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various folkore
Other names
Nosferatu, Vampyr, Vampyre
Similar creature(s)
Dhampyr, Lilitu, Shtriga, Strzyga, Strigoï, Alukah, Motetz Dam, Vrykolakas

The vampire is a humanoid creature of the night, that feeds on the blood and life essence of the living. Their physical description vary from culture to culture, and while some are brutish or malformed, the modern vampire is often strikingly beautiful.

Source[edit | edit source]

The word vampire can be dated back to 1734, although similar creatures have been part of superstition in many parts of the world prior to the coining of that name.

Media[edit | edit source]

Vampires appear in the following media:

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Twillight series
  • Wiedźmin (aka "The Witcher") - short stories and novels by polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
  • Vampyrismus by Gerard van Swieten. Not exactly a novel, but a writing against the superstition.

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • Nosferatu - original movie by Murnau / remake by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski as the Vampire.
  • Dracula movie series, starring Sir Christopher Lee
  • The Lost Boys

Games[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Empress Maria Theresa issued a vampire decree in 1755, when superstition caused many deaths. Her personal physician was Gerard van Swieten, who also wrote a book named "Vampyrismus".