Future Vampires

Scientists predict that in the next twenty years, they will have figured out how to keep us alive and young for 150-200 years. What will this longer life span mean for vampires? Will they become obsolete as we enjoy our own extended long lives? They are slowly being undermined as sexual creatures as more an … Read more

The Vampire Timeline

 6500 B.C. The tomb of the Sphinx is erected in Giza, Egypt 2000 B.C.  The early Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh clearly described vampires as the Ekimmu. 31 Jesus is claimed to have healed vampires at Capernaum. 140  Reign of Longinus, Rome’s Vampire Emperor. 773 Charlemagne defeats Quadilla the Vampire thus saving Rome. 1047 First appearance … Read more

The True American Vampire

The vampire we all know and love today has been created and refined over the years by Hollywood. Movies such as Dracula, The Lost Boys, The Hunger, and Queen of the Damned have continually fed the legend of the vampire as a desirable, beautiful creature of the night. However, there are no legends, regardless of … Read more

Modern Vampires

Vampire belief still persists across the globe. While some cultures preserve their original traditions, the modern notion of a vampire tends to be influenced, even for those who believe in it, by the well known fictional image of the vampire as it occurs in films and literature, rather than by folkloric prototypes. Beyond the vampyre … Read more

Consumption in America

During the late 18th and 19th centuries the belief in vampires was widespread in parts of New England, particularly in Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut. Rhode Island had the dubious distinction of being named the Transylvania of America. In New England, “vampirism” thrived outside the Puritan communities. 20 cases of vampire folklore were chronicled throughout … Read more

The Rise of the Vampire

The attention given to vampirism coincided (and maybe contributed to) a rising interest in gothic literature, first in Germany and later (during the last decades of the eighteenth century) in England. The vampire, a revenant from the realm of folklore, became soon adopted by gothic writers. Johann von Goethe wrote his novel The Bride of … Read more

The 18th-Century Vampire Controversy

Despite being called the Age of Enlightenment, the belief in vampires increased dramatically, resulting in a mass hysteria throughout most of Europe. It was around 1730 that the declining Ottoman empire lost Serbia and Wallachia to the Austrian Empire. Western Europeans were first introduced to the vampire legend when the Austrian forces returned home with … Read more

The Middle Age Vampire

Many of the myths surrounding vampires originated during the medieval period. The 12th-century English historians and chroniclers Walter Map and William of Newburgh recorded accounts of revenants, though records in English legends of vampiric beings after this date are scant. The Old Norse draugr is another medieval example of an undead creature with similarities to … Read more