Not all vampires wear the cloak, nor even the face, of the Western vampire derived from |Bram Stoker|'s influential work, and the movies which followed from the 1920's on.Aside from the modern cinema vampire, the generally best known type is the nosferatu, another Romanian native. This creature is said to be the illegitimate child of parents who are also illegitimate. Considered lustful, the nosferatu sucks blood, torments the living, and also engages in wild orgies. The male can impregnate mortal women, producing children born covered with hair and destined to become witches or live vampires known as moroii.
Germany gives us the alp and the neuntoter. The former is a nightmare, bloodsucking demon, which has also been known to suck the nipples of both men and women. The latter has an excremental stench about it and is covered with disfiguring sores. It spreads the plague.
Mara: a demon of Scandinavia similar to many in Europe. She is a beautiful succubus. According to southern Slavs, when a mora (their version of mara) tastes a man's blood, she is so enamored of him that she returns night after night to relentlessly torment his sleep with nightmares.
A Bulgarian version of the vampire has only one nostril and a long, pointed tongue with a barb or sting at the end. The ubour is blamed for freeing cattle and throwing household items, but it is cruel, too, choking people and generally tormenting the living. When not smearing dung on everything, it will eat manure, and even regular food. This creature doesn't need blood unless other nourishment is unobtainable.
The murony is a Romanian vampire (found in Wallachia) that shapeshifts into almost any creature, mammal or bloodsucking insect. Its victims will assume this is a natural creature. Though it completely drains the blood, the expected fang marks won't be found on its victims. Know a murony in its grave by these characteristics: fangs, sharp talons and fresh blood dripping from ears, eyes, nostrils and mouth.
"Moroii: A Romanian name for a kind of vampire, specifically a live vampire, as compared to the strigoii, or dead vampire. While strigoii is used by Romanians to refer to vampires of all types, moroii is considered a more appropriate term for the living variety. The moroii can be male or female. A male moroii is usually bald or balding; a female, red in the face."|
In Romanian folklore the Moroii would become Strigoii when they died.
"Nosferatu" is also the original cinema vampire, played by Max Schreck in the 1922 silent film directed by F.W. Murnau.
Portugal's demon has the characteristics of both vampire and werewolf. The bruxsas seduce and torment lonely travelers and fly home on the wings of a gigantic night bird, to suck the blood of their own offspring.
A Russian word for vampire is upir or upyr. The traits of this vampire vary, but are most developed in the Ukraine and Byelorussia. This creature is another bloodsucker, but has an interesting variation in its behavoir. It goes about during the day, usually between noon and midnight, as opposed to being a night hunter.
There is at least one vampire possessing Western and Eastern traits. It belongs to Russia. It is both an animated corpse preying on victims, and also something mercilessly homicidal lurking in graveyards. These horrible creatures go beyond blood-drinking, tearing their prey to shreds and devouring them like the Arabian ghul or ghoul.
|Vampires Then and Now|
|Vampires: Fang and Horror||
|Forever Knight: Vivid Vamps|
|Jonathan Frid: Fated Elan|
|Peter Cushing: Debonnaire Gent|
|Films of Peter Cushing|
|Vincent Price: Daemon Urbane|
|Bela Lugosi: Horror Maestro|
|Films of Bela Lugosi|
|Christopher Lee: Dark Charisma|
|Films of Christopher Lee|
|Frank Langella: Romantic Raconteur|
|Gary Oldman: A Mummer's Voice|
|In a Welcoming Vein: Vampire Renaissance map|
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|The Entrance Gate|
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Vampires Then and Now