Author and local historian, Ian Yearsley unveiled his new book recently and reveals its dark side and link with one of the worlds most scariest characters.
Ian is best known for his books about Essex and its history.
His latest publication is something you can really get your teeth into, as it explores the links between Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel, ‘Dracula’, and the Essex village of Purfleet, which features heavily in Stoker’s novel.
In Dracula – The Essex Connection, Ian compares the descriptions in ‘Dracula’ with research he has carried out into the Purfleet of Stoker’s day and identifies several physical connections between real Purfleet places and the fictional world of The Count.
“I was intrigued by a passing reference in another book to the connections between ‘Dracula’ and Purfleet,” said Ian. “That book suggested that there was no truth behind the supposed connections but included the phrase ‘unless of course you know better’.
“I saw that phrase as a challenge and set about researching the connections myself.
“I was delighted to find that there were indeed several and Dracula – The Essex Connection reveals my findings.”
Ian found that Bram Stoker almost certainly visited Purfleet and went on a walking tour of the area.
Stoker used places that he encountered on his walks, such as ‘The Royal Hotel’, Purfleet House, the Royal Ordnance development and a house called ‘Carfax.’
He used these as models for buildings in his novel.
“Dracula” is one of the classic novels of English Gothic literature,” said Ian, “and I believe the connection between the novel and Essex should be more widely known. Hopefully my book will help achieve that aim.”
Dracula – The Essex Connection was published by Paragon Publishing in March 2018.
It costs £6.99 and is available from all good bookshops or from book websites such as Amazon.
More information about Ian and his work can be found here: www.ian-yearsley.com.