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 of the word “upir” (an early form of the word later to become “vampire”) in a document referring to a Russian prince as “Upir Lichy”, or wicked vampire.

1190 Walter Map’s “De Nagis Curialium” includes accounts of vampire like beings in England.

1196 William of Newburgh’s “Chronicles” records several stories of vampire like revenants in England.

1428/29 Vlad Tepes, the son of Vlad Dracul, is born.

1463 Vlad Tepes becomes Prince of Wallachia and moves to Tirgoviste.

1442 Vlad Tepes is imprisoned with his father by the Turks.

1443 Vlad Tepes becomes a hostage by the Turks.

1447 Vlad Dracul is beheaded.

1448 Vlad briefly attains the Wallachian throne. Dethroned, he goes to Moldavia and befriends Prince Stefan.

1451 Vlad and Stephan flee to Transylvania.

1455 Constantinople falls.

1456 John Hunyadi assists Vlad Tepes to attain Wallachian throne. Vladislav Dan is executed.

1458 Matthias Corvinu succeeds John Hunyadi as King of Hungary.

1459 Easter massacre of boyers and rebuilding of Dracula’s castle. Bucharest is established as the second governmental center.

1460 Attack upon Brasov, Romania

1461 Successful campaign against Turkish settlements along the Danube, Summer retreat to Tirgoviste.

1462 Following the battle at Dracula’s castle, Vlad flees to Transylvania. Vlad begins 13 years of imprisonment.

1475 Summer wars in Serbia against Turks take place. November: Vlad resumes throne of Wallachia.

1476/77 Vlad is assassinated.

1560 Elizabeth Bathory is born.

1610 Bathory is arrested for killing several hundred people and bathing in their blood. Tried and convicted, she is sentenced to life imprisonment, being bricked into a room in her castle.

1614 Elizabeth Bathory dies.

1610 Leo Allatius finishes writing the first modern treatment of vampires, “De Graecorum hodie quirundam opinationabus”.

1657 Fr. Francoise Richard’s “Relation de ce qui s’est passĂ© a Sant-Erini Isle de l’Archipel” links vampirism and witchcraft.

1672 Wave of vampire hysteria sweeps through Istra.

1679 A German vampire text, “De Masticatione Mortuorum”, by Phillip Rohr is written.

1710 Vampire hysteria sweeps through East Prussia.

1725 Vampire hysteria returns to East Prussia.

1725-30 Vampire hysteria lingers in Hungary.

1725-32 The wave of vampire hysteria in Austrian Serbia produces the famous cases of Peter Plogojowitz and Arnold Paul (Paole).

1734 The word “vampyre” enters the English language in translations of German accounts of European waves of vampire hysteria.

1744 Cardinal Giuseppe Davanzati publishes his treatise, “Dissertazione sopre I Vampiri.”

1746 Dom Augustin Calmet publishes his treatise on vampires, “Dissertations sur les Apparitions des Anges des Demons et des Espits, et sur les  revenants, et Vampires de Hundrie, de boheme, de Moravic, et de Silesie.”

1748 The first modern vampire poem, “Der Vampir,” is published by Heinrich August Ossenfelder.

1750 Another wave of vampire hysteria occurs in East Prussia.

1756 Vampire hysteria peaks in Wallachia.

1772 Vampire hysteria occurs in Russia.

1797 Goethe’s “Bride of Corinth” (a poem concerning a vampire) is published.

1798-1800 Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes “Christabel,” now conceded to be the first vampire poem in English.

1800 “I Vampiri,” an opera by Silvestro de Palma, opens in Milan, Italy.

1801 “Thalaba” by Robert Southey is the first poem to mention the vampire in English.

1810 Reports of sheep being killed by having their jugular veins cut and their blood drained circulated through northern England. “The Vampyre,” an early vampire poem, by John Stagg is published.

1813 Lord Byron’s poem “The Giaour” includes the hero’s encounter with a vampire.

1819 John Polidori’s “The Vampyre,” the first vampire story in English, is published in the April issue of “New Monthly Magazine.” John Keats composes “The Lamia,” a poem built on ancient Greek legends.

1820 “Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires” by Cyprien Berard is published anonymously in Paris. June 13: “Le Vampire,” the play by Charles Nodier, opens at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris. August: “The Vampire; or, The Bride of the Isles,” a translation of Nodier’s play by James R. Planche, opens in London.

1829 March: Heinrich Marschner’s opera, “Der Vampyr,” based on Nodier’s story, opens in Liepzig.

1841 Alexey Tolstoy publishes his short story, “Upyr,” while living in Paris. It is the first modern vampire story by a Russian.

