Vampires.  Are they fictional or real?  

Modern-day Vampires have fangs, drink human blood, and can’t see themselves in mirrors. They can be warded off with garlic, or killed with a stake through the heart. Some, like Dracula, are aristocrats who live in castles.  Speaking of which, Dracula (the one directed by Francis Ford Coppola) is one of my favourite films of all time – sadly not available on Netflix just yet, but a must-watch!

The public’s thirst for vampires seems as endless as vampires’ thirst for blood. Modern writers of vampire fiction, including Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice, Stephen King and countless others, have a rich vein of vampire lore to draw from. 

My daughter enjoys the folklore behind Vampires (as much as I do) – check out what she chose to be this year!  Not surprised one bit.

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But, did you know that there are actually some vampire legends that are actually true?  Not even kidding.  Reader’s Digest had a great list – check them out below:

The Legend of the Blood Countess

The Legend of the Blood Countess
Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who lived from 1560 to 1614 in Hungary, was accused of vampire behavior: biting the flesh of victims and bathing in their blood as a beauty treatment.
 

The Legend of Dracula, “Son of the Dragon”

The Legend of Dracula, "Son of the Dragon"
Vlad of Walachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler, is most likely the root of several vampire legends, including Dracula. In addition to impaling enemies on stakes, Vlad would eat bread that had been dipped in his enemies’ blood.
 

The Legend of the Ka

The Legend of the Ka
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Egyptians also had their share of vampire lore and blood suckers. The Egyptian goddess Sekhmet was known for her taste for blood; and according to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, if a certain part of the soul called the ka didn’t receive adequate offerings, it left the tomb to drink blood.
 

The Legend of the Ch’iang Shih

The Legend of the Ch'iang Shih
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In China, vampires had long, hooked claws and red eyes. They were known as ch’iang shih, which translates to “corpse-hopper.”
 

The Legend of the Ekimmu

The Legend of the Ekimmu
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A Sumerian and Babylonian myth dating from 4,000 B.C. describes an ekimmu—a spirit that isn’t buried properly that returns to suck life from the living.
 

The Legend of the Rising Dead

The Legend of the Rising Dead
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Throughout northwest Europe, stones called dolmens were placed over graves to prevent the dead from rising.
 

The Legend of the Vampires of the Plague

The Legend of the Vampires of the Plague
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During the 16th century, it was believed that vampires fed off the bodies of plague victims, and that female vampires spread the plague. Those suspected of being vampires were even buried with rocks wedged in their mouths.
 

The Legend of the Vampire Coffin

The Legend of the Vampire Coffin
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Sometimes grave robbers would open a coffin and the corpse would move or sit up—a natural reaction that can be caused by decomposition. This may have led to the legend of vampires sleeping in coffins.
 

The Legend of the Vampire in Medicine

The Legend of the Vampire in Medicine
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Medical ailments can mimic symptoms of vampirism. For example, haematodipsia is a sexual thirst for blood, and hemeralopia is day blindness. Porphyria causes sensitivity to light and teeth that are stained reddish brown.
 
Pretty creepy, huh?  
If you’re in the mood to watch some great films or TV series featuring vampires this Halloween month, check out these ones now streaming on Netflix Canada.
 

Fang-tastic Titles to Stream on Netflix

For the Teens/Adults

For the Kids

Have a bloody-good Halloween!

15 comments on “Vampire Legends That Are Real + Fang-tastic Vampire Titles to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam”

  1. I’ve always loved vampire movies/shows/books. I remember receiving all of the Anne Rice books for Christmas one year. I was thrilled, and read them all in a few weeks.

    I highly recommend Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s underrated! One of my all time faves!

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