At Gothic Bite Magazine we love welcoming new patients to become part of our asylum. We question them and learn about them. It doesn’t matter what creative field they are part of because they’re our patient now. This week, we welcome Clara Winter
Patient Name: Clara Winter
I’m Clara Winter, and I grew up in the publishing world and attended acting/art school. I grew up in a small northern French town in Québec, Canada. Determined to make it into the big leagues. I learned English independently. I had Stephen King, Oliver Bowden, Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Katie Aiken Ritter and Bernard Cornwell as my ‘literary teachers in writing.
Odd to most people, I became a bookworm and developed an antisocial personality disorder my whole life. I fought many stereotypes and misconceptions from the outside world her entire life. After all, horror is hard to defend to other parents when your daughter is only six-year-old.
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When we think of Romania, we often think about Vlad the Impaler, but every historical figure has a beginning and an origin story. Let’s go back to the beginning to unveil the man behind the larger-than-life figure he became.
An Only Child With No Friends By Choice
I was the odd kid parents warned their children about. I was the nightmare blowing through mindless youngsters’ hair. No grown-up liked me, and I hadn’t a care. All I needed were books, blank papers, crayons, and one person from history to kick-start my story.
My maternal grandparents raised me as I was their only child’s child. My grandpa worked at a printing and binding company and often would come home with boxes of expensive books that didn’t make the cut. It was a minor mistake, like the margin’s width or not the right colour, and so on. As an only child surrounded by books all the time, I started reading ahead of other children my age and went to a performing arts school.
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Many battles occurred during the Middle Ages, often due to pride or religion. Some of the epic battles were between Wallachia and Hungary. This is the story of the Battle of Posada.
Wallachia Was Small, But Mighty
Between November 9th and 12th of 1330, the Battle of Posada took place between Basarab I of Wallachia and Charles I of Hungary, who shared the name, Charles Robert. Wallachia, known today as Romania, had a small army with Basarab at the head. The cavalry and archers lived in a land of mountains and would mostly travel on foot.
Historians claim that the Turks’ nomadic people, the Cumans, helped Wallachia in their battle. However, because of the substantial number of Cuman-Hungarian people, there is no proof to back the claim. Charles referred to Basarab as Voivode, a Romanian word and term translating as Warlord, but nothing above it. Charles did so due to Wallachia being a vassal to Hungary in 1324.
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When we think about the European witch hunt, we think about the mediaeval period, but what if I told you one castle hosted children as its primary victims?
The Moosham Castle Purpose
The Austria spur castle can sit over a Roman fortress’ foundation. A spur castle is a term used to indicate a mediaeval fortress resting on the spur of a hill or mountain as a defence mechanism.
Another example is the Poenari Castle in Romania, which belonged to Vlad the Impaler. Usually, the only weakness of such a castle resides where the hill links to the spur from which it projects. It also means that the spur castle would have three sides by steep hillsides for the best protection.
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Daylight saving time might go back to the first world war when electricity and power weren’t abundant but still something we practise in many countries to this day. But it means something entirely different for people like me.
This Is Not A History Class
When it’s time to ‘Fall Back,’ I get quite excited. It’s not because of the one more hour of sleep illusion, but because there will be less daylight. Society targets people like me when most agree that the sun is the main power for humankind as we function better and see better, including Vitamin D and E.
For as long as time, humankind progressed in daylight. It’s a general consensus that society made it ‘normal’ for people to work during the day and sleep at night. Not aware of places where daylight is less abundant all year round and is home to many people. Of course, those places are situated toward the poles but exist and are welcoming.
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Humans are solar-powered for the most part. But, what if you’re just a goth? Learning that you are a nocturnal creature goes against society’s beliefs. Either that or you’re young partying too much.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Lifestyle-shaming is a normal people thing. This is something quite interesting, isn’t it?
We see the people we love getting up when we go to bed. We get laughed at or criticised for living in the night. People believe we aren’t normal, and we hear the same sentences repeatedly.
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History has plenty of accounts to share when it comes to real-life vampires.
The Blood Countess
We start with The Blood Countess, the original vampire, Elizabeth Báthory. So much so that she is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most productive female serial killer in history. A Hungarian Countess, Bathory is infamous…
With a reported six hundred murders under her belt, I daresay no woman will unseat her throne anytime soon. It is believed that, besides Vlad Tepes, she is the other main inspiration for Count Dracula.
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Gothic Bite Magazine loves to interview everyone, including those walking straight out of an Epic Gothic novel such as, The Gravedigger. Come meet with Vlad Tepes.
The Impaler Himself
An interview with Vlad the Impaler, here it goes! Vlad Tepes III is a vampire leader and the historical warlord of anciently known Wallachia, now Romania. He was a king back in the 15th century, off and on with three reigns and a life filled with turbulence and turmoil.
Vlad is here to talk about his role in the monster world and his experience as a vampire leader. This is how it goes at Gothic Bite Magazine when we interview a fictional vampire and historical hero.
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Gothic Bite Magazine loves to interview everyone, including those walking straight out of an Epic Gothic novel such as, The Gravedigger. Come meet with Clémentine Lyon.
The First Professional Vampirologist
Dr. Clémentine Lyon is a professional vampirologist. She is a parapsychologist with a doctorate in anthropology and history. She is here to talk about her experience with “living” vampires. Now, this is how interviewing a professional vampirologist happens at Gothic Bite Magazine!
Hello, everyone. I am Clémentine Lyon, a doctor in anthropology and history. My specialization is in ancient history, more precisely legends and folklore. I developed an interest in vampires when realizing that the term of “forceful bite” happened to be mentioned everywhere around ancient civilizations from around the globe.
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When thinking about the most horrific names in human history, we can think of quite a few without any effort. But when thinking about torture, fewer come to mind. But when the word blood and Romania surface, there’s only one name that transcends them all, Vlad the Impaler. So, here is Vlad the Impaler, an introduction to horror.
The Heart of Horror
The origins of Vlad the Impaler is not one everyone knows. Not many people wish to search for the darkest minds of human history.
I am one of those ‘freaks’ that devours history from people who spread terror most uniquely and strategically, most preferably, centuries ago. And, Vlad the Impaler an introduction to horror is the right place to start.
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People who know me know that I am a little obsessed with Vlad the Impaler. I have read his story, his life, and research to understand his mind better.
People who know me know that I’m also obsessed with vampires. Now, the combination of both my love is in one movie, Dracula Untold. So, here’s my review.
At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life. Them ruling over their small kingdom.
However, when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son. The reason being to create an army. Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom.
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It was a long time ago that I found myself at peace in the night. I’ve always preferred rainy days to the sunlight. I read a lot about vampires and ancient history.
One day, I stumbled upon a man known as Vladislav III prince and voivode of Wallachia. I needed to read more. Everything wasn’t enough. Then not long ago I wrote, The Night Impaled.
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