1847 Bram Stoker is born. “Varney the Vampire” begins lengthy serialization.

1851 Alexandre Dumas’ last dramatic work, “Le Vampire,” opens in Paris.

1854 The case of vampirism in the Ray family of Jewell, Connecticut, is published in local newspapers.

1872 “Carmilla” is written by Sheridan Le Fanu. In Italy, Vincenzo Verzeni is convicted of murdering two people and drinking their blood.

1874 Reports from Ceven, Ireland, tell of sheep having their throats cut and their blood drained.

1888 Emily Gerard’s “Land Beyond the Forest” is published. It will become a major source of information about Transylvania for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

1894 H.G. Wells’ short story, “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid,” is a precursor to science fiction vampire stories.

1897 “Dracula” by Bram Stoker is published in England. “The Vampire” by Rudyard Kipling becomes the inspiration for the creation of the vamp as a stereotypical character on stage and screen

1912 “The Secrets of House No. 5,” possibly the first vampire movie, is produced in Great Britain.

1913 “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker is published.

1920 “Dracula,” the first film based on the novel, is made in Russia. No copy has survived.

1921 Hungarian filmmakers produce a version of “Dracula.”

1922 “Nosferatu,” a German-made silent film produced by Prana Films, is the third attempt to film “Dracula.”

1924 Hamilton Dean’s stage version of “Dracula” opens in Derby. Fritz Harmann of Hanover, Germany, is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampiric crime spree. Sherlock Holmes has his only encounter with a vampire in “The Case of the Sussex Vampire.”

1927 February 14: Stage version of “Dracula” debuts at the Little Theatre in London. October: American version of “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi, opens at Fulton Theatre in New York City. Tod Browning directs Lon Chaney in “London After Midnight,” the first full-length feature film.

1928 The first edition of Montague Summers’s influential work “The Vampire: His Kith and Kin” appears in England.

1929 Montague Summers’s second vampire book, “The Vampire in Europe,” is published.

1931 January: Spanish film version of “Dracula” is previewed. February: American film version of “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi premiers at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. Peter Kurten of Dusseldorf, Germany, is executed after being found guilty of murdering a number of people in a vampiric killing spree.

1932 The highly acclaimed movie “Vampyr,” directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, is released.

1936 “Dracula’s Daughter” is released by Universal Pictures.

1942 A. E. Van Vought’s “Asylum” is the first story about an alien vampire.

1943 “Son of Dracula (Universal Pictures) stars Lon Chaney, Jr., as Dracula.

1944 John Carradine plays Dracula for the first time in “Horror of Dracula.”

1953 “Drakula Istanbula,” a Turkish film adaptation of “Dracula,” is released. “Eerie” No. 8 includes the first comic book adaptation of “Dracula.”

1954 The Comics Code banishes vampires from comic books. “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson presents vampirism as a disease that alters the body.

1956 John Carradine plays Dracula in the first television adaptation of the play for “Matinee Theatre.” “Kyuketsuki Ga,” the first Japanese vampire film, is released.

1957 The first Italian vampire movie, “I Vampiri,” is released. American producer Roger Corman makes the first science fiction vampire movie, “Not of This Earth.” “El Vampiro” with German Robles is the first of a new wave of Mexican vampire films.

1958 Hammer Films in Great Britain initiates a new wave of interest in vampires with the first of it’s “Dracula” films, released in the United States as the “Horror of Dracula.” First issue of “Famous Monsters of Filmland” signals a new interest in horror films in the Untied States.

1959 “Plan 9 From Outer Space is Bela Lugosi’s last film.

1961 “The Bad Flower” is the first Korean film adaptation of “Dracula.”

1962 The Count Dracula Society is founded in the United States by Donald Reed.

1964 “Parque de Juelos (Park of Games)” is the first Spanish made vampire movie.

1964 “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”; two horror comedies with vampire characters, open in the fall television season.

1965 Jeanne Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club. “The Munsters,” based on the television show of the same name, is the first comic book series featuring a vampire character.

1966 “Dark Shadows” debuts on television.

1967 April: In episode 210 of “Dark Shadows”, vampire Barnabas Collins makes his first appearance.

1969 First issue of “Vampirella,” the longest running vampire comic book to date, is released. Denholm Elliot plays the title role in a BBC television production of “Dracula, Does Dracula Really Suck? (aka Dracula and the Boys)” is released as the first gay vampire movie.

