What is vampire?

  • (noun): (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living.
    Synonyms: lamia


Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person/being. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and may go back to "prehistoric times", the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

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O Beijo Do Vampiro - Plot
... In the 12th century, the vampire Bóris Vladescu falls in love with Cecília, a beautiful princess betrothed to Count Rogério ... Depressed after losing her beloved husband and family and forced to marry a vampire, Cecília commits suicide by throwing herself from the same tower where Rogério died ... Galileo is a clumsy but kind-hearted vampire hunter who belongs to a great line of vampire-hunters ...
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Eric Wan - Filmography - Television
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Ghoul Trouble - Summary
... A new vampire arrives in town who walks outside during the day and yet does not seem to be affected by the sun's rays ... The vampire, called Solitaire, is here to challenge the Slayer ... He is an old vampire and Giles struggles with his research ...
Vampire - In Modern Fiction - Games
... The role-playing game Vampire the Masquerade has been influential upon modern vampire fiction and elements of its terminology, such as embrace and sire, have become widely used ... Popular video games about vampires include Castlevania, which is an extension of the original Bram Stoker Dracula novel, and Legacy of Kain ... Vampires are also sporadically portrayed in other games, including The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, when a character can become afflicted with porphyric haemophilia ...

Famous quotes containing the word vampire:

    If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two—
    The vampire who said he was you
    And drank my blood for a year,
    Seven years, if you want to know.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

    I am the wound and the knife!
    I am the slap and the cheek!
    I am the limbs and the rack,
    And the victim and the executioner!
    I am the vampire of my own heart.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)