black ribboners ~ Members of the League of Temperance;
vampires who have sworn never to take human blood 'former vampires who now wore
black ribbons to show that they had completely sworn off the sticky stuff, my
vord yes, and much preferred a good sing song and a healthy game of table tennis'
induction ~The initiation of the
metamorphosis into vampirism. Rather than simply drinking the blood of the selected
victim, the vampire injects some of its own blood to induce the pupal stage, during
which the physiology will be rebuilt for a new existence.
~ The study of life after death. [Fangs
of the Living Dead]
nosferatu ~ The undead. Often refers to a
vampire community. [Nosferatu]
protégé ~A human being selected for vampirification.
Often a healthy, intelligent, twenty-something adult, but age can vary from Teen
to Oldie. [The Little Vampire] (Sometimes
referred to as a Candidate).
pupa ~The intermediate stage
of vampirification, during which the protégé metamorphoses into
the new form, with significant changes to heart, kidneys, blood vessels, and other
organs, to accomodate a very different metabolism.
Renfield ~ Servant
and protector of Dracula, from Stoker's book; most vampire books and movies have
an equivalent, especially for the daylight hours. Generically, a protector, hanger-on,
fan or obsessive vampire worshipper may be given the title as a term of abuse
and ridicule (more).
~ clinical vampirism in a healthy human; one who drinks blood. The syndrome starts
with a pivotal event in childhood which causes the experience of bleeding or tasting
blood to be exciting. After puberty, the excitement is experienced as sexual arousal.
(Richard Noll, psychologist). Such vampire wannabees are referred to as 'renfields'
~ (arch.) A vampire who induces a person into vampirism. [Buffy]
~ A human being that has metamorphosed into a non-human form, characterised
by dependence on fresh blood and a nocturnal lifestyle; extreme longevity is linked
with the ability to remain inactive for extended periods without harm. [Angel]
~ The transformation from person to vampire, via the pupal stage
~ The 'old european' spelling of vampire
vampyroo ~ A hopping vampire,
often featured in Hong Kong movies. Largely idestructible, vampyroos hop like
a kangaroo, occasionally indulging in martial arts and 30-foot leaps. Quelled
by attaching a handwritten controlling curse to the forehead. Honest. [Mr.
- Pratchett, Terry; Night Watch. Doubleday,
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