The mummified heart of Auguste Delagrange, a suspected to be a vampire. After being accused of killing over 40 people at the turn of the last century, he was killed in 1912 and his heart was pierced with a stake.
URUKU/UTUKKU The translation of Uruku/Utukku means “vampire that attack’s man.” By simply looking into the eyes of a Uruku/Utukku a human can be injured. It is said that the Uruku/Utukku haunt deserted places such as graveyards, mountains, and the seas. Uruku/Utukku are said to be similar to Ekimmu in their appearance (phantom, demon-like creatures). SUCCUBI/INCUBI These vampires are said to use sexual seduction to trap their victims, and then prey on them as they sleep. Both the […]
In the Mesopotamian Empire, there were these creatures called Ekimmu. Ekimmu means “snatched away”. Mesopotamians dreaded the Ekimmu, and prayed that they themselves were not one day turned into an angry bitter spirit banished to roam the earth in search of peace. The Ekimmu are said to appear as a demon phantom-like creature that searches for victims to feed its misery. The Mesopotamians also called the Ekimmu “evil wind gusts”. Now, unlike stereotypical vampires, the Ekimmu […]
The Chiang-shih are undead creatures of Chinese mythology, with similarities to the European vampire. Instead of feeding on the blood of their victims, the risen Chiang-shih were said to suck the breath out of the living. Like many European vampires, they were said to have long hair, eyebrows, and fingernails, as well as the ability to fly. A person was thought to have two different souls: a superior and an inferior. It was the inferior soul […]
Egyptians also had their share of vampire lore and blood suckers. The Egyptian goddess Sekhmet was known for her taste for blood, and according to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, if a certain part of the soul called the ka didn’t receive adequate offerings, it left the tomb to drink blood. The most obvious explanation for enjoying the act of drinking blood is vampirism. Though some medical and mental disorders induce bloodlust, the mythology of an Egyptian goddess makes an odd choice […]
Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker for his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired countless horror movies, television shows and other bloodcurdling tales of vampires. Though Dracula may seem like a singular creation, Stoker in fact drew inspiration from a real-life man with an even more grotesque taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better […]
Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who lived from 1560 to 1614 in Hungary, was accused of vampire behavior: Biting the flesh of victims and bathing in their blood as a beauty treatment. She has been described as the most vicious female serial killer in all recorded history. Where fact ends and fiction begins in her horrible story is now impossible to determine, but in her fame as a legendary vampire she is outrivalled only by Count Dracula. Born […]