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Castle Dracula

"He and his wife, the old lady who had received me, looked at each

other in a frightened sort of way. [...] When I asked him if

he knew Count Dracula, and could tell me anything of his castle, both

he and his wife crossed themselves, and, saying that they knew nothing

at all, simply refused to speak further." - Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

"Suddenly, I became conscious of the fact

that the driver was in the act of pulling up the horses in the

courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came

no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line

against the sky." - Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

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Slains Castle near Cruden Bay in North East Scotland. This is reputed to be the inspiration that led Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

 

The castle was previously the seat of the Earls of Erroll, having been destroyed by James VI and I and later rebuilt (although now in ruins again).

 

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This image is comprised of several layers. There are two layers of the castle and grass, both converted to black and white and coloured differently (creating the odd lighting effect on the parts facing up and left as you look at it)... the image of the cloudy sky and the image of the moon were layered between the two castle layers, with the crow added on the top of everything else. Finally, I applied a fake lomo filter in Gimp and then a light smooth filter to blend everything together.

 

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Uploaded on May 28, 2005