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VAMPIRES

 

Vampire is a corpse that supposedly returns to life at night to suck people's blood. According to many folk stories, a vampire must have a constant supply of fresh blood obtained by biting the neck of sleeping victims. The victims lose strength, die, and become vampires themselves.

 

Dracula
HTML formatted text of Stoker's novel, with a link to a strictly text version.

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/drac-table.html

Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Munarau's chilling and eerie ... all » adaption of Stoker's Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend.
Director: F.W. Murnau

 


Stories of vampirelike creatures have come from many parts of the world. But most vampire tales originated in Eastern European and Balkan countries, such as Albania, Greece, Hungary, and Romania. There are many superstitions about vampires. People who commit suicide, die violently, or are condemned by their church supposedly become vampires. According to folklore, a vampire can be destroyed by driving a wooden stake through its heart. In Europe, from the late 1600's to the early 1800's, people dug up graves looking for vampires.
The horror novel Dracula (1897), by the English author Bram Stoker, is the most famous vampire story. The character of Dracula is based on Vlad Tepes, a cruel prince from Walachia (now part of Romania). Vlad was nicknamed Dracula, which in Romanian means son of the devil or son of a dragon.
English author Bram Stoker, Dracula is the most famous vampire story of all time. The main character is a wicked nobleman, Count Dracula of Transylvania, a region of Romania.

In the novel, Dracula's search for new victims leads him to England. There, he pursues two young women, Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray. He, in turn, is hunted by Mina's fiance, Jonathan Harker, and by Abraham Van Helsing, an authority on vampires. The two men finally destroy Dracula. Dracula was based on vampire legends that probably arose from hundreds of savage murders committed in the 1400's by Vlad Tepes, a prince from Walachia, a region south of Transylvania.

Stoker's novel, published in 1897, is probably best known as a motion picture. Film versions include Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1931).

Media Vampires

Dark Shadows was a Gothic television soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971.

A pre-existing Elizabethan residence known as Seaview (1885) formerly owned by James Kernochan, was incorporated into Greenley's design. In keeping with its seaside location, the 65-room manor house features turrets, stained-glass windows, high, arching doorways and shell motifs that adorn the fa?ade. Rooms imported intact from France were moved from the Bradley's home in Washington, D.C. to Newport, and reassembled with the chateau constructed around them.

The Bradley's daughter Mrs. Julia Bradley Fox took over the estate and lived there until the late 1930s with her husband Rt. Rev. Herbert Shipman, protestant Episcopal Bishop of New York and World War I Army chaplain. It has been used as World War II Army officers' quarters, an exclusive girls' school and as an exterior set for the cult classic television show Dark Shadows. Purchased in 1974 by the Carey family of New York and renamed Carey Mansion, it currently serves as an academic facility and student residence.

Barnabas Collins Painting,

Barnabas Collins: episode 193 (22 March 1967) to 365 (17 November 1967) Barnabas Collins, a nearly two-hundred-year-old vampire, is released from his coffin and brings terror to Collinsport. Doctor Julia Hoffman is called to investigate the strange kidnapping of Maggie Evans, a Collinsport waitress whom the vampire believes to be the reincarnation of his long lost love, Josette.

 

The show was produced by Dan Curtis, who tells of a dream he had in which a girl takes a long train ride to visit a large mansion. The story "bible", which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was considered daring (and unprecedented in daytime television) when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began.

The series became hugely popular when, a year into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid, appeared. In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, both into the past and into the future, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles and, as actors came and went, some characters were played by several actors. Major writers in addition to Art Wallace included Sam Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles.

 

 

Anne Rice

Anne Rice (born October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American author of gothic and later religious themed books. She was born Howard Allen O'Brien. Best known for her Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.

She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Rice has also published adult-oriented fiction under the pen name Anne Rampling, and has written explicit sado-masochistic erotica as A.N. Roquelaure.

Her fiction is often described as lush and descriptive, and her characters' sexuality is fluid, often displaying homoerotic feelings towards each other. Rice said that the bisexuality was what she was looking for in her characters; a love beyond gender. She also weaves philosophical and historic themes into the dense pattern of her books. To her admirers, Rice's books are among the best in modern popular fiction, possessing those elements that create a lasting presence in the literary canon.

