Religion and vampires clashing isn’t anything new of course, so an incredibly evil and vicious clan of vampires called the Children of Judas shouldn’t be too huge of a shock… or is it.
This group of ruthless bloodsuckers were once found in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania and you could recognize them due to their blood-red hair. These guys are known mainly by oral traditions, but even with so little known about them they are still considered one of the worst of the Balkan undead.
They were supposedly the spawn of the betrayer, Judas Iscariot, whose hair was also said to be red. This clan of Judas’ wicked vampires were said to have the power to drain their victim’s blood and life force with a single kiss or bite. When they bite down, the tradition says that they left a scar behind in the shape of XXX, which signifies the thirty pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus Christ.
If you’re a fan of The Tomb of Dracula Marvel Comics series you may have heard of the Children of Judas before. In the comic they are the servants of Dracula and cause all sorts of horror filled suffering for the famous Dr. Van Helsing. But that’s not all; they were also mentioned in the short story A Kiss of Judas by X.L. (real name Julian Osgood Field). In this story the author adds that there is only way to kill a Child of Judas; a person must first commit suicide and then make a deal with Satan, who allows them to return in vampire form to destroy who they choose. The ending of this short story is said to be absolutely amazing, unfortunately finding it is very difficult.