This weeks podcast marks the beginning of the month of December and the Return of the Vampire. You are probably thinking that I have lost my mind and confused Christmas with some twisted Tim Burton type story. The truth is simple we begin the Christmas season with The Horror Express, and the topic for HE#13 will be Vampire’s Revisited. So, to start us off on this spooky week here are some facts about vampires that you may not know.
Return of the Vampire – Just the Facts!
The Word Vampire – Many scholars argue the noun Vampire is either from the Hungarian Vampir or from the Turkish Upior meaning Witch. Other scholars argue the term is derived from the Greek “to drink” or Nosophoros meaning Plague-Carrier. It may also derive from the Serbian Bamiiup or the Serbo-Croatian Pirati. There are many terms found in literature and folklore that suggests that the vampire story is part of every culture on the planet.
Dolmens – Celtic for Stone-tables, dolmens would have been placed over graves to keep vampires from rising. Prehistoric stone monuments have been found over the graves of the dead in northwest Europe. Anthropologists speculate they have may been placed over these graves to keep suspected vampires from rising.
Vampire Illness – A rare disease called porphyria (also called the Vampire or Dracula disease) causes vampire-like symptoms, such as an extreme sensitivity to sunlight and hairiness. In extreme cases the teeth might be stained a reddish brown and eventually the patient can go mad.
The True Vampire – One of the most famous “true vampires” was Countess Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) who was accused of bathing in blood to retain her youthful beauty. She was by all accounts a very attractive woman. Also, the vampire legends may have been based on Vlad of Wallachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476). He had a habit of nailing hats to people’s heads, skinning them alive, and impaling them on upright stakes. His name, Vlad, means son of the dragon or Dracula. Though Vlad the Impaler was murdered in 1476, his tomb is reported empty.
Tales of the Vampire – The first full work of fiction about the vampire was John Polidori’s 1819 book, The Vampyre. It was first published incorrectly under Lord Byron’s name. Polidori was Byron’s doctor and based his vampire on Byron himself. Of course the masterpiece of the genre, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was written in 1897. It was famous for introducing the character of Count Dracula and tells the story of the monster’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England. It also introduced Dracula’s nemesis, Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
There you have it, some facts to get you started for this week’s podcast and The Horror Express #13.
This Week’s Podcast:
Coming up this week we have a bran new Horror Express podcast for you to enjoy! You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
November 24 – Thanksgiving Replay 2016
December 01 – The Horror Express #13
December 08 – OTR Tale From Suspense – (RAS #268)
December 15 – Special Guest – Julie Hawkins – (RAS #269)
December 22 – (RAS #270)
December 29 – Christmas Break 2016