Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Vampire Compendium

The phenomena we call vampires has existed across the world in a variety of cultures for a millennia. They have appeared in many shapes, but they always have the same connection - Blood. They are practically the definition of fear, an evil entity crawling into your house, at night, to feed on you as you sleep.

The concept of the vampire started in Mesopotamia though in it’s early forms it was attributed to demons before revenants. The mythology has evolved for thousands of years and continues today.

This article will delve into that evolution throughout the world and history.  The purpose of this article is to get a glimpse at how diverse the global mythology and history of vampires is. It will get into the different and strange incarnations from all over the world then get into how the concept of vampires has affected our world today. In an attempt to fain order, this will be cut into categories.

This full article is much bigger and includes a lot of information and has been moved to The Vampire Compendium

Comments have been left below:

Written by "Bracket", Copyright 2009-2011 TrueGhostTales.com

159 comments:

  1. Hey Bracket! I would have to say that this is one of the best articles on Vampires that I have read. I expect this article to be quite popular and I really look forward to the interesting comments that will be made here.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Caretaker

    Thanks. The funny thing is, the biggest problem i had was figuring out a title. I've got a question though, why is the entire texts for Africa and Australia highlighted?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for adding the picture. I was thinking of doing it but wasn't sure if i could.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Bracket,

    I'm impressed with the sheer volume of information. I knew about a few of these vampires, but had no idea there are so many. I enjoyed references to some historical figures, and the part they played in affecting the evolution of vampire tales. Excellent work!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Bracket - no problem. If you have any specific images you would like to use you may email them to me.

    ReplyDelete
  6. sweet
    This is an awesome article
    I learned heaps on it!!!!
    You really brought out the correlation in vampires distributed globally and on the historical context of vampires
    nicely done :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. this is awsome bracket well donee xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow , this is a lot of information, very interesting reading, especially the part about corpses taking longer to decomposed because of all the persevatives we consume. But I'm still wondering why vampires are afraid of roses!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bracket - of course you can, anytime :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Caretaker

    Thanks. Instead of emailing it i'll put ot on here since i'm already here. I'd like this to be placed under Australia.

    Also prevelent among aboriginal tribes is the Yara-ma-yha-who which is a four foot tall red man with a big head and large mouth. It lives in fig trees and leaps onto it's victims and sucks their blood through sucker on the tips of it's fingers and toes.

    ReplyDelete
  11. bracket - New text has been added

    ReplyDelete
  12. Karen M.

    They're afraid of roses because they symbolize the Virgin Mary. Which makes them an Apotrope.

    ReplyDelete
  13. What woulld be an apotrope in other religions? If vampires exsit in all parts of the world would, say for example other cultures have another method of warding off the evil? I know that christians have the cross and there is that garlic thing but what about the others?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Karen M.

    Yes, basically any religious object would work in any given region. Star of David, Ankh, Lingham, etc. An Apotrope is anything that wards off evil.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh, yes now I think I know what you're saying there was this old vampire movie, I can't remember the name but when the 'vampire" was in the coffin they put roses all around him! That is so interesting I never knew that ...........THANKS

    ReplyDelete
  16. Really well written bracket,I've never heard of some of that stuff before.
    Thankyou :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Karen M.

    I find it funny that the most interesting thing to you about this article is the fact about decomposition. I just threw that in as a afterthought.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Just out of curiousity, whats everyones favorite vampire mentioned in this article?

    ReplyDelete
  19. Lobishomen is interesting.....has the more appealing after effects,LOL.

    The Australian ones are interesting to me too,especially the Garkain.I've not come across that one before.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I just love the vampiric pumpkin!! Don't go into the pumpkin patch alone at night!

    ReplyDelete
  21. thanks I better get rid of these peaches here that are rotting in a bowl, will give a new meaning to cling peaches!

    ReplyDelete
  22. to be honest i dont have a favorite vamp, but if i had to choose it would be the modern vamp :)They all seem pretty crazy! great article bracket. there was so much information i never knew. i was getting pretty bored reading the replys for "do vampires exist" and you brought back my interest. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  23. maryfey

    Yeah, if i met a woman bitten by the Lobishomen i wouldn't complain.

    Karen M.

    Yeah, that would probably be a good idea. :)

    rebecca

    There are 2 modern vamps listed. Is it that you like both of them? And, to your last comment- you're welcome.

