Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHONE OF US artistic director Maya Korn and ONE OF US sympathiser Kirsty Young went on a GOTHIC pilgrimage to WHITBY, known for being the first place Dracula landed in Stoker’s novel (among other things).

The journey is not a simple one if you are not a resident of the North with a car. It involved an overnight stay in Leeds, a 7AM bus to Whitby (that lasts 3.5 hours), a return coach to Scarborough (16:30PM), train to York and then London meaning they returned at 23:30PM. BUT this epic journey is well worth the trip to bring you:


1. GET CREAM TEA @Sherlock’s Coffee House

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHDid you know there was a BBC Radio 4 Show called by Loren D. Estelman called ‘SHERLOCK HOLMES VS DRACULA?’ We did. It was broadcast on the 19th December in 1981:

The year is 1890. In August, the Demeter, a schooner, is discovered adrift off the English coast near Whitby Harbour, its crew missing, its murdered captain lashed to the wheel, and its only passenger is a sinister black dog. This impenetrable mystery is clearly a case for the inimitable Sherlock Holmes who is approached by Thomas Parker, on behalf of his Whitby Editor, to take up the case, which he does. But for the first time in his illustrious career, the great detective is baffled. Clearly the crew have been murdered and dumped overboard, but what can account for the captain’s expression of imponderable terror and his acute loss of blood, or the ship’s strange cargo — fifty boxes of earth?

The game is afoot, and Sherlock Holmes, aided as ever by the faithful Dr. Watson, finds himself on the trail of no mortal enemy, but the arch-vampire himself — Count Dracula…

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHObviously, WE couldn’t not therefore go to the Sherlock Holmes tea house. Maya got Lady Grey, Kirsty got Earl. The scones were fresh baked and warm with crunchy sultanas. An indulgent breakfast for 2 world weary travelers.

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHThere are lots of cute bric-a-brac shops in Whitby that are fairly priced and good quality. Maya’s favourite was the above (Whitby Antiques and Collectibles Emporium) where she discovered Whitby Jade, bought a vintage 50s Vulcanite cross, a doll (ONE OF US PROP), a 70s beaded bag and peacock feather fan, all for way under £100. Kirsty got a beautiful Bakelite bird pin (that will be photographed later).

3. GOTH’S BE GETTING THEIR RUNES READ @Spiritual Connections (Whitby’s Witchcraft Shop)

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If  a rune reading comes your way why would you refuse? It’s £3 a pop and you get to keep your rune and hang out with the lovely Barry. What did the reading say? Well that would be telling! Barry also gave us both budding daffodils which may have made our day. WHITBY GOFF’s are just nicer than normal people.Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH4. THE ABBEY Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

It was windy.

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHLegend has it that you can never count the right amount of steps up to the Abbey/East Cliff (it’s supposed to be 199). Kirsty was 1 off the total, Maya was 5 off (fail). FUN FACT: the steps were built over 200 years ago originally in wood.


Maya was very tempted to buy a song bird. M & K went into a pet shop that only sold fish, finches, canaries and budgies. Maya decided she wanted to pretend she was from the 20s and buy a canary to put in an ornate vintage cage. This didn’t happen. Instead they channeled the birds they had just seen and went to local classic Magpie for fish ‘n chips.  Be warned, this is everyone’s favourite lunch spot so there is always a 15-20 minute queue but it’s well worth it.

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHAnd they played songs like this in the toilet:

7. The Dracula Experience

No photographic evidence… Did it even happen? We kind of saw Christopher Lee’s cape in the dark…

Very tacky, very fun: Whitby Gothic style.

8. WHITBY ART GALLERY & MUSEUMAutosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHThe art gallery is free, the museum and all its weird curiosities isn’t. The museum was near closing and the lady behind the counter said the time we had left wouldn’t do it justice. But then we found out there was an undergarments expo. Kirsty, being a costume maker, was keen to see it and the ticket master said if we gave Clarence a donation we could sneak in.

This is Clarence.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHTaxidermy croc in drac cape… WANT.

