vampire /vampyr n. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise
from the grave at night to suck the blood of sleeping people, usually causing
The Vampyreverse overlaps our own universe, and an understanding
of vampire pathology, psychology and history is a first step to winning a war
that has lasted for centuries.
Until very recently, the vampyr has sought
to survive and thrive with the knowledge that all our understanding was based
on myth, legend, and old wives tales in equal measure.
Now, we have science.
We can confirm the myths, expose the legends, and have the decency to thank the
old wives, who were usually right.
Brief answers to selected questions
has been reported across Eastern and Central Europe since the Dark Ages; the first
instance in the British Isles was reported during the nineteenth century. More
recently, many isolated cases have been recorded in the Americas, with some accounts
of serious infestation.
No cases have been reported in the Southern Hemisphere.
has been inextricably linked with witchcraft, religious excess and pagan beliefs;
vampire hunting has become a matter of largely symbolic attacks based on pseudo-religious
myth and legend. Hence the spread of the scourge across the world.
terminology; a growing section.
Until very recently, there
was little coherent and no coordinated research. This is changing fast, with the
development of serious scientific journals on vampirism, and numerous books and
TV investigations (of variable quality, it must be admitted).
The facts behind the fangs!
This section will explore the metabolism of the vampire,
aiming to expose weaknesses that can be exploited, and linking to examples of
how the information may be used. It will also consider the process of vampirification,
to aid understanding of the vampire's physical needs.
An understanding of vampires see the world is an essential
tool for the vampire hunter; psychological weakness can be used as easily as physical
sad facts that surround people who claim to be 'living vampires' - they sometimes
claim to be 'real vampires!'
of the anatomy and physiology underlying the 'superhuman' abilities of vampires.
The vampire's aversion to sunlight has proved a serious
vulnerability, and the best hope of destruction.
Possibilities and examples.
See Also ...
Movie List; DVD Alternate Titles; Dracula;
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