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MAD monks, witches, cut-throat smugglers and Vikings – these are just a few of the characters who will be moving into the resort this Autumn.

New Tower owners Merlin have now unveiled the scary selection, who will be inhabiting the brand new Blackpool Tower Dungeon when it opens in September.

The new attraction, featuring live actors, is just one of the developments from the entertainments giant, famous for owning Alton Towers, who are also building Madame Tussauds and a 4D Tower Top ride.

Iain Hawkins, Merlin’s Blackpool director, said: “We’ve trawled through the chapters of Fylde and Lancashire history to put together a real frightfest for visitors. There will be no respite. Just as visitors breathe a sigh of relief for having survived a Viking invasion, they will find themselves confronted by a menacing smuggler.

“Escape from the smugglers just brings them straight into the clutches of the Witch Finder General at the time of the Pendle Witch Trials.”

An evil Dark Jester will welcome visitors and tell them a little of the region’s bleak plague and war-ravaged past in the sombre setting of 12th Century Lytham Priory.

Encounters will follow with a macabre plague doctor, sadistic torturer, a 17th Century Cromwellian inquisitor seeking out Royalist sympathisers, lost and ravaged spirits wandering the Labyrinth of Lost Soul, and many more terrors.

The Blackpool Dungeon will be the second of Merlin’s attractions to open in the resort, following the launch of a new Madame Tussauds at Easter.

The new Tower Top observation attraction is set to open in 2012.

Charity Merlin’s Magic Wand treated children to a day out at the Tower in December, in conjunction with The Gazette.