    ReplyDelete
  24. bracket:

    lol...I don't think the woman would be complaining either.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Just a heads up for anyone who wants further information on vampires,

    I composed an article about the science behind vampires (different species of vampires existing, evolution of vampires and the future for the vampire species, etc) existing today and the different vampires people have encountered. If you also have any general queries on the science of vampires, or have encountered a vampiric like creature, be sure to post a reply on my article and i'll try and catch up on it.

    http://www.vampiretruthormyth.com/do-vampires-exist/

    This is also a link to an article i wrote on werewolves (kinda like the one on vampires) and the general science behind them and the types of werewolves existing today and whether we can transform into one.

    http://www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/werewolves-do-exist/

    ReplyDelete
  26. Nice article...but i still liked Alpha's better.

    You article imposes literary misconceptions about vampires that were propagated through popular culture and historical contexts. It detracts from the true existence of vampires out there.
    Vampire sightings are real and from various accounts/descriptions from people, they are nothing liking the popular culture and historical vampires you promote in this article.

    Sorry, but the information in this article may suffice people who are wound up in the whole literary connotations for vampires but there are people out there who want the truth!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Learning about the mythology and the historical background of Vampires is also very important to understanding the entire picture. Bracket's and Alpha's articles compliment each other rather than compete.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Under the heading of "how to become a vamire", they have the superstion here also about the animals jumping over the dead person, but here they say it has to be a black cat that jumps over your grave. Kenny Kingston of the psychic hot-line is 7 of 7 in his family, I've always had my suspicions about him, but he's old probably has dentures, maybe he has his normal ones and ones with fangs.

    ReplyDelete
  29. bracket-
    i like both modern vamps. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Dawson's Creek

    Thats the point of this article. It gets into the global MYTHOLOGY of vampires, and how that mythology has impacted the world. Like Caretaker says, it's meant to compliment Alphas article. In fact this was Alphas idea.

    rebecca

    Oh, just wondering.

    Alpha

    Are you trying to steal my thunder or something? :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Bracket, I don't think Alpha is trying to steal your thunder, you're right it's him who suggested that you write your own article, but to be honest your's is a little dry, it's more like a dictonary, I know that you put alot of work into this,and it is interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  32. this was very interenting. i love vampires and even belive in them! i am very interesting in it so if u could write more that would be good 2 but u dont have 2 if u dont want 2

    ReplyDelete
  33. Karen M.

    I know he's not trying to steal my thunder, i was just kidding. I just find it funny that it was his idea for me to write it, i do and then he advertises his own story on it. Though, to be fair, i did the same thing on his.

    I know the article may sound a little bland but that's because i was trying to keep it short. Imagine if i was cracking jokes throughout the whole thing. It would be twice as long.

    ReplyDelete
  34. zoe

    What more do you want to know?

    I think the beauty about this article is that it can be constantly evolving and added to, if Caretaker is willing to do that. It could become the ultimate vampire encyclopedia.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Caretaker

    What do you think about my last comment? When i was compiling the information for this i never saw this much info in one place so this could already be one of the largest compilations of vampire lore out there and if it's constantly evolving, it really could be the ultimate vampire encyclopedia. If somebody adds something, in the comment section, about vamps thats not in the article already, i'll do all the investigation about the claim and type it up to be added and all you'll have to do is add it.

    ReplyDelete
  36. bracket

    I would have no problem at all with that and agree that it would be a good idea. Just let me know and I will add any edits you choose. A "living" growing Compendium on Vampire Mythology and History.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Alright. Now i'm pumped, this could be really cool. Is there a way that this could be "advertised" on the site?

    ReplyDelete
  38. Could you expain Nachtsehrer a little more? I'm not really getting why it eats itself, it does't really sound like a vampire.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Steal your thunder?
    No
    My article has had a good run but as with all things, it has to come to an end :)
    oh and sorry if you got the wrong impression about me posting the link to my article in this blog. Like caretaker said our articles compliment each other.

    putting that aside....i've never been into the whole propaganda business :)
    By the way guys if you want more info on vamps just head over to my article :P

    ReplyDelete
  40. Ok, I get your comment on cracking jokes, I've always loved the paranormal and things that can't really be explained, but I just don't believe in vampires, you're article was well written,I just have a curious mind,but that doesn't mean that I have to believe in what I'm reading! I understand that there are stories,myths,superstions on vampires all over the world, that's the part that interests me is that the whole world has some opinion/history about these creatures of the night.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Alpha

    I was just screwing with you on the stealing the thunder thing. :)

    And to tell you the truth, i don't think your articles run has come to an end. I think mine could get a little tedious and people could get bored with it.

