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Vampires

A collection created by ThomasMHxDeaf

Collector ThomasMHxDeaf
Type Other
About A vampire is a creature from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires are undead creatures that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighborhoods they inhabited while they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century. Vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures; the term vampire was popularized in Western Europe after reports of an 18th-century mass hysteria of a pre-existing folk belief in the Balkans and Eastern Europe that in some cases resulted in corpses being staked and people being accused of vampirism. Local variants in Eastern Europe were also known by different names, such as shtriga in Albania, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. In modern times, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folk belief in vampires has sometimes been ascribed to the ignorance of the body's process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalize this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited. The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of "The Vampyre" by the English writer John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend, even though it was published after Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 novel Carmilla. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, television shows, and video games. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.

Collection items

356
Supernatural
Alpha Vampire
Alpha Vampire
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Hellsing
Dracula
Alucard
Pre-Schrodinger
Alucard
99
Earth-616
Lily Cromwell
Baroness Blood
Baroness Blood
1.8K
Earth-43
Bruce Wayne
Batman
Batman
479
Earth-616
Eric Brooks
Blade
Blade
Prime Earth
Dala Vadim
Dala
Dala
14M
Castlevania
Vlad Tepes Dracula
Dracula
Dracula
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Earth-616
Vlad Tepes Dracula
Dracula
Dracula
492B
DM
Dax Novu
Mandrakk
Mandrakk
88K
AT
Marceline Abadeer
Marceline the Vampire Queen
Marceline the Vampire Queen
647
Earth-616
Michael Morbius
Morbius
Morbius
494K
Morrigan Aensland
Morrigan Aensland
Morrigan Aensland
529
Underworld
Selene
Selene
Selene
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Earth-616
Selene Gallio
Selene
Selene
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Hellsing
Seras Victoria
Seras Victoria
William Pratt
Spike
Spike
127K
Prime Earth
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Starbreaker
Starbreaker
Earth-616
Natasha Romanoff
Vampire Black Widow
Vampire Black Widow
937M
Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D
Earth-616
Jubilation Lee
Vampire Jubilee
Vampire Jubilee
Earth-616
Janet Van Dyne
Vampire Wasp
Vampire Wasp
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Vampirella
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