In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a relatively faithful motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, from Rice's own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the morbid Louis and was a breakout role for young Kirsten Dunst as the deceitful little Claudia.

A second film adaptation of the Vampire Chronicles came out in 2002. Starring Stuart Townsend as the infamous Lestat, the movie combined incidents from the second and third books in the series but released under the title of the third book, The Queen of the Damned. The plot was substantially altered from that of the book, and the film was poorly received by fans and critics alike.

On April 25, 2006, the musical Lestat, based on Rice's Vampire Chronicles books, opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway after having its world premiere in San Francisco, California in December 2005. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, it was the inaugural production of the newly established Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.

Despite Rice's own overwhelming approval and praise, the show received mostly poor reviews by critics and disappointing attendance. Lestat closed a month later on May 28, 2006, after just 33 previews and 39 regular performances.

The Vampire Chronicles:

Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)
New Tales of the Vampires: (Other vampire tales that are not within the main sequence, but in the same fictional world)

Pandora (1998)
Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

 

Forever Knight

Forever Knight was a Canadian-German-American television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a detective in modern day Toronto. Nicholas is an unlikely vampire and an even less likely civil servant, seeking to repay society for his sins.

The series originated as a 1989 CBS television movie, Nick Knight, with Rick Springfield playing the title character. In 1992, CBS began broadcasting the series as part of its Crimetime After Primetime lineup, with a new name and with Geraint Wyn Davies now playing Nick Knight.

Nicholas de Brabant’s life is one of profound struggle. He is at constant odds with the nature of who he is (a monster, a natural predator), and his unending quest to be human again. His desires (both carnal and humanitarian) seem to equally get the best of him. Helping him achieve his mortality is Dr. Natalie Lambert (Catherine Disher), a medical examiner who accidentally discovers the truth about Nick and vows to help him. Through the series there evolves a budding (albeit forbidden for obvious reasons) romance between Nick and Natalie, constantly complicated by the presence of Nick’s vampire family who are never far from him.

The beautiful vampire Janette du Charme (Deborah Duchêne) is a very powerful influence over Nick, for they are not only bound by their very natures but by their master and their quite literal eternal love for one another. While Nick might love Natalie for her mortality and her tireless devotion to his cause, Nick loves Janette for their deep abiding history and almost preternatural bond. Janette is also a “safe” way for Nick to indulge his vampire urges.

The most powerful force in Nick’s life, however, is Lucien LaCroix (Nigel Bennett), the vampire master who brought both Nicholas and Janette across. Nick both hates and loves LaCroix, despising him for bringing him into a life of darkness but also bound by an unshakable loyalty to him. While Janette might be mildly amused by Nick’s desire to be human, LaCroix fosters no such tolerance. It is quite clear from the beginning that LaCroix also harbors a deep, obsessive love for Nick, providing a strong homoerotic element to their complicated relationship. LaCroix not only thwarts every attempt Nick makes to achieve his goal, he mocks his quest with cold derision. LaCroix wants nothing more than for Nick to leave the world of the living and unite with his “family” and especially him once more. This seems to be all the more apparent when Nick learns about who brought LaCroix across. LaCroix was a general in the Roman army, known as Lucius, and he lived in Pompeii. He returned from the war a hero, and had a bust created in his honour. Lucius was in love with a woman named Selene, who had a young pre-teen daughter named Divia (Kathryn Long), whom he embraced as his own daughter. While he was away, Divia became ill, and when he returned, she was better again. When Vesuvius was erupting, Divia, now a vampire, noticed that Lucius did not want to die, and she brought him across, saving his life.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American cult television series that aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. It was created by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy. The series narrative follows Buffy Anne Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. Like previous slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang".

Buffy Anne Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) is "the Slayer," one in a long line of young women chosen by fate to battle evil forces. This mystic calling endows her with dramatically increased physical strength, as well as endurance, agility, ease of healing, intuition, and a limited degree of clairvoyance, usually in the form of prophetic dreams.

