The Slavic Vampire

Scholars know that the vampire legends existed long before they were written down in the seventeenth century, but it makes it hard to define when they began. However the Russian text of the eleventh century addressed to the Novgorodian Prince Volodymyr Yaroslavovych is a commonly accepted starting point (See Upir). Beyond the Russians, the vampire … Read more

Vampires of Antiquity

The vampire legend dates back to the earliest times of recorded human civilization: the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and other peoples of the ancient Orient. The original vampire was not like the sophisticated, suave European aristocrat that we know of today. The vampire, at its origins, was a true appaling monster. The bloodsucking Akhkharu is mentioned … Read more