Below, i have found a bit of stuff on vampires from various books and movies.
Vampires or Vampyres, as some
spell it, are belived by many cultures to to still exist. Of course there are diseases to explain how these myths, but there
is still no evidence to prove that they do not exist. Everything evolves from something into something else, and you only
have to look at vampire bats to understand the fear created by the thought of such beings.
In the earlier centuries people
were very supertstitious, and illness could mean you were possessed or doomed to become a demon or vampire.
Dermatits was one disease,
which can be caused by some surprising things, like exposure to sunlight, exposure to extreme heat or cold, exposure to x-rays
or radiation and infections of self-inflicted wounds. the rash that is caused by these things is sometimes red, with scaling
of the skin.then, this would have been seen as a sign of possession, but the main thing is that if the persoin's Dermetits was
caused by exposure to the sun they were seen as cursed. This affliction is one of the so-called symptoms of a vampire.
Other symptoms found in a corpse believed to be a vampire include wide open eyes while in grave; a reddish complexion;
very little or no decomposition; flexible limbs; and nails and hair have continued to grow.
Then there is Porphyria, this disease is possibly one of the closest diseases to the symptoms of a Vampire .
This disease is found in the blood stream, with Congenital Porphyria it is often due to a recessive gene, Porphyrins (Chemical
substance involved in the haemaglobin) are deposited in the skin. This causes light-sensitivity and excessive hair growth.
Although the majority of Vampire myths are from Hollywood, most of their ideas must have come from somewhere,
if you look at the first two symptoms alone you can see what people in the middle ages and before would have seen and almost
understood how they thought. Many films portray Vampires as having hairy hands or hair that cannot be cut off for it grows
straight back. This would be fitting with the symptoms of excessive hair growth. Other symptoms of Congential Porphyria are Lavendar coloured teeth, brown coloured bones, an enlarged spleen
and port-wine coloured Urine. Treatment would include the avoidance of sun-light. The fact that suffers could not go out in
sun-light would have led superstitious people to believe that the person was evil as the sun was seen as good, and dark as
a time for evil to roam in many times.
Surprisingly enough, something as simple as a Vitamin C
deficiancy could appear as though the sufferer was a Vampire. Symptoms include listlessness, fatigue, swollen and livid gums
which bleed and small purpuric haemorrhages into the skin, bruising and anaemia. Bleeding, swollen gums, if bad enough may
look a little like having a blood capsule (You place them under that tongue and they are supposed to make it look like you
are bleeding from the mouth). A few hundred years ago, people would have either thought you were dying or if you were untrusted
you could be believed to be evil.
are so many different Vampire stories, and in each one there is something different about the Vampire or the group it lives
within. In L. J. Smith's Secret Vampire (Night World Collection), the Vampires live amongst us as we do, they often have jobs
but these are used as ways of feeding. They live in the Night World with Witches, Werewolves and other powerful beings, natural
Witches are just another name for what we call Psychics. The Vampires see humans as vermin and do not allow any attachment
to them, there are only two rules, 1. Never let humans find out about the Night World and 2. Never fall in Love with them.
The Powers that a Vampire has varies also. In some books or films, Vampires fly, in "From
Dusk til Dawn " (Quentin Tarantino) the Vampires are disguised as Bikers and Strippers using as seedy bar as a way of attracting
victims. When feeding they mutate into creatures that appear to have an animal side to them. The leading female Vampire becomes
part snake while others just look disfigured and appear to have some family resemblance to Dracula in "Bramstokers Dracula"!
And while this really doesn't have much to do with the Vampire theme, I am not a George Clooney fan, but wow he does look
good in that!! (And that tattoo!!) Hehe.
Other fictional skills from Hollywood, include turning into Bats, now I can almost believe
that Vampires might exist now or at some point in the past or maybe even in the future, but turing into Bats? Come on guys
you can do better than that. Then there is their miraculous healing, sometimes I wish I could heal as fast as these guys,
but when I have college I pray for a slow painless recovery where I must take numerous days off!! Silver, now then, a few
problems with Silver, in some films it burns in others it kills and in some it even does both!! So does anyone know what silver
does?? Please tell me because I am confused.We all know about Crosses, digesting blood, ( yes they really do!) and being extremely strong. But what about
inviting them into your home, according to most films and several books I have read the Vampire must be invited in but once
you have you have no power over them. In "Lost Boys" the head Vampire has a reflection once invited in to somewhere, holy
water doesn't affect him, he appears human to the family and so no-one realises it is him.