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Today is Dracula Day

Today Is Dracula Day. Better get to the shop and buy some garlic before they run out.

How many of you grew up watching the Hammer House Of Horror movies? Christopher Lee was great as Dracula and we had the wonderful Peter Cushing as Van Helsing the wooden stake wielding vampire hunter.

Then the next generation had Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role. She has a Watcher, Rupert Giles played by Anthony Stewart Head. She is aided by her friend that she meets at Sunnydale High, Willow Rosenberg, played by Alyson Hannigan.

The legend of Dracula is thought by some to be based on Vlad The Impaler who was prince of Wallachia, second son to Vlad Dracul, who took up the rule of Wallachia in 1436.

Vlad III was known as Vlad the Impaler in Romania. This is due to the use of impalement that was his favorite method for executing criminals.

As an example of the cruelty under his reign he is reputed to have nailed the turbans of Turkish messengers to their heads with three large metal spikes. Simply because they did not want to remove them in his presence (they wore them because of an ancient custom).

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