beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the
form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are
or a living person.
Although vampiric entities have been
recorded in many cultures
, and may go back to "
was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition
from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the
although local variants were also known by different names, such
. This increased level of vampire superstition in
and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused
While even folkloric vampires of the Balkans and Eastern Europe had a wide range of appearance
ranging from nearly human to bloated rotting corpses, it was the success of
that established the archetype of charismatic and sophisticated vampire; it is
arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century,
inspiring such works as
was itself based on
's unfinished story
Fragment of a Novel
", also known as "The Burial: A Fragment", published in 1819.
However, it is
's 1897 novel
that is remembered as the quintessential
and which provided the basis of modern vampire fiction.
drew on earlier mythologies
and similar legendary demons and "was to voice the anxieties of an age", and the "fears of
The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire
, still popular in
the 21st century, with books, films, video games, and television shows. The vampire is such a dominant
figure in the horror genre that literary historian
places the current vampire myth in the
"comparative safety of nightmare fantasy".
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