Happy Halloween Readers,
Vampires are one of my favourite beings to look into as you can go back a few hundred years and we honestly believed that vampires were real immortals, cursed to quench their undying thirst with a living mortal’s blood. There have been bodies found all over the world of people suspected to have been a vampire with stakes through the heart, the decapitation of the head or a rock been forced into the jaw or suspected vampires. Other accounts describe the burning of the corpses of suspected vampires well into the nineteenth century. A good example of the hysteria is the Mercy Brown incident.
During the middle ages as the plague decimated entire towns it often left behind bleeding mouth lesions on its victims, which was a sure sign of vampirism at the time. It wasn’t uncommon during the middle ages for anyone with an unfamiliar physical or emotional illness to be labelled a vampire like women and the Witch trails. Some researchers have pointed to a blood disorder that can cause severe blisters on the skin that’s exposed to sunlight called porphyria to be cause for another false labelling of vampirism.
In 1819, John Polidori published a novella entitled, ‘The Vampyre.’ his work would go on to redefine how the vampire developed into the legend we know today. Instead of a horrid and bloated creature from history, Polidori transformed the vampire into a suave and charming beast of the night. Although ‘The Vampyre’ was the first work it would not be remembered. People will look to Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. While ‘Dracula’ was quickly gained notoriety and to become the most famous vampire. Little mention of Vlad the Impaler according to legend, Vlad enjoyed dining amidst his dying victims and dipping his bread in their blood (He’s not helping himself is he).
I would honestly recommended delving into the history of vampires it’s honestly fascinating
My favourite vampire books
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
House of Night by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
My favourite vampire movies
The Vampire Chronicles
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Lost Boys
30 Days of Night
What We Do in the Shadows
Dracula: Dead and Loving It
The Little Vampire