Leech Lover Facts: Part 4
It’s been a couple months since I’ve done a “Leech Lover Facts” post, so I’m bringin’ it back! Here’s your bloody dose of random vampire facts.
Animal Hides: Various kinds of animal skins were used in some countries, particularly by the Gypsies, to cover the body of a vampire before staking it. You see, they believed that if any vampire blood fell on the vampire hunter that he would go insane.
Forty Days: A time period of biblical origin that also has a part in the vampire world. In Bulgarian myths, the ubour vampire takes shape over a forty day period, during which time the corpse remains bloated, its bones reduced to a jellylike substance. Only after the forty days have elapsed does a skeleton form again and the new vamp emerges looking like a normal human being.
Lemons: Believe it or not this fruit was used in Germany to ward off evil. It was a popular way to take down the Saxon vampire species known as the neuntoter. All you had to do was stick it in the vamp’s mouth and you were set.
Vampidzhija: Also called djadadjii. These guys are Bulgarian vampire hunters that are a bit on the traditional side. They mainly located particular graves that held a resting vampire’s body. They would often use a holy icon in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. After locating the vamp, they would impale it or burn it.
Moonlight: In John Polidori’s short story “The Vampyre” (1819), moonlight has the power to reanimate the dead corpse of a vampire. This idea eventually disappeared from vamp literature, but Varney the Vampire (1847) brought back the idea of moonlight bringing a vampire to life… for a little bit.
Penny Dreadfuls: These were horror stories that sold for a penny each in nineteenth century England. Thanks to the Penny Dreadfuls we got Sweeney Todd, The Mysteries of London and our vampire story, Varney the Vampire.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).