The Immortal Blood Drinkers

Vampires which have more in common with vampires from famous and not so famous TV shows and movies. Described as the Classical vampire, the immortal blood drinker is one which feeds off of a living being's vitae (blood) to keep themselves alive, powerful and young. It is known that immortal blood drinkers are mostly those which have died and come back by some other means and in order to live on must feed of the vitae of others. Another form of this vampire does not always have to die but can rather find a way to stay alive through the drinking of blood and other means, mostly occult based.
The Mortal Blood Drinkers

These vampires are those who are mortal and have a need or interest in feeding off of living blood. Many feel that feeding off of living blood brings certain supernatural capabilities which were not accessible before, because of the human life force not being strong enough to use them on its own. Therefore one might feed to gain more life force as "The blood is the life". Another reason for feeding is for an individual to try and seek immortality through the feeding off of living blood. Some just feed because they simply like the taste and grow accustom to it.
Immortal Psychic Vampires

Maybe the most dangerous of all vampires, the psychic vampire whether immortal or mortal can feed off of another without them even noticing. An immortal psychic vampire can be one who has died and must feed off of a living being's lifeforce in the form of aura/energy, etc. in order to remain part of the living but only in spirit form. This kind of psychic vampire has no material body therefore can be undetectable to its victim making it the most dangerous of all vampires. Another kind of immortal psychic vampire can be one who has not yet died and seeks lifeforce in order to remain living, as an immortal.
Mortal Psychic Vampires

These vampires are mortals which choose or must feed off of psychic aura to gain extra sensory abilities, and maintain good health. A psychic vampire can feed through eye contact, touch, breathing, and even just by being around another, just another reason of why these vampires are the most dangerous of all. A master of this art can feed by separating their astral body and their material body and go out and find it's victim. Being still alive one might be careful of separating their body as they can be sent back to their body by any disruption of the material body. If one feeds too much, after death the spirit can attach itself to the living and become an Immortal Psychic Vampire because of the spirits addiction to feeding off of a living beings aura.

According to many folk stories, a vampire must have a constant supply of freshblood obtained by biting the neck of sleeping victims. The victims lose strength, die, and become vampires themselves.Stories of vampirelike creatures have come from many parts of the world. But most vampire tales originated in Eastern European and Balkan countries, such as Albania, Greece, Hungary, and Romania. There are many superstitions about vampires. People who commit suicide, die violently, or are condemned by their church supposedly become vampires. According to folklore, a vampire can be destroyed by driving a wooden stake through its heart. In Europe, from the late 1600's to the early 1800's, people dug up graves looking for vampires.The horror novel Dracula (1897), by the English author Bram Stoker, is the most famous vampire story. The character of Dracula is based on Vlad Tepes, a cruel prince from Walachia (now part of Romania). Vlad was nicknamed Dracula, which in Romanian means son of the devil or son of a dragon. A number of motion pictures have been made about Dracula


by Montague Summers

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Vlad Tsepesh aka Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Vampire

The name Dracula conjures up a myriad of dark images in our mind; late night horror movies of vampires and vampire hunters, dark forests in Romania, and tyranical leaders capable of all sorts of evil acts. Here is some background information on the Dracula from which Bram Stoker -- and Jeanne Kalogridis -- were inspired: Prince Vlad Tepes, born 1431, died 1476, ruler of the lands now known as Romania.

This section owes much to Dracula researchers Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally, whose wonderful books IN SEARCH OF DRACULA and DRACULA: PRINCE OF MANY FACES were primary resources in the creation of the FAMILY DRACUL novels. Vlad Tepes (which Kalogridis spells phonetically in English as Tsepesh) was born in the town of Sighisoara in Transylvania (now known as northern Romania) in 1431 and later came to rule that area of southern Romania known as Wallachia. The word "tepes" in Romanian means "impaler" -- and Vlad was so-named because of his penchant for impalement as a means of punishing his enemies. Impalement was a particularly gruesome form of execution, wherein the victim was impaled between the legs -- to put it politely -- upon a large, sharpened stake the width of a burly man's arm. Vlad especially enjoyed mass executions, where several victims were impaled at once, and their stakes hoisted upright. As they hung suspended above the ground, the weight of their bodies would slowly drag them downwards, causing the sharpened end of the stake to pierce their internal organs. In order to better enjoy these mass spectacles, Vlad routinely ordered a banquet table set up in front of his victims, and would enjoy a leisurely supper amid the pitiful sights and sounds of the dying.

In addition to his title of "Impaler," Vlad was also known as "Dracula," which means "son of the Dragon." Originally, this title came about because his father (also named Vlad) belonged to the Order of the Dragon, an order formed by the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund for the purpose of defeating the Turks. The elder Vlad used the dragon symbol on his coins and went by the name "Dracul" ("dragon" or "devil"). Hence the diminutive "-a" on his son's name, Dracula. As the younger Vlad's talent for torture became known, however, the name Dracula came to be interpreted more and more as the sinister "son of the devil."
At the same time that Vlad became notorious for his sadism, he was also respected by his subjects because of his fierce campaigns against the Turks. He was a respected as a warrior and stern ruler (no kidding!) who tolerated no crime against his people, and during his reign erected several monasteries. However, despite Vlad's political ambition, the turbulent political atmosphere of the times took its toll on his reign. He was overthrown twice (he ruled for a brief period in 1448, again from 1456-1462, and for only a matter of weeks in the year of his death, 1476.) Ultimately, Dracula died violently (according to rumor, at the hands of one of his men who was actually a Turkish spy). He was buried at one of the monasteries he patronized, on the island at Snagov.

Contrary to popular belief, Dracula's castle does not exist in Transylvania; the crumbling ruins still stand in the northern Wallachian town of Tirgoviste.