Vampires Facts

Vampires Facts
Vampires are fictional creatures that have existed in folklore from at least the early 1700s. The first time the word vampire (as vampyre) appeared in English was in 1734 in a travelogue but they had already existed in German and French literature. At its very basic form, a vampire is a creature with fangs that drinks blood, often by sucking it from someone's neck, and a vampire cannot appear in sunlight. Throughout history the vampire's image and story has changed, but they tend to be described as immortal, wearing black clothing - often a robe - and requiring blood to survive. Vampires became popular characters in literature beginning in the mid-1700s. They have been featured in films since Nosferatu, a silent film featuring Dracula, was released in 1922.
Interesting Vampires Facts:
Vampires have existed in some form in folklore for many centuries.
One vampire myth suggests that vampires are compelled to count if they find seeds or holes in a net, so these items can be used to deter a vampire from entering a dwelling if placed outside a door or window. The Muppets' character Count von Count is based on this vampire myth.
Count Dracula is considered to be one of the most famous vampires of all time. Count Dracula's character was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, a ruler of Wallachia in the 1400s who became known for his cruelty.
In Romania Vlad the Impaler is considered to be a hero who saved them from the Ottoman Empire.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is considered to be the most famous vampire story, which became the basis for many movies in the 20th century.
Some stories make it possible for vampires to turn into bats, while others suggest they can become wolves.
Throughout history burial rituals have existed to stop the dead from rising again. Such rituals can include placing specific objects over a grave or staking a vampire through the heart with a wooden stake.
Some folklore suggests that it is possible to deter a vampire by using garlic for defense, while other folklore suggests that the sign of the cross will deter a vampire.
Other items believed to be able to stop a vampire include hawthorn branches, holy water, fire, bell's, rooster's crow, peppermint, and mirrors.
Some believe that carrying salt can stop a vampire. All you have to do is drop the salt on the ground and the vampire must stop and count each grain.
Modern vampires depicted in film are often attractive, very old, intelligent, and preferring to sleep in a coffin or hanging upside down like a bat.
Vampire-like animals exist in reality. Vampire bats, leeches, and lampreys suck blood from a host animal without killing it.
More than 1,000 vampire novels have been published, the majority within the last 25 years.
There have been more than 300 movies made about vampires. More than 100 of these films featured Dracula as the main vampire character.
Some films featuring a vampire include Interview with the Vampire, Van Helsing, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. The Twilight Saga is a highly successful series of films about vampires.

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