Vampires were one easy answer to the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people.
Dead but not decomposed Villagers combined their belief that something had cursed them with their fear of the dead, and concluded that perhaps recently- buried people might be responsible, having come back from the graves with evil intent.
See full summary » A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. In Manhattan, the vampires Goody and Stacy share an apartment and work and study in the night-shift.
Goody was turned in vampire in 1840 by the evil Cisserus, who turned Stacy in the 90s, and they became best friends but Goody never told her real age to her friend.
The public's thirst for vampires seems as endless as vampires' thirst for blood.
Modern writers of vampire fiction, including Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice, Stephen King and countless others, have a rich vein of vampire lore to draw from.
Last weekend, the new vampire film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" broke box office records, taking in over $70 million and may end up being one of the largest openings in history.
The film is based on the best-selling "Twilight" series, which of course joins a long list of other vampire-themed best-sellers dating back decades.
It seems likely that neither science nor wooden stakes will ever kill vampires.
Benjamin Radford is managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine.
In the distant part of the Carpathian Mountains, near the border with the Ottoman Empire, there is an old monastery.