Buffy receives guidance from her Watcher, Rupert Giles (played by Anthony Stewart Head). Giles, rarely referred to by his first name, is a member of the Watchers' Council, whose job is to train the Slayers. Giles researches the supernatural creatures that Buffy must face, offering insights into their origins and advice on how to kill them.

Buffy is also helped by friends she meets at Sunnydale High: Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon). Willow is originally a bookish wallflower; she provides a contrast to Buffy's outgoing personality, but shares the social isolation Buffy suffers after becoming a Slayer. As the series progresses, Willow becomes a more assertive character, a powerful witch, and a lesbian. In contrast, Xander, with no supernatural skills, provides comic relief and a grounded perspective. Buffy and Willow are the only characters who appear in all 144 episodes; Xander is missing in only one.

Angel

Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The character is portrayed by David Boreanaz.

The vampire with a soul, Angel, is Buffy's love interest throughout the first three seasons. He leaves Buffy to make amends for his sins and search for redemption in his own spin-off, Angel.

Angel has made more appearances in canon Buffyverse programs than any other character (including, ironically, Buffy herself.) He appeared in:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Angel became a series regular in the show's second and third seasons, although he did not appear in "Inca Mummy Girl"; he was also technically absent from "Innocence" to "Becoming" when his curse was broken and he reverted back to Angelus. Whether as himself or as Angelus, he appeared in 56 episodes in all, including guest appearances in the episodes:

Season 1 (1997) - "Welcome to the Hellmouth"; "The Harvest"; "Teacher's Pet"; "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date"; "Angel"; "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"; "Prophecy Girl".
Season 4 (1999, 2000) - "Pangs" (he returned to Sunnydale after Doyle had a vision of Buffy); "The Yoko Factor" (He followed Buffy back to apologise for their recent confrontation).
Season 5 (2000, 2001) - "Fool for Love" (flashbacks); "Forever" (he came to Sunyndale to comfort Buffy after her mother's funeral.
Season 7 (2002, 2003) - "End of Days"; "Chosen" (he came back to Sunnydale to help Buffy in the final confrontation with The First Evil.)
Angel — As the star of the series, Angel appeared in all 110 episodes of five seasons; however, he was technically absent in "Soulless", "Calvary", "Salvage", and "Release", as his soul was extracted and he was Angelus for the duration of these episodes.

Angel was born as Liam, to an Irish merchant, in 1727. By 1753, at the age of 26, he had developed a taste for alcohol, women and sloth. Though a good man at heart, Liam was a hedonist whose only real ambition lay in seeing the world. For the lazy Irishman, that seemed a laughable dream, especially after he was expelled from his father's household, but he had caught the eye of an affluent woman; actually a vampire; named Darla. She lured him into an alley, and, promising him a world full of excitement and travel, transformed him into a vampire.


Angelus during the 18th century.The loss of his soul meant Liam no longer possessed any restraint over his darker impulses. On the night he rose from his grave, and in response to Darla's claim that he could have anyone in the village, he set about slaughtering the entire community. When he came to slaughter his own family, he found no problem in entering, his little sister inviting him in without hesitation or suspicion. Before killing his father, he would tell him mockingly, "[My sister] thought that I'd returned to her. An angel. She was wrong." For generations Darla and Liam, now known as Angelus, terrorized humankind, murdering and torturing anyone who crossed their path. Angelus sired the vampires Penn (who indulged his blood lust by becoming a serial killer), and Drusilla, a young woman driven insane by Angelus before he finally sired her. Drusilla, in turn, sired Spike, for whom Angelus largely served as a mentor and "role model." Spike would go so far as to call the elder vampire his "Yoda".

 


Vampire Main Powers
Ability to multiply by contamination
The vampire as a negative image of the Christ - that gave his blood to save men, Nosferatu give blood to corrupt souls and propagate evil. The Vampire is self-sufficient and despite the attraction he may provoke, seems to be beyond “sexuality”.

Life time

The vampire does not age nor will it die from the passing of time, though it may appear to age if it goes sometime without feeding. However, the vampire can also undergo a rejuvenate with the blood supply.

