The beginnings of the vampire myth is impossible to pinpoint. The folklore of many cultures include some sort of demonic creature that feeds of the living, whether it be a victim's life energy or blood.
It was not until Bram Stoker's Dracula that the vampire began to take a form that would solidify into how we envision them today. Stoker modeled some of his Dracula character after the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (1431-1476), better known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is regarded as a national hero in his homeland for defending against the Ottoman Turks. But in the western world, Vlad is seen as a monster due to his horrific practice of impaling live victims on wooden stakes outside his castle. One thing is certain however, Vlad was not a vampire, just one of the inspirations for Stoker's brilliant novel.
Vampires have continued to be big draws for booksellers and filmmakers, and on Halloween night you'll be hard-pressed to avoid seeing someone in a vampire costume.
This playlist includes 12 great songs about vampires.
Songs About Vampires
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