Sunday, October 30, 2011

Haunting Inspirations

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland, home to Michael Bowes-Lyon, the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Birthplace and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Reputedly one of the most haunted castles in Britain.  William Shakespeare chose Glamis Castle as the setting for 'The Scottish Play'. I can't bring myself to write the true name of the play, old habits die hard and I am a bit superstitious!

Top Withens, Nr Haworth, West Yorkshire, the plaque below explains...

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, easy to see why it inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Daphne du Maurier at her home, Menabilly, Cornwall. The house she fell in love with, the house that inspired Mandelay and Rebecca.

I hope you will all be hauntingly inspired this Halloween.


  1. My father used to refer to one of our dogs as 'the Monster of Glamis'....rarely seen but frequently heard.

  2. I'm hauntingly charmed. When I saw your mention of Nr.Haworth I thought immediately of 'Wuthering Heights' - a book I've read every Feb. since I was 13. (Must be the darkness of the month.) This is the perfect Halloween post. Thanks, Dash.

  3. hello:
    What wonderfully atmospheric images you post here, so perfect for the season. We had not heard about the haunting of Glamis Castle and do rather like that Scottish Baronial style of architecture.

    And, what a very different face you give to Whitby, in our minds always a charming fishing town. Amazing what a difference black and white photography contributes to the quality of an image!

  4. "Old habits die hard"...could it be? You too, Dash?

    I have to say that I was very disappointed on my tour of Glamis not to cross one single ghost. Not one!

    I absolutely loved this post.

  5. HI Dear Dash,, Wow these are positively beautiful and scary at the same time. It must be so incredible yet frightening to live in a house as big as these. I am so use to my small apartment in Paris I think I would have a heart attack in all that space. I would always be wondering who was in the next room.. Carla xx


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