News and information about vampires, their backgrounds, legends, folklore and tales.
Erzsebet Bathory - The Blood Countess
case of Elizabeth Báthory inspired numerous stories during the
eighteenth and 19th centuries. The most common motif of these works was
that of the countess bathing in her victims' blood in order to retain
beauty or youth.
Although in modern times
she has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history,
her guilt is debated. She is nevertheless remembered as the "Blood
Countess" or "Blood Queen." During the trial of her primary servants, Báthory had been placed under
house arrest in a walled up set of rooms. She remained there for four
years, until her death.
Interviews with the Vampires from Poole - Unexplained Mysteries
U.S. TV show "Unexplained Mysteries" investigates the
story of a group of Psychology Researches, who never return from an
assignment to interview a group of would-be Vampires. The program
explores what became of the researchers, using as evidence, their own
video footage and field notes found by police in Poole.
are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can
also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being
bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in
some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people
believed to be vampires.
Vampire Exposed - ABC News
A Phoenix man is recovering from a terrifying date
woman he says exhibited some bizarre behavior.
He was assaulted by his
date, she attacked him with a pick-axe and sliced his back and arms. The
43 year old passed out and when he became conscious he watched her
drink his blood.
Vampire Ancient Beliefs
Tales of supernatural beings consuming the blood or flesh of the living have been found in nearly every culture around the world for many centuries.
Today we would associate these entities with vampires, but in ancient times, the term vampire did not exist; blood drinking and similar activities were attributed to demons or spirits who would eat flesh and drink blood; even the Devil was considered synonymous with the vampire.
Almost every nation has associated blood drinking with some kind of revenant or demon, or in some cases a deity. In India, for example, tales of vetalas, ghoul-like beings that inhabit corpses, have been compiled in the Baital Pachisi; a prominent story in the Kathasaritsagara tells of King Vikramāditya and his nightly quests to capture an elusive one.
The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires.
However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early 18th century Southeastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published.
In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire.
Testimony of a living vampire: Don Henrie who is also known as "The Vampire Don". Is he a real Vampire or is this his way of stirring up controversy and making money? You must decide for yourself.
Real Vampires & Their Subculture
FOX 8 News - Cleveland, Ohio - Special Report By Suzanne Stratford - November 6, 2009 at 10 PM EST - Real Vampires & The Vampire Subculture - Interviews with Michelle Belanger.
Real Life Vampires
Geraldo At Large - FOX News Channel - November 22, 2009 - Real Life Vampires - Interviews with Joseph Laycock (Author of "Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism")
Vampires & Hollywood
Most views of what Vampires are come from big budget movies such as "Twillight".
Tara Daynes in Real Vampires on the Discovery Channel.
Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?
What are they? Are they real? Where do they come from?
Vampires are in all accounts a mythical creature which is basically a corpse that is not really dead but seeks blood to survive.
Definition of a Vampire:
1. A preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
2. According to Eastern European folklore, a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
OR alternatively a person who has made a pact with the devil, selling his soul to him in exchange for nearly eternal life as long as the person sucks the blood from other people (and often kill them).
Modern day Vampires do exist but that does not mean they are the undead looking to mutilate someones body for blood. There is a large group of people that belong to a vampire organization.
- But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
- There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims ere they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.
--- Lord Byron
Vampires in the Media
Vampires in the Media - Most of what people know about Vampires are from TV shows and today's movies. Is there any truth to what is known about vampires or are they just folklore? Most think they are just folklore but some people believe in Vampires and fear them.
Vampires - Powers & Weaknesses
Normal Vampire Powers:
- Resist Sleep, Charm and Hold Spell
- Change into Gaseous Form
- Change into Dire Wolf, Giant Bat
- Regeneration outside coffin
- Energy Drain Touch
- Charm Gaze
- Summon Creatures
- Regeneration inside coffin
- Repulsed by holy symbol
- Repelled by garlic
- Cannot cross running water
- Can be staked
- Hurt by sunlight
The world changes, we do not, there lies the irony that finally kills
- Armand-Interview with A Vampire