The Vrykolakas-A Greek Vampire legend

The Greeks believed that a human could become a Vrykolakas after death by having lived an ungodly life, being buried on unconsecrated ground, being excommunicated or by having eaten the meat of a lamb that had been injured or killed by a wolf.  Some Greek legends insinuate that even a werewolf could become one of the Vrykolkas upon it’s death.  Individuals that had red hair and grey eyes were suspected of having been one of the undead, which I find intriguing as other ancient vampire lore states that any vampire with red hair was a direct descendant of Judas Escariot’s cursed blood line.

Unlike other undead beings from surrounding continents, the Greek Vampire was not an attractive creature.  Legends state that the Vrykolakas appears to be completely drained of it’s blood,  but once the vampire had fed, he would swell into a blood gorged creature before returning to it’s grave.   Greek legends state that this was the only time that the destructive creature could meet it’s demise.  The Vampire was said to return to it’s grave every Saturday, but would rise again the following day to wreak havoc upon nearby residents.  The Vrykolakas was said to have a wide range of activity, ranging from merely wandering from it’s grave to performing poltergeist-like activities.  Some legends state that the Vampire would knock at a perspective victims door, if the person would open the door on the first knock they were certain to arise the next day as one of the undead.  The legend lingers to this day, a traditional Greek household will only open the door upon the second knock.

The Vrykolakas has been in ancient Greek history for centuries and is still prevalent to this day.  A tale said to have occurred sometime in the 1950’s can be found in the in The book of vampires, it goes something like this:

A husband and wife that loved each other dearly began to have problems as the husband had lost his job and become severely depressed.  The man began to go out all night and would not return home until the following morning.  This of course caused the wife to become deeply concerned and afraid as she would be left alone night after night.  By the time the wife realized that her husband had been drinking heavily he had already become an alcoholic.  One evening the wife had him followed on his nightly outing, the follower came to a tree on the edge of town where the man was known to sit and drink.  There hanging from the tree was the body of her husband.  The wife was devastated and soon began to act irrationally.  She would stay indoors at all times and refuse to open the door for visitors.  On her seldom trips away from her home, people noticed that she had become pale and sickly.  Eventually she would confess to the town’s religious official that she had been being haunted by her dead husband.  It seemed that on the first night after his body was found hanging from the tree, he had returned to his home and knocked at the door.  He begged his wife to let him in as he said something about needing his shoes.  The wife was terrified but allowed her husband into the home.  The visits continued on a nightly basis from there on out, the wife had even admitted to having lain with her husband every night for several consecutive months.  The religious official became concerned for the safety of the town and decided that they would destroy the Vrykolakas.  Having committed suicide and then being buried on unconsecrated ground had surely turned the man, the officials would plot his demise according to ancient legend.  The townspeople eventually found the man’s dead body, shriveled and disheveled he lay as they prepared to drive a wooden stake through his heart.  Eyewitness accounts state that the man moaned as the stake was inserted, other accounts said that his body turned to dust upon completion of his writhing.  Now having freed themselves from the Vrykolakas, the town would have another problem to deal with, his now pregnant wife.  Unfortunately the tale ends here, one could only imagine from this point what came to be of the widow and her unborn spawn.

Stay tuned for more vampire legends as well as tidbits from the Adrian Trilogy!

And then there was Christian!

Christian is another of the main characters found in “To be his Soulmate”  His story sets the entire basis of the Trilogy.

Long ago and far away, indeed is the best of beginnings for Christian’s character!  Christian, then known as Edward, walked as a mortal during the 12th century.  The entire continent had been at war for several generations just prior to his human birth, but peace would soon find the land.  Edward, the eldest son of the King would inadvertently fulfill the commands of his father by being betrothed to the Princess of their former enemy, but they did not live happily every after as you will soon find out!

As we know, Vampires have roamed the Earth for over 4000 years, all having been inadvertently placed upon the planet by the hands of God, with the exception of those that fell victim of their wrath.  This original breed of Vampire was said to have originated with Lilith as she bore the offspring of the Nephillim.  Edward would now be the first of a new breed due to the fact that his own bloodthirsty actions had been recognized by the Gods above, rendering one Diety to return to Earth and confront him.  Edward having been maddened by grief would defy the Diety by refusing to end his revenge filled and murderous tirade.  In turn, the Diety had become enraged with his obstinacy and cursed him.  Edward would never again walk within the light, his desire for the blood of those that had wronged him would now be his only sustenance.  The Diety cursed him to forever exist, sentencing him to see everyone and everything that he had every loved die and wither away into the wind.

