Vampires

Topics: Vampire, Europe, Literature Pages: 3 (924 words) Published: April 9, 2014
Today’s modern day vampire is probably considered one of the most notorious and iconic figures all over the world and with the steady stream of vampire novels, films and television shows being produced it is fair to say that the vampire has become the dark horse of literature, becoming every enthusiasts dream. Yet this wasn’t always the case. Vampires were once considered the stuff of nightmares. Every culture all around the world have stories of these once terrifying ‘bloodsucking demons’ that according to literary historian Brian Frost “may go back to prehistoric times” however many of the myths surrounding such creatures emerged mainly during the 18th century particularly arising in Eastern Europe in areas such as Serbia, Roma, and Slovakia.

These myths sparked a mass hysteria throughout most the 18th century, with frequent reported sightings of alleged vampires. Most famous of which was the case of Serbian peasant Arnold Paole who is believed to be the first man accused of being a vampire. It was supposed he had killed 17 people from his village during the night, later returning to his coffin. Government officials who ordered his coffin to be opened believed at the time the body (which looked perfectly fine apart from the slight trickling of blood out the mouth) was the body of a resurrected vampire. Such stories appeared continuously, building on the already growing fear in Europe. Today’s modern day vampire is probably considered one of the most notorious and iconic figures all over the world and with the steady stream of vampire novels, films and television shows being produced it is fair to say that the vampire has become the dark horse of literature, becoming every enthusiasts dream. Yet this wasn’t always the case. Vampires were once considered the stuff of nightmares. Every culture all around the world have stories of these once terrifying ‘bloodsucking demons’ that according to literary historian Brian Frost “may go back to prehistoric...
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