I have a weak stomach when it comes to gore and have never found film vampires particularly alluring (with the possible exception of Christopher Lee…). But it is World Dracula Day—the anniversary of the first publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897 and it seems as though something ought to be done to mark the occasion. Here to celebrate the Un-Dead is a sanguinary selection of vampiric posts from the archives:
The ripping yarn of The Vampire Long.
The Thing in the Cemetery—a creature that seems to have stepped straight out of the Croglin Grange Vampire story by Augustus Hare.
Vampire Furniture of Wales. Spoiler alert: the title says it all…..
The Countess Elga, an “authenticated” vampire story.
The Strange Appetites of a Hungarian Count What were the parents thinking?
Searching for blood drinkers on this site will also bring up a number of posts on the medicinal drinking of blood.
Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead. And visit her newest blog, The Victorian Book of the Dead.