    But this article will be growing so if there is a type of vampire you've heard about that not on here, bring it up.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Karen M.

    The myth of the Nachtsehrer only says that it feeds on itself and causes others to wither and die. Basically it psychically drinks peoples blood by eating it's shroud and itself.

    ReplyDelete
  43. The ancient Indian goddes Kali, with fangs and a garland of corpses skulls, was also intimatlely linked with drinking blood.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Karen M.

    Thanks but i was trying to stay away from gods and demons. I might type up a section for it at some point though.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wouldn't gods and demons some how be associated with the whole vampire myth?

    ReplyDelete
  46. Karen M.

    They started out that way but they eventually became the blood drinking undead, and thats what i was focusing on. Some of the myths say that they are possessed by demons but they are still undead.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Karen M.
    Yeah there are
    Supposedly there were biblical allusions to vampires before they were removed (if ever such a thing occurred).. These linked vampires as being creations and servants of satan.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Bracket, I did go on google and put in "blood" like you said and in the vampire part there was also gods and goddesses mixed in with it, that's why I mentioned Kali. I'm still leaning toward myth, I did spend 3 months in the island of Trinidad once, where it's 90% hindu religion, when someone dies they take them into a field and burn the body, believe me I saw it!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Hey, Nicely done! I enjoyed this article very much. Alot of things that I didnt know. I liked the party about the vampire fish...I would have never thought of that...Its kind of scary! Lol. I enjoyed it Bracket.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Karen M.

    Like i said, i was trying to focus on human based vampires while writing this. I was thinking of writing up a section to add to this about vampiric gods and demons because there are plenty of them like in Egyptian and Incan mythology. I'm also going to write up a section about how to detect vampires, i felt this was missing that.

    AngelsDeath

    Thanks. If theres anything you think it's missing, bring it up. I'll do the research and possibly add it.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Bracket, some really in depth researching you did, my husband is from Longobucco the cosenza province of calabria , and he never heard of Stregoni benefici.

    ReplyDelete
  52. that was a compliment!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  53. as i am writing i am watching a documentary about vampires/dracula and certain rituals that are performed in some countries. the one they are speaking about now is Romania and their rituals on exhuming bodies. Check it out! Travel channel!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Karen M.

    Thanks..... i think.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Anonymous

    Your comment was posted a day late. But thanks anyways. :)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Bracket, seriously there are alot of vampires here that I'm sure not too many people have ever heard of, that's why it was a compliment.........I've never heard of half of them either ,to be honest I didn't know so many different varieties exsisted!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Karen M.

    Thanks. :D

    ReplyDelete
  58. Hey, jumped over here because my computer won't let me on to talkparanormal.
    Bracket, just wanted to say, I hope my computer gets back on track so I can enjoy your movie trailors again!

    Again, you do your research well. I have to wonder why the belief of sunlight being damaging only came about in the last century? I always thought it was that way. Of course I haven't been around for a whole century, so I guess I wouldn't know, would I?

    Thanks for the great article. Tell Caretaker, I'll be back on the forum as soon as my computer will let me in. I'm surprised I got into this site!

    ReplyDelete
  59. scarygirl67

    I'm guessing this is because they have always had a connection to the dark, so damage from the sun logically followed in modern myth.

    Hope you get back to the forum soon.

    ReplyDelete
  60. That' because they're "creatures of the night" sounds more logical and scarier in the night than in the day!

    ReplyDelete
  61. For anybody who has read this previously and is posting now, there's a few minor updates and the addition of a new section, How to Detect Vampires. I'd like to thank Caretaker for adding them by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Bracket - No, I should thank you for the new information.

    ReplyDelete
  63. You're welcome. :D

    ReplyDelete
  64. Hello, I have a picture of a black cat in this cemetary here in France, there is also a big iron cross that is kind of tilted to one side, I'm going to see if I can put the pictures on my computer then send to caretaker,if anyone would like to see them!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Karen M:

    I've heard of the Stregoni benefici,it's in the Twilight book.The only place I've come across it myself.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Maryfey, I've never read that book.

