Where Did Vampire Myths Start?

If you guessed Bram Stoker, you guessed wrong. Check out the whole story of the vampire and its evolution on Reelz Channel.


  1. Ok, I saw that silent black & white Nosferatu in the middle of the night when I should have been asleep (I was a kid) and dangggg, it scared the crap outta me! I also use to run home from school and watch dark shadows (also a little kid) before my mom got home! I can seehow they’ve changed over the years. I have always loved vamps, but Stephenies Cullen vamps are by far the best! I can enjoy the rest but Twilight is number one!

  2. The first Vampire movie I saw was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I think I was five. I’ve seen it more recently, and enjoyed it. I’ve also seen Interview with a Vampire, and Buffy(both the movie and show) I enjoyed those immensely, too. But the Twilight saga is by far the best Vampire lore I’ve ever seen or read. The sparkles confused me at first, but I got over that quickly. They add a nice touch to the lore, and open up a new way to view Vamps.

  3. the earliest Vampyre of modern times was written at the same time as Mary Shelley wrote “Frankenstein”. Dracula was based on the very sexy, very handsome, very shocking, very famous poet: Lord Byron.

    • “The association of Byron with vampires continued in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori, which was inspired by an unfinished story by Byron. The lead character Lord Ruthven was based on Byron.” (Wikipedia – The Giaour)

  4. actually, the best info I’ve ever gotten on the origin of the vampire is Alan Dundes’ book THE VAMPIRE: A CASEBOOK.

    it’s really awesome

  5. Those two ladies did mention that legends of vampires are from Eastern Europe. What they did not mention is one very important thing and that is etymology of the word “vampire”.

    This is what you can find on Wikipedia:
    “The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the word vampire in English from 1734.[…]
    The English term was derived (possibly via French vampyre) from the German Vampir, in turn thought to be derived in the early 18th century from the Serbian word – vampir. The Serbian form has parallels in virtually all Slavic languages.”

    The word “vampire” is the only Serbian gift for worlds vocabulary. Since we are Twilight forum from Serbia, we are, understandable, very proud of this.

    Twilight conventions are held all over the world. Twilight actors are guests in many, many countries. But nobody is planing to come to Serbia, country that gave this word to the world, and visit our domestic twifans! What a pity! What a shame!

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