In November 2003, Stephenie Meyer signed the contract for Twilight. A few weeks after this, in January 2004, the Romanian villagers of Marotinul-de-Sus smelt a vampire when a woman fell ill. The culprit was identified as the recently deceased Petre Toma. Around midnight, six men disinterred his body, split open the ribcage, and removed his heart. This was burned, and the ashes were given to the sick woman to drink in water (to escape a vampire, it's sometimes necessary to turn cannibal).
Vampirism, as a word, is quite recent, dating back only a few hundred years.
M Paul Lloyd wrote:The earliest 'Vampiric' image I can find any reference too at all dates back to a supposed ancient Persian vase (date and provenance of same as yet undetermined...
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