Bram Stoker mixed the legend of Vlad Tepys with that of Helena Bathory, a truly wedged aristocrat who murdered village maidens with impunity and creativity, and came up with his Dracula character which has become the backbone of the modern Goth sub culture.
Most illustrations show Vlad’s impalings incorrectly. A long sharpened stake went up the butt and out the mouth. I know, “thank you for sharing”. But context is everything and if we judge historic events through our enlightened humanistic ethos, we can easily be accused of cultural imperialism. Back then you had to fight fire with fire. Humans can be nasty or angelic, take your pick and live it the way you see it. But try to see it logically.
I’ve never seen “incorrect” ones, apparently.
But you are leaving out half the story. Victims were impaled only partially, leaving their own weight to slowly push the stake through the intestines and organs. The pain must have been beyond belief.
Nothing new. The Assyrians were doing it thousands of years before Vlad Tepps. Their is more than one way...