    ReplyDelete
  67. hi...im from Greece and in my county we haven't got any stories about this theme...but i would like to talk about this cause i find it very ENTERTAINING...have you ever listen about the qualitte legends?? {or something like that..never mind}....did enybody had a research sbout that??..

    ReplyDelete
  68. irine

    I write about species of vampires in Greece under "Europe and the U.K.".

    ReplyDelete
  69. Bracket, you see what I was trying to say before, alot of people never heard of half of them even if they are in the country they're living in.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Karen M.

    Yes i see that. Thank you. :)

    ReplyDelete
  71. maryfey

    There's been a new vampire added under Australia. Just thought you'd be interested.

    ReplyDelete
  72. This is the best thing i have read about vampires. :)

    ReplyDelete
  73. yes i could learn about myself by being a vampire good thing i search this so i could learn about myself hello im just a boy just learning vampires and just having fun with my life.Well im happy that theres many people keep beleiving vampires welll i have talk many peoples they said they dont beleive in vampires welll i kept telling them that vampire do exist.well they kept saying that the word of vampire is just a legend well im not shure if it is a legend or it is true that vampires are just lvivng with the humans?.WELL DO U BELEIVE IN VAMPIRES?

    ReplyDelete
  74. Well, I really like the asian ones the one from India who eats brains, is pretty sick, I wonder where half of these myths came from? Not too long ago I saw something on CNN where they found a real chupacabra.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Anna B

    Thank you. If there's anything you think is missing, bring it up and i'll look it up and possibly add it.

    !-Masterman1-!

    I'm willing to believe in vampires.

    Karen M.

    What did it look like?

    ReplyDelete
  76. Bracket, this was a while ago and maybe 2 years but i'm sure if you go to cnn. com and look in the archives it will come up

    ReplyDelete
  77. hi, i`m interested in real facts about vampires.
    is it really or not?

    ReplyDelete
  78. These are the real facts!

    ReplyDelete
  79. archangel

    These are from mythology from around the world, so if you're asking if these are real myths, the answer is yes, but if you're asking they they are actually real, probably not. If you want an article about more believable vampires, read Alphas article, "Do Vampires Exist?".

    ReplyDelete
  80. Hey, bracket. Your article is awesome. Very nice. Credits to you!

    But wait there is something i'd like to tell you. Im a filipino. And you mentioned here about the manananggal and aswang. I know its kinda hard to believe that they do exist but it's true, they really. I have lots of experience from them. One is from my cousin(she is pregnant), it seems that the creature that we encountered is the one called "aswang".

    The father of my cousin(she is pregnant) is a taxi driver, it is his routine to go home at 5:00 am, whenever he feels sleepy, he is sleeping on the living room. My uncle leave the house after dinner, to get some money. That night there is a very loud noise from our roof as if there is something that land there. They are all asleep except me. Then my cousin go to the c.r. to pee. Then she saw his father at the living room. Its strange 'cause it was just 12:00am. My uncle never did that except that night. The husband of my cousin was fast asleep and i couldn't even were in 1 room still i couldn't 'cause im afraid from the noise. His father has no bedroom but he always sleep at the living room. I saw my uncle in the door of our bedroom and staring at my cousin, his eyes are focused on the infant. But i know his father noticed that im awake im afraid of what will happen next. Its 1:00am theres someone knocking on the door but my uncle is doing nothing its kind a strange. Then the husband of my cousin was awaken by the knockings. He raise from the bed and walk to the door of our room and said good morning to my uncle. Then he opened the door that leads outside. Its hard to believe that the husband of my cousin saw my uncle also the same from the door of our room. When he gaze from our room he couldn't see the dopple image anymore. But i saw the dopple fade slowly. We are confused from the situation that happened that night. Then we figure out that it was a aswang that shaped into my uncles identity.

    It is my vacation to our province. I have a nephew there. 1 night at 10:00pm this nephew of me is washing his clothing. I told him to do that tommorow. But he hesitate so i did not insist it. I asked him why is he doing washing late night. He told me "cause uncle i couldnt do it afternoon, well im busy playing with my playmates that moment". Then while were chatting, suddenly he points his finger to the roof of their one neighbors house. Both of us saw the manananggal that night, we stared at it for only 3sec. Then my nephew screamed that there is a manananggal to their neighbors. The manananggal transformed into a big bat and flew away in our place. Its too late for the elders to resemble because the creature escaped already.