This museum is worth the trip up the hill (there are a lot of hills in Whitby).


There’s so much weird shit to encounter in Whitby, some of the best advice we can give is wander about with an undefined plan and see what you discover.

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Frederick and Annabelle Loren invite you to a “HAUNTED HOUSE” party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn £1,000,000.

Guests will enjoy an hour and a half of “ENTERTAINMENT” before being treated to a screening of William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) as well as a curated selection of macabre shorts.

DRESS TO IMPRESS in late fifties early 60s attire.

Do arrive up to 30 minutes early and enjoy a BESPOKE BEVERAGE in our salon.

Performances on the 18th and 19th of April will be in ST MATTHEWS CHURCH on Saint Matthew’s Row, a church dating back to 1743 that sits above 80,000 GRAVES. Having survived FIRE, BOMB damage and a rector who was a contemporary of the notorious KRAY brothers (running the brothels and gambling dens of the area) it was rebuilt in 1961, the design spear headed by architect Anthony Lewis who commissioned young artists to create the distinctive insides.

Address: Saint Matthew’s Row, London E2 6DT

Performances on the 25th and 26th of April will be in room 5.10 in the GOTHIC George Gilbert Scott designed ST PANCRAS CLOCK TOWER CHAMBERS, Euston Road NW1. WATCH for the umbrella’d ones stationed outside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Address: St Pancras Chambers (by the entrance of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel), Euston Road, London NW1 2AR


Tickets are £20, with a limited sale of early bird tickets for £15.
You can buy tickets for St Matthews Church here:

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After years of performing a strange ritual following her sister’s disappearance, Annabelle is close to finally being free…

Chloe Mashiter


Bubblecam The evenings event will be live streamed online. Our internet guests will be able to interact with you through the night, blowing bubbles at you from a hidden bubble machine. Think of it as a surreal form of CCTV – one that tells you when your being watched.

Lisa Hall


Open day to view the new St Matthews complex of luxury flats. Centrally located with easy access to various amenities and restaurants in ‘trendy’ Shoreditch. A unique opportunity to buy into an exquisite example of 18th century architecture and live in a building with a … COLOURFUL PAST.

Alex Zylko

Hard-bitten newspaper columnist Ruth Bridges plans to spend her time in the House documenting her experiences – but the House has other ideas…

Thomas Leo Midlane


Mr Dudley Peril invites you to a party – a haunted house party. There will be games, drinks and maybe even a murder…

Rosanna  Mallinson, Immercity


The previously unseen women of the house are back to tell their tales.

Zoe Hunter Gordon & India Crawford, Big Spoon


What is monstrosity? Can language be monstrous? This work draws on a history of grotesquerie, decorative programmes which emerged from the marginalia of texts. Spaces of fantasy, and representations of a nature that goes against nature, against the grain.  Poetry and images will be interlaced with one another to explore the relationship between word and image in the context of the monstrous and grotesque.

Yates Norton & Emma Stirling


A woman watches from the balcony, her white dress and mournful song drift down to him in wispy tendrils.

Mournful harmonies mingle in the echoing church, as two lovers re-live their ill-fated affair. Pick up your hymn book and turn to song number


Victoria Ellis

Artwork by Emily Tat

Further enquiries or issues should be directed to

Vivienne Vaughn

is a
originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from NYU’s TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS in May, and is pursuing her lifelong passion for GENRE MOVIES, having written and directed a number of short HORROR films.
Check out some of her work:
She is also a SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE UP ARTIST, a contributing writer for FANGORIA MAGAZINE & co edited ONE OF US’S HALLOWZINE last year.
In this experimental GOTHIC horror short, a girl awakes after a TRAGIC accident one snowy morning to find herself in a nightmare-like world where her home and surroundings are DECAYING along with her physical being.
A 16mm MUSIC video set to “Heartbeats” by THE KNIFE.
Vivienne resides in QUEENS, NY with her black cat JINX, and is currently writing her first FEATURE-length film.
WE shot her in her Gothic  place of residence in a vintage black prom dress.
Instagram: @viviennevaughn