A born and bred bad-ass, Vlady-kins was known for impaling not just a few, but tens of thousands of people on giant stakes, creating a Forest of the Impaled, where the rotting corpses were arranged geometrically. He was a grade-A sicko!
He sort of reminds me of a very evil Weird Al Yankovic with the look he's rocking there.
These early vampish folks continue to give creepy inspiration to many writers, including me. Way to keep it classy, big, bad Vladys!
Elizabeth Bathory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory
Stay with me all month for April Is For #Vampires as we celebrate the upcoming release of my YA vampire novel, Bloody Little Secrets, coming May, 2011 from DarkSide Publishing.