this, we hear you ask? 
Taking place at the historic Whitby Pavilion which overlooks picturesque beaches and tumultuous North Sea, this event has been given a haunting new look ready for Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018. 
A gothic gathering of musical talent will be out in force on both Friday and Saturday, including Paradise Lost, The Eden House and The Society on Friday; Fields of the Nephilim, Salvation and Sometime the Wolf on Saturday alongside Club Night with DJ Kell Kill. 
The event will also host the Dark Days Alternative Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a ghoulish array of stalls. 
Find an eclectic range of stalls including unusual and creative finds. 
Film buffs will be frightfully entertained by a stellar gathering of star-studded moving pictures including Fright Night, Lost Boys and The Blood on Satan’s Claw to name a few. Age restrictions will apply. 
Jonathan Rigby’s Euro Gothic will also be in attendance. This will be hosted at the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 28th October. 
Jonathan is the official biographer of legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, has acted in the spooky 'Borley Rectory', and was a series consultant to Mark Gatiss’ 'A History of Horror'. 
The festival will also feature a screening of Black Roses in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. 
Whitby itself is usually transformed into a gothic town during this event when businesses, local folk and visitors get into the spirit of things. 
It goes without saying that Whitby is very proud of its gothic connections. 
Bram Stoker, who wrote his famous novel Dracula, visited the town in July 1890 and stayed in Royal Crescent, just round the corner from us here at the Riviera Guesthouse. 
It is thought Stoker already had a vampire plot in mind, but he busied himself at Whitby Library during his stay in the town. 
He learned about Vlad the Impaler and proceeded to write one of the most famous novels in the English Language. 
The novel refers to some iconic images of Whitby, including Royal Crescent, the town’s red tiled roofs and of course the Abbey itself. 
While staying here, he might well have heard about the shipwreck of a Russian vessel in 1885 named the Dmitry, from Narva. 
The ship ran aground on Tate Hill Sands below East Cliff, carrying a cargo of silver sand. 
In his novel, Stoker renamed the ship the Demeter and renamed the port as Varna … this carries the Count with a cargo of … silver sand and boxes of earth. 
Dracula was published in 1897 and it has inspired countless movies, adaptations and books since then. 
So while Whitby will always have connections to the most famous vampire of them all, the town really goes ‘to town’ during the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival and we can’t wait to see the costumes and absorb the atmosphere of one of the busiest weekends of the year! 
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