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Valentine's Day Blog

Aug 14

Written by: amarino
8/14/2011 3:56 PM

I just saw a visitor from Romania stopped by this site during the week and I was really psyched.  The individual didn't contact me or anything--so it could have been an auto-bot of some sort, but I prefer to think it was Vlad Tepes, the historical Dracula.


Vlad Tepes or Vlad III was Prince of Wallachia, and lived 1431–1476. He’s also known as Vlad the Impaler or simply as Dracula.



Historically, Vlad is known for killing his enemies by use of slow torture—including, but not limited to, impaling them on telephone-pole length pikes. He would upright the pikes, place a table and chair near his squirming victims and have a cool supper of summer greens and a nice light wine and watch the show.



Today most of us know him as the basis of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula—a character that, in some ways, is less frightening than the historical figure.


The fact that the real Vlad was killed by decapitation, I think, is the reason why in most vampire lore, the best way to kill a “child of the night” is to cut off its head.


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