Famous vampires always represented the primary source of their popularity. From the original tale of Count Dracula to the modern day vampires created in literature and movies, those individuals led the path to the popularity of vampire myths that are in present in our society today.
Hundreds of years of legends and myths about vampires have created many popular tales of vampires who presumably walked on Earth and fed upon the innocent victims. Here you can find out more about some of the most famous vampires from our history and literature.
Vlad III the Impaler received his notorious reputation of fierce tactician and ruthless tyrant, but his greatest contribution to history must be his connection to the world of Vampires. Iconic adaptation of his life into the legendary tale of vampire Count Dracula will enable him to live forever in our history.
The tales of Elizabeth Bathory to this day chill the blood of historians and people in Eastern Europe. Her terrifying killing spree and the stories about her thirst for blood made her one of the best known mass murderers in the world and a center of many vampire folklore tales.
Baobhan sith is a character from Scottish mythology also called the White Women of the Scottish Highlands. She is a beautiful seductress and blood-sucking fairy who prey by night on young travelers in secluded areas. She is one of the oldest vampires. These creatures can be found in natural settings and forests.
Chedipe is a witch-vampire from folklore stories in India. The word chedipe means prostitute. Chedipe was seductress who brings impurity into the home. She was believed to wound or have a sexual affair with sleeping man victim which resulted of wife's suspicion of infidelity. By legend she visited houses at night, naked, had hypnotic power, cast a spell on the house residents and suck blood from men from their toes.
Chupacabra is a folklore and urban legend creature which sucks blood from livestock, often goats. The name came from chupar, meaning to suck, and cabra, meaning goat. This vampire-like predator avoids contact with people. The biological explanation for this myth is that people saw canids afflicted by mange. Canidae is carnivorans family like wolves, dingoes, jackals and foxes. Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, manifesting as a poor condition of the hairy coat due to the infection.
Ghoul is a character from Arabian mythology. The word ghoul means to take away. It is used for gravedigger by profession, someone who is creepy or Graverobber. It is an evil spirit or monster, undead, devilish, who eats human flesh. There are similarities between ghouls and vampires. It spends time in uninhabited places and burial grounds.
Lamia is a character from Greek mythology. She was a queen of Libya and become a demon who eat, devour children. She was described as a serpentine, or just having serpent’s tail below waist or snake skin wrapped around her arms and waist. Lamia was a mistress of God Zeus. His wife Hera became jealous, turned Lamia into an immortal monster and killed her children.
Lemures are characters from Roman mythology. People who died unnaturally and violently or are not buried properly become restless spirits. Lemures are shades of the wandering spirits. They are trapped between the underworld and living world. They can be vengeful. Lemures are presented as darkness, spirit’s fear, formless shades, terrifying and grotesque appearances.
Manananggal is the creature from Philippine mythology. It is a half human and half bat. The word manananggal means to separate or to remove itself. It is usually described as scary female monster who can separate her torso and spread huge bat-like wings. She attacks people on their sleep and sucks their blood. Legend says that manananggal prey on a pregnant woman and sucks the heart of the fetus with her long tongue.
Strigoi, also known as vampires, are beings from Romanian mythology. It is believed that they have superhuman speed and strength, shapeshift ability, immortality, astral projection, and invisibility. Strigoi can manifest as a poltergeist, a troublesome ghost. Strigoi are considered lethargic and drowsy during day and active during the night. They attack their victims during the night leaving teeth marks on the corpses.
Wakwak is a vampire-like creature in Philippine folklore and mythology. They have bird-like characteristics and pray as vampires at night, cut out victims and usually eat their heart. Their name describes the wings flapping sound when they hunt. This sound is usually just a gecko animal sound. Sometimes they are described as vampires, witches, even shapeshifters who take a form of a bird or bat.
Lilith is a mythical creature that has over the past few thousand years been in connection with many myths and legends. Her fame and popularity made it into one of the most popular female demons in modern vampire culture.