Category Archives: European Vampires

European vampires are quite popular and ancient. There are stories about the Draugr, Dhampir, Lamashtu, Incubus, Volkodlak, Upyr, Upier and Shtriga. The European vampire Lilith is even considered the mother of vampires, being one of the earliest vampires in Hebraic writing.

Baobhan-sith

The Baobhan-sith is a Scottish vampire that normally guises itself as a beautiful maiden, luring its victims to their death with her beauty. In some lore, the Baobhan sith appears dressed in green dresses to hide their deer hooves. In some cases, the vampire may appear as a raven or crow. Once a year the Baobhan-sith rises […]

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Lampir

Lampir is the given name for the vampire of Bosnia. It was similar to the vampires along the Slavs, and was interchangeable with the term ‘vukodlak,’ used in Croatia. The main cause of designating a person to be a Lampir was disease. When a disease swept through a community, and the cause of the disease was […]

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Vampires in Italy

In Italy, the vampire phenomenon took on a modern identity when a “vampiric plague” hit Serbia and other lands in Eastern Europe in the 17th century. Italians contributed to the animated international debate that began on the nature of this phenomenon, which ultimately contributed to and inspired 19th century vampire literature. Within the debate various […]

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Irish Vampires

Ireland does not have a culture rich in vampire lore. There are very few stories about vampires, even though there are numerous stories about ghosts and revenants. Dudley Wright mention a female vampire who lured people to her using her beauty. She supposedly resided in the graveyard at Waterford near the Strongbow’s Tower. Montague Summers did […]

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Dearg-Dul

Montague Summers mentions the Dearg-Dul, but there is very little information in Irish folklare about the vampire creature. All that is known is that the Dearg-Dul can be held at bay by piling large amount of stones on its grave.

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Nora

The nora was an invisible being described by those to whom he appeared to as being small, humanoid, and bald. This Hungarian vampire creature ran on all fours. It is said that the nora vampire jumped on his victims and sucked on their breasts. Victims were those who were considered immoral and irreverent. As a […]

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Liderc

The liderc is a vampirelike creature in Hungarian folk lore. The liderc was an incubus/succubus figure that took in a number of shapes. It could appear as a woman, man, animal, or a shining light. The liderc did not have the power of transformation, but it was believed that it existed in all its shapes […]

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Bluatsauger

In Bavarian folklore, the people believed that those who had not been baptized became vampires. Those involved in witchcraft, lived an immoral life, or committed suicide, would also become vampires, as well as people who eat the meat of an animal killed by a wolf or if an animal jumped over the grave during the […]

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Nachtzehrer

The Nachtzehrer was a revenant (visible ghost or animated corpse that had returned from the grave to terrorize the living), similar to that Slavic vampire. Nachtzehrers were recently deceased who returned from the grave to attack the living, usually family and village acquaintances. The nachtzehrer usually originated from an unusual death. A person who died […]

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Melusine

Melusine is a creature derived from the classical lamiai figure. Stories claimed she was the daughter of King Elinas and his fairy wife. Angry at her father, she and her sisters turned their magic against their parents, and for her actions, her mother turned her into a serpent from the waist down. Melusine would remain this […]

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