I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.
– Bram Stoker
Dracula, Chapter 1. Jonathan Harker says this as he travels to Dracula’s castle. He notices that the farther east he goes, the more the people are into their superstitions and folklore.