Looks can be deceiving…
Vampire bats form social bonds similar to human friendships – and they're good friends to those in need.
A rabid dog’s bite can make a person seem to have animal characteristics.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today's creepy Halloween costumes.
The Nightmare by John Henry Fuseli.
Detroit Institute of Arts
Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Polidori's creature was based on the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in Tod Browning’s 1931 horror film is influenced by John Polidori’s tale of terror, ‘The Vampyre,’ first published — suggestively — on April Fools’ Day 1819.
One of the reasons the myth of vampires endures and captures the popular imagination is that vampires are a powerful metaphor for a wide range of cultural practices and social problems.
Darcy, played here by Colin Firth in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, has morphed from dreamboat to vampire in recent fiction.
A Mr Darcy Halloween costume anyone? How the brooding hero of Pride and Prejudice has been reinvented as a vampire.
Frontispiece from the original German version of Fantasmagoriana.
Schnorr von Carolsfeld
The story of how Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein is famous. Less well-known, however, is the reading material that inspired her to write.
The common vampire bat.
From naked mole rats to the immortal jellyfish – the creatures that would make Dracula shudder.
The Premature Burial.
Antoine Wiertz (1854)
New research is uncovering medieval legends about the undead in Britain.
Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).
Angry Films, Kintop Pictures, Preger Entertainment
Gothic fiction has become the ideal genre for exploring the grotesque, frightening aspects of coming of age. And disruptive girls with supernatural powers have replaced the passive heroines of old.
Sophia Forrest as Eli in Let the Right One In.
Photo credit Daniel J Grant
Based on the 2004 novel, Let the Right One is a bloody staging of a vampire romance. Except in this show, the predator is a teenage girl.
How the vampire transitioned from folkloric peasant to Byronic Lord.
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At the heart of this 20-year-old show is a critique of the quest for absolute power.
Love at first bite.
He was the best of the Draculas, an Anglo-European vampire who could be tragic and sensuous at the same time.
Before you ask, they probably haven’t seen Twilight.
Real life blood suckers live among us but they don't want you to know about it.
The housemate sitcom encounters vampires.
Vampire films come in cycles. After the recent successes of the Twilight franchise and seven seasons of True Blood, comes the parody mockumentary, co-written and co-directed by Jemaine Clement, one half…
The vampire stars of What We Do In The Shadows, a new New Zealand film released today.
Kane Skellar/Madmen Films
Yes, some vampires like to live in looming, crumbling, cobwebby castles. But some, the vampires of What We Do in the Shadows, a New Zealand film released today, like to live in flats in Wellington. This…
Vampire bat venom could be the new ingredient in drugs to treat stroke and high blood pressure. A team of researchers have…
Serbian villagers fear vampires, but we have our own superstitions in the Anglosphere.
Drurydrama (Len Radin)
If the latest spate of news stories coming out of Serbia are anything to go by, the tiny and otherwise unassuming village of Zarožje has something of a vampire problem. Local legend tells of Sava Savanovi…