My words will serve as a guide, a warning, and the eventual salvation of the race known to all as vampires.
Similarly, portraying slaveholders as vampires is part of a long tradition.
In contrast, The Strain was returning to the roots of vampires as scary parasitic creatures—and I liked that.
DANIEL: Back to vampires, people keep trying to draw us into a battle with Twilight.
It established to me what vampires were—these elegant, tragic, sensitive people.
Is that an admission that you think I have wronged you in saving you from the vampires?
My first and principal object was to discourse of the vampires of Hungary.
In the far north, where exist the legends of the swan and pigeon, maidens and vampires, exists the swan-shaped dragon.
Thence the wakefulness, dreams, and pretended apparitions of vampires.
Such are nearly the contents of the work of M. Herenberg on vampires.
1734, from French vampire or German Vampir (1732, in an account of Hungarian vampires), from Hungarian vampir, from Old Church Slavonic opiri (cf. Serbian vampir, Bulgarian vapir, Ukrainian uper), said by Slavic linguist Franc Miklošič to be ultimtely from Kazan Tatar ubyr "witch," but Max Vasmer, an expert in this linguistic area, finds that phonetically doubtful. An Eastern European creature popularized in English by late 19c. gothic novels, however there are scattered English accounts of night-walking, blood-gorged, plague-spreading undead corpses from as far back as 1196. Applied 1774 by French biologist Buffon to a species of South American blood-sucking bat.
Originally part of central European folklore, they now appear in horror stories as living corpses who need to feed on human blood. A vampire will leave his coffin at night, disguised as a great bat, to seek his innocent victims, bite their necks with his long, sharp teeth, and suck their blood.