Vampires Throughout History*

Vampires have been present throughout history. Although almost every aspect of the original vampire has been modified in one way or another throughout history, the bite of the vampire remains the signature attack. This bite corrupts the soul (by converting the bitten into a vampire—one of demonic infection), drains life, and transmits death itself from the non-living to the living. Authors have used the vampire myth to mold societal consciousness for years. Fantasy in media has been used for decades to explore social change and has, in turn, informed social change. 

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