Updated: Oct 22, 2019
As there such being as Vampires and Draculas?
Astral forms living at the expense of persons from whom they draw vitality and strength. They may be either the astral bodies of living persons, or of such that have died, but which still cling to their physical bodies buried in the grave, attempting to supply them with nutriment dawn from rge living, and thereby to prolong their own existence. Such cases are especially wellknown in the south-east off Europe--Moldavia, Serbia, Russia, and in Vuourdalah.
(the above explanation appeared in a dictionary of Magical Terms from the year 1527)
Bela Lugosi didn't have an exclusive right to Vampirism; nor did Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
Vampires have been with us since the ancient Babylonian culture---time and again they have surfaced, through the ages, to meance man.
In the writing of the great physician and occultist Therophrastus Paracelsus of Hohenheim, we are treated to the invasion of vampirism through love and suicide.
''A young man killed himself on account of his passion for a married lady.
The woman loved him, but did not encourage his advances on account of her marriage obligations. After his death, his astral form became attracted to her, and, as she was of a Mediumistic temperament, he found the necessary conditions to become partly materializedç It reguired a long-continued effort of her will, and a course of treatment, until she finally freed her soul of the vampire.''
Everyone is familiar with the well-documented Draculas of the Middle Ages, especially Marshal Giles de Rais of France, and Vlad the IV, a prince of Walachia
In de Rais' case, it has been confirmed that over a ten-year period, the Baron killed over 200 young children after committing sexual perversions on them. Many see him as the devil, but his story exudes a biazzarre mixture of blood and charm as he repents in the court room “for his horrendous crimes. The handsome, wealthy young nobleman was hanged with his accomplices, and his dying moments brought floodsof tears from the very parents of the children he murdered. In Gilles de Rais,an inexplicable frenzy impelled himfrom victim to victim; always the object eluded him.
And what of Vlad, sometimes calledDracula? Well, history records him asthe darkest, bloodiest, most cruel entityever to occupy a human body.”
“The real Dracula, Vladthe IV of Wallachia. Inthe 15th century he impaled over 40,000people on long pointedstakes. If anyone com-plained of the smell hewould impale him on ahigher pale than theothers so the visitorwould not be offendedby the odor.
His specialty was impaling his victimson long pointed wooden stakes. It is as "Vlad the Impaler" that he is best known. He revelled in the agonies ” “of his prisoners, whom he subjected to that cruel death; and when a guest expressed disdain at the odor emanating from the victim, the evil prince immediately ordered the execution of his visitor on a higher pole than others so “that the smell would not offend him. His other aberrations were also maniacal in nature: he'd slit the bellies of his pregnant mistresses, or set fire to a hall full of sick poor people to get rid of them. Slavic lore has it that the demon Vlad was killed fighting the Turks. And before he was buried, they chopped offhis head. Ironically, and in the best Dracula tradition, when the crypt was opened in 1931, his body was gone, probably removed soon after his death by monks who feared desecration of their burial ground.
Vampires are not restricted to the male sex. In fact, more cases of female vampires have emerged, especially around the turn of the century . . .”
“The year, 1916. The place, Bombay, India. Summer, unbearably hot in the overcrowded city. Wealthy maharajas and supporting English gentry moved into plush hillside mansions seekingrelief from the oppressive heat and humidity. Among these elite escapes was a pretty young English widow. Not more than thirty years old, with a snow white complexion and beautiful features. Her husband, a major in the British army, had been killed during the first days of World War I. She was without children or relatives.”
“Among India's upper classes, therewas a popular habit . . . throwing extravagant parties running into the early hours of morning. One night, after attending such a party, the young widow and a woman companion were travelling home in a ricksha. Suddenly a ricksha in front of them crashed into an embankment seriously injuring several people.”
“The two women pulled over and went to see if they could be of any help. The scene was very ” “bloody . .. sudden-ly the young widow, for no apparentreason, jumped on top of the man mostseriously injured. She then began suck-ing the blood from his open wounds. Her companion was shocked.”
“Horrified spectators rushed to help her pull the widow free of the injured man .By then she was in a state of frenzy.
Embarrassed, her mouth and faces meared with blood, the young woman was carried off to a hospital. Later, after being released, she explained her need for human blood.
As a child, she was very weak. The family physician placed her on a diet of raw meat with the hope of strengthening her frail body. While in England, she had no problem obtaining her raw meat supply. But once in India, she was fored to ration her daily intake, sometimes going without meat for weeks at a time. The sight of the bleeding victim drove her into a psychotic state. She died two months later.
Recently, a San Francisco newspaper ran the following ad: "Are you a vampire?/Replies confidential/ Write this paper. . ." The paper was the San Francisco Chronicle, and the man who wanted answers was Prof. Leonard Wolf. Amazingly enough, there were responses. One letter said: "Dear Sir:Yes, I am a vampire. I have been for two years." Another said: "Dear Sir: I am a vampire. What can I do for you?" The shortest was: "Dear Sir: NO!"
But one reply was serious, and Prof. Wolf met with San Francisco's only genuine vampire. "One day a friend phoned," Wolf recalls, "and asked if I still wanted to meet a vampire. It turned out that the 22-year-old vampire named Alex had been turned on to blood drinking by some acquaintances while on a drug trip. Shortly afterward, he went to Tijuana and got married, but the bride did not share his proclivity towards bloodsucking, and left him the next day. However, Alex was able to find plenty of males and females who are on blood trips. It "turns him on,"and he says that the question of whether “or not to engage in it is a matter for passion to decide. Alex says that a lot of people are on a masochistic kick. 'They have to do it in some dark corner, and the darkest corner they can find is me.'"
Prof. Wolf feels that we are in the midst of a vampire craze, but how longit will continue is an open question. He teaches a course on Dracula at SanFrancisco State University and has published a book, "A Dream of Dracula: In Search of the Living Dead".He placed the ad in the paper to find out what responses might occur.
He classifies the vampire as the highest monster of all (above ghouls,wolfmen, etc.). He's a man most like us because he has a will. But what does he choose? Evil... He chooses eternal life outside of God's protection; he represents man's hidden desires. What he drinks is the soul, and that's the test of evil. These creatures have no soul. The vampire has animal vitality and lawlessness, fusing many of the thingsman would like to be. He's the most vivid reminder of the worst aspects ofour society. Prof. Wolf says, "we are now in the post-post-post-romanticera, and the epochs in which the vampire emerges fascinate me. The middle of “The middle of the 18th century, the early 19th, late 19th and our own age, all have seen its resurgence. All of these times ex perience suddenly-shifting attitudes about values, about God and sex. These cultural shifts produce the vampire as an object of interest for culture. One thing is for sure. This whole thing will exist as long as human beings feel isolated from their culture, and it will get worse.
"As it resurges, it gets bigger and bigger. As long as there is alienation, as long as society has no deep creative outlets to offer, particularly to young people, the only way to feel alive is in the grip of some terrific force; and the Satanic power has that vitality. Everyone takes reason for granted, and because the machine is so extraordinarily inhuman, people distrustreason. What I am hoping is that through books like my own, we can bring reason and passion back together."
We hope he makes it Don't you? ...
By Philip Russo, From Monster World Magazine Vol-1 No-1, Issue: March,1975