The House of the Devil - First Vampire Film?
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Courtesy of WikiMedia and the Internet Archive, this is one of the earliest known vampire movies. (IMDB)  The House of the Devil (in French, Le Manoir du diable, lit. The Devil's manor), released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle, is an 1896 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. The film, which depicts a brief pantomimed sketch in the style of a theatrical comic fantasy, tells the story of an encounter with the Devil and various attendant phantoms. It is intended to evoke amusement and wonder from its audiences, rather than fea ..read more
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Margery of Quether by Sabine Baring-Gould
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8M ago
‘Margery of Quether’ is a vampire story by Sabine Baring-Gould, published in 1891.  It tells the story of a romance that blossoms between a young Dartmoor squire and a 17th-century witch cursed with eternal life. This book is available online below courtesy of HathiTrust and Cornell University.   ..read more
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Did Vlad the Impaler, Inspiration for Dracula, Shed Tears of Blood?
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9M ago
The 15th century prince who inspired the literary vampire Dracula may have had medical issues that caused him to cry tears of blood, according to researchers unearthing this ancient mystery.  The prince, who was also a military leader, was known as Vlad III, Voivode of Wallachia and as Vlad the Impaler. He was also called Vlad Drăculea, translating to “the son of the dragon," and may be the inspiration for the character Count Dracula. The theories about Vlad's medical issues come from scientific examination of his letters by a team that included Vincenzo Cunsolo, an associate professor ..read more
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Grave containing 450 'VAMPIRES' is discovered during roadworks in Poland
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11M ago
The grim discovery in the village of Luzino in the northeast of the country found that some of the 450 skeletons had been beheaded and their skulls placed between their legs and a coin placed in their mouths. The practice which was common in the region during the 19th century was believed to remove the ‘vampire curse’. Archaeologist Maciej Stromski said: ‘We discovered examples of belief in the dead returning from the grave, which could only be stopped by decapitation. ‘It was believed that if a member of the deceased's family died shortly after the funeral, then he or she could be a vampir ..read more
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Submission: The Creepy Truth About Chupacabras
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2y ago
The Americas have many legendary creatures in their folklore like Bigfoot and the Mothman, but arguably its most terrifying legend is the Chupacabra. The name for the creature literally means “goat sucker,” and is derived from reported vampirism of livestock like goats. Its first sightings were reported in Puerto Rico in 1995, and it's often described as either dog-like or lizard-like in appearance. The chupacabra is also said to be the size of a small bear with a row of spines that goes from its neck to its tail. It’s definitely not a creature you want to encounter in the middle of the night ..read more
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Anne Rice, Author and Screenwriter of ‘Interview With the Vampire,’ Dies at 80
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2y ago
Her nearly 40 novels published over a half-century sold some 135 million copies, placing her among the most popular fantasy writers of all time. By Lisa de los Reyes for The Hollywood Reporter, December 12, 2021   Anne Rice, the famed New Orleans author whose sensational debut novel, Interview With the Vampire, sent her down a supernatural path writing about blood-suckers, witches and werewolves, died of complications from a stroke on Saturday. She was 80. Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, announced the news on social media. “She left us almost 19 years to the day my father, her husband ..read more
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Why we are living in 'Gothic times'?
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2y ago
There is a surge in goth-lit that channels our fears and anxieties. Hephzibah Anderson explores how the genre's past and new stories delve deep into disorder and darkness. "We live in Gothic times," declared Angela Carter back in 1974. It's a theme Carlos Ruiz Zafón took up several decades later: "Ours is a time with a dark heart, ripe for the noir, the gothic and the baroque", he wrote in 2010. Both authors had good reason. The Gothic has always been about far more than heroines in Victorian nightgowns, trapped in labyrinthine ancestral homes, and along with the supernatural, its imaginings p ..read more
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The Vjesci: A Canadian Vampire
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3y ago
The Vjesci, also known as the Vjeszczi or Vjescey, is a Vampire from Polish folklore.   Much like the European Vampire, The Vjesci retained their mortal characteristics and blended well within society.  Legends indicate that humans were destined to become Vjesci at birth if born with teeth or a more common condition, ‘cradle cap”.  If the child was born with a cap, the mother could protect the child by drying the cradle cap, grinding it into a fine dust and retaining it until the child’s 7th birthday; when she would feed it to him to ward off curse. The Vjesci have many common t ..read more
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A Vampire Legend from the Cherokee Nation
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3y ago
 The Jumlin is widely referred to within the Cherokee Nation as the father of vampires.  His Legend is as follows: There was once a wise Medicine Man who was married to a woman named Laughing Sky.  The Medicine Man loved his wife but unfortunately Laughing Sky was barren.  He prayed many times to the Great Spirit but to no avail.  Out of grief and frustration, the Medicine Man turned to the dark arts and summoned a demon, which promised him many healthy offspring; the demons’ name was Jumlin.    When the Demon materialized he possessed the Medicine Man and tr ..read more
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The Nephilim Theory: Creators of the First Vampire?
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3y ago
To begin with, there is no “theory” of the Nephilim, it is a fact that they did exist, as stated in the Old Testament. The “Theory” is that the Nephilim were the creators of the first Vampire. As a matter of opinion, I must admit that I agree. Let’s start from the beginning!Nephilim were the offspring of the “Watchers,” 200 angels that were cast out of heaven by God. The Watchers had become arrogant and desired to be equal to God whilst also they plotted to go down upon the Earth and take the daughters of man to mate with as they had acquired a great lust for human flesh. God had made himsel ..read more
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