10 Historic Inspirations Behind Vampires
Thanks to Keanu Reeves, we all know Bram Stroker’s novel, Dracula. It’s one of the most famous literary works in the English language. He may have invented Count Dracula, but Bram Stroker certainly didn’t invent the idea of vampires. Where did vampires come from? Why did humans think of bloodthirsty batmen before Batman? Why is Batman not a vampire? (Okay, we don’t have any good answers for that one.)
The idea of blood-sucking demons extends back to pre-historic times. Although obviously mythical beings, the myths were inspired by real-life elements. It seems most of vampire history is rooted in distrust of women, but there are also elements of disease or just the weird things you find when you keep digging up dead bodies. (Which we at Cracked strongly advise against…especially if you’re not prepared to see the results.)
So here’s to our favorite blood-sucking myths and their final evolution of Robert Pattinson’s Twilight.