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Happy Birthday, Highgate Vampire!

Yes, yes, we know that the Highgate Vampire was supposedly dispatched by Bishop Sean Manchester some years ago, but you can’t expect a vampire to stay dispatched. Thus we will wish the unnamed revenant a happy birthday. Or more accurately, a happy anniversary. We don’t actually know when the vampire was born. And would we count his physical birth, anyway, or the date when he first rose from the dead? It gets confusing.

It was fifty years ago when paranormal investigator cum vampire hunter David Farrant went to Highgate Cemetery on the night of December 21st, 1969, the date of the Winter Solstice, and had his infamous encounter with the vampire. He described a “tall” (about seven feet or so) and “dark” figure with “glowing red eyes” that engaged him in a “psychic attack.” In later years Mr. Farrant would refer to this entity as a “ghost” rather than a vampire, but this seems to be a matter of semantics. His was not the first or the only such sighting of the tall, dark-clad figure with a deathly pale complexion. The figure was seen reportedly passing ghostlike through the walls of Highgate Cemetery and was even alleged to have attacked passersby. Farrant returned to the cemetery to conduct and séance and was eventually arrested and served time for vandalism, trespassing, etc. but he maintained that these acts were carried out not by him but by others who came to the graveyard after news of his encounter had gotten out.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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