Most of the vampire's powers increase with age and experience. Dracula is considered as the Master of all Vampires but it is unsure if he was the first vampire on earth.

Invulnerability

The vampire is also immune to most diseases and is invincible to mortal weapons. Only when moving about during the day or when resting in his coffin is he subject to physical harm.

Strengh

The vampire's physical strength greatly exceeds that of mortals. Dracula is described as having the strength of twenty strong men.

Shape-shifting

The vampire may command several animal creatures such as the wolf, the rat, the fox, the owl, the bat and the moth and is also able to assume the form of a wolf or a bat and possibly any of the other animals subject to his command. The vampire may also transform himself into a mist or dust cloud drifting in the air.

 

The vampire may alter his size within certain limits, becoming either larger or smaller.

 

The vampire may climb walls much like a large insect. He may climb normally or with his head toward the ground much like a spider.

 

League with the demons

In modern stories and series, the vampire gets the ability to command some form of magical or monstrous beings (demons, zombies, ...), which seems natural as the vampire is in connection with the devil.

Hypnotic mind control

Much like the snake and the bird, the vampire may exert his will over the will of his victim, even to the point of inducing a catatonic state. This power explains why victims often have no memory of being attacked. For some vampires, these abilities come easily, for others in a more difficult fashion, and still others not at all.

Dracula’s special powers

These abilities may be specific to Dracula and not generally available to other vampires. Dracula was a master in occult arts and black magic and acquired additional powers through pacts with satanic entities.

Within a limited range, the Count has the power to control the weather. He often uses fog or mist to cover his movements.
Telepathy, telekinesis and other mind powers: Dracula has the power to become invisible and to pass unseen among his enemies.
Necromantic power. Dracula can raise the dead that will come as zombies at his command.
Main Weaknesses

Sleep

The vampire is obliged to sleep during the day and to rest upon a protective layer of hallowed ground from its native land. Usually the vampire will rest in its coffin during the day in a trance that keeps him aware of things happening around it. The vampire may only leave its resting place at sunrise, noon or sunset. This is clearly the vampire's time of greatest vulnerability since it is helpless when resting within its coffin.

Light is destructive

During the day of light, the vampire is severely weakened. Most will not leave the dark but the experienced vampire is able to move and act as a human. Nevertheless, he loses his supernatural abilities and mortal weapons may harm him.

Repelled/harmed by religious symbols

Across most of Europe, the vampire, as an agent of Satan, was held to be subject to the dominion of the symbols of Christ. The Cross-, Holy Water and other symbols of the Church were almost universally held to be powerful weapons against vampires, werewolves, witches and other spawn of Satan.

 

This conception has evolved with centuries and the propagation of the vampire myth beyond the Christian world. The consensus seemed to be that the power of the symbol derived from the faith of the wielder (or more rarely, from the belief of the vampire) rather than any intrinsic power of the symbol itself. If a person try to intimidate a vampire with a cross but has no faith, the cross will be useless. Christian symbols may be replaced with other religious symbols according to the belief system of the wielder and/or vampire. In other words, if a person, confronted by a hungry and hostile vampire, presents any symbol, which they truly believe to represent the power of Light and Goodness, their very belief will manifest itself in a force sufficient to drive away the undead.

 

Modern authors are definitely moving away from religious symbolism to control/avoid vampires. It can be explained by a growing awareness in our society of the variety of religious experiences available around the world, and the recognition that there are many people (including vampires) to whom Christian religious symbols are meaningless. Anne Rice’s vampires have no fear of holy symbols and may kill priests as any other victims.

Absence of reflection

Vampires don’t cast a reflection. This also means that his image does not appear on film or any other device that requires a light (or heat) source to produce and image. A flame can be seen through his body. In some areas, vampires are believed not to show in photographs or to cast shadows. A reason given for this is the old idea of the reflection of the soul into the mirror, since vampires have lost their souls they cast no reflection.

Other limitations

The vampire may not enter a home unless he is freely invited in by one of the residents. From the first time he has been invited, he may come and go at will.
The vampire may not cross running water, except at the ebb and flow of the tide. He may be carried over or at certain times he may change shape and fly or jump over. If the vampire becomes immersed in running water he is completely helpless and will be destroyed. The reason comes from the analogy of standing water to the mirror.

