Vampire Gathering Sets New Record For 125th Anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Credit: English Heritage 

1,369 “vampires” have set a new world record to mark the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The successful attempt, recognized by Guinness World Records, beat out the previous record of 1,039 in Doswell, Virginia set in 2011.

Appropriately enough, the crown now belongs to Whitby in the United Kingdom. It’s home to a 7th century abbey whose ruins are said to have inspired Stoker to write Dracula and are mentioned in the book.

The record attempt was the work of English Heritage, an organization that manages historic buildings including Whitby Abbey.

Participants had to be gathered in the same place for five minutes to count towards the total. Official adjudicator Jack Brookbank told the BBC they also had to comply to a strict dress code: “It must include black shoes, black trousers or dress, waistcoat, shirt, black cape or collared overcoat and fangs on the top set of teeth.”

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