Europe 1 with AFP 5:44 p.m., May 27, 2022

In the small town of Whitby, in the northeast of England, the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires was broken on Thursday with 1,369 vampires.

The English city had notably inspired the Irish Dram Stoker, author of "Dracula", in the writing of his successful novel.

Black capes and pointed canines: the world record for the number of people dressed as vampires was beaten Thursday evening in Whitby, 125 years after the publication of the novel "Dracula" which is inspired by this small town in north-east England .

"We have just broken the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires, with 1,369 vampires!" Tweeted English Heritage, the British organization that manages the site of Whitby Abbey, now in ruins, where s produced the feat.

We've just broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Vampires with 1369 vampires!

We'd like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has come along to Whitby Abbey to help make this happen - you all looked fang-tastic!


— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) May 26, 2022


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The official dress code was strict, including black shoes, black pants or dress, black cape and fangs planted on the upper teeth.

The previous record of 1,039 vampires was set in Doswell, Virginia in the United States.

"Dracula", by the Irish writer Bram Stoker, which tells the story of this bloodthirsty count, was first published in 1897 and has since given rise to numerous adaptations, in particular for the cinema.

The North Yorkshire port town overlooking the North Sea where Stoker had visited in 1890 provided the setting for his Gothic novel, according to English Heritage.