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We all know that each continent has it’s own unique history when it comes to legends of the undead. Many legends, especially those that originate in Mesopotamia, are thousands of years old. What havoc the undead must have wreaked upon the land for their legends to endure until this day! Centuries have passed and history has added many locales that are rich in Vampire history. Below are some well known Vampire havens, planned future destinations for your’ truly!
These “mass ossuaries” were created in the 18th century as a response to the overwhelming outbreak of plague. The State Council ordered all bones to be excavated from Paris cemeteries in order to relocate them underground within the limestone caverns beneath the city. The process began in 1786 and continued throughout 1814. The Catacombs are home to over 6 million bodies and as legend would have it, an occasional vampire clan. What more perfect surroundings for an elder as many of the bodies are affixed in ornate fashions; creating a breathtaking tapestry of death!
Open by appointment only, a party of 10 may be guided through the museum. Crammed with artifacts and all other manner of objects related to vampire legends, owner Jaques Sirgent has a vast knowledge of Vampire history and will answer the darkest of vampire queries that can be conjured.
The 13th century ruins of the Whitby Abbey were the backdrop for Bram Stoker’s, “Dracula” and for that there is a reason. In 1885 a Russian Schooner, The Demeter war run aground by a wild storm in Whitby harbor; the entire crew including the captain were found dead. The instant that the Demeter had run aground, a large black dog was seen running toward the Abbey. The dog, a form that the vampire can take on at will, brought ill fate onto the Abbey as several of the staff became unaccounted for in the following days; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula was born!
Bran Castle is widely believed to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, or as Stoker referred to as “King Dracula”. Vlad, needing no further introduction to a Vampire fanatic, has left a large imprint on the Romanian countryside. For further details into Vlad’s bloody reign both living and undead, search my past blogs for “What I didn’t know about Vlad Tepes”.
A place near and dear to me! This tourism hot spot has been known as haven to Vampires since the first cobblestone streets were laid. The Vampire culture is still quite prevalent throughout the New Orleans area. Many legends still exist, and recent rumors still circulate amongst the locals. For a deeper look into some of New Orleans most famous Vampire legends search my past blogs for “New Orleans”.
Amongst the beloved and elite of New Orleans lies the crypt of a Vampire, only a handful of the locals can identify the correct plot where he lies. I believe that this vampire is named in one of my past blogs on new Orleans vampire legends, but that is strictly my opinion (wink, wink!). Though the permanent residents of Lafayette Cemetery are quite dead, locals say that the sometimes gaping tombs offer haven to vampires from time to time.
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The Vjesci, also known as the Vjeszczi or Vjescey, is a Vampire from Polish folklore. Much like the European Vampire, The Vjesci retained their mortal characteristics and blended well within society. Legends indicate that humans were destined to become Vjesci at birth if born with teeth or a more common condition, ‘cradle cap”. If the child was born with a cap, the mother could protect the child by drying the cradle cap, grinding it into a fine dust and retaining it until the child’s 7th birthday; when she would feed it to him to ward off curse.
The Vjesci have many common ties with Vampire legends from other cultures; They are undead, they awaken at midnight and they feed on humans. It is said that in order to detain the Vjesci, Villagers would throw a net into his coffin as he could not rise until untying all of the knots. Another simple method was to scatter pebbles or seeds around the coffin and the ground surrounding the grave, as the vampire would have to count each individual seed or pebble before moving away from his grave site. Some families would bury their loved ones face down within their coffin in hopes that if they were to turn that they would dig their way further into the ground in an attempt to rise again. One other similarity, death by decapitation. The more pesky of the “arisen” were exhumed and decapitated, their heads being placed face down between their feet to prevent the beast from rising again.
The majority of Vampire legend in Canada hales from the oldest Polish Settlement in the country. Wilno, settled in 1869 is in the heart of Ottawa Valley and is rich in folklore and legend, so rich in fact that in 1969 Jan Perkowski was employed by the Canadian Centre for Folklore studies to research the legends that originated within the area. A few years later Perkowski would release an 85 page report with findings so scandalous that his report was denounce on the floor of the House of Commons.