Vampires cannot cross a thicket of wild rose or a line of salt. Vampires are compelled to stop and count every grain in a pile of grain or numerous objects (often grain) thrown into their path.
How to recognize a Vampire?

 

Throughout Europe there was one generally acknowledged method of identifying the suspected vampire. The natural decomposition of the body after death was assumed to be due to the departure of the soul from the body. In most cases if, after exhumation, a body was found to be uncorrupted, it was usually assumed that the soul remained with the body or that a demonic spirit had taken possession of the body.

 

The exception to this belief was found in the case of saints, martyrs and other especially godly individuals. In these cases the failure of the body to decompose naturally was believed to be a divine blessing rather than a demonic curse. In most cases, such corpses were likely to be summarily cremated by the peasants who exhumed the corpse.

In Romania and Tchecoslovakei, horses were taken to a cemetery, as it was believed they would refuse to cross over a vampire's grave.

There are many possible routes of becoming a vampire. Some of the more prevalent mythological routes are:

Suicidals, eretics, schismatics and excommunicants
The Church has long considered suicide one of the unforgivable sins. It was commonly believed in Christian Europe that such souls were unable to rest in the grave, especially in hallowed ground. Their bodies could not decay and return to their original dust (the most commonly accepted proof of vampiric infection) and they left their graves at night to prey upon the living who were granted the chance of salvation that they were denied. The act of excommunication prohibited one from receiving the sacraments of the church. This case is similar to that of the suicide. He who died excommunicant was believed to be unable to return to dust or to find release from the body.

Sinners

Those who were particularly cruel or violent in life were believed to be prime candidates to return from the grave as vampires. Those who led dissolute or debauched lives were also likely to return as vampires. This, of course, was only the case for those individuals who did not repent and receive absolution before death. Again, the soul was believed to be bound to the body, preventing the natural decomposition of the body. And while the soul was bound to the body it was also bound in servitude to Satan.

Witches and wizards

Those who practiced black magic or summoned spirits were believed to servants the devil and particularly subject to vampirism. If a witch or a black sorcerer died unrepentant he, like the suicide or the excommunicant, was bound to earth and unable to pass into the next world. Also, the witch or sorcerer was more subjected to demonic infestation. The offspring of a witch or a sorcerer were also subjected to becoming a vampire after death. This was especially true if there was reason to suspect that the child might be the result of a union between a witch and an incubus or a sorcerer and a succubus.

Werewolves

There was a strong link between the werewolf and the vampire. Unlike the vampire, the werewolf was not generally believed to be immortal. It was commonly held that when a werewolf died he was most likely to return as a vampire. Also, those who were killed by a werewolf were thought to be prime candidates for resurrection as a vampire. Often the two curses were to be found in the same geographic regions.

Natural-born vampires

There were a number of signs that people watched for at birth in order to detect children who might be potential vampires: illegitimate children of illegitimate parents, those with birthmarks or born with teeth, children with red hairs, seventh sons or daughters, children born with a membrane covering their heads (cauls). In slovic countries where most had dark hair and eyes, any child who was blue-eyed and redheaded would become vampires after death.

Other beliefs include having a cat or other animal jump over the corpse before it gets properly buried, or being murdered and not attaining revenge for the murder, drinking the blood of a vampire.
How to prevent somebody from becoming a vampire ?
There are many recipes to preserve the defunct from being infested by the vampire.

 

The Burial

In many Eastern European countries, it was thought that if a cat by chance had jumped over a corpse prior to burial, the dead would return as a vampire. According to some beliefs, in order to prevent a vampire from chewing its way out of the grave, people would stuff the mouth with certain coins or dirt, or prop the mouth shut. In Romania, people buried a candle, a coin, and a towel with the corpse to prevent vampirism. Garlic or millet could be stuffed into the nostrils, eyes, and ears of a corpse to prevent vampirism. Apparently, vampires are obsessed with tying knots, and can become so engaged in the task that they neglect to rise from their graves and kill. In Northern Germany, corpses are buried enlaced into nets, so they cannot leave their graves until they have untied all the knots. Greeks will cast fishing nets over their doorways to keep vampires out; this same obsession will force the vampire to count every knot before he can enter.

