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The Deadly Dance of the Boabhan Sith

Gather ‘round, for I have a tale of indescribable horror. What began as a night of laughter quickly transformed into a night of soul crushing screams. This is the tale of the wicked fae of British folklore – the Boabhan Sith. The Scots Gaelic term boabhan sith (pronounced “boh-van shee”) translates to “wicked woman fairy.”…

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Haunting Butterflies of Death

When one pictures a vampire, a fearsome being of death, they do not imagine a butterfly beautifully fluttering through the wind. That’s just absurd, right? Well, amazingly enough, many years ago when superstition ruled, people did pictures horrific vampires when seeing a butterfly. Since even ancient times, the butterfly has been a creature associated with…

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Archaeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Bulgaria

At one point in history the belief in vampires was very much real and alive. People lived in great fear of the undead and precautions were taken to prevent a corpse from returning as a vampire. Common methods throughout Europe included staking the corpse with a certain type of metal or wood, placing a fish…

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Archeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Ireland

Hundreds of years ago when the fear of vampire was very real, a common belief in many countries was that vampires not only fed on blood, but that they also spread the plague. At the time villagers took an assortment of precautions to keep vampires from terrorizing them, everything from putting a brick in a…

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The Vicious Viesczy of Northern Europe

One of my absolute favorite things about vampires is their history, the countless myths and legends surrounding them. I love vampire folklore, I love that virtually every country has their own unique vampire, from the Sampiro to the Nelapsi. After countless time spent on  research I had thought I had covered every vampire species, but…

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Vampire Hunting on ‘Destination Truth’

Over at Werewolves.com I chatted with our readers about Destination Truth, a show that I recently learned existed. It’s currently in its fourth season, so yeah, I’m a bit behind. Ah well, anyway, the show airs over on SyFy and explores a wide variety of myths and legends around the world – from werewolves to…

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Vampires or Body Snatchers?

It’s time to bring a little vampire history into your bloodthirsty lives! As you may know, a few centuries ago mass vampire hysteria spread across the world, nearly everyone lived in fear of the undead. The reason for this widespread fear is mainly due to ignorance, you see, during those old times they simple didn’t…

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The Life of a Vampire

How long are vampires granted to walk the earth? Most books and movies tell us that a vampire will live forever, wandering the earth for all eternity. But is that the case with all vampires? Actually, it’s not. If we take a look back and peek into the vast world of vampire folklore we’ll find…

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Leech Lover Facts: Part 6

It has been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so here it is, the sixth edition of Leech Lover Facts! For those that missed the past editions (tsk tsk) this is where I share some random bits of info on vampires – from historical facts to modern trivia. Enjoy! In Hungary, Romania…

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Malaysian Vampires

To most folks Malaysia is know for it’s beautiful beaches and it’s delicious food, but here on Vampires.com it is known for its unique and twisted vampire myths and legends. Bajang This is a male demon vampire that appears in the form of a pole cat and enjoys threatening children. The bajang can be enslaved…

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African Vampires

Africa is a land rich in beauty and history. This gorgeous continent isn’t only home to jaw-dropping scenery and ferocious wildlife, but also to some of the most unique vampire legends out there. As I have said in the past, nearly every country, ever culture, has their own vampire myths and vampire species – Africa…

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Blood Myths: Part 2

I’m back again for the second edition of Blood Myths! Woot! I’m bringing you guys even more old superstitions about vampire’s favorite food source – blood. If you missed the first part of Blood Myths then go read it now, or I’ll bite you (and not in the fun way)! On to the superstitions! Hungarian…

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Blood Myths: Part 1

Vampires are best known for their insatiable love for blood. If you take a look at the ancient legends surrounding the undead, nearly all of them feature a bloodthirsty vampire. But, not every old myth about blood is also about vampires. Which is what brings you today’s post. Over at Werewolves.com I wrote about moon…

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The Draugr

Many of the Scandinavian tales of the dead come from monks who were descendants of Norwegians who had colonized the cold landscape centuries ago. Some of the monk’s ancient stories feature the returning dead. Thanks to them I bring you the legend of one nasty Norse vampire, the draugr. Early Vikings believed that the spirits…

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The Bruxsa

The bruxsa are a feared species of vampire found in Portugal. This bloodsucker was usually a woman who became a vampire through witchcraft. That’s right, more witchy vampire goodness! The bruxsa are considered vampires due to their love for drinking children’s blood. When she’s not feeding on children, she likes to torment travelers. Like the…

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The Ustrel

Vampire lore time! You see, every country in the world has its own vampire myth and legends; they have their own vampire species that people once believed in completely. Back in the day, the ustrel was one kind of vampire the Bulgarians were fearful of. The bloodthirsty ustrel was thought to be the returned spirit…

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The Vampires of Russia

Russia is absolutely full of folklore and history of all kinds, but most importantly, it  has myths about our beloved bloodsuckers. Russian vampires share many similarities with other vampire species in Europe, particularly the countries nearby, but here’s a look at two vampire species found in Russia. Eretica: This horrifying vamp was often associated with…

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The Vampires of Albania

Every country has its own vampire myths, its own vampire species and one country with some of my all time favorite vampire legends is Albania. Due to being in the Balkans, with Yugoslavia to the north and Greece to the south, Albania has been susceptible to the cultural influences of the other Balkan states, which…

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Tuberculosis Responsible for Vampirism?

Hundreds of years ago, before there were scientific explanations for every day occurrences (like diseases) people would explain them with superstitions and magic. If you sneezed, it was because you were possessed, if you were too hairy it was because you were a werewolf, if your young children were naughty it was because of the…

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The African Tikoloshe

A kind of psychic vampire, the tikoloshe (or tokoloshe) is a creature of the Xhosa people of Lisotho and the southernmost African plains. Like many supernatural beings in Africa, the tikoloshe is a mixture of vampire and demon, and has a strong association with witches and sorcerers. In many Xhosa legends the tikoloshe is a…

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