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Is it a Vampire? Or a Vampyre?

When we submerse ourselves in everything that’s vampire related, we often find that the words “vampire” and “vampyre” are used interchangeably. But are these two things really one in the same? And if so, why the different spellings? I know that the very idea of vampires lends itself to interpretations of many different kinds but, are we really reinventing the English language here? No. There is actually a very clear distinction between the two and we thought that here, we’d break it down for you.

Quite simply, vampires are fictional. They are human corpses that have become reanimated and perhaps even dug themselves out of a grave. Vampires are also usually pretty scary because they’re really only concerned with killing other humans for blood. Edward Cullen, Sookie Stackhouse, and Elena Gilbert are some of our most favorite vampires. However, they are not real.

Vampyres, on the other hand, are very real and even walk among us on earth. Vampyres are individuals that believe that they have a real physical condition that requires them to drink blood at regular intervals. Whether that blood comes from a human or an animal is usually up to the vampyre and their close circle of friends. Some vampyres also use energy to feed off instead of actual blood. Unlike vampires, however, they are usually not reanimated and haven’t had to dig themselves out of any graves before they were able to walk around unnoticed. Seregon O’Dassey, Lady CG, and many of you are some of our most favorite vampyres!

So while you might find that ‘vampire’ and ‘vampyre’ are often used to mean one and the same thing, you now know differently.

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kate • December 11, 2009

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  2. VampiresFTW December 13, 2009 - 4:38 pm Reply

    I have been wondering the difference between a vampire and a vampyre since i started The House of the Night series. I still think that both exsist but that vampires don’t dig themselves out a grave (=D). I think that both are people (or whatever) with extra abilities and a craving for something different. That they could be the person you meet at dance class, the guy infront of you in line at a book store, the kid across the street, or the next Taylor Swift. Still, both are pretty much the same thing.

    • Tylicia Gorringe December 21, 2009 - 11:20 pm Reply

      i never even heard of a vampyre until now. but iv heard of a vampire in vampire diaries, twilight, and a lot of other things. and from what i have read i think they are pretty cool.

  3. Vampires :D April 10, 2010 - 9:33 am Reply

    err, does that mean i should be scared?
    or should ii just be more aware of myself when walking down the streets or something
    thanks for the info anyways :)

  4. Anna July 28, 2010 - 4:22 am Reply

    in denmark we call vampires “vampyrer” but ide NEVER heard about vampyre (u know… without the r)

  5. naintara fazal June 8, 2011 - 7:29 am Reply

    i don’t believe in vampires until i read the vampyre.up to now i think they exists but not so sure about them.

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  7. reanna September 26, 2012 - 8:36 pm Reply

    i am a vampire too

  8. sarah April 20, 2013 - 2:50 pm Reply

    im a vampire

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