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  1. Introduction
  2. Blood-sucking supernaturals
  3. Vampire folklore in Europe
  4. Birth of the modern vampire
  5. The real dracula
  6. Conclusion

The vampire sprang into popularity with the 1897 publications of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula. The popular imagination was captured by this suave and deadly count, and Dracula eventually became the star of many movies. Reportedly Sherlock Holmes is the only fictional character who has starred in a larger number of movies than Dracula. Since the late twentieth century the vampire has been evolving. In Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the movie and TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the spin-off Angel, vampires became more sympathetic characters. There were many evil ones, but a few could reclaim their souls and be almost human again. In Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, vampires have gone public after the invention of artificial blood made them harmless to humans.This evolution of vampires tells us that there is something about them that touches us, one way or the others. They give us a delicious shiver of fright or gain our sympathy as anti-heroes. This paper will look at the history of the vampire story and how our picture of vampires evolved through time

[...] The Romanians, some of whom saw him as a defender of their rights, had a more favorable view. The stories about him that spread to other areas, such as Germany and Russia were horrifying, and he was presented as a demonic figure. He was Vlad III, a fifteenth-century Prince of Wallachia, an area of southern Romania. Vlad ruled during difficult times in his land, and he appears to have dealt with the situation ruthlessly. He first came to the throne in 1448, when he was only 17. [...]

[...] After that people in the area began to die suspiciously.[5] Not everyone believed in vampires during the budding age of science, of course. People argued that premature burial accounted for the condition of some corpses, and that some of the characteristics attributed to vampires were symptoms of people suffering from rabies. All this reason was not sufficient to convince people, particularly in rural areas. Eventually The Austrian Empress Maria Theresa attempted to put an end to the desecration of graves. [...]

[...] Exhumed bodies had not decayed and bled when cut, even if they had been dead for up to 30 years.[12] In northern Germany vampires devoured the bodies of relatives and neighbors. Exhumed bodies would be found lying in a pool of blood, because the corpses had consumed too much. In southern Germany people who did not fit with the societal standards became vampires. These included people not baptized as Roman Catholics, witches, suicides, or the immoral. Garlic and hawthorn could be used to ward off these creatures, and they could be killed by putting a stake through their hearts and stuffing garlic in the corpse's mouth.[13] IV.Birth of the Modern Vampire Many of the ideas about vampires in modern Western culture can be traced back to the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. [...]

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