The fire and star vampires hail from the Cthulhu Mythos, also known as the Lovecraft Mythos since it is a universe created by the legendary horror author, H. P. Lovecraft. Authors continue to use this world for their own writings, and from them we have the incredible fire and star vampires.
A star vampire is a creature that first appeared in Robert Bloch’s short story “The Shambler from the Stars,” which was originally published in 1935 in Weird Tales.
The star vampire lives in outer space and is known for its ravenous appetite for blood. This creature uses its massive talons to capture prey, seizing and crushing them and then draining the victim’s blood through its suckers. This vampire is usually invisible, but once it has feed it becomes temporarily visible due to the undigested blood it has taken.
It was red and dripping; an immensity of pulsing, moving jelly; a scarlet blob with myriad tentacular trunks that waved and waved. There were suckers on the tips of the appendages, and these were opening and closing with a ghoulish lust…. The thing was bloated and obscene; a headless, faceless, eyeless bulk with the ravenous maw and titanic talons of a star-born monster. The human blood on which it had fed revealed the hitherto invisible outlines of the feaster. -Robert Bloch, “The Shambler from the Stars”
The presence of a star vampire can be known by it’s wicked laughter, it’s always giggling evilly, even when it‘s invisible. Once it is finished feeding, it quickly leaves and the eerie laughter follows in its wake.
The book De Vermis Mysteriis, or Mysteries of the Worm, contains a spell for summoning the horrible creature. But it’s not a wise move to do so, as the hungry star vampire is likely to feast upon its caller.
There are two different types of fire vampires, there are the Flame Creatures of Cthugha, created by August Derleth, and the Fire Vampires of Fthaggua, created by Donald Wandrei.
The Flame Creatures of Cthugha are beings that serve the Great Old One Cthugha and appear as multiple fiery lights. They always accompany their master whenever he is summoned to the Earth (although they may be summoned separately with the right spells). Upon arriving to Earth, Cthugha’s fire vampires ignite every flammable object they touch, which isn’t very vampire-like, but they still fall into the fire vampire category.
As for the fire vampires of Fthaggua, they appear to be crimson bursts of lightning. They feed upon the energy of intelligent beings, their victims then burst into flames, sort of like spontaneous combustion.
These fire vampires also absorb all of the memories from their victim. Since the minds of the fire vampires form a single hive-like mind, all knowledge gained from a slain person is shared by every member. The information and energy gathered is then used to plot their attacks on other races in the universe.