One of the more disturbing occurrences within his writings was an old photo of a small grave enclosed by a white picket fence. The photo was captioned that “If a vampire is not destroyed before he is buried, he will rise again and carry off his relatives.” He writes further to explain that this had happened in Wilno adding that the family had to dig the body up and cut it’s head off as it sat up in the coffin.
Within Perkowski’s writings were written statements from over a dozen victims that described their experiences with the Vjesci in great detail. Such sensationalism was created by Perkowski’s report that it was republished in several well known media outlets such as; Psycology Today, The Canadian Magazine and of course The National Enquirer.
For a deeper look into Perkowski’s findings: “Vampires, Dwarves and Witches Among the Ontario Kashub’s”
For a more modern view of Vampire Lore with an erotic yet bloody twist: To be his Soulmate, Volume I of the Adrian Trilogy
The Ch’iang Shih (loosely translated as “Hopping Corpse”) has been traced back trough Chinese history for centuries. Their legends have many similarities to the Vampires from European and Western legends. The Ch’iang Shih are a nocturnal breed that are known to have difficulties in crossing running water and can be held at bay by garlic. Known as particularly vicious, The Chi’ang Shih would typically rip the limbs from their victims before stealing the life force from the body.
The legend of the Ch’iang Shih varies from the legends of Western and European regions in an interesting manner. Further modes of protection from the Ch’iang Shih included the ability to deter them with salt or loud noises; thunder is said to be fatal. Another way to avoid the creature is to hold your breath as the Ch’iang Shih is blind; it is the sound of the victims’ breathing that seals his fate! The Ch’iang Shih have ravenous sexual urges, typically drawing them to attack females, however they could be whisked away back into their resting spot by use of a broom, then iron filings, rice or red peas would be scattered on the ground above them as to provide a barrier that is impossible for them to escape.
As the Ch’iang Shih age, much as the Western and European Vampire, they gain strength. If a Ch’iang Shih ages to the point where his beard grows long and turns white, he will gain the power of flight, some will gain the ability to turn into a wolf.
Though the Ch’iang Shih have mortal characteristics they are physically different from the more typical Vampire. The “Hopping Corpse” as they are also known, has difficulty walking due to rigor mortis and the pain of death. Therefore, the Ch’iang Shih hop with eternally outstretched arms, eager to sink their jagged teeth and talons into their next victim.
One well known story found in: The Vampire: His Kith and Kin by Montegue Summers is as follows:
The wife of a teacher named Liu wakes one morning to find her husband, in bed beside her, is dead; his head is missing and the bed is soaked in his blood. She calls out for help but when the local authorities arrive she is accused of murder and taken away to jail, where she would remain for several months. Eventually she is exonerated as the result of one of her fellow villagers happening upon a neglected grave that lie on the hillside. Upon his closer examination, the villager discovered that the coffin had been removed from the grave and was now on the ground beside it with the lid raised ever so slightly.
The Villager would go no closer, he hurried home to gather the community to come and see what he had found. When the villagers arrived the lid of the coffin was taken away. There inside was indeed that owner of the coffin, yet he had not decomposed, he appeared just as he was when he had been buried except now, generations later, he was now covered in white hair. There between his arms rested the head of Liu. The villagers tried to remove Liu’s head from the creatures riggored grasp, but to no avail. One of the villagers stepped forward with a sword and removed the creatures’ arms resulting in those nearest the coffin being doused with fresh blood as it spurted from the remaining nubs. The Ch’iang Shih’s head was then quickly removed and the corpse was set ablaze, prompting the release of Liu’s widow from the village jail.
I have had quite an influx of followers from India as of late so I am continuing to research Vampire lore from that region. As a welcome, I am writing today about the handsome devil to the left of the page. This guy is what is known as a Rakshasa.
