The Vampire of Hanover

The Vampire of Hanover, Fritz Haarmann, liked to eat people. He specifically liked to eat little boys, after ripping their throats out. He was a real life vampire who was born in Germany in 1879. Vampires are scary, dangerous ideas. In the midst of this vampire craze, it’s easy to forget that. The stories and…

Pretty Dead

Pretty Dead is a young adult fiction novel written by Francesca Lia Block. Block writes in a style that she has termed “pop magic realism.” Generally her books appeal to adolescent girls, but the stories always contain magic and supernatural elements. She has written about mermaids, changelings, witches, genies, and many other magical beings. In…

Masters of Horror: The V Word

The V Word begins with the boys, Justin and Kerry, getting the clever idea in their heads to go to the mortuary where Justin’s cousin, James, works. It’s very cliché horror, lights that won’t turn on, doors mysteriously slamming closed, blood splatters, and open caskets. They soon find the body of Justin’s cousin, whose throat…

Death by Sunshine

It’s not easy being undead. Some vampires want out, and sunlight is their preferred method. It’s a happy way to go, in my opinion. Death by sunshine. Some vampires decide to greet the blue skies very shortly after turning. In 30 Days of Night, the character Eben becomes a vampire to save his friends. He…

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire is an adorable film. It might be for kids, but I’m an adult an I still love this movie. It’s brilliant, and it’s one of the few kid-friendly vampires. It even has vampire cows! Some of the movie is a little ridiculous, like the explanation of how the vampires can magically become…

Bhuta

So many vampires are cursed souls, condemned to wander the Earth hunting for blood. In so many cases, it isn’t even their fault or their choice. In the case of the Bhuta of the mythology of India, these poor souls suffered an untimely, usually violent death, and are forever cursed to an afterlife as a…

Chedipe

India is a fascinatingly diverse country, with thousands of different languages. Each place in India has its own culture, food, religion. And each place seems to have its own vampire myths. In the Godavari region they tell stories of a vampire called the chedipe. The word literally means “prostitute.” But the chedipe vampire is described…

Chorti

Let’s travel to the wilderness of Mexico and Guatemala. Here, they tell myths of a particularly ferocious, and yet environmentally friendly vampire called the Chorti. (Not to be mistaken with the Ch’orti’ who are indigenous Maya peoples in Guatemala an Hondorus). The Chorti are wild men who live in various wildernesses of the world. They…

Pey and Peymakilir

What better place for a bloodthirsty vampire to feed than a battleground? One of the vampires of India and Hindu mythology chooses to haunt the wars and battles, waiting to feed on fallen soldiers. These creatures. called the Pey, or Peymakilir, are vampires of southern India, in Tamil. India has many different vampires, and this…