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Vampire Timeline

730s CE
The Baital Pachisi, a collection of twenty-five fables surrounding Vikram the Vampire, is composed in Sanskrit by the scholar Bhavbhuti.

First appearance of the word “upir” in a document referring to a Russian prince as “Upir Lichy”, or wicked vampire.

William of Newburgh’s “Chronicles“. It records several stories of vampire like revenants in England.

Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, is born.

Vlad the Impaler is assassinated.

The Malleus Maleficarium, known as the witch hunter’s bible, is written by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. The topic of how to hunt and destroy a vampire is discussed.

Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory is born.

Elizabeth Bathory is tried and convicted of killing several hundred girls. Her sentence is life imprisonment.

Elizabeth Bathory dies.

Leo Allatius, a cleric of the Greek Church, writes De quorundam Graecorum Opinationibus which contains explanations of the vrykolakas; the vampires.

A German vampire text, De Masticatione Mortuorum, is written by Phillip Rohr.

Arnold Paole unleashes his vampiric terror on the town of Meduegna.

The word “vampyre” enters the English language. 1748 – The first modern vampyre poem, “Der Vampir“, is published.

A vampire appears in Lord Byron’s “The Giaour.”

John Polidori‘s The Vampyre, is the first vampire story in English is published.

Bram Stoker is born.

In Italy, Vincenzo Verzeni is convicted of murdering two people and drinking their blood.

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu publishes the novella Carmilla.

The body of Mercy Brown, a Rhode Islander who died at 19 years old, is dug up and exhumed for suspicions of it being a vampire.

Dracula by Bram Stoker is published in England.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, directed by F. W. Murnau is released in Germany. It is the unauthorized adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Fritz Haarmann the “Vampire of Hanover” is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampiric crime spree.

Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is released.

The movie Vampyr, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, is released.

Dracula’s Daughter is released.

Son of Dracula, stars Lon Chaney, Jr., as Dracula.

Richard Matheson publishes I Am Legend, regarded as one of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century

Hammer releases Dracula (UK) Horror of Dracula (USA) Christopher Lee’s first appearance in the role; first version of Dracula in color.

Roger Vadim directs Blood and Roses, based on Carmilla.

“The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”; television shows with vampiric characters.

Jeanne Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club.

“Dark Shadows,” a show featuring vampires, premieres.

Sean Manchester founds The Vampire Research Society.

In Search of Dracula by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu is published.

Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.

The “Highgate Vampire” incident and mass vampire hunt occurs in London.

Count Yorga – Vampire: released starring Robert Quarry.

The Dracula Society is founded.

The first of the Vampire Chronicles, Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice is published.

Frank Langella stars in the remake of Dracula.

Richard Chase, the so-called Dracula Killer of Sacramento, California, commits suicide in prison.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice is published and reaches the best seller list.

Original Fright Night is released.

Near Dark, a vampire film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is released.

The first Lost Boys, a vampire film directed by Joel Schumacher, is released.

My Best Friend is a Vampire, a vampire comedy film directed by Jimmy Huston, is released.

The Queen of the Damned is published by Anne Rice.

Vampire: The Masquerade,” the vampire role-playing game is released by White Wolf.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola opens.

Andrei Chikatilo of Russia, is sentenced to death after killing and vampirizing 55 people.

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice is published.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, written by Joss Whedon is released.

The film version of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire opens with Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis.


Kindred: The Embraced airs, a show based on the popular White Wolf RPG


Buffy, a TV series about a vampire slayer, premiers.

The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike is published

Blade is released into theaters.

Pandora by Anne Rice is published.

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice is published.

Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice is published.

In the Forests of the Night, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is published, the first in her Den of Shadows series.


Underworld, a film about vampires and lycans, is released.


The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, is published.

Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night, by Bob Curran, is published.

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, is published.


Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 1, by Laurel K. Hamilton, is published.

Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing, by Gustav de Wolff, is published.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean, by Justin Somper, is published.

Blood Ties, a vampire TV series, premiers in the United States.

Moonlight, a vampire TV series, premiers in the United States.


True Blood premiers on HBO.

Let the Right One In, a film adaptation of a 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, is shown at a film festival in Sweden.

Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, including vampire stories by Tanith Lee, Kristen Cast, Rachel Caine, and others, is published.

Bathory, a film about Elizabeth Bathory, is released.


The Strain, a book by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is published.

Mr. Darcy, Vampire, by Amanda Grange, is published.

By Blood We Live, a collection of vampire stories with contributions from authors such as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, L. A. Banks, Garth Nix, and more, is published.

The Vampire Diaries, a TV series based on a book series by L. J. Smith, premiers on the CW.

Thirst, a vampire film, is shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it received the Jury Prize.

The Vampire’s Assistant, the film adaption, is released.

How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead by Amy Gray, is published.

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