    I never thought that this aswang and mananangal are also vampires. Well base on their needs from the human is the same as vampires. They suck the infants(infants are still in a form of blood right?).

    I just have one question to all. Pls i need an answer. Im just wondering, freaky creatures are undead ryt(not only pertaining to the vampires)? Why do they have to feed they are already dead?

    ReplyDelete
  81. JPS

    Thanks for the compliment and the stories. Just so you know, i don't think i actually say that they don't exist. And to your question, to tell you the truth, i don't know.

    ReplyDelete
  82. http://www.vampiretruthormyth.com/do-vampires-exist/
    http://www.vampiretruthormyth.com/a-theory-on-vampire-formation/

    Information on vampires that actually do exist today in a physical form.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Bracket,
    Beautiful job on the article. I've been MIA for a bit...Still trying to catch up with all the new articles & comments. Great job though.

    ReplyDelete
  84. Amatrix

    Thanks, how long have you been gone anyway?

    ReplyDelete
  85. Bracket,
    I don't know...Apparently before your article posted....lol
    Amatrix sobs because Bracket never noticed...hahahaha!!.. :-)

    What kind of "Friends" were you around at the young age of 19?...Most teens experience promiscuity, & beer drinking at that age..not blood drinking....lol...
    Always with respect.

    ReplyDelete
  86. Amatrix

    I wasn't really into that stuff at that age ( except for the promiscuity part). They were more friends of friend. I didn't directly know them very well. I'd meet them every once in a while at a party or something.

    ReplyDelete
  87. i drink blood! does that make me a vampire?

    ReplyDelete
  88. Sarina

    No, probably not.

    ReplyDelete
  89. I have to say I have read both Alpha's and Brachet's posts/stories. I really like them both. Very interesting. I too did not know that there were so many different names and myths about vampires. It gives me a lot to think about. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Bracket or Alpha

    I understand that the vampire theory is conjecture so to speak, but never the less I would love to know how and where you find your information from.
    I myself look for such information but never seem to be sucessfull in my search.
    Can you plz give me some pointers on researching this subject as I am very, very interested to delve further into this.
    Thanx

    ReplyDelete
  91. Get back to me on it on my article

    http://www.vampiretruthormyth.com/do-vampires-exist/

    http://www.vampiretruthormyth.com/a-theory-on-vampire-formation/

    ReplyDelete
  92. Bracket,
    WOW! This is truely Amazing! I did not find this boring at all! :) Love it!!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Barb

    Sorry i haven't answered you until now, i haven't been on here in a while. This will sound obvious but you can find alot of stuff on the internet, you just have to be specific and patient because you're probably gonna go through alot of **** before you find what you're looking for.

    kayla18

    Thanks. If there's anything you've heard about that's not on here, bring it up and i might add it.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Will do Bracket ;) I do have a question.. If vampires are dead in a way can they produce babies?? I know that is random but thats just something ive been wondering about...

    ReplyDelete
  95. kayla18

    Well, it depends on the legend. Some vampires in some regions can, but there's also the dhampir which is the child of a vampire and a human. There's practically a 50/50 chance that it will either be half vampire or full vampire.

    ReplyDelete
  96. Thats interseting..Thank you Bracket.

    ReplyDelete
  97. Thats really werid..I mean if they are dead then shouldnt their bodies be shut down?? Dead people (men) cant produce sperm...but vampires can...so weird and cool in a way. haha. Thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  98. kayla18

    Well, when you're thinking of vampires, you're not exactly thinking in scientific terms now are you.

    ReplyDelete
  99. Bracket

    Im not sure if that was ment to be a question?

    ReplyDelete
  100. kaylya18, no one knows because no one knows if they really exsit! I sincerely doubt it!

    ReplyDelete
  101. kayla18

    It wasn't a question. Basically, when you're talking about vampires, you're not talking with scientific ideas in mind, because they're supernatural creatures.

    ReplyDelete
  102. Bracket
    nevermind i understand what your saying. took me a second to understand what you saying.:) No your not.

