The real mystery about vampires
What's the origin of the word "vampire"? Depending on where you look it up, it comes from French, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Hungarian, an ancestral Slavic language...in other words, no one's sure. Most Slavic languages have a word that resembles vampire (vampir, upir, upior,etc.), which, in turn, resembles the Turkic ubyr ("witch"). "Vampire" first appeared in English in 1745, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen. But stories about vampire-like creatures are thousands of years old.
Vampires in literature, film, history, and the animal world
a lighter take on vampires
- Vampiri Europeana
A Bibliography of Non-English European Resources on Vampires in Literature, Folklore, and Popular Culture
Last updated by curious on Oct. 24, 2009
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