Are you looking for something exciting and different to do this Halloween? Isle of Wight has been a destination that has called like a siren across the UK bringing royals, celebrities, holidaymakers, motorcyclists, and music enthusiasts for over a century to a place of natural splendour, creativity, refuge, and relaxation. The Isle is also known for some dark and spooky Halloween ghost walks, perhaps inspired by many gothic authors who have visited in the past.
Recently, Isle of Wight has also been the location of a great literary discovery: the lost notebook of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
For enthusiasts of Bram Stoker’s work, the writings (in not messy handwriting thankfully decipherable by his relatives) paint a new and telling picture of Dublin life between 1871 and 1881 throughout its 150 or so pages and include scribbled down beginnings of some of his other works. Certain detailed excerpts went on to appear in Dracula as part of character Jonathan Harker’s journal observations. Apparently the journal was written when Stoker was attending Trinity College in Dublin and working at Dublin Castle. Gothic enthusiasts of all kinds are sure to be excited by the discovery of this notebook which provides greater insight into the writing process and the man himself. The notebook is due to be published and released next year.
Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight will also host a spooky ghost walk tour of the castle and grounds, one of the island’s most haunted places. So what are you waiting for? Grab a gothic book, and go for a wander.
The island’s finger on the past and the pulse of the present are inseparable making it a very exciting place to discover, even more so now that this exciting piece of literary history has surfaced.
Guest Post: K Newey is a copywriter and script writer who is often inspired by gothic literature and grand natural scenery. A stay in one of many gorgeous and unique Isle of Wight self catering cottages would make for the perfect Halloween getaway.