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Where to Find a Vampire in Real Life

Judith enjoys disconcerting herself and others with chilling stories from near and far.

Discover six sites around the world where vampires may lurk.

Discover six sites around the world where vampires may lurk.

The Lair of the Undead

Where to find a vampire? Cynics might suggest between the pages of a book or flickering across the screen in a Hammer Horror film. I can't argue with that; you will definitely find them there. But for centuries there have been persistent rumours of blood-sucking wraiths, so who's to say that there aren't a few revenants skulking around the globe? If you have an interest in proving the doubters wrong, where might you find a bona fide vampire?

Places With Possible Vampire Sightings

There are, of course, the traditional hunting grounds of Eastern Europe, the birthplace of popular vampire lore. However, vampires can apparently be found throughout the world. Here is a list of places to either avoid or visit, depending on your feelings towards the undead.

  1. The Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania
  2. The Cemeteries of New Orleans
  3. Highgate Cemetery in London
  4. Coventry Street in London
  5. Tower Hamlets in London
  6. The Town of Winsford in Cheshire

1. The Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania

Think of vampires and you think of Transylvania. Bram Stoker's Dracula was based upon Vlad the Impaler, a medieval prince of Wallachia. Vlad's kingdom, which was located in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, is now part of Romania. Vlad was a particularly cruel and bloodthirsty ruler, whose bloodlust has resulted in his being labelled a vampire. In fact, the Romanians, in common with other Slavic peoples, have long believed in the concept of vampires

Although Stoker has fired the imagination of vampire hunters everywhere, and although the Romanians have a great many customs devoted to the detection and destruction of vampires, modern sightings of the nosferatu are either extremely rare or kept very quiet. Perhaps having had centuries of practice, the vampires of Transylvania are simply very accomplished and manage to keep themselves undetected.

If you plan to travel to Transylvania, go on St George's Eve (22 April) as this is traditionally the gathering day for vampires and witches. Stoker chose this day for Jonathan Harker to arrive in Transylvania and as we know, he was spectacularly successful in finding his vampire!

A New Orleans cemetery—possible home to a vampire?

A New Orleans cemetery—possible home to a vampire?

2. The Cemeteries of New Orleans

It's no wonder that New Orleans provided the inspiration for Anne Rice's vampire novels. From the Spanish Moss dripping from the trees to the breathless steamy nights, the Crescent City oozes a menacing charm. There may be a few vampires lurking in the courtyards of the Vieux Carre, but your best bet for finding a vampire might be in the City's cemeteries.

New Orleans' cemeteries are truly Cities of the Dead. The tombs are above ground due to the high water table; try to bury a body here and it will simply float to the surface. To overcome the problem the locals constructed their vaults above ground and placed the coffins inside. The larger tombs look like little houses, so the cemeteries have the feeling of a silent deserted town.

Local rumours persist that the Cities of the Dead are home to vampires and that it is these creatures who are responsible for a series of suspicious deaths in 1933 and 1984. In each of these cases, bodies were found with the throats torn out and despite the catastrophic injuries, it was remarked by police and paramedics that there was a lack of blood at the scene.

If you are tempted to visit one of the city's cemeteries, the advice is not to go alone; join an organised tour, of which there are many. Whether this is to protect you from the blood-thirsty attention of the undead or violent theft by the living is unclear; in either case, it remains good advice.

Highgate Cemetery West, Egyptian Avenue

Highgate Cemetery West, Egyptian Avenue

3. Highgate Cemetery in London

Highgate Cemetery is perhaps London's best-known cemetery. It is huge; 37 acres containing around 53,000 graves. Some of the occupants are famous, like Karl Marx, whilst others wither away anonymously. There's plenty of scope for a vampire's lair in this fascinating Victorian cemetery. Indeed, Bram Stoker fictionalised the cemetery in Dracula; Lucy Westenra is buried at Kingstead Cemetery, based on Highgate. Small wonder then that vampires are said to reside in this North London cemetery.

The Highgate Vampire

The first modern reports of vampire activity at Highgate were in 1963. Two 16-year-old girls were walking home late one night past the cemetery and were shocked to see bodies emerging from graves. Shortly afterward, a couple walked past the same spot and reported seeing a figure hovering behind the gates. They watched for a few moments, riveted to the spot and were alarmed at the look of abject horror on the apparition's face. In the following months, the figure was spotted on numerous occasions, floating around the path near the gate. The apparition was dubbed a vampire after the discovery of animal carcasses sucked clean of blood.

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The Highgate vampire finally attacked in 1971, if a young woman is to be believed. She was returning home in the early hours of the morning, her journey taking her past the cemetery. She was suddenly thrown to the ground with great force by a tall dark figure. Fortunately, a car stopped to help her and her attacker vanished.

Despite a great deal of media interest and investigations by police and paranormal investigators, no one has actually managed to find any evidence of the vampire. You might like to try; organised tours of the West Cemetery run at weekends, whilst you can visit the East Cemetery unaccompanied. Entry fees apply.

Highgate Cemetery Location

4. Coventry Street in London

Perhaps the Highgate Vampire occasionally ventures out across London. Certainly, in 1922 there were suspicions of a vampire in London's West End. A man was found unconscious in the early hours of the morning at a corner on Coventry Street and taken to Charing Cross Hospital. The doctor found a small stab mark on his neck.

