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Adrian’s Legacy ranking at 560 on AMAZON!

#560 on AMAZON

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Just a little update for The Adrian Trilogy fans . . . Adrian’s Legacy is closing in ranks!

#560 in Supernatural > Vampires
#1972 in Horror > Vampires

Way to go Lyn Gibson!

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Vlad Tepes

sideshow__vlad_the_impaler_by_monk_art-d3jgc44    Everyone knows about Vlad Tepes aka: Vlad the Impaler, but there is more to his legacy than just a reputation of finding pleasure in torturing and killing…..

Romanian folklore claims that the nights that Vlad and his older brother Mircea III were born, the holy statues in the city bled from their eyes and mouths.  Perhaps a warning of things to come?  Who knows!  Though the reign of the Dracul Dynasty is found to be horrific to most, to the people of Romania, Vlad Tepes was a Savior.

Upon his death it was said that rumors of an “undead” Vlad Tepes began to circulate immediately.  Staff that worked and resided within the Castle Bran and the Bran Estates reported having seen Vlad walking around and near the properties at night.  After many years of continued aggravation of Vlad’s family insisting that he was dead, Vlad’s oldest son Mihnea, set out to put and end to it! Sometime between 1508-1510 Mihnea returned to the monastery in Snagov where his father’s remains were buried.  When he reached the monastery the Bucharest priests forbid him to open the grave, thus fueling the legend further.  The rumor amongst the Romanian people is that the Tepes family placed animal bones into the grave to give the appearance that Vlad was indeed dead.  To this day claims of having seen Vlad on the estate and castle grounds are quite common.

The suspicion of the undead amongst the Dracul Dynasty did not end with Vlad.  Though few of his successors were actually able to rule, many of them gained respected positions.  One of the more popular grandsons of Vlad, nicknamed Prince General the Violent was noted for his horrific tactics in battle.  He was married three times but had no offspring.  Prince Violent was said to have been killed in battle sometime in 1506 but no recordation has ever been found.

Another well respected heir of Vlad, known as Prince Craftuious the Wise, earned his title from many thwarted attempts to overthrow his Uncle Vlad from the throne.  Wounded badly by Vlad upon his final attempt to seize the throne, Prince Craftuious and his wife  and child disappeared.  It is unknown if Vlad banished them from Romania or if they fled, however no records exist of them after, death or otherwise.  Fearing for his throne, Vlad had sent all of his male heirs to live in Moldavia, an allied country.  The only three allowed to remain were his first son Mihnea, Vlad Dracul, his second son and their cousin Colviez (Prince Violent).

The last of the Dracul Dynasty to reign was Captain Radu the Bad Copelanvia is believed to have died shortly after taking the throne, but no record is found.  He was succeeded by his son Vladisov Carsoni the blood thirsty.  As made apparent by their earned names, most of the Dracul descendants were known to be vicious and blood thirsty, with the exception of the wives.  Six of the women that married into the family had committed suicide, to include the third wife of Vlad Tepes himself.

Vlad Tepes was the only member of his family that was praised as a ruler, the remainder were seen as evil men.  The Dracul’s were successful in escaping having their deaths properly recorded adding  fuel to the undead fire so to speak.  Vlad and his heirs were suspected to be concealed on the Castle and estate grounds for many generations.  Missing persons in the area and the carcasses of animals having been drained of their blood on or near the Bran grounds were evident of the their revelry in the eyes of the Romanians.  In an attempt to end these rumors, Prince Constatin Serban had all known graves of the Dracul descendant opened in April of 1654.  The results of his findings have never been made public.

Today in modern Romania, the tales are still circulating.  Visitors are warned to stay clear of the Bran and Vania forests lest they fall victim to one of the Dracul undead.  Though this is all quite speculative, (wink wink) The decision made by the Romanian Government to condemn the Bran estates due to plagued soil only gave new life to the rumors.  Perhaps it was an error in judgement that the Government stated the cause of the contamination to be due to the massive amounts of bones found on the property and surrounding area?

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7 destinations for the Vampire hunter

We all know that each continent has it’s own unique history when it comes to legends of the undead.  Many legends, especially those that originate in Mesopotamia, are thousands of years old.  What havoc the undead must have wreaked upon the land for their legends to endure until this day!   Centuries have passed and history has added many locales that are rich in Vampire history.  Below are some well known Vampire havens, planned future destinations for your’ truly!

1010098_10151969800938660_1900552835_n                                                      The Paris Catacombs

These “mass ossuaries” were created in the 18th century as a response to the overwhelming outbreak of plague.  The State Council ordered all bones to be excavated from Paris cemeteries in order to relocate them underground within the limestone caverns beneath the city.  The process began in 1786 and continued throughout 1814.  The Catacombs are home to over 6 million bodies and as legend would have it, an occasional vampire clan.  What more perfect surroundings for an elder as many of the bodies are affixed in ornate fashions; creating a breathtaking tapestry of death!

musee                                            The Musee des Vampires, Paris France

Open by appointment only, a party of 10 may be guided through the museum.  Crammed with artifacts and all other manner of objects related to vampire legends, owner Jaques Sirgent has a vast knowledge of Vampire history and will answer the darkest of vampire queries that can be conjured.

