Upside Down in Transylvania
If you’ve been watching the Netflix series STRANGER THINGS, you are familiar with the “Upside Down.” That’s what they call the parallel reality in which all sorts of spooky things exist and from which they sometimes cross over into OUR mundane reality. Or the mundane reality of the series, as it is itself a parallel reality to our own. But you know what I mean. This article suggests that there is a real-life—as in, real world, OUR world, equivalent to the Upside Down, or a gateway into it, and that this place is located, appropriately enough, in Transylvania. It is the mysterious Hoia Baciu forest.
Think of it as a sort of leafy, landlocked Bermuda Triangle. People, and animals, go missing there. And there have been recorded sightings of all sorts of strange creatures and oddities, like UFOs and ghosts. Visitors sometimes report symptoms reminiscent of radiation sickness after visiting its foreboding confines. People have even vanished into the forest only to reappear years later, having not aged a day and feeling they were gone for only a few minutes. The Hoia Baciu is even said to steal your memories.
On my next excursion to vampire land, I must remember to pack a picnic lunch and spend a few hours in the Hoia Baciu. At least for ME it will seem like a few hours…
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!