A Night in Romania’s Hoia-Baciu Forest
The subheading for this article reads “Forget Count Dracula’s castle; Transylvania’s really frightful place is ‘haunted’ forest Hoia Baciu.” Okay, yes, Hoia Baciu IS reputedly a mighty spooky place. (I can’t say for certain because, sadly, I have never been there.) But FORGET Castle Dracula? I don’t think so. (Nor does the heading mention WHICH Castle Dracula it is referring to; there are two, you know. Possibly three. Four, if you count the fictitious one that only exists in Bram Stoker’s novel. Or five, if you count Slain’s Castle in Scotland, which might have inspired Stoker when he was writing DRACULA.)
The reporter of this article needs to do better homework. She refers to the historical Dracula as “Vlad Dracul” or “Vlad the Impaler.” Factually, Vlad Dracul was Dracula’s FATHER. The very name “Dracula” means literally “son of Dracul.” Shamey, shamey, reporter woman. That mistake drops you a letter grade.
Strange stuff happens at Hoia Baciu. Electronic devices stop working. There is a patch where nothing will grow, and tress grow in weird patterns. There are UFO sightings, ghost sightings, and visitors not infrequently report feeling nauseous and disoriented. There have even been allegations of time portals. The reporter experienced nothing unusual during her visit to Hoia Baciu. Or perhaps she did, but she misidentified it.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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