Vampires and stories related to them have been doing the rounds for centuries on end. While many consider them to be just a fiction of the imagination, some believe that they truly exist. And while the first name that crops up when one hears the term Vampire is the infamous Count Dracula, there are many other equally creepy vampire stories out there that will give you the chills. Here’s a look at 6 such vampires who had their own share of the limelight along with the Count.
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This vampire story predates the Count himself by over 800 years. According to this tale, a man who was spying on his cheating wife from the roof fell down and died. He returned a few days later as a walking corpse, spreading plague throughout the village.
A group of parishioners along with a priest finally managed to find his grave. When they stabbed the corpse, warm blood gushed out, indicating that the dead body was still feeding on blood from living beings. The parishioners then burned the body after which the attacks stopped.
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Indonesia and Malaysia have their own share of vampire stories, with the Pontianak featuring top in the list. A term that is used to denote the manifestation of a woman who died while giving birth, the Pontianak attracts men by taking on the form of beautiful women. It then proceeds to kill them and disembowel them with razor sharp fingernails. Such was the reputation of this undead being that it has an entire village named after it in Borneo.
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Considered as the most famous female vampire in history after the Count himself, Elizabeth Bahory was called as the Blood Countess owing to her desire to drink human blood as well as bathe in it. The Romanian countess was infamous for inflicting several methods of torture on the peasants in her kingdom.
These ranged from stabbings and beatings to pulling out fingernails, crucifixions and even freezing to death in the snow or ice cold water. However, tales of her being a vampire rose only after it was found out that she was bathing in the blood of fair maidens in order to remain young and beautiful. Eventually, the peasants raged against her and overthrew her power. Bathory was jailed inside a tiny room for the rest of her life.
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What’s scarier than meeting a vampire or a ghost? Meeting a vampire ghost definitely! For that is what greeted a lot of unsuspecting travelers in an old mill in Serbia. Apparently, Sava Savanovic was the name of the individual who lived in the mill and pounced on people who passed by the place after dark, only to eat their flesh.
Stories suggest that one day Savanovic simply stopped harassing the villagers and was left to die alone in the mill. The place was passed down several generations. However, none of the owners wanted to repair the building and it ended up collapsing into rubble of heap eventually. That’s when reports of Savanovic returning from the dead to look for a new home started doing the rounds. So be wary of the vampire ghost while traveling through the Serbian countryside.
All those stories about vampires transforming into bats to travel long distances has us running for cover if we happen to see a bat even today. While most kinds of bats are normal, there are places in Central and South America that are home to original vampire bats. These creatures tend to feed on birds and other livestock, occasionally biting humans if given the chance. They get their name from their trademark bite to the neck like most vampires do. So keep your necks covered if you come across these creatures.
The first name that comes to the mind when one hears about a vampire is Count Dracula. However, there are many other creepy vampires who have haunted mankind for many centuries now. These are presumably, the scariest of the lot.