1970 Christopher Lee stars in “El Conde Dracula,” the Spanish film adaptation of “Dracula.” Sean Manchester founds The Vampire Research Society.

1971 Marvel Comics releases the first copy of a post-Comics Code vampire comic book, “The Tomb of Dracula.” Morbius, the Living Vampire, is the first new vampire character introduced after the revision of the Comics code allowed vampires to reappear in comic books.

1972 “The Night Stalker” with Darrin McGavin becomes the most watched television movie to that point in time. “Vampire Kung-Fu” is released in Hong Kong as the first of a string of vampire martial arts films. “In Search of Dracula” by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu introduces Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, to the world of contemporary vampire fans. “A Dream of Dracula” by Leonard Wolf complements McNally’s and Florescu’s effort in calling attention to vampire lore. “True Vampires of History” by Donald Glut is the first attempt to assemble the stories of all the historical vampire figures. Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.

1973 Dan Curtis Productions’ version of “Dracula” (1973) stars Jack Palance in a made-for-television movie. Nancy Garden’s “Vampires” launches a wave of juvenile literature for children and youth.

1975 Fred Saberhagen proposes viewing Dracula as a hero rather than a village in “The Dracula Tape.” “The World of Dark Shadows” is founded as the first “Dark Shadows” fanzine.

1976 “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice is published. Stephen King is nominated for the World Fantasy Award for his vampire novel, “‘Salem’s Lot.” Shadowcon, the first national “Dark Shadows convention, is organized by Dark Shadows fans.”

1977 A new dramatic version of “Dracula” opens on Broadway starring Frank Langella. Louis Jordan stars in the title role in “Count Dracula,” a three-hour version of Bram Stoker’s book on BBC television. Martin V. Riccardo founds the Vampire Studies Society.

1978 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s book “hotel Transylvania” joins the volumes of Fred Saberhagen and Anne Rice as the third major effort to begin a reappraisal of the vampire myth during the decade. Eric Held and Dorothy Nixon found the Vampire Information Exchange.

1979 Based on the success of the new Broadway production, Universal Pictures remakes “Dracula” (1979), starring Frank Langella. The band Bauhaus’s recording of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” becomes the first hit of the new gothic rock music movement. “Shadowgram” is founded as a “Dark Shadows” fanzine.

1980 The Bram Stoker Society is founded in Dublin, Ireland. Richard Chase, the so-called Dracula Killer of Sacramento, California, commits suicide in prison. The World Federation of Dark Shadows Clubs (now Dark Shadows Official Fan Club) is founded.

1983 In the December issue of “Dr. Strange,” Marvel Comics’ ace occultist kills all of the vampires in the world, thus banishing them from Marvel Comics for the next six years. Dark Shadows Festival is founded to host an annual “Dark Shadows” convention.

1985 “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice is published and reaches the best seller list. Vampire Hunter D is published.

1989 Overthrow of Romanian dictator Nikolai Ceaucescu opens Transylvania to Dracula enthusiasts. Nancy Collins wins a Bram Stoker Award for her vampire novel “Sunglasses After Dark.”

1991 Vampire: The Masquerade,” the most successful of the vampire role-playing games, is released by White Wolf.

1992 “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” directed by Francis Ford Coppola opens. Andrei Chikatilo of Rostov, Russia, is sentenced to death after killing and vampirizing some 55 people.

1994 The film version of Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” opens with Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis.

1995 Four vampire movies are released:: “The Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Dracula: Dead and Loving It.,” “Nadja,” and “The Addiction”

1996 January: “From Dusk Till Dawn,” written by Quentin Tarantino, starring George Clooney opens nationwide.

1992 “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” directed by Francis Ford Coppola opens. –Andrei Chikatilo of Russia, is sentenced to death after killing and vampirizing 55 people.

1998 Blade is released into theaters. Pandora by Anne Rice is published. The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice is published.

1999 Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice is published

2002 “Blade II” is released in theaters. Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires. Queen of the Damned is released in theaters. The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.

2003 “Underworld” is realeased with Kate Beckinsale as Selene. A battle between vampires and werewolves.

2004 “Van Helsing” is released directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale. The film is an homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and ’40s.

2007 30  “Days of Night” is released. Based on the comic of the same name. Vampires go day hunting in Alaska, taking advantage of the season.

2008 “Twilight” is released in theaters. A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. TV Series – True Blood airs on HBO.

2009 “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is released in theaters.

2010 “Let Me In” is released. An American remake of the 2008 acclaimed Swedish film.