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(USA TODAY) -- The discovery of two skeletons from the Middle Ages with iron rods stuck in their chests could spark a vampire tourism boom in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

Archaeologists announced the discovery last week, generating worldwide coverage. Since then, local tour operators have reported a surge in interest from Germany, Britain and the United States, the Bulgarian newspaper Standart reports.

Of course, vampires are a stock in trade of Romania, where the Dracula legend has had tourists beating a path to Transylvania since shortly after Bram Stoker's 1897 novel popularized the life and times of real-life nobleman Vlad the Impaler.

Never mind that many Romanians would just as soon drive a stake through the legend -- they can't dispute the undead have been good for business.

Archaeologists say the practice of driving a metal stake through the dead bodies of "bad" people prevented the corpses from turning into vampires. If nothing else, the rod pinned the dead in their graves, thereby preventing escape.

In other undead news, a vampire-slaying kit from the 1800s, complete with mallet, stakes, pistol, rosary beads and a crucifix, will go on the auction block in Britain next week, Agence France Presse reports. The kit, encased in a mahogany box, also contains holy water, holy dirt and garlic paste for all your vampire-repelling needs.

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