The legend states that the Rakshasas were created from the breath of Brahma when he was asleep at the end of Satya Yuga, the age of truth when humanity is governed by Gods. It is said that as soon as they were created, the Rakshasas were so bloodthirsty that they began to eat Brahma himself! In a last effort of defense, Brahma shouted Rakshasa! (Sanskrit for “protect me”) and Vishnu came to his aid, banishing the Rakshasas to Earth, naming them after Brahma’s plea for help.
Documentation of their existence can be traced back to Vedic sources through hymn 87 of the tenth mandala of the Rig Veda. This documentation is known to be one of the oldest texts in any Indo-European language. Philological and linguistic evidence indicates that the Rig Veda was composed roughly between 1700-1100 BC.
Rakshasa were most often depicted as ugly, fierce-looking and enormous creatures and with two fangs protruding down from the top of the mouth as well as sharp, claw-like fingernails. They are shown as being mean, growling like beasts and as insatiable cannibals who could smell the scent of flesh. Some of the more ferocious ones were shown with flaming red eyes and hair, drinking blood with their palms or from a human skull (similar to vampires in later Western mythology). Generally they could fly, vanish, and had Maya (magical powers of illusion), which enabled them to change size at will and assume the form of any creature.
In the world of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Rakshasas were a populous race of supernatural humanoids. There were both good and evil rakshasas, and as warriors they fought alongside the armies of both good and evil. They were powerful warriors, expert magicians and illusionists. As shape-changers, they could assume various physical forms, and it was not always clear whether they had a true or natural form. As illusionists, they were capable of creating appearances which were real to those who believed in them or who failed to dispel them. Some of the rakshasas were said to be man-eaters, and made their gleeful appearance when the slaughter on the battlefield was at its worst. Occasionally they serve as rank-and-file soldiers in the service of one or the other warlord.
Aside from its treatment of unnamed rank-and-file Rakshasas, the epic tells the stories of certain members of the race who rose to prominence, some of them as heroes, most of them as villains.
January 08, 2014
HAMMOND — Lyn Gibson is no stranger to the supernatural. As a child, Gibson recalls having dreams and premonitions about people dying. Spirits, she said, visited her regularly.
Gibson said her ability to connect with the supernatural world caused tension within her religious family, and after working with the police on unsolved cases for a few years, Gibson, who is originally from Pearl River, Miss., took up writing — about vampires.
Gibson has channeled her affinity for the supernatural into a book series called “The Adrian Trilogy.” The deal was signed in February, and the result of the release of the first book, “To Be His Soulmate,” has been phenomenal, Gibson said.
Pre-gallery sales have broken publisher’s records, prompting a busy schedule for 2014. Gibson plans to attend several national horror conventions as a special guest.
Wanda Herrin, of Houston, received Gibson’s book from a friend and is now awaiting the arrival of Gibson’s second book.
“It was nice to get away from the real world and get away to something intriguing and sexy,” Herrin said during a recent interview. “I would think about it even after I had put it down.”
Herrin, 56, who said she enjoys books about vampires, hadn’t read a vampire book since famed author Anne Rice published her iconic books in the 1980s.
“The TV and movie series are all watered down and made for teens,” Herrin said. “I liked it (Gibson’s book) better than some of Anne Rice’s books.”
“Lyn Seal Gibson is a mesmerizing writer,” said Susie Cambre, a journalist and archivist for the Surviving Katrina-Rita Project for the U.S. Library of Congress and the University of Houston. “As a writer, she successfully takes you where she wants you to journey deep within a dark world, living in the shadows of the moss-strewn Deep South. Her characters develop a strong relationship with the reader and continue from book to book in her trilogy.”
Gibson’s books are captivating to readers passionate about the horror genre, as well as college students and anyone brave enough to turn the pages of her books, Cambre said during a recent interview.