    Karen M.
    you doubt what? That Vampires can produce babies?

    ReplyDelete
  103. I doubt the exsistance of vampires therefore yes I don't belive that something that isn't real can produce babies!

    ReplyDelete
  104. Karen M. I may not know for a fact that vampires are out there but I truly believe they are. There is so much stuff out there that we dont know about. ANYTHING is possible.

    ReplyDelete
  105. Kayla18, you are intitled to your opinion, but I'm just speaking for myself, that I don't believe in vampires, but if they are real they would probably "do it the normal way"!

    ReplyDelete
  106. Karen M.
    I am not trying to be rude or anything but if you doubt the exsistance of vampires why did you come on here? ae you looking for answers or something? or mabey a part of you does believe a little bit??

    ReplyDelete
  107. Kayla18, if you have noticed half of the people here don't believe in vampires, it's just a discussion on everyones opinions, I submitted a story her called "The Mason and his wife" about the haunted house that I grew up in, yes, I believe in ghosts, cause I've seen them but as far as vampires go, I guess I wouldn't believe till I saw one.

    ReplyDelete
  108. The Mason and his wife ~ http://www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/the-mason-and-his-wife/

    ReplyDelete
  109. I've been coming to this site and this article has a lot of info in it that I can use to write my book. And a lot of this is great info. Nice job.

    ReplyDelete
  110. Hello Icis,

    Dont forget to mention TrueGhostTales.com and the writer of the article (Bracket) in your book

    ReplyDelete
  111. Oh, and thanks (forgot to mention that).

    ReplyDelete
  112. Icis

    What kind of book will it be?

    ReplyDelete
  113. Karen M.
    I see where your coming from. Im gona read your story. i didnt knw you had one..

    caretaker
    thanks for the info for the mason and his wife.

    ReplyDelete
  114. Caretaker-
    In fact, I mention it frequently. Though I'm not even sure if I'm willing to do anything with the story. Publishing it and such. But the main focus of it is vampires so I'm looking for information that could hold true by searching the folklore and myths from different cultures and groups of peoples. But yes, of course I shall mention it.

    bracket-
    It's mainly about a family of haunted people who have lived with seeing demons, ghosts, werewolves and then vampires. They get caught up in a blood-feud between two vampires, one turned the other but never took care of him to show him what to do so he has a vengence against the one who attacked him and turned him into a vampire. So I thank you for the information and again say it is a very good article.

    ReplyDelete
  115. Icis

    The background reminds me of Dark Shadows for some reason.

    Just out of curiousity, what part of the article helped you out, the first half with different kinds of vamp's from around the world, or the other stuff like the science and how to detect and protect yourself from vampires?

    It's not often that people say i really helped them out with something.

    And thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  116. Bracket-
    All of it actually. I've been making up my own scientific vampire but mixing it with a bit of myth so I've been looking for all kind of myths and I've read all kinds of books. (Twilight did not aid me in my search whatsoever) Personally, I've never really liked the myth about how vampires not liking garlic or holy objects so I've tried to explain it as best as I can. Such as the fact that vampires cannot be around garlic is because they have a hightened sense of smell, supposedly, and therefore do not like strong odors. That's the sort of thing I'm doing, morphing the legends to make my own because no one likes to read stories that say pretty much the same thing. No garlic, no sunlight, coffins, etc. Oh, and I've never even heard of Dark Shadow. What is it?

    ReplyDelete
  117. Icis

    Sorry i haven't gotten back to you sooner, computer troubles.

    Sounds interesting. If you decide not to publish it and it's not TOO long, maybe you can submit it to the fiction story contest this site is conducting.

    Dark Shadows is an old show. It was basically a paranormal soap opera. Tim Burton has signed on to direct a movie version with Johnny Depp attached to play the vampire lead.

    ReplyDelete
  118. bracket-
    Oh. Maybe I should see it sometime. And I think the story is too long, though. On Microsoft word 2007, it is 166 pages and over 100,000 words. I've been working on it for around two years and just finished it, sort of. I'm not sure if I'm finished. I might add more to it. I am not quite certain yet.

    ReplyDelete
  119. Oh. ok. Well, good luck with it. Keep us informed if you decide to do something with it.

