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Abney Park Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, England, United Kingdom.

Abney Park in Stoke Newington, in the London Borough of Hackney, is a historic parkland originally laid out in the early 18th century by Lady Mary Abney and Dr. Isaac Watts, and the neighbouring Hartopp family.

In 1840 it became a non-denominational garden cemetery, a semi-public park arboretum, and an educational institute, which was widely celebrated as an example of its time. A total of 196,843 burials had taken place there up to the year 2000. It is a Local Nature Reserve.

Abney Park Cemetery in Three Men and...Stories

One night in the late 19th century, vampire-hunter Professor Abraham van Helsing led J., George, and Harris, to say nothing of J.'s dog Montmorency, to Abney Park Cemetery to confront a vampire.[1]

Not long after they entered the cemetery, Montmorency slipped his leash with a snarl and ran off into the darkness. The group heard a screech, and the dog returned to the group. However, under van Helsing's Döbereiner's lamp, the group found a dead man, naked, his throat torn out. Van Helsing explained that the man, whom he identified by the name Stivvings, had been in a rat form, a step on the path to vampirism, when Montmorency dispatched him. Van Helsing urged them on.[2]

After stalking the cemetery further, the group finally came upon van Helsing's quarry, a particularly terrifying vampire. When it lunged at van Helsing, he shot it with a water pistol full of holy water, causing it intense pain. At Van Helsing's urging the group tackled the vampire; the three men held it while van Helsing stabbed it with a stiletto until he finally pierced its heart and it vanished in a puff of ashes and dust.[3]

References

  1. Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds, pgs. 13-17, TPB.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 20-22.
  3. Ibid. pgs. 22-24.
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