Vampires of Legend

Arnold Paole
Arnold Paole

Vampire. The word conjures up images of suave, handsome, or strikingly beautiful creatures, such as is depicted in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Those of you who are fans of her books are quite familiar with the arrogant and sexy Lestat.

One of the most famous vampires of all time is, of course, Count Dracula. The brain child of Bram Stoker who based his immortal monster on a Hungarian ruler know as Vlad Tepes, also know as Vlad Dracul-a, which when translated means “son of the dragon,” a nicknamed that was well earned, for the count was a blood thirsty and ruthless ruler. He was also known as Vlad the Impaler due to his habit of impaling people on very sharp stakes and letting them suffer until they died a horrible and extremely painful death.

The legends of vampires were around long before Stoker wrote his book. From very early times there have been reports and tales of vampires, or vampyr, which means, when roughly translated, “blood drinker.” In nature there are all kinds of vampires; Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bedbugs, and a species of bat that drinks blood, named most aptly the vampire bat.

But, what about the vampires of legend? Do they exist? There are some well documented accounts that indicate they do.

There was the case of Arnold Paole. It was reported that Arnold was bitten by a vampire while he was serving as a soldier in his country’s army. When he returned home from service he became a farmer. One day while cutting hay Paole had an accident which killed him. A few days later, people started dying from loss of blood. The people started saying there was a vampire in their midst.

There were several eye-witness reports that said they had seen Arnold walking around after his death. His eye were glassy and his teeth had grown long and sharp. The locals went to dig up Paole’s body, and when the had unearthed the corpse, there was no decay and there was fresh blood on the lips and a bloom of color in the cheeks. Arnold looked as fresh as the day he had died. The locals pounded a stake through the vampire’s heart and heard the vampire screech in agony. Then they cut off the head and burned the body. The deaths stopped.

Written by Katie-Louise Steadman, Copyright 2010

5 thoughts on “Vampires of Legend”

  1. Did you get the info on Vlad the impaler from wiki?
    “Dracula” when translated means “son of the Devil” not Dragon.
    He was the ruler of Romania, and the stakes he impaled people on were pointed but blunt, not sharp.
    I’ve never heard of the Arnold Paole case but it sounds interesting, thanks for posting it 🙂

  2. You can never tell..
    Unless, you believe that there has a vampire legend.
    Like I said, it depend on your belief!.
    -Interesting Story- clap clap clap!!! =)

  3. Victoria I’m glad you caught the part about the stakes – the fact that the stakes used were blunt makes it a much more horrific and painful method of killing.
    Throughout the years ‘Dragon’ and ‘Devil’ have *both* been used however “Dracula” is widely regarded as meanning ‘son of the Dragon’ – in fact the Dragon was the family crest.

  4. I have to mention these things:
    1. Vlad Tepes (Tsepesh-read in romanian language) also named Vlad Dracul got the name from the Dragon that he was wearing on his chest- his family coat of arms.
    2.He was not a hungarian lord but a ROMANIAN one.
    It would be nice if you changed this informations and when writing something about historic figures try to check next time. Thank you!

  5. Vlad was a hungarian ruler? REALLY? Since when? YOU are offending the romanians with your ignorance.

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