We do not know what those crates aboard the Demeter contain, or what those who ordered them intend. All I can say is, you should not got near that ship full of corpses until we find out more – which might take a while. It’s a very busy day. We can’t investigate every horrifying ship full of corpses. We’ve got more important things, like this telegram from my boyfriend!
—  Newspaper correspondence, pasted into the diary of Mina Harker

This is a picture of an 800-year skeleton found in the Bulgarian coastal town of Sozopol. This skeleton, like a number of other ones found in proximity to it, had its chest impaled with an iron rod upon discovery. It is believed to be indicative of some sort of exorcistic ritual against vampirism - a cultural phenomenon widely spread and rooted, even to this day, in European folklore. In Bulgaria alone, over 100 skeletons of this manner have been excavated, and it is not a phenomenon significative to that country alone. Especially in the mid-to-south-eastern regions of Europe, the vampire is well anchored in the socio-cultural spirit.

Although the conception of the vampire through-out European history differs a lot from more modern examples of fiction, such as Count Dracula, these archaelogical finds interestingly cements - far beyond Hollywood cinema and popular culture - the concept of heart impalement as means of slaying a vampire, and indicates that the idea of vampirism is a timeless mythological and folkloristic conception.

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I saw this at Barnes and Noble today. While I didn’t bring it home with me (still gathering NYCC stuff), I did take a quick look through the Dracula portion and it’s pretty adorable, though occasionally grimmer than expected (the rather lurid modifications to the face they use for Lucy while she’s suffering and dying are just a little too close to the text- these are book adaptations, not pop-culture-osmosis versions- to not be kind of viscerally disturbing on a little LEGO face). In any case, it’s about half the price on Amazon that it was in the store.