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Ancient Vampires: Exploring the Cultural History of the Undead from Mesopotamia

The fear of the undead and ancient superstitions regarding the seemingly magical property of blood can be found in most cultures around the world. Early misconceptions over human body decomposition … Continue reading Ancient Vampires: Exploring the Cultural History of the Undead from Mesopotamia

Carmilla 2020: Where Are All the Vampires?

Carmilla, written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, is one of vampire fiction’s earliest tales and predates Dracula by almost thirty years. Along with a poem written by Heinrich August Ossenfelder—which tells of a vampire … Continue reading Carmilla 2020: Where Are All the Vampires?

The History of Vampires in Popular Culture

Contemporary vampire stories are fascinating because of their roots in real-world beliefs and the sheer amount of movies, television shows, novels, and other media featuring the creatures of the night. … Continue reading The History of Vampires in Popular Culture