This may not be horror news per se, but anything involving a 1,700-year-old undisturbed crypt that may contain our favorite Yuletide toymaker Santa Claus conjures up all sorts of interesting visions.
People tout the spirit of Christmas is dead and with this latest news they might be right.
Researchers claim they have discovered St. Nicholas’ aka Santa’s, tomb in Turkey, underneath a church that bears his name near the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkish experts thought they found Santa’s tomb once before (below), but now they suspect that was the grave of an anonymous priest.
The legend of the gift-giving Saint Nicholas of Myra (now Demre) began from stories of his generosity, he was originally a monk who came into a large inheritance.
Instead of spending the money on himself, he decided to share it with the less fortunate. He, of course, had an appropriate fondness for children.
So popular was this jolly elf that his image survived the Protestant Reformation when the “veneration of saints began to be discouraged.”
In America, Santa’s visage is now synonymous with Christmas maybe even moreso than Christ’s.
His celebrity was formalized when Clement Clarke wrote the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” or as you may know it, ”’Twas the night before Christmas.”
The Washington Post reports that Archaeologists doing surveys of the church found some gaps directly below it.
They claim a St. Nicholas shrine is encapsulated there and has remained untouched for nearly 2,000 years.
“We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” Cemil Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.
However, Archeologists are certain they can reach the tomb and therefore allow Santa to give one last gift to the world.
At one point in the horror world, Santa Claus was taboo as subject matter.
It wasn’t until 1984 when the film Silent Night Deadly Night was released that the sanctity of Santa had been compromised. Catholic officials were not happy with the subject matter and went way beyond calling it morally offensive instead saying it was, “a little abomination of the slash and bash genre.”
Journalists even bashed the film. John Schorg of the Kokomo Tribune wrote that kids only had previously only to hear threats of reports to Santa to behave, but when Silent Night Deadly Night came out parents could take a different approach.
“If Junior doesn’t stop being so ornery,” he wrote,” they can tell him Santa will bury the claw end of a hammer into his skull. Such is the wisdom proffered by this disgusting display of cinematic sludge. It’s been a while since there was an all-out assault on movie going senses of this type.
Little did they know the negative press would give the low-budget slasher the push it needed to do surprisingly well at the box office, earning nearly $2.5M in its short run. Once it hit the VHS rental market a cult favorite was born.