Dracula’s Burial Site (Maybe) and Dracula’s Penmanship
You can find so much on the Internet. Too much, honestly. I have likened it to wading through a sewer in search of treasure. Yes, there are diamonds to be found, big goose-egg-sized diamonds, but they’re floating in all the muck. It takes intent to find the good stuff. Or luck.
This photograph above shows the remains of a document that is purported to have been written by Vlad Dracula III, the historical Dracula known as Tepes or “The Impaler.” It looks suitably impressive. I don’t know if it’s for real. It’s supposed to be, but it’s really hard to tell the real diamonds from the cubic zirconia down in the sewers. There’s not a lot of light down there. Unfortunately I don’t speak—or read—Romanian, which would make verification simpler. Take (a look at) it with a grain of salt, then.
The photograph of Comana Monastery *is* genuine. The original monastery on the site was built under orders from Dracula in 1461. By 1589 it had fallen into ruin so it was demolished and the current Comana Monastery was constructed.
In 1861, the remains of the original structure were uncovered. Tradition says that Dracula was buried at Snagov Monastery (where in the 1970s a headless skeleton that some believe was the remains of Dracula himself was unearthed), but Comana is close to the site where it is believed Dracula was killed. A nearby village bears his name to this day. Which one is the real final resting place of Dracula? Why, neither, of course, as “final” implies that he stayed dead.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
Denn die totden reiten schnell!