The young man, a clerk, said he remembered being pounced on by a man who bit his neck. Remarkably, two more men were brought into the hospital with the same injuries later that day. No attacker was ever found, nor were there any further assaults.

A Vampire Spotted Here!

5. Tower Hamlets in London

The East End of London was awash with reports of a vampire prowling amongst the Bangladeshi community in 2005. Despite appeals for calm in mosques, people were gripped by tales of veiled figures grabbing victims, sometimes from their own doorways, and biting them.

Many Bengalis lived in fear for several weeks, locking their doors and staying indoors after dark. Some community leaders reported that the stories had originated in the Bangladeshi community in Birmingham, where there were reports of a man attacking people and tearing at their flesh. No evidence of these attacks was found. Nonetheless, the Police received 17 calls about the predator but eventually, the threat seems to have melted away.

6. The Town of Winsford in Cheshire

In the 1970s two young women were referred to a doctor as they had become lethargic and listless, and had the same physical symptoms too; purple marks at their necks and breasts. They both claimed to have had dreams about a tall dark man entering their bedrooms. One of the girls recognised the man as a local art student. After ruling out any other causes of their conditions, the doctor decided to visit the art student, a young Hungarian named Lazlo.

After his visit to Lazlo, the doctor too began to experience strange phenomena. His cat was killed and its corpse was left on his doorstep. His fiancée, who knew nothing about the case, awoke feeling icy hands strangling her. Strange disembodied voices threatened the doctor. He decided to forget scientific reason and issued the two girls with crucifixes and Bibles. They gradually regained their former health and the marks faded. Lazlo faded away too; he quit his lodgings and wasn't seen again. Or was he?

In 1991, a young woman who was staying in the house formerly occupied by one of the assaulted girls reported an apparition of a tall dark man hovering by her bed. She hid under the covers for some time, emerging to find him gone. Perhaps Lazlo is still fond of Winsford's girls.

A Cautionary Tale for Vampire Hunters

In 1973 Demetrious Myicuria was found dead in his bed at The Villas, Stokeville, Stoke on Trent. His body was surrounded by salt and garlic, apparently in an attempt to ward off vampires, which he feared were in the area.

His cause of death? Initially, it was thought he had choked to death on one of his cloves of garlic; the post mortem examination revealed that the offending item was less romantic, but equally deadly—a pickled onion.

Comments

Dickface on February 19, 2017:

Hmm i think I seen one around Grafton NSW Australia not long ago...

Gabama on February 14, 2017:

I found this article very interesting!! I definitely don't believe in this stuff, but you have my mind wondering for sure. Great read!!!

Saduni on November 15, 2016:

Hay is New orleans covered with cute vampire boys ? And by the way your reasurch is best ..

Stacey on October 30, 2016:

Hi I loved reading all the blogs & such on the interest of Vampiric mythical/ true sightings & stories of the prince of darkness , I must say .. I've had this interest, though fasination from a very

early age.. enjoyed your hub.cheers

kenzie on October 30, 2015:

Is the any in mt pleasant mi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 15, 2015:

Thanks for the positive feedback!

monalisha on June 13, 2015:

Since childhood I wanted to be a vampire thanks for the info once b4 dying would surely like to meet a vampire. Thanks for the knowledgeable information you gave all vampire fans really appreciate your hard efforts to put this in such a systematic way. Will be waiting to hear something soon. Good job hats off and I to give a positive vote for this :)

Tyler leslie on April 28, 2015:

I want to become a real vampire

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 14, 2014:

Thank you!

GeraldineLust on December 13, 2014:

Keep up the good work.

It's a great and interesting article.

kittyeyes2010 on October 21, 2014:

I would love to become a vampires

marne on October 20, 2014:

hi i find it good and scary but i love to still get to know one of these guys in be apart of there world but still be in mine too i have never been in luck with my own breed and by hanging with them and studing and being friends if able might help me to seek my more i also like to date one too if can i beleave differnet then them so i hope they can see that a not hurt mewould it be able

Judi Brown (author) from UK on September 20, 2014:

Hi Kristina - I blame Bram Stoker :-)

Kristina Pitts from Greenville, SC, USA on September 19, 2014:

Why is the world obsessed with vampires? But great article!!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on April 14, 2014:

Not sure who you are trying to get hold of, but good luck!

REGR on April 12, 2014:

ASAHI

TRYING TO GET A hold of YOU FIND ME HERE AS ROSERED81

Brad S. Muffley from fredericksburg VA on April 11, 2014:

we live everywhere around the world... we hide right in front of you humans... and we are many and our population is still growing

jessica on March 17, 2014:

Hey I love this its gr8 I love vamps I wouldn't mind to see one meet one kiss one or beein bit by one I just don't wane be killed by one

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Greetings judi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on July 26, 2013:

Hi raven heft!

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Greetings Judi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on July 26, 2013:

Hi raven heft - and vice versa, I'm sure!

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Interesting how some human females are so fascinated by male vampires.

asahi on June 10, 2013:

regr,you still want to find your vampire? Why don't you speak with me,don"t be afraid i already said that i don't bite.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 10, 2013:

Hi nathaniel - sometimes, but not often.

nathaniel on June 09, 2013:

hi... do you ever get the felying like someone is flowing.

become every time i am out in town i fely like i am being flowing...

every time turn urond no one is thire

regr on May 26, 2013: