Posts Tagged ‘Vampires in America’

For readers who punched the button in yesterday’s post for the HALLOWEEN FOREVERMORE piece by Donna Marie West on “The Historical Vampire,” a bit more on the critters, or at least on those believed to be vampires right here in the United States.  I addedburne-jones-le-vampire_edit a comment which one can find there, but the gist of it was a reference to the article’s statement, “If bitten you could break the spell by burning the vampire’s heart and consuming it.”  That reminded me that that’s exactly what was done in the case of Mercy Brown, the last American vampire — hers was one of a flurry of cases of suspected vampirism in Connecticut and Rhode Island toward the end of the 19th century and has also been said to have been in part the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.  Then for more I offered a link to one account about Mercy Brown which can also be found here.

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