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Castle Bran aka Dracula’s Castle Up For Sale

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Featured on shows like Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Hunters and more recently Ghost Adventures, Bran Castle in Transylvania is now up for sale.

Built in 1212 and considered the second scariest castle, just behind Ireland’s Leap Castle, Bran Castle boasts one of the darkest pasts of any structure on earth. Tucked into the Romanian countryside, Bran Castle has been home to some very unique personalities from Saxons to Teutonic knights and most famously, Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler.

Bran-Castle-Romania-1964Vlad Tepes gained ownership of Bran Castle in a very deceitful way. He and his men raided the castle and took control of it from his allies, the Transylvanian Saxons who aided him in his war efforts. In 1459, Tepes took his historical reputation of impaling to a new extreme by having several Saxon settlers impaled and displayed at the castle walls as a warning to his approaching enemies. This is sure to leave a dark cloud over this beautiful castle.

Now more famously known as Dracula’s Castle, the castle has been restored and according to reports, under the ownership of descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Bran Castle was offered to the Romanian government for $85 million. More information about the castle’s history and how you could own this slice of history can be found at Bran-Castle.com.

Dracula’s Castle episode of Scariest Places on Earth

World’s Most Haunted Island For Sale

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A ghost hunters dream and one of the scariest places on earth will be hitting the auction block next month, Poveglia, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon. This island may look pretty in photographs, but Poveglia’s past is far from picturesque.

poveglia-island2In the 19th century, Poveglia served as a check point for ships heading to Venice. Seems normal right? Well, in 1793 a couple of ships arrived that were carrying plague victims made a stop and the island was sealed off from the rest of the world. Once the island was closed off, victims of the plague and other diseases were shipped to Poveglia to pretty much die. In 1922 the island was converted into a center for the mentally ill. This did not help brighten the islands clouded past. In fact, rumor has it that there were cruel experiments conducted on patients and a doctor that was driven mad by the ghosts of plague victims that he threw himself off of the bell tower.

Many may remember Poveglia from the show Ghost Adventures. They were the first paranormal team to investigate the island. Aaron Goodwin heard some strange noises when he stood where the doctor reportedly took his own life. That was not the scariest thing to happen to GAC on the island. Zak Bagans was attacked and appeared to have been possessed by something. He violently acted out and said that he just waned to hurt Nick and Aaron.

Povelgia has sat abandoned for the past 50 years and is still owned by the Poveglia-island2-550x371Italian government. They are ready to release the island on a 99-year lease. There has yet to be any pricing information released.

So, if you don’t mind a few very angry, unsettled spirits wandering around, and you’ve always wanted to live the film Poltergeist, then this is the piece of land for you.

 

My Experience at Scarefest 6

sf6-logo-300x145 I had the opportunity to have a Press Pass for Scarefest 6 this past weekend.  I was at the event on Saturday September 14 and this was my first Scarefest.

DSCF8016When you enter the Lexington Convention Center for Sacrefest, you are greeted by an amazing entrance way that leads you down a corridor and into the hall where the DSCF8020convention is held.   The first stop for many fans was of course, the Scarefest backdrop where you and your friends could take a nice commemorative together or with one of the many amazing cosplayers that were walking around.  After you pass the backdrop, you enter the room where all of the vendors and celebrity guests are set up.

DSCF8007The cosplayers that were on hand to entertain and take photos with fans were some of the best I have ever seen.  Aside from the Star Wars and Silent Hill group that were taking pictures with fans by the Scarefest backdrop, there was the king of horror himself, Jason Vorhees.  The man behind the mask was one of the most intense cosplayers I have ever met.  He never broke character and he did not speak.  One of the best takes on Jason I have ever seen.   Absolutely amazing!

First stop made in the sea of amazing guests was none other than Sean Clark, writer/producer of TheDSCF7995 Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, writer/host of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and owner of Convention All Stars (many know him as @malfuncsean on twitter).  Sean is a sweet, down to earth person.  He took his time talking to his fans and was very humble about his work.  I would highly suggest saying hello to him at the next convention you see him at.

DSCF7997We made our way through the path of vendors and met the amazingly talented icon, Kane Hodder.  In his appearance, he is very intimidating, but he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Kane was also very appreciative to his fans and loves meeting them.  For those of you that have yet to meet or be choked by Mr. Hodder, yes he really does choke you, it is not an act.  He saw my Hatchet Army DSCF7998tattoo on the back of my neck and was so blown away by it, that he asked me if he could take a picture with it. Kane is a real class act and one of the best human beings I have had the opportunity of meeting.

DSCF8001Next, was a short walk across from Kane to the lovely Danielle Harris.  Danielle is so sweet to all that visit her.  She is as adorable in person as she is on screen.  She is also quite funny.  Despite what some people think about her, she was nice to her fans and more than happy to take pictures with them and sign whatever they asked her to.

After meeting Danielle, it was time for the Malcolm McDowell Q&A panel.  Mr. McDowell DSCF8013was all about having fun with the people that asked him questions.  He was serious about discussing his work, but had his guests laughing almost the whole time.

DSCF8017Aaron Goodwin of the hit Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures, was on hand having fun with his fans and making people laugh. He ran his own “Big Steppin” booth while he signed for fans.  He still took the time out to meet ant talk to each and every one of them.  He was next to his adorable, talented sister Amy.

All of the celebrity guests were just as excited to meet their fans as their fans were to DSCF8002meet them.

DSCF8004There were some random things at Scarefest like the Mystery Machine and the Scooby Gang and of course some mannequins and Halloween props to entertain the guests walking around.

There were a ton of vendors!  All of them were incredible.  My personal favorite was a vendor called Terror Gloves.  They make replica Freddy Krueger gloves.  These had to be some of the best gloves I have ever seen.  Much like DSCF8006other conventions, there was a lot of DSCF8005one of a kind jewelry and other horror collectibles.  There were more vendors at Scarefest 6 than I have ever seen at any other convention I have previously been to.

Everyone was nice as can be and the “staph” was helpful and very well organized.  I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Scarefest even though I was only there for one day of the three day event.  I will more than likely be making the 4 1/2 hour trip to Lexington again next year for Scarefest 7 1185665_10201285120283365_1760803024_nand hopefully be there for the whole weekend.  I hope all of you that made it out this year enjoyed your time there as much as I did and I hope to see you there next year!