This page is dedicated to those who have written (the ‘worship’ of writers in this page’s title) about ghosts in the past and who write about them now, from both a factual and fictional perspective.

We will explore their works as we trawl through the annals of time looking for that 'killer' read that sets the spine tingling during an evening's fictional fest, or one that gets the mind expanding as it takes in the more researched and factual works, seemingly true and that make the world a much more exciting and unfathomable place.

We live in an age of 'digital-do-and-know-now' that seems to have shrunk our once endless and mysterious world to the size of a TV, PC or phone screen (big as these may be) and that has chained our thoughts in servitude to the next 'tweet' or breathless 'post'.  It is time for us to get back to the age of serious reading, listening and comprehension, albeit on a tablet, phone or via an audio book, or better still, a well-caressed paper or hard backed book. 

 

At least you will be taking in, comprehending and making your own conclusions in your own space on the narrative before you, rather than aping those digitally whipped and tortured souls who are constantly buffeted and collide in the internet's Dante like vortex.

 When Dracula met the Jabberwocky

 

 

Modesty not being one of my more obvious traits (well, at least I'm honest!), I will place before you my recent work 'When Dracula met the Jabberwocky'. 

This easy thirty-nine page read, with photographs that illustrate the book's discourse, examines the interaction of four great gothic authors, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Lewis Carroll and last but not least, that doyen of vampirism, Bram Stoker with the aged and venerable old seaport of Whitby.

It was originally written for a correspondent of mine in the US, who wanted an article that captured these well-known authors' link to the town and its mystic and seafaring past.  It contains a bibliography that you can use for your own research should you wish to delve deeper into the book's content.

 

 Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2016

A plaque at Royal Crescent Whitby marking the house that Bram Stoker stayed in whilst researching material for his famous Gothic novel 'Dracula'.

 

The book hints at where some (not all) of our 'worship' of writers, may have gleaned the ideas and material for the characters depicted in their more spine chilling works of unease and how they personally, along with any companions that accompanied them (lovers included), interacted with Whitby and its inhabitants.   In all probability they made good use of the town's records and day-to-day goings in their writings, Whitby's history reaching far back into its Saxon, Dane and Norman past. 

 

All is not doom and gloom however, as you will read how Lewis Carroll for example, may have had his idea for the splendid rabbit hole in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, during his time as a schoolboy at Richmond (the Yorkshire one), a country town lying further inland.

 

  Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2016

The vista of Whitby's harbour that would have greeted Wilkie Collins and his companion as they exited the Royal Hotel.  Across the harbour can be seen Whitby's church and abbey, where Dracula's attacks begin on the doomed Lucy Westenra.

 

Read and make up your own mind about their connections with Whitby's ghost stories and supernatural world, in this short and hopefully pleasant read for the train, plane, or when you are just sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon, looking for something to tickle your mind's curiosity on the subject of the supernatural, ghosts and hauntings.

To purchase this humble offering in either eBook or paperback, just click on the Amazon link below.

 

 

And now a Great Audiobook Version!

Firstly, please click on and watch this fabulous trailer for the book, which will be released in autumn 2017.   It's been created by the very talented Petrina Kingham, who is also its narrator.  Just click on the Jabberwocky image below to go to the YouTube trailer and then click on the 'play' button.

 

 

I consider myself very lucky to be collaborating with Petrina on 'When Dracula met the Jabberwocky' and she has also narrated one of my other books, namely 'Christmas Customs of Old Whitby'.

 

Your delightful guide to Whitby's literary past, Petrina Kingham

Her crystal-clear voice, also described as 'sincere, articulate and expressive', brings to life in sound the perambulations of our great authors. 

Listen as she describes how they stay in and make their way around Whitby and its environs, during the great age of 19th century English writing that included Gothic horror, insights into the human condition and fantastical thoughts on fantastical lands of the imagination.

Follow her as she seeks out and describes Stoker's haunts, as he constructed his unforgettable story about the blood-sucking vampire of Transylvania.  She then moves on to Collins and a possible insight as to how the Woman in White's fictional essence, may have triggered sightings in Whitby of a facsimile apparition on nearby cliffs.  

It's then down the rabbit hole we go, as Petrina discusses Lewis Carroll's interaction with the town and how a story he probably gleaned from nearby Richmond, may have been the seed from which Alice's adventures grew.  Last but not least, she leads us into the world of Charles Dickens, the friends he had in Whitby and the places and people he harvested from nearby country towns, to populate some of his best beloved works such as 'Scrooge' and 'Martin Chuzzlewit'.

This audiobook is a very pleasant and enlightening listen and I do hope you enjoy it, but most of all, this treasured worship of some of England's greatest writers that Petrina brings to life within it.

Hear samples of other excellent book narrations by Petrina on her web page, by simply clicking on her name below.

 

PETRINA KINGHAM

 

© Paul Fitz-George 2016 - 2017


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