Thursday, 10 October 2019

Halloween Countdown: Christopher Lee

DC Editor Adam writes

Halloween is coming and I'm a bit of a fan.

Throughout October I'm going to be sharing a few Halloween posts to accompany my ghost- and horror-themed tours over the season.

This week it's Dracula Week on The Daily Constitutional.

From The Daily Constitutional archive, a tribute to my favourite screen Dracula, Christopher Lee…


Christopher Lee is Dead? He Is Absolutely No Such Thing



Back in June 2015, I was saddened to hear that the actor Sir Christopher Lee had passed away. He was 93.


Almost everyone I met that day had something to say about the great man. Here in Britain, particularly among those over the age of 30, he is well-remembered for his Dracula in the Hammer Studios horror movies from the 50's to the 70s.


I remember the day clearly – the 7th June 2015 – because it was a Thursday and on a Thursday I always get home late after leading two walking tours.


The last stage of my journey takes me through the local churchyard. Although it is dark, it only takes thirty seconds and saves me time at the end of the day. It is a shortcut and I have been taking it for years without batting an eyelid.


Until that night. When this image came surging forth in my mind


  
Like so many kids I was occasionally allowed to stay up late and watch scary movies on TV. And I had forgotten just how truly terrifying Lee’s Dracula appeared to me back then.

And not just back then, either. 

That Thursday night in 2015, my heart quickened along with my step and I was through the graveyard in record time without a backward glance.

I’ll be frank: it was a poor show from a grown man. Particularly one who leads ghostly walking tours.

And it made me think: Don’t believe everything you hear in the news.

Christopher Lee is dead, is he? 

Balderdash. 

Just you wait until nightfall, my friend. Just you wait…




Join me on the London Horror Story Tour here in London this October. I'm leading the tour on Tuesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th October & Saturdays 12th, 19th & 26th October. Book here…





A couple of summers back I celebrated Halloween by taking the guys from the Lion King cast on a tour of their theatrical home The Lyceum, where Bram Stoker once worked.

Here's what we got up to…






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