Dracula: History and Myth

First Bite by Drew Christie


I absolutely loved this 4-minute animation called First Bite, by Drew Christie. It combines exactly the things I love in vampire history/folklore; it’s a true historical account from 1725 by an Austrian official about a case of alleged vampirism in Serbia, with terrified villagers, a disinterment of a mysteriously fresh corpse, and of course, a good old-fashioned staking. In the accompanying article Mr. Christie mentions the excellent book “Vampires, Burial and Death,” which I found in my local county library as a very young child and devoured countless times over the years. This book was a huge influence on me and was probably what set me on my path toward visiting Dracula’s castle and other sites in Transylvania and the rest of Eastern Europe many years later.

Watch First Bite here!

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