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A vampire is a being from folklore who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. Undead beings, vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, the term vampire was not popularized in the west until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe,[1] although local variants were also known by different names, such as shtriga in Albania, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

In modern times, however, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folk belief in vampires has sometimes been ascribed to the ignorance of the body's process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was also linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.

The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century.[2] However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula which is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre. Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.


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Birkita MacKinnon intelligent, ambitious, only wishing to serve society as a surgeon becomes the most powerful sorceress, the world has ever known. Ripped from her twentieth century life to face a strange new world of magic, witches, wizards, black arts, she becomes renowned in this world of death, hatred, despair. Her faith restored as she finds a fourteenth century love she couldn't find in the modern world.
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Released from her imprisonment early, Ahterina must do the bidding of the Old Ones and travel to the US and find the one who revealed the existence of Vampires to the world. Her continued freedom depends on her ability to assimilate to a new world and successfully traverse the twist and turns as she searches for the culprit...
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It's Time - The passage of decades has reunited two childhood friends as foes as one battles for justice and the other for dominance. When the battle reaches a crescendo, each must make a choice which will reverberate through the Supernatural community.
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