Edward continued to hold venom and fury within him, the curse would not deter him from avenging the death of Cassandra.  He became even more bloodthirsty as he scoured every village and every city to destroy those born of the Sur names found on his list.   Edward was now further fueled in his spree, he would now feast upon man, woman and child indiscriminately until his appetite for revenge had been sated.

Centuries had passed, Edward, now known as Christian, had come to terms with his sentence and chose to continue his existence in a more peaceful manner.  Known to many during this era as kind and wise, Christian was both confidant and counselor to many Ruler, conqueror and explorer.   He would not only organize others like him, he would be come to be known as the Father of the Vampire nation by having formed the Parliament that would rule over their kind.   Though he was pleased with his own accomplishments, there would always remain within him, an emptiness that longed to be filled.  He had held on to the belief that he one day would be reunited with his Cassandra.

One summer, not too long ago, Christian was in council with the Parliament in Grenoble.  During his stay, the now centuries old memories of Cassandra began to fall heavy on his heart.  Try as he may, he could not shake her from his mind.  So distracted was he by her that he would end the conferences and return to his newly acquired plantation estate just outside of New Orleans.

Now completely restored and staffed the old estate shined brightly through the massive oaks that lined the paved drive.  Christian had not visited the city since the late 1800’s, he was looking forward to being reacquainted with the old southern charm that had resonated through the area since it’s establishment in the early 1700’s.   As he awoke from his first days sleep in his new estate, she was there with him again, only much more vivid than before.  Christian would become frustrated and excuse himself from the estate as sunset to seek out his first prey since his return.  And this, my friends is where the story of Christian and Adrian begins!  Hang on, it’s going to be a hell of a ride!

The tale of Aswid and Asmund

The Eyrbyggia Saga was written by an anonymous author sometime between the 13th and 14th century but the narrative begins somewhere in the 9th century. There are many historic legends within the manuscript, amongst them is the tale of Aswid and Asmund.

Asmund, Prince of Iceland was out on a hunting expedition when a storm came upon him.  Had it not been for the kindness of Prince Aswid, he would have died.  After discovering Asmund in the peak of the storm, Aswid brought him to the hall of King Bjorn.  The two Princes would become as brothers having taken a blood oath to destroy all of those found to be evil.  As the boys grew older they also pledged a death pact: If one was to die the other would accompany him to his grave, and this was sealed in blood between the two of them.

As time passed Aswid became ill and died.  As promised, Asmund would follow him to his grave.  Asmund’s loyalty to his blood brother was met by much opposition from his other friends and family, despite their pleas, he would uphold his oath.  Asmund was sealed in a tomb with Aswid along with many of their prized possessions, to include Aswid’s horse and dog.  Asmund had spent his time mourning the loss of his friend and then began to determine how he would take his own life.  Just as he had drawn his sword he noticed movement from the corner of his eye.  Aswid’s decomposing corpse began to stir; he had arisen undead.  Asmund stared in horror as Aswid began to eat his dog and then his horse.  It was not long before his attention was turned on Asmund.  He had barely lifted his sword before the monster was upon him.  Asmund defended himself to the best of his ability, having been equal in strength in life, Aswid now possessed supernatural strength.

The tale does not end here, fast forward on about 300 years when a group of youth decided to break into the cursed tomb.  Having been warned that the tomb was haunted as well as the ramifications of disturbing the dead, the youth proceeded.  Upon the opening of the tomb the young men could hear a struggle.  One brave volunteer was lowered down on a rope to take a look around.  His friend above called to him for several minutes with no response until a strong tug came from the rope.  The young men above on ground level began to pull the rope up to find an elderly man donning a centuries old suit of armor.  The old man collapsed as he reached the surface and survived only long enough to tell his tale.

The old man, Asmund, claimed that he had been fighting for his life for the last 300 years and had only had the opportunity to strike against the beast Aswid upon having the distraction provided by the brave volunteer that had invaded the tomb.  Once Aswid had become distracted Asmund  yielded his sword and swung, having just enough strength to separate his head from his body.

The surviving young men would return to remove the body and head of Aswid, burn it and scatter the ashes into the wind.  Asmund would be reburied with full honors, placing the body of their slain friend beside him to keep him company throughout eternity.

The Vampire of Ybor city

Tucked away in the historical district of Ybor city, Tampa Florida, is a gothic nightclub known as the Castle.  The Castle has stood for many decades, it was once a cigar manufacturing plant in the 1800’s founded by Vincent Martinez-Ybor.  The small town boomed until the depression of the 1930’s rendered it a ghost town.

