The student that I tutor checked out a book about vampires at our public library yesterday. He loves reading books about scary things and watching horror movies. Every day when we take a break, he gets on my computer and watches Are You Afraid of the Dark or Goosebumps. He's practically obsessed with that kind of thing.
As he was reading, I was more sucked into that book than any other he's read all summer (lame joke). It told about mass hysteria and true accounts of vampirism in the world for the past 250 years or so. One account told of Arnold Paole from way back in 1727. He had fought in the army in Serbia. While serving, he claimed to have tracked down a vampire and killed it. He then ate some blood off the dirt from the grave to lift the curse. Why? Oh yeah, he'd claimed to have been bitten by the vampire.
A week later, he died by accident. Within a month of his burial, people reported seeing visions of him. Four of the people that made claims actually died soon after seeing him. The townspeople dug up Paole's body and noticed some creepy things. The body had little decay, and it had fresh blood around it's mouth. They decided to take precautions and drove a steak into the corpse's heart. Thus, the legends of vampires was born. It happens to be one of the earliest accounts on record.
This really got me thinking ... I remember a CSI episode a few years ago where the entire plot revolved around a cult of "real life vampires." I couldn't believe it then, and I can't believe it now; however, it seems like this is a legit thing in our society today.
Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKjSnmJd2Q8 Yeah, I know. It's Tyra Bank's show, but this video is nuts.
There are legitimately people that believe they are vampires. That's insane!
This one talks about teens that have apparently taken the whole "Twilight" fandom a bit too far.
Anyway, I just find all of this insane. And to think you and I learned about all of this because my student checked out a vampire book.
What you learned: The origin of one of the earliest vampire cases. A real vampire subculture exists.