Vampires, Werewolves, and other nasties
Vampire-like creatures appear in the mythology of most peoples from ancient
times to the present. The ancient Assyrian Ekiminu, half-vampire
and half-ghost, haunted the living. The popularity of vampire works by
contemporary writers such as Anne Rice
(Interview with the Vampire, made into a movie a
few years back) as well as television shows like
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel
demonstrate how powerful this ancient
mythic image remains even in our technologically sophisticated society.
The shapeshifter derives from prehistoric times. One of the most
famous Paleolithic carvings, known as "The Sorcerer," comes from the cave
of Trois Frères near Ariège in the French Pyrénées.
The body is that of some large animal. The hind legs are human below the knees.
The tail is wolf-like. The front legs or arms terminate in human-like hands.
The birdlike face is surmounted with deer antlers. Perhaps the image is
meant to represent a shaman in flux between the human and animal states.
A favorite target for shape-shifters to assume is that of the wolf. The
werewolf has been the subject of numerous films and literary works in
this century. A recent example is the movie Wolf starring
Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. Another is the character of Oz
in the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Andrei Tamas's Transylvania Legend
discusses the legend of Dracula. Includes nice pictures of
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
is probably the most famous vampire story of all time. This is the
full text of the novel.
- Chupacabra Home Page
by Tito Armstrong presents information on a legendary Puerto Rican
creature which stalks goats and night and sucks their blood (and
sometime internal organs).
- Dead End
by Daemonox discusses the theology and mythology of vampires.
- GRAVELY MISTAKEN: Haunt of Vamphyri
provides an introduction to vampire legends and offers links to
vampire-related web sites.
- Living Vampires
by Inanna Arthen "is a repository for a lifetime of research into
the physical and spiritual nature of living vampires."
- Loup-Garou (Werewolf) Legends of Old Vincennes
presents shift-shifter tales from the old French community near
Vincennes, Indiana. Anna C. O'Flynn collected these in the 1920s
from Pepe Boucher, a descendant of the early French settlers.
- Myths About Bats
by Atalanta and Susano Pendragonne discusses the legend of the
vampire bat, among other things.
- Temple of Luna
by Gre7g Luterman discusses werewolves in literature along with
reviews of books on werewolves. Also offers a number of short
stories by Luterman.
- Vampnet Publishing
offers vampire stories, poems, pictures, and a biography of Vlad
- Vampyres Unveiled
by the Cercle d'Etudes Vampiriques is the home page of the elder of
the french societies dedicated to the vampire myth.
- Werewolf Legends from Germany
translated by D. L. Ashliman offers classic stories by Carl and
Theodor Colshorn, the Brothers Grimm, A. Haas, Karl Lyncker, J. D.
H. Temme, and A. Kuhn and W. Schwartz.
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pib on October 15, 2001.