From the beginning of time History has record the names of Vampires. In
the most cases they were the fictional names like that of Dracula. But
then even Dracula was based on a real person. Vlad the Impaler.
Below are listed some more famous people with a taste for blood in one way or another. And all of them were real life people and not a character from some piece of fiction, although several of them have been featured in books and films. They all lived!
Bram Stokers book "Dracula" and the countless "Dracula" films, are all based on Vlad Tepes.
|Elizabeth of Bathory|
Bathory's psychotic mania was connected with her own beauty. She believed that the blood of virgins would act as an excellent skin conditioner and she literally bathed in their blood.
The Hammer Horror file "Countess Dracula" was based on Elizabeth of Bathory
|Gilles de Rais|
Gilles spent five years comminting the most incredible crimes of child murder and sodomy. Gilles also indulged in alchemy and sorcery - pursuits that were inextricably linked with the murder of hundreds of children. He kidnaped, raped and dismembered both young boys and girls. The emphasis was on the boys, for Gilles was a rampant homosexual, using his religion as a kind of asthetic sensuallity. Having lured the children into the castle he and his courtiers would set upon them, abusing them sexually and finally murdering them in the most horrible way. Afterorgies involving massive blood-letting Gilles would retire to bed, seemingly in a state of coma - and would return to the carnage with renewed ferocity.
What caused this young Marshal of france to change from a national hero to a monster is difficult to define. There is no doubt that he had led a violent life during which, in the cause of nationalisum, he slaughterd hundreds. Perhaps Gilles found it impossible to give up shedding blood.
needed a pair of vampire's eyes so that they
could rule the world. They said that if I
didn't send them my eyes in two weeks, they
would come and get them. Did they really
think I'de be stupid enough tp pluck out my
eyes and send them to them? How could I see
to address the box if I didn't have my eyes?
On screen, from Bela Lugosi to Gary Oldman, the Dracula myth has fascinated millions. Some pople, though, feel compelled to live out their dark fantasies and actually become vampires themselfs
One woman believes that blood-drinking cures her anaemia and keeps her young - if she can't find a donor she will even gnaw her own arm. Another devotee, a man, compares the pleasur of blood-drinking to orgasum, describing the taste as 'the best in the world'. Fear of AIDS proves little deterrent, though one vampire interviewed here claims to abstain from 'one night bites'.
Unbelievable but true, Bloodlust charts a remarkable journey through a sinister obsession
This is a great book. Carol Page has looked into the subject well, and interviwed a selection of people who claim to be vampires...
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