Vampires; the Undead
Although vampires are recognized to be deadly creatures and their
existence is controversial, evidence suggests that they do in fact
exist. The teachings and the records of the past give enough proof for
many people. Horrible things happen today, due to vampire activity.
Humans are instinctively fearful of the truth, fortune and of death; but
human fear of the fact that some incidences are actually caused by vampires
leads man to ignore the problem and thus make himself believe that
vampires do not exist. Ignoring the problem only increases its severity.
The number of vampires is probably multiplying. Vampires would most likely
one day rise against humanity, to avenge their long dead ancestors, and
turn the human population into a vampire one. People need to be aware of
the problem, and educated about vampires, maybe even taught about them in
school, so that humans can destroy the legions of the undead and live in
If the issue of vampires' existence is to be discussed, then the exact
meaning of the word vampire should be clarified. Webster's New Collegiate
Dictionary defines a vampire as "a bloodsucking ghost or reanimated body
of a dead person believed to come out from the grave and wander about by
night sucking the blood of persons asleep" (qtd. in Baumann 5). This
statement is also supported by the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of
Current English and Encyclopedia International (950; 6). Dictionaries and
encyclopedias usually give limited information, but in this case they
actually gave an incorrect definition. Firstly, vampires are not
"believed..." to be, but their existence has been proven. Secondly, they
do not just suck "the blood of persons asleep" but also of those who are
awake. In short, the word vampire is applied to a dead and buried person
who rises out of the grave every night except Friday, and goes about
stealthily sucking the blood of whoever is available (Crow 252). Kipling
was absolutely correct in writing that "Some of him lived but the most of
him died" (201).
Vampires have certain physical characteristics that distinguishe them
from humans. Generally, vampires are pale and skinny (Baumann 7). The
most widely known universal characteristic would be the fangs. Right
before the bloody encounter, the vampire uses its piercing eyes to
hypnotize its prey (Baumann 7). The vampire plunges these two, long, sharp
teeth into the jugular vein and sucks the blood from its victims (Baumann
7). It is well known that vampires cast no shadow nor a reflection in the
mirror (Stoker 245).
A vampire can transform himself into a wolf (Stoker 245). Vampires can
also take the form of a bat to gain entry into a victim's house; It would
resume its normal form once inside (Baumann 7). Vampires, on certain
occasions, can also be seen as phantoms (Crow 252). Vampires are not
always spotted right away; but because of these morphological differences
between humans and vampires, it can be made.
Vampires have powers, but they can not always do as they wish because
their power is limited. A vampire will remain undead, as long as it feasts
on the blood of the living and is not killed (Stoker 245). A vampire can
not die like a human by the mere passing of time and the growing of age
because he can grow younger (Stoker 245). People who have died by the
hands of a vampire are at his command (Stoker 243).
A vampire "...can direct the elements: the storm, the fog, the thunder;
he can command all the meaner things: the rat, and the owl, and the bat
and the fox, and the wolf..." (Stoker 243). A vampire possesses strength
so overwhelming that it is estimated to be the equivalent of twenty people
(Stoker 243). A vampire can transform himself into a wolf, can come in
mist, can slip through hair breadth space, can see in the dark, and he can
come on moonlight rays as elemental dust (Stoker 245). A vampire can only
enter a house at first if invited, he can then come as he pleases (Stoker
246). A vampire is powerless in daytime (Stoker 246). If the undead
creature is not in its coffin, it can only transform itself at sunrise,
noon, or sunset (Stoker 246). A vampire can only pass running water at the
slack or the flood of the tide (Stoker 246). Garlic and a crucifix make a
vampire powerless (Stoker 246). A vampire with all its power still has to
abide by some of nature's laws.
No one is born a vampire; yet, one can become a vampire if certain
conditions are met. According