Just in time for Halloween, I wrote a feature revealing how Bram Stoker’s seaside vacation to Whitby, England, planted the seeds for the most terrifying scenes in Dracula. The inspiration for this story stemmed from my book research trip to the U.K. last February. Take a look (and check out the creepy photos) on Mental Floss.
The local newspaper in Whitby, Yorkshire, ran a feature story about my campaign to raise money for a trip to England! The Whitby Gazette reports that I’m planning to research the personal letters and diaries of my third-great uncle William Scoresby, the first polar scientist, at the Whitby Museum.
“She also aims to find out more about how his observations influenced leading explorers, naturalists and statesmen,” reporter Sam Jones writes.
Scoresby himself bequeathed his voluminous collection of writings, scientific instruments and artifacts he collected on his many whaling voyages to the Whitby Museum. I gather that since his death in 1857, few people have examined the collection. That’s where I come in, and I’ll use the information I find in a new biography of this pioneering polar explorer and naturalist.
I’m working on a book about my ancestor: a polar explorer and whaling ship captain named William Scoresby whose 200-year-old discoveries are helping today’s scientists understand global warming. I’m raising money for a trip to England to research his letters, and–because environmental progress is in jeopardy these days–write a book that offers valuable insight into climate change, wrapped up in adventure. I’d be so grateful if you checked out my Indiegogo campaign, watched my short video, and spread the word! Thanks!