In 1992 the castle had been restored and was opened to the public as a vibrant nightclub featuring exotic drinks and ales imported from all corners of the world.  Soon rumors of hauntings in the area began to circulate and the club became an elite haven for many that had chosen an alternative lifestyle.  Ybor city history and tours tell of many ghost sightings within the Castle as well as in surrounding areas, but it is the Castle alone that has claim to hosting the Vampire Rex.

Rex is described as a handsome and alluring man standing approximately 6’5″ with shoulder length black hair.  His attire of choice is typically black pants, high boots and shirts made of silk.  Though many flock to the establishment to catch a sight of him, Rex insists on keeping a low profile, no one has ever held a long conversation with him as he keeps to himself and is known to disappear when attention is drawn to him.  Rex is said to be quite charming and is spotted several times per year which baffles the Club’s staff as all patrons are required to present an ID upon entering.  Not once has anyone recalled carding Rex at the door and it is not likely that entrance was made from any other part of the building as it is surrounded by an 11 ft fence.

Several of the female patrons have reported having brief encounters with Rex.  In a recent investigation the following story was unearthed:

When having interviewed one of the bartenders, he reported that a group of his female friends had encountered Rex on more that one occasion.  One of the females in particular found him to be quite attractive and upon one of those encounters she decided to approach him.  She found that Rex was quite charming, after a brief conversation Rex took her hand and led her to the outdoor balcony where they could speak in a more private setting.  The girl stated that Rex had conducted himself as a gentleman but had begun to make advances to her about ten minutes into their conversation.  When he had become a bit too promiscuous, she declined his advances, the expression on Rexs’ face was one of distaste of her disapproval.  The girl looked away for just a second, when she looked up again Rex had disappeared.  Now the balcony had not been completely desert on this night, approximately fifteen people stood within the same area.  When the girl began to ask around to see where Rex had gone, no one standing near her had seen him, at all.

Rex is still sighted within the walls of the Castle, typically keeping to himself unless he finds interest in a young female patron.

To be his Soulmate…The Dawning of the Adrian Trilogy

As you may have noticed, I blog all that is Vampire!  The Vampire race has always been alluring to me, the fierceness coupled with the knowledge and power of an ancient being is wildly fascinating!  Vampires from all eras of world history ranging from the Vampire Gods of Ancient Egypt and Samaria to the new age vampire sub-cultures found in society today are all akin within the “Vampire Nation”.  Yet the recent depictions of the PG-13 Vampire persona has rendered me unenthused, therefore I have penned the Adrian Trilogy.  The first installment, “To be his Soulmate” will be released in upcoming weeks, I invite you to stay tuned to my blogs for the next few weeks as I will be posting some teasers from the book itself.

I feel strongly that I am not the only vampire enthusiast that has been starved for a true depiction of these magnificent creatures.  The first Novel of the collection is the basis of the entire Trilogy.  The tale will take the reader far back into time to reveal how the legend of Christian came to be.  The reader will find that the tale is based on true vampire history and characteristics, evolving as the vampire has adapted to centuries of change; then intertwining with a modern day character in a realistic and imaginative setting.   The tale is largely based in the New Orleans area throughout the entire series.  Living just a short ride from the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain has given me the advantage of being well versed in local Vampire history and legend.  As I have said in the past; “Tourists suspect what we locals know to be true when it comes to the existence of Vampires in New Orleans.”   The series has been written with the adult reader in mind, there will be no catering to a “general audience” for this writer!         Stay tuned for more …………………

The new Anne Rice?!

The “Whispers in the Dark” show hosts Viktor Aurelius and Jeff Niles along with Lady Kat have dubbed me the “New” Anne Rice!  Needless to say the interview went well.  I was nervous and wasn’t sure that I could speak for an hour, even on vampires!  But as it happens, the show was actually held over off the air!  Viktor and Jeff were wonderful to work with!

Check out the interview here:     http://www.blogtalkradio.com/viktoraurelius/2013/09/05/whispers-in-the-dark–episode-76

 

 

 

Upcoming:

I am excited to announce that this Wednesday night @ 9:00 p.m. I will be a guest on “Whispers in the Dark” blog radio to discuss the upcoming release of “To be his Soulmate” the dawning of the Adrian Trilogy!!  Feel free to listen in at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/viktoraurelius/2013/09/05/whispers-in-the-dark–episode-76