 

whitby1                                                         Whitby Abbey, England

The 13th century ruins of the Whitby Abbey were the backdrop for Bram Stoker’s, “Dracula” and for that there is a reason.  In 1885 a Russian Schooner, The Demeter war run aground by a wild storm in Whitby harbor; the entire crew including the captain were found dead.  The instant that the Demeter had run aground, a large black dog was seen running toward the Abbey.  The dog, a form that the vampire can take on at will, brought ill fate onto the Abbey as several of the staff became unaccounted for in the following days; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula was born!

bran castle                                                                  Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle is widely believed to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, or as Stoker referred to as “King Dracula”.  Vlad, needing no further introduction to a Vampire fanatic, has left a large imprint on the Romanian countryside.  For further details into Vlad’s bloody reign both living and undead, search my past blogs for “What I didn’t know about Vlad Tepes”.

 

french-quarter-night-scene-07                                             The New Orleans French Quarter

A place near and dear to me!  This tourism hot spot has been known as haven to Vampires since the first cobblestone streets were laid.  The Vampire culture is still quite prevalent throughout the New Orleans area.  Many legends still exist, and recent rumors still circulate amongst the locals.  For a deeper look into some of New Orleans most famous Vampire legends search my past blogs for “New Orleans”.

 

new-orleans-lafayette-cemetery-no1-kim-fearheiley                                            Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans

Amongst the beloved and elite of New Orleans lies the crypt of a Vampire, only a handful of the locals can identify the correct plot where he lies.  I believe that this vampire is named in one of my past blogs on new Orleans vampire legends, but that is strictly my opinion (wink, wink!).  Though the permanent residents of Lafayette Cemetery are quite dead, locals say that the sometimes gaping tombs offer haven to vampires from time to time.

 

 

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What I didn’t know about Vlad Tepes

vladEveryone knows about Vlad Tepes aka: Vlad the Impaler, but there is more to his legacy than just his reputation of finding pleasure in torturing and killing…..

Romanian folklore claims that the nights that Vlad and his older brother Mircea III were born, the holy statues of the city bled from their eyes and mouths.  Perhaps a warning of things to come?  Who knows!  Though the reign of the Dracul Dynasty is found to be horrific to most, to the people of Romania saw him as a Savior.

It is said that rumors of an undead Vlad Tepes began to circulate immediately after his death.  Staff that worked and resided within the Castle Bran and the Bran Estates reported having seen Vlad walking around and near the properties at night.  After many years of continued aggravation of Vlad’s family insisting that he was dead, Vlad’s oldest son Mihnea, set out to put and end to it!  Sometime between 1508-1510 Mihnea returned to the monastery in Snagov where his father’s remains were buried.  When he reached the monastery the Bucharest priests forbid him to open the grave, thus fueling the legend further.  The rumor amongst the Romanian people is that the Tepes family place animal bones into the grave to give the appearance that Vlad was indeed dead.  To this day claims of having seen Vlad on the estate and castle grounds are quite common.

The suspicion of the undead amongst the Dracul Dynasty did not end with Vlad.  Though few of his successors were actually able to rule, many of them gained respected positions.  One of the more popular grandsons of Vlad, nicknamed Prince General the Violent was noted for his horrific tactics in battle.  He was married three times but had offspring.  Prince Violent was said to have been killed in battle sometime in 1506 but no recordation has been found to confirm.

Another well respected heir of Vlad, known as Prince Craftuious the Wise, earned his title from many thwarted attempts to overthrow his Uncle Vlad from the throne.  Wounded badly by Vlad upon his final attempt to seize the throne, Prince Craftuious and his wife disappeared and child.  It is unknown if Vlad banished them from Romania or if they fled, however no records exist of them after, death or otherwise.  Fearing for his throne, Vlad sent all of his male heirs to live in Moldavia, an allied country.  The only three allowed to remain were his first son Mihnea, Vlad Dracul, his second son and their cousin Colviez (Prince Violent).

The last of the Dracul Dynasty to reign were Captain Radu the Bad Copelanvia is believed to have dies shortly after taking the thrown, but no record is found.  He was succeeded by his son Vladisov Carsoni the blood thirsty.  As made apparent by their earned names, most of the Dracul descendants were known to be vicious and blood thirsty, with the exception of the wives.  Six of the women that married into the family had committed suicide, to include the third wife of Vlad Tepes himself.

Vlad Tepes was the only member of his family that was praised as a ruler, the remainder were seen as evil men.  The Dracul’s were successful in escaping having their deaths properly recorded adding to fuel to the undead fire so to speak.  Vlad and his heirs were suspected to be concealed on the Castle and estate grounds for many generations.  Missing persons in the area and the carcasses of animals being drained of their blood on or near the Bran grounds were evident of the their revelry in the eyes of the Romanians.  In an attempt to end these rumors, Prince Constatin Serban had all known graves of the Dracul descendant opened in April of 1654.  It was never discussed what was found in the graves.

Today in modern Romania, the tales are still circulating. Visitors are warned to stay clear of the Bran and Vania forests lest they fall victim to one of the Dracul undead.  Though this is all quite speculative, (wink wink) The decision made by the Romanian Government to condemn the Bran estates due to plagued soil only gave new life to the rumors.  Perhaps it was an error in judgement that the Government stated the cause of the contamination to be due to the massive amounts of bones found on the property and surrounding error?