This essay was originally posted on Lunch.com in an abridged review format on October 23, 2009.
Myths and legends of vampires are widespread. Tales of their existence can be found in virtually every culture across the globe and they date back to thousands of years ago. Contrary to Western beliefs, the vampire has been around since long before Bram Stoker‘s Dracula popularized the bloodsucking fiends, and the presence of vampires have been rumoured in almost every country. Indeed, these terrifying creatures of darkness are not limited to the folklore of Eastern Europe or to the confines of Gothic literature.The history of vampires is a long, dark, and brutal glimpse into the past. Most “rational” people will immediately dismiss vampires altogether as outdated mythology, escapist fiction, or the nightmarish delusions of the emotionally disturbed. But how is it then, that tales of vampirism have been echoed in eerily similar fashion on multiple continents over the course of millennia? Where did this concept of vampires come from and does it have its origins in reality? To find the answers to these questions, one must be willing to probe the dark secrets of the human subconscious and walk in the shadows of a forgotten history recorded in blood. Do you possess the innate ability to separate fantasy from reality and can you acknowledge the fact that science and history aren’t infallible? If so, then maybe your mind is open enough to accept that we live in a universe of unlimited potential, where anything is possible… even the existence of the supernatural!