Vampires- Legend and Lore

Plus a new riddle for the hidden ghost!


Ayla Faullin




“I want to suck your blood!” A classic line, one that most people would immediately associate with vampires. Vampires are a famous legend and a popular Halloween creature, probably the most well-known vampire being Count Dracula, a character created by Bram Stoker in Dracula’s book, published in 1897. Some may believe that this is where the legend of vampires originated, but the tales and fear of vampires go back a long time before Stoker.

The superstition of vampires was influential during the Middle Ages, where any physical or emotional ailment they were unfamiliar with could be labeled as vampirism. Some diseases accused of spreading the belief in vampires are porphyria, a blood disorder whose symptoms can temporarily be relieved by ingesting blood, as well as rabies, goiter, and the plague. People also thought that vampires could be stopped by driving a stake into their hearts after they died, so they stayed dead. 

Stoker’s character Dracula is thought to have been inspired by Vlad Dracul, infamously known as Vlad the Impaler. He was born in Transylvania, Romania, and ruled parts of Romania off and on from 1456 to 1462. He earned his nickname for his brutal killing method of impaling his enemies on a wooden stake. According to myths, Vlad liked to dine amongst the dead and dying and dip his bread in their blood. There is no evidence suggesting this is true, but the stories sparked more belief in vampires and their hunger for human blood. 

Another famous alleged vampire was a girl named Mercy Brown from the 1800s. After she and many of her family members died from tuberculosis, the community blamed her for being a vampire and causing sickness to her family from her grave. They exhumed her body, cutting out her heart and burning it to prevent her from coming back any longer. Her brother, who was currently sick, was fed the ashes of her heart. As you can imagine, he died shortly thereafter. 

Nowadays, vampires are no longer feared and more seen as interesting myths and fairy tales. There are communities of self-proclaimed vampires, some who drink blood and others who don’t. Dozens of films and spin-offs have been written from Stoker’s original novel, and due to people’s fascination with horror, vampires will probably be popular for a long time to come. 


Tread carefully to the place

Where knowledge is on shelves

The ghost will be waiting

To put you under a spell