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Vampire Timeline

730s CE
The Baital Pachisi, a collection of twenty-five fables surrounding Vikram the Vampire, is composed in Sanskrit by the scholar Bhavbhuti.

1047
First appearance of the word “upir” in a document referring to a Russian prince as “Upir Lichy”, or wicked vampire.

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

1428
Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, is born.

1477
Vlad the Impaler is assassinated.

1484
The Malleus Maleficarium, known as the witch hunter’s bible, is written by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. The topic of how to hunt and destroy a vampire is discussed.

1560
Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory is born.

1610
Elizabeth Bathory is tried and convicted of killing several hundred girls. Her sentence is life imprisonment.

1614
Elizabeth Bathory dies.

1645
Leo Allatius, a cleric of the Greek Church, writes De quorundam Graecorum Opinationibus which contains explanations of the vrykolakas; the vampires.

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

1727-1732
Arnold Paole unleashes his vampiric terror on the town of Meduegna.

1734
The word “vampyre” enters the English language. 1748 – The first modern vampyre poem, “Der Vampir“, is published.

1813
A vampire appears in Lord Byron’s “The Giaour.”

1819
John Polidori‘s The Vampyre, is the first vampire story in English is published.

1847
Bram Stoker is born.

1872
In Italy, Vincenzo Verzeni is convicted of murdering two people and drinking their blood.

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu publishes the novella Carmilla.

1892
The body of Mercy Brown, a Rhode Islander who died at 19 years old, is dug up and exhumed for suspicions of it being a vampire.

1897
Dracula by Bram Stoker is published in England.

1922
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, directed by F. W. Murnau is released in Germany. It is the unauthorized adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

1924
Fritz Haarmann the “Vampire of Hanover” is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampiric crime spree.

1931
Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is released.

1932
The movie Vampyr, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, is released.

1936
Dracula’s Daughter is released.

1943
Son of Dracula, stars Lon Chaney, Jr., as Dracula.

1954
Richard Matheson publishes I Am Legend, regarded as one of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century

1958
Hammer releases Dracula (UK) Horror of Dracula (USA) Christopher Lee’s first appearance in the role; first version of Dracula in color.

1960
Roger Vadim directs Blood and Roses, based on Carmilla.

1964
“The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”; television shows with vampiric characters.

1965
Jeanne Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club.

1966
“Dark Shadows,” a show featuring vampires, premieres.

1970
Sean Manchester founds The Vampire Research Society.

In Search of Dracula by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu is published.

Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.

The “Highgate Vampire” incident and mass vampire hunt occurs in London.

Count Yorga – Vampire: released starring Robert Quarry.

1972
The Dracula Society is founded.

1976
The first of the Vampire Chronicles, Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice is published.

1979
Frank Langella stars in the remake of Dracula.

1980
Richard Chase, the so-called Dracula Killer of Sacramento, California, commits suicide in prison.

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

Original Fright Night is released.

1987
Near Dark, a vampire film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is released.

The first Lost Boys, a vampire film directed by Joel Schumacher, is released.

My Best Friend is a Vampire, a vampire comedy film directed by Jimmy Huston, is released.

1988
The Queen of the Damned is published by Anne Rice.

1991
Vampire: The Masquerade,” the vampire role-playing game is released by White Wolf.

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.

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice is published.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, written by Joss Whedon is released.

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.

1996

Kindred: The Embraced airs, a show based on the popular White Wolf RPG

1997

Buffy, a TV series about a vampire slayer, premiers.

The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike is published

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.

In the Forests of the Night, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is published, the first in her Den of Shadows series.

2003

Underworld, a film about vampires and lycans, is released.

2005

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, is published.

Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night, by Bob Curran, is published.

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, is published.

2007

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 1, by Laurel K. Hamilton, is published.

Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing, by Gustav de Wolff, is published.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean, by Justin Somper, is published.

Blood Ties, a vampire TV series, premiers in the United States.

Moonlight, a vampire TV series, premiers in the United States.

2008

True Blood premiers on HBO.

Let the Right One In, a film adaptation of a 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, is shown at a film festival in Sweden.

Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, including vampire stories by Tanith Lee, Kristen Cast, Rachel Caine, and others, is published.

Bathory, a film about Elizabeth Bathory, is released.

2009

The Strain, a book by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is published.

Mr. Darcy, Vampire, by Amanda Grange, is published.

By Blood We Live, a collection of vampire stories with contributions from authors such as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, L. A. Banks, Garth Nix, and more, is published.

The Vampire Diaries, a TV series based on a book series by L. J. Smith, premiers on the CW.

Thirst, a vampire film, is shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it received the Jury Prize.

The Vampire’s Assistant, the film adaption, is released.

How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead by Amy Gray, is published.

Comments

  1. Anshu December 29, 2009 - 2:54 pm Reply

    Well…. King Vikramaditya was not the vampire in the Vikram-Betal story.. i suggest u first go throgh the folklore and make the ammends

  2. Khrysten April 11, 2010 - 11:15 pm Reply

    Anita Blake novel is older than that.

  3. Anthony August 5, 2010 - 7:39 pm Reply

    There was a tv series called Kindred: The Embraced. Came out in 1996,in April. I remembered becauced I recorded the series. The series did't last a full season,what a shame.

    • deaaqua August 6, 2010 - 1:00 am Reply

      Yea, I loved that show! It was doing really well in the ratings and it was going to have another season, but, the main actor in the show died in a motorcycle accident :(

  4. Moonlight August 6, 2010 - 1:02 am Reply

    The timeline is talking about the comic book :)

  5. evil chick August 11, 2010 - 2:05 pm Reply

    im am like the biggers vampire fan

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