“They are truly quite frightening,” she said. “Gibson definitely continues the vampire tales for this generation where longtime horror writer Anne Rice leaves off.”
Gibson, who lives in Independence, has been busy promoting her book. She is also a DonnaInk Publications author, a national radio personality and a historian of vampire legend and lore. Following the launch of her new book, Gibson has written on several blogs, has been interviewed on several talk radio programs and attended the annual “Spooky Empire” horror convention in Orlando, Fla. She also participated in an online book launch at http://www.facebook.com/authorlyngibson and was recently a guest at Mariner’s Inn in Hammond for the official launch party.
The series, Gibson said, is based in the north shore area of Lake Pontchartrain, and many well-known landmarks are mentioned throughout the books.
The Adrian Trilogy is not for teenagers, however, as it does not include sparkling, lovelorn adolescent creatures, said Cambre, a grandmother of 13.
“If you want to find Gibson’s vampires, you’ll have to venture into authentic old museums, ancient scrolls and the real tales our ancestors shared with history,” Cambre said.
“She weaves her dark world with both imagination and the dust of old vaults and historic archives,” she said. “I would definitely recommend her books to anyone wishing to be transported from their day-to-day boredom into a surreal world we imagine behind the old southern columned homes, crypts and broken-down cemeteries.”
Gibson gives some of the credit for the book’s success to her publisher, D.L. Quesinberry, CEO, president and founder of DonnaInk Publications, who she said has been wonderful to work with.
“Ms. Quesinberry believes in me and my series,” Gibson said. “It’s not easy, as a basically unknown writer, to be able to get a publishing contract, but Ms. Quesinberry saw promise in my title and has taken me under her wing.”
To learn more about the trilogy, visit http://www.prlog.org/12222138-donnaink-publications-signs-author-lyn-gibson-and-her-title-to-be-his-soulmate.html.
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What exactly is it that causes one to have a slightly darker view than others? How does one distinguish between the sincerely twisted and the moderately warped individual? Such queries could render even the most logical of folks stricken by a paranoia fueled frenzy! I, myself one that embraces the bizarre and gruesome, find humor in and am intrigued by things that others deem to be mentally, spiritually and psycholgically damaging. My response, “Like sheep, they wear their blinders, content in the world that exists only within their own minds, such cramped confines!” With that being said, I offer some old adages from a new perspective for you to consider. “Never judge a book by it’s cover” A quote that all of us have heard throughout our lives. Most would take the gem of advice as a suggestion, to assume the best of someone, but there are those of us that see it otherwise. Those with a darker view see the suggestion having a slightly different twist for example: You must consider everyone to be as equally twisted as you are. “It takes one to know one” Once again, another quote familiar to all. Most would see the quote as a defamatory statement when the warped individual sees it as an invitation: Stare deeply into ones’ eyes, if he stares back, he is a kindred soul; If he flinches and looks away, he is the sheep in blinders.
“The clothes make the man” suggests that when an average person sees a man in a business suit, he is to assume the man to be a professional businessman. To that I say HA! and retort with another adage, Never Assume! For those of you that choose to wear the blinders, I propose that the man in the business suit is likely harboring his own demented persona.
The fact of the matter is, there are many individuals that possess a darker inclination, a perception that originates from a plane that can not be accessed or comprehended by most. They are your Doctors and lawyers, your CPA and your pool guy. They live amongst you, they interact with you and they watch you.
Have you found that you can identify with the alternative definitions of the adages above? Are you having an awakening? What will your friends and family think?! It’s fine, don’t panic! No one has to know! Now it is time for you to nurture your inner darkness, begin by experiencing the Adrian Trilogy, Volume I: To be his Soulmate, is now available at www.DonnaInk.org. Volume I is the basis and foundation of a thrilling erotic horror trilogy that will introduce and submerse the reader into a darker realm; A realm where the vampires no longer hide within the shadows, no longer are they absent from society. A place and time not so different from our own…….