Discovery News Analysis Benjamin Radford wrote about vampires in history and all over the world. Here’s a excerpt:
It seems that vampires are everywhere, from Harry Potter to True Blood, Twilight to the new Fright Night movie.
Everybody knows more or less what vampires are like: Handsome, brooding, tortured humans who crave blood and have a variety of strange abilities (such as turning into bats or not casting reflections) and weaknesses (such as being killed by sunlight or stakes to the heart).
Of course there are many variation of the vampire story; it’s been retold and repackaged thousands of times since Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic “Dracula.”
But that’s only part of the story — and arguably not even the most interesting part.