Born today: Bram Stoker,
Of a Transylvania legend an evoker.
His Dracula votaries of "Twilight" might deem
The best Gothic tale and horror meme.
Bran Castle in Romania, a.k.a. Dracula's Castle
"The castle is on the very edge of a terrible precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests.
But I am not in heart to describe beauty, for when I had seen the view I explored further; doors, doors, doors everywhere, and all locked and bolted. In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit.
The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!" [from Chapter II of "Dracula"]