There is only one good and sure method of permanently destroying the vampire
First drive a wooden stake through his heart then sever his head. Don’t waste any time between both operations, as vampires are resistant. The body should then be burned and the ashes scattered or burried at a crossroads. If someone uses the stake or burns the heart, but fails to cut off the head, the vampire turns into a cloud of fog and reconstitute its body when out of reach.
Modern vampire-hunters would recommend extreme heat, which can be achieved with military-class flamethrower.
These particular objects called apotropaic turn away demons and evil monsters, including vampires. They can be ranged into four general categories:

‘appeasing' apotropaics, which stop the vampire and remove its urge to kill and spread disease.

Countering' apotropaics anhilate such harmful ability of the vampire by using a natural anti-substance with a more powerful counter-ability .'Constricting' apotropaics paralyze the vampire making him therefore unable to leave his grave and spread death and destruction. Destructive apotropaics keep vampires in chess by killing them.

Stakes

They were used in many ways to prevent and imprison vampires. In Eastern Serbia, small pegs made out of hawthorn wood are driven into the grave next to the cross, preventing the corpse from becoming a vampire. Stakes and other sharpened objects are also driven into the body. The wounds preventing vampirism by making it impossible for the Devil to 'inflate' the body so it can rise. Stakes can be simply driven over a corpse's grave, so if it becomes a vampire and tries to rise, it will impale itself. Most movies include in the now famous ritual scene of the killing in the coffin, the hammer and the wooden stake as mandatory means of destruction.

Sharp objects

Sickles have a very simple and effective use in stopping vampires. When the corpse is burried with the sickle over its neck, should the corpse become a vampire and try to rise from its grave, it will cut its own head off. Another way of using the sickle involved piercing the corpses heart with it, a custom probably inspired from the use of the stake. Thorns and other spiny objects were used in a similar way. They can also be inserted under a corpse's tongue to prevent it from sucking blood.

Crucifix
Anything that resemble to a christian cross and has been blessed will repell the vampire. Placed inside his empty coffin, it will prevent Dracula from returning to rest there. Putting a wooden cross on a household's door or smearing tar on it in the shape of a cross would keep vampires away.
Silver bullets

A consecrated bullet fired through the coffin at this time will kill him. Some vampire’s hunters used silver holly bullets to destroy the vampires they chased. A Serbian belief also states that a silver coin inscribed with a cross, cut into quarters, loaded into a shotgun shell, and then fired at a vampire will kill it.

Eucharistic wafers
Holy wafer placed in the vampire's coffin will prevent him from using it as a resting place.
Garlic or wolfsbane

The odor of the bulb causes Dracula to leave the room or immediate area. This mainly a tradition from Transylvania. During the early 1500 as the plague ravaged Europe, people turned to a concoction of vinegar and garlic called "Four Thieves' Vinegar." The name supposedly originated with four thieves who confessed that wearing a mask saturated with garlic vinegar protected them against catching the plague when they plundered dead bodies. What is known about garlic is that it contains an antibacterial substance, which might very well have afforded some protection. Wolfbane was mentioned in the Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and used in place of garlic. According to some beliefs, when put under a mattress or crib with a silver knife, wolfsbane keeps both vampires and werewolves away.

Wild roses

A branch of wild rose placed atop the vampire's coffin while he is within will imprison him. This flower has the same effect as garlic. It also immobilizes the vampire when placed on him.

Other repellants

Many substances can be strewn along a vampire's grave and the path to the graveyard to hinder it should it attempt to rise; these substances include millet, sea sand, mustard seeds, oats, linen seeds, carrot seeds, and poppy seeds. Poppy seeds are especially useful because their inherent narcotic nature causes a vampire to wish to rest in its grave instead of walk. Accounts exist of supposed vampires having their caskets filled with poppy seeds to keep them in their graves.


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