Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Bram Stoker. It's a time to head down to Purfleet in Essex, half an hour's train ride from Fenchurch Street, for a riverside drink in the Royal Hotel. Bram Stoker undoubtedly did the same thing, and was inspired to use Purfleet House, just behind, as Carfax House, the residence found for Count Dracula by his solicitor Jonathan Harker, after coming ashore at Whitby in Yorkshire. Fifty boxes of Transylvanian soil were sent on ahead. A plaque on the wall, unveiled by the late great Ingrid Pitt, marks the spot.