The shadow of Count Orlok climbing up a staircase

The shadow of Count Orlok climbing up a staircase

There have been a few poems so far about myths and legends associated with Teignmouth so what is the connection between Vlad the Impaler and our town?!

Vlad the Impaler, characterized as a tyrant who took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies, was Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia and a member of the House of Draculesti. He took the patronymic Vlad Dracula and through this name became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel ‘Dracula’.

In 1922 Enrico Dieckmann released the German expressionist horror film ‘Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror’. It was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”).

It is symbolised by one iconic scene -the shadow of Count Orlok climbing up a staircase. Where can you find a representation of this iconic scene? Street art on a wall in Somerset Place.

This post is another linkage of poetry with street art.

(Keats Ghost)

Curfew your husbands, curfew your wives.
the curse of Count Dracula now has arrived.
Down Sun Lane and Osmonds and Clampet he jives
seeking dark niches where demons will thrive;
satiated, at sunrise he returns to his hive.

At sunset your sons should be kept safe and sound,
for the blood-letting vampire’s now to be found.
He lurks in the murk where the shadows abound.
He creeps out at night when the sun goes down,
haunting the lanes of old Teignmouth town.

Make sure your daughters are secure in their beds.
Nosferatu is prowling; he yearns to be fed.
He’d bite and he’d drool as you slowly bled,
joining the ranks of the living dead …..

Aaaaaaaaaargh! ……….. CUT
OK, imagination too active, forget what I’ve said,
this graffiti art shadow has messed with my head.

But just in case …………

Don’t wander at night-time after the gloam
for in ebony darkness the vampires roam.
But if you’ve the need to depart from your home
carry mirror, stake and a mobile phone
to drive them back, pierce their heart
and tweet their dying moan.


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