This falls under the category: Where do you get your ideas?
I just read an article that archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the dungeon that held Vlad the Impaler — the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula.
For those not familiar with Vlad—and those who have a strong constitution (not to mention stomach) he is an interesting…character. Certainly Stoker thought so. His name really was Dracula or Dragon, hence, Dracula. After that all the comparisons are more nebulous, except for the fact that the real Dracula was every bit as vicious and bloodthirsty as his namesake.
I won’t go into the gory details, save to say his nickname was Vlad The Impaler. Draw from that what you will. The man truly was scary, even if he thought it was in a good cause. He also lived in a castle and was captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1442 and held in a dungeon. “The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious,” archaeologist Ibrahim Cetin said in a statement. “It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here.”
For a read every bit as scary as his fictional counterpart, check out Vlad the Impaler. All the monsters aren’t just between the pages of books or on movie screens, some of them existed (exist!) in real life.
Teachers, discuss monsters with your students—real or imagined. Explore the concept that many fictional monsters have at their root a little realism to them.