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Real Vampires

"Real Vampires"-how can this be anything but a contradiction in terms? We all know about vampires. Stock characters of fiction, guaranteed box-office draws, the media vampire has been familiar to us since childhood. Generally speaking, our blood-suckers appear with a tongue planted firmly in one toothy cheek-from Bela Lugosi hamming it up in the 1950's, to last summer's teenage "vamp" movies, to Count Chocula breakfast cereal, the media seldom treat the vampire as truly fearsome. The stereotyped vampire traits are familiar to any child: vampires have big fangs, sleep in coffins, are instantly incinerated by sunlight, and are best dispatched...

Psychic Vampirism and Attack

Psychic vampirism, also known as psychic attack, is the draining of a person’s energy and life-force through magical or demonic attack. In magic and sorcery, certain individuals possess the skill to command demonic entities to attack and deplete other living things: humans, animals, and crops and plant life. The victim experiences a mysterious fatigue and exhaustion, troubling dreams and horrible nightmares, sexual assaults and perhaps symptoms of the Old Hag (nightmare) syndrome. Psychic attack also can be perpetrated by vampires, as attested in anecdotal accounts of attacks in the Eastern European vampire literature. The English occultist Dion Fortune is considered...

Dracula: The History of Myth and the Myth of History

In spite of all that we know about Vlad Dracula, he is still somewhat of an enigma. Not only are there still unsolved mysteries about his life and death, but there has been much speculation about the exact nature of the connection between Vlad and the Count Dracula of Bram Stoker's classic novel. Most assume that Stoker, inspired by accounts he had read or heard about the fifteenth-century Wallachian ruler, made a conscious decision to base the character of Count Dracula on the historical personage. But this assumption is highly speculative. All we know for certain is that Stoker borrowed...

Dracula: between myth and reality

It was precisely a century ago that one of the masterpieces of Gothic horror fiction - and of European literature as a whole - was published in Britain: the novel "Dracula", written by Bram Stoker, a relatively unknown ex-Civil Service Irishman and tour manager of the great Victorian actor Henry Irving. Thus one of Western culture's most (in)famous anti-heroes was created, the blood-sucking Transylvanian vampire count, at the same time exotic and deadly, sexy and repulsive, now rejoicing in his eternal all-powerful evilness, now craving to find the true peace of the grave for his tortured soul, closely attached to...

Bats, Vampires & Dracula

Ever wonder which came first -- the bat or the vampire? How did bats become so associated with Count Dracula that the poor maligned creatures are forced to lurk in the recesses of twentieth-century popular culture? Is it all the fault of that Irish writer Bram Stoker and his novel DRACULA (1897)? Hopefully, the following paragraphs will answer these (and other) questions. As all bat lovers know, there is a species known as the "vampire bat," the most common of which is "Desmodus rotundus." Found only in Mexico and parts of Central and South America, they feed primarily on the...

Vampire Hunting in Transylvania

“And then away for home! away to the quickest and nearest train! away from this cursed spot, from this cursed land, where the devil and his children still walk with earthly feet!” (Bram Stoker, Dracula, 54). The “cursed land” is Transylvania, one of three former principalities (the others being Moldavia and Wallachia) which form the modern state of Romania. The name “Transylvania,” from the Latin for “the land beyond the forest,” dates back to documents in the ninth and tenth centuries. Encompassing today an area of some 39,000 square miles with a population of 7,000,000, this region, which ethnic Romanians...

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