Tales of werewolves written by a 19th century vicar and former pupil of Warwick School were last week acknowledged on a BBC Radio 5 Live programme about Dracula creator Bram Stoker.
Sabine Baring-Gould, who in the 1840s attended what was then Warwick Grammar School, went on to write books on folklore and superstitions as well as hymns like Onward, Christian Soldiers.
On Radio 5 a contributor to the programme pointed out that Baring-Gould’s The Book of Werewolves, written in 1865, was acknowledged by Stoker as one of the influences on his work.
Stoker also drew on the vicar’s Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, written in 1877, and Germany, Present and Past (1879).
In fact Baring-Gould only spent a few months at the Warwick school before suffering from a bronchial illness resulting in him being taken on a world tour. As a churchman he attracted some notoriety from his relationship with a mill girl who was half his age and who later became his wife.