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Are Vampires Real?

Vampires were said to change into bats and live off human blood

The story of the vampire has its roots in Eastern Europe, in Transylvania and Wallachia, the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans. Stories about vampires have been circulating for centuries.

It was said that vampires were evil spirits who took over the corpses of others for evil purposes and that the soul of a person who was too wicked to find eternal peace could live on in the corpse as one of the undead. Transylvanian vampires were said to be very pale and thin, with compelling eyes. They had dreadful breath and were amazingly strong.

There were many superstitions about vampires; they had the power to change themselves into bats or wolves; they could only be killed by driving a stake through their hearts before the sun set; they made no reflections in mirrors; they terrorized villages and demanded that maidens be sacrificed to them; if a pregnant woman looked at them. then her child would be born a vampire; and many more. Many authors wrote about them. including Alexandre Dumas. but perhaps the most famous book about them is Dracula by Bram Stoker. Stoker was an Irishman who was business manager to the great actor.

Sir Henry Irving. He created a wonderful story. His hero was one of the undead who came to England. in a coffin filled with the earth of his grave. and landed near a lunatic asylum in Northern England. There he took possession of a beautiful girl and threatened to gain control of others but he was foiled by a vampire expert.

It is from Dracula that many of our popular beliefs about vampires come and it is still as exciting to read now as it was when it was written more than 100 years ago.

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