Annabelle Comes Home: The True Story of Annabelle the Haunted Doll

Annabelle is a haunted doll who has managed to gain international notoriety, striking fear into the hearts of many. She has been written about, spoken about and depicted in recent Hollywood horror films that have now solidified her reputation for being one of the most feared objects in the world. But what exactly makes Annabelle, an innocent appearing Raggedy Ann doll, so frightening? The answer to this is not so much the doll, yet what […]

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Dracula’s Ghost: Where Does Vlad Tepes Haunt?

Romania

Dracula is one of the most recognizable horror icons and has grown in popularity since he first appeared in Bram Stoker’s famed novel ‘Dracula.’ Although Dracula is a fictional character, it is said that his origins may have been forged in some bloody truth. Dracula was supposedly inspired by the real-life historical warlord Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler. Vlad was born in the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara sometime between 1428 and 1431. He was born […]

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Crag Hotel: Abandoned Film Set in Penang

Penang, Malaysia

Towering over Malaysia on a side of Penang Hill which is rarely visited, sits a withering set of buildings linked to a very rich history. Some of these buildings date back to the late 1800s and have served many functions throughout their lives including a hotel, private residence, a school and even a film set. The site, which is best known as the Crag Hotel, is well hidden and difficult to access due to stray […]

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Spooky Sighisoara: Birthplace of Dracula

Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara is a medieval town in Transylvania, Romania. It is a stunning sight for those who make the trip to visit the small remote town. It exists on raised cobblestone streets and has retained many of its medieval buildings and charm. Though Sighisoara is a pristine and beautiful place, it does have a darker side that many do not know about. This quaint little village has faced plague, fire and is even considered to be […]

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Poenari Castle: The Real Castle Dracula and Ghost Stories

Romania

Poenari Castle is a little-known ruin that was once an important stronghold. It is best known for its ties to Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler or the real-life inspiration for Dracula. The crumbling Poenari Fortress exists high in the Făgăraș Mountains. It is accessible to the few tourists willing to make the harsh trip to visit it by ascending 1480 stairs up a steep hill. Unlike Bran Castle, which has been heavily […]

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Bran Castle: Ghosts and Dracula Legends

Bran, Romania

Bran Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Romania and possibly the world. It is heavily marketed to tourists as being ‘Dracula’s Castle.’ Interestingly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Nonetheless, it has propelled Bran Castle into stardom and it remains what is likely the most visited tourist attraction in Transylvania. Bran Castle has stood for many years, first being mentioned in documents dating back to 1377. It was strategically positioned upon […]

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Snagov Monastery: Dracula’s Grave

Bucharest, Romania

In a small peaceful village, just a short distance from Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, lies a small island monastery. Famed for holding the remains of the world’s most infamous warlord. The Snagov Monastery has existed on Snagov Island for a long time. It was originally founded in the 14th century and more than one church has stood upon the island’s ground in this time. Some, including a small wooden church has been destroyed, supposedly even […]

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Corvin Castle: Dracula, Ghosts and Legends in Romania

Hunedoara, Romania

Corvin Castle, also called Hunyadi Castle, is one of Europe’s true fairytale locations. Residing upon a hill in Hunedoara, Romania the 15th-century castle is only accessible by a long drawbridge. Its stunning exterior and well-preserved interior make it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. However, its dark past lends much weight to its ghostly legends. Corvin Castle is a strategically designed stronghold, yet its beauty far surpasses its practicality. It has […]

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