A collection of 22 supernatural tales about the old seaport of Whitby on England's beautiful and mysterious North East Coast. Stories include tales about ghosts, vampires, the fairy folk ,and the ancient customs and superstitions of the town's sea-folk, all of which paint a suitably spectral sketch of the ghostly goings on in this famous old town over the centuries. The origins of creatures and specters from the imaginations of Bram Stoker and Wilkie Collins feature in this book, put together by the former Collector of Dues of Whitby Harbour, Paul McDermott (now Paul Fitz-George since taking his wife's prestigious family surname...a new man in every sense!). He was, during his service there, able to pry some spectral gems and first hand reports from the citizens and old salts he dealt with at the harbor on a day-to-day basis and the book's stories featured in programs he appeared in for both BBC TV and ABC Television. Also included in this book is the research he carried out on some of the more ancient tales of this one-time Viking, Norman, and, in particular, 18th-century ship-building port, this carried out in the famous and fascinating archives of The Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, of which he was a member. This is an updated edition of the original 1987 paperback.
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