    ReplyDelete
  120. bracket

    I want to tell u, there are many vampire like creatures at indonesia
    They are PARAKANG, PALASIK, KUYANG, JENGLOT, but they are just human/people who sell their soul to demon for money, power, beauty face, etc

    One more thing it's TUYUL NOT TOYOL

    ReplyDelete
  121. zaman

    Out of all those names, the only one i could find was Jenglot. I will add it. For Parakang all i could find was Cape Parakang. For Kuang, all i found was a series of caves called (obviously) the Kuyang Caves. The only thing i could find for Palasik was last names of a bunch of people.

    Could you possibly be more specific. Can you check to see if you spelled them right, and if you did, could you give more info on them?

    Also, it can be spelled Tuyul or Toyol.

    ReplyDelete
  122. bracket

    parakang/kuyang: human who separate his/her head and internal organs such as lung, heart, liver, etc from his/her body (i have see this thing) and drink blood from pregnant women

    palasik: it is just a head flying around and drink blood from human and livestock

    jenglot: mini human sized like a barbie doll. it has long hair, sharp long nail, and fang. some people keeping this creatures in a box and feed it with blood, they think this creature is a richness amullet . u could find this creature at graveyard.

    btw sorry 'bout the toyol thing

    ReplyDelete
  123. zaman

    "parakang/kuyang" sound alot like a Penanggalan, which i could have sworn i had on here but apparently i don't. I might add it soon.

    I got Jenglot and it has been added, it's in the Asia section but it may be moved to the Non-human section.

    ReplyDelete
  124. Bracket

    Are you going to be writing anymore articles?

    ReplyDelete
  125. maryfey, pardon me for jumping in but Bracket recently wrote a new article about Ouija Boards. It is at http://www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/the-truth-about-ouija-boards/

    ReplyDelete
  126. that's cool Caretaker..thankyou :)

    ReplyDelete
  127. I have been reading a book called The Field Guide to Vampires and there is a lot of stuff in that book that Bracket has been talking about here. Its a cool book for anyone interested in things Vampire. I will be posting a review of the book soon. (Or you can check it out at www.redwheelweiser.com )

    ReplyDelete
  128. this is an interesting article.....
    i'm wondering if anybody knows where i can find some of the actual folklore about people who have seen vampires particulary the african adze, obyifo, asiman and asasabonsam...

    ReplyDelete
  129. Beth the Pokemon loverxOctober 16, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    I BELIEVE THAT VAMPIRES AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL THINGS EXSIT CAUSE I'VE SEEN MANY GHOSTS

    ReplyDelete
  130. i believe in vampires so much and I know there out there they may not be what everyone exspects them to be but I know there out there along with everything else like werewolves and bigfoot. People may not believe in them but i do and i'm so interested because of my dreams ive been having since i was five and the things i use to see as a child that would give anyone a heart attack. but i do believe

    ReplyDelete
  131. if vampires dont exsist how do u think the legends came up ? and sont give me some kind of diease i heard that stuff when i was a child and even online now. people dont understand it so they try to make excuses. if you dont believe in vamipres because u havent seen one well do u believe in god or the devil ? u cant see them but even one says there real. its not any different. i believe in everything my mind is open to all . maybe u dont see them but if i was a vampire i wouldnt want u to see me either. so give it a thought u never know what u might end up with .

    ReplyDelete
  132. Thanks! This has really helped with my research for my project(production of dracula the musical)

    ReplyDelete
  133. This stuff is awesome. At least someone believes me about the vampires. Nothing can bo unreal if you know they are true. And i like vampires more than my life so thx. Love the website. =)

    ReplyDelete
  134. im a vampires but i can control it

    ReplyDelete
  135. aluka - Perhaps you could write about your experiences as a Vampire and submit it here for publication. I am sure a lot of people would be interested in reading about it.

    ReplyDelete
  136. I love that other people belive in Vampires just like me. and if aluka you are vampire thats cool with me :)

    ReplyDelete
  137. wow...this is VERY informative

    ReplyDelete
  138. people need to get help if they think they are a so called “Vampire”. It is starting to freak me out. Ever since Twilight came out people come up to me and say “hey i am Vampire” or “I will turn you in to a Vampire.”People,this has to stop

    ReplyDelete
  139. A lot of stuff i didn't know, this has helped me out a lot. I am trying to write a story, but with TRUE facts, not like media movie view facts. You know what i mean? but thanks a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  140. hi just wondering why there isnt realy anything on the UK?

    ReplyDelete
  141. Hi, I loved this article and I usually don't read things word for word but I did read this every word. It just captured me that there are so many types with so many different traits. I have always had a thing for vampires and creatures of the night , and the undead, so this was good reading for me. I do have a question though, Can you become a vampire by choice if a vampire was to bite you?

    ReplyDelete
  142. Vampires Dont Exist
    Vampire Books Exist

    Read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series its one of my favourite series and its about dhampirs more for girls though...

    ReplyDelete
  143. W-O-W! This is the most awesome story/posting/article I have ever seen on this site. I noticed from the scroll bar on the side that it currently takes up 1/3 of the page! You should have this published as an article or something somewhere else too. Of course, pobody's nerfect. I noticed that the part titled "Traits of vampires" seemed to describe some myths and stories rather than the actual traits. Also, the part titled "How to reverse vampirism” was about how to avoid being turned into one. I think it should have been about how to reverse becoming a vampire and "change back". But it's still awesome and I love the fact that you had pictures. You should do similar postings on other websites and see what others think. You should also comment often on the other stories. I'm sure others would like to hear what you have to say. Bye now. ^,.,^

    ReplyDelete
  144. i baleve humans think of us as gods but that is not true it is a not i would die again and again to be human i am one how will swop my life for me to be free and have a life day see the world in light i am pure i want you too know we are real Cabreso triyed but the olders banished him i shell prouve to all my fathers and mothers that me are free not night walkers ..... i am coming i will be free ....

    ReplyDelete
  145. well, one of my friends says that besides Vamps, other supernaturals exist..and that he has had expirence and that in some part of Kenya(where he is from)many ppl have had encounters with them(supernaturals)..i would love to kno more bout them, cause he tell me only so much....
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  146. the history of vamp. has made me more intrested in knowing more pls let me know more if there is something new.... thanks for the info

    ReplyDelete
  147. I dunno If this is a repost.... I didnt read the rest of the comments.... ^^" Sorry >3<
    I just wanted to mention cutaneous prophyria! This is a disease which causes extreme hypersensitiveness to light. If exposed to the sunlight, the sufferer's skin will develop terrible blisters, the gums will receed, and in some cases... their pee would turn purple OoO~ People with cutaneous prophyria were beleived to be vampires waaay back when, because of the reaction to light. The gums receeding, would cause the teeth to appear as though they're growing, and the gums would also bleed, giving the illusion of blood drinking. I'm sorry for making you read this all ^3^ <3~ Baibai nao :3

    ReplyDelete
  148. i think vampires r real

    ReplyDelete
  149. The article is great. I believe that they are existed from so while. and i was try to search because i want to meet them. I 9 that they feed blood. But i think there is some vampires are good and they know that people also have to stay in this world that why we are alive.

    ReplyDelete
  150. i was looking for some information about vampires.......when i read your blogg.......it has really helped e a lot........i jst wana know that from where did you manage to get this information?

    ReplyDelete
  151. I have to admit, I never read this article until today.. Bracket has done an excellent job with his research, I applaud him for that. I did read another article that was also written by Bracket, and it is just as good as this one, although I can't remember which one it was now.. Great job Bracket! Not sure if you are still around the site or not.

    ReplyDelete
  152. this is the biggest load of bull i have ever heard! you people have to grow up and get a life!!

    ReplyDelete
  153. ..oh..this article is awesome..to the one who did this ..you had done a great job..j3j3..

    ReplyDelete
  154. ..oh..this article is awesome..to the who did this ..you had done a great job..j3j3..

    ReplyDelete
  155. i am a vampire you want to no the truth you mear mortals cant handle the truth!
    ---
    Note from Admin - you may be a 'real' vampire but the next time you use profanity in a comment it will be deleted!

    ReplyDelete
  156. If you mortals wish to know something of this world you live in this article is quite accurate except for a few minor details and i should know because i am a vampire. Well really only three/fourths but whos counting.

    ReplyDelete

READ BEFORE COMMENTING

No profanity, foul, abusive, or insulting language.
Comments must be written in English.
Do not write in all caps.
Do not post personal contact information such as phone number, email address or mailing address in the body of your comment. And do not ask others for their personal contact information.

Comments not following the above rules are subject to being deleted.