Vampire History

Vampire Timeline: Vampire myths go back thousands of years and are seen in almost every culture worldwide. There are an endless variety of vampires recorded. China has red eyed monsters with green or pink hair while the Greek have Lamia; which has the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a winged serpent. Even further separated are the vampire foxes in Japan. Malaysia has the Penanggalang; which is a head with trailing entrails that sucks your blood.


Year Event

5000 BC

The emergence of Vampirism in the Mediterranean Basin.

2000 BC

Tomb of the Vampire is erected in Giza, Egypt.

31

Jesus is claimed to have healed vampires at Capernaum.

140

Reign of Longinus, Rome's Vampire Emperor.

773

Charlemagne defeats Quadilla the Vampire thus saving Rome.

1047

"Upir" makes it's first appearance as a word referring to a Russian prince as "Upir Lichy", or wicked vampire.

1096

First Crusade expels vampires from The Holy Land, Jerusalem.

1196

"Chronicles" by William of Newburgh's. It recorded several stories of vampire-like revenants in England.

1428

"Dracula" aka Vlad Dracula or aka Vlad the Impaler is born.

1477

Vlad the Impaler is assassinated.

1484

The Malleus Maleficarium (The Witch Hunter's Bible) is written by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. The topic of how to hunt and destroy a vampire is discussed within it's pages.

1530

Italian scientist Ludovico Fatinelli burned at the stake for suggesting a biological cause for vampirism in his "Treatise on Vampires".

1560

Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory is born.

1607

"The Ship of the Dead" brings vampires to the New World.

1610

Elizabeth Bathory is tried and convicted of killing several hundred of girls. Her sentence is life imprisonment.

1614

Elizabeth Bathory dies.

1679

A German vampire text, "De Masticatione Mortuorum", is written by Phillip Rohr.

1734

The word "vampyre" enters the English language.

1748

The first modern vampyre poem, "Der Vampir", is published.

1813

A vampire appears in Lord Byron's The Giaour.

1819

John Polidori's "The Vampyre," is the first vampire story in English is published.

1847

Bram Stoker is born.

1850

Haussman destroys Paris' Vampire Quarter then rebuilds city.

1854

Copper Creek Siege in California prompts formation of Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency.

1872

In Italy, Vincenzo Verzeni is convicted of murdering two people and drinking their blood.

1882

New York Vampire riots ensue.

1891

Steketee's Vampire Rights Movement in France is started.

1897

"Dracula" by Bram Stoker is published in England.

1905

Worldwide vampire population hits the one million.

1924

Fritz Haarmann "The Vampire of Hanover" is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampire crime spree.

1931

Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is released.

1932

The movie "Vampyr," directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer, is released.

1936

"Dracula's Daughter" is released.

1943

U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt unveils "The Zozobra Project".

1943

"Son of Dracula", stars Lon Chaney, Jr., as Dracula.

1950

In New Mexico an auto mechanic named Joe Valdez becomes the first successful recipient of the vampire vaccine.

1962

The Count Dracula Society is founded in the United States by Donald Reed.

1964

"The Munsters" and "The Addams Family"; television shows with vampire characters.

1965

Jeanne Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club.

1967

Due to the Lazo Disaster in Siberia, the United Nations (UN) passes a resolution banning vampire blood research.

1970

Sean Manchester founds The Vampire Research Society. "In Search of Dracula" by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu is published.

Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.

1976

The first of The Vampire Chronicles, "Interview With the Vampire", by Anne Rice is published.

1979

Frank Langella stars in the remake of Dracula.

1980

Richard Chase, the so-called Dracula Killer of Sacramento, California, commits suicide in prison.

1985

"The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice is published and reaches the best seller list.

1986

President Reagan lifts ban on the vampire and zombie blood research.

1987

"Methuselah Project" is initiated at the Santa Rosa Institute.

1988

"The Queen of the Damned" is published by Anne Rice.

1991

"Vampire: The Masquerade", the vampire role-playing game is released by White Wolf.

1992

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" directed by Francis Ford Coppola opens in movie theaters.

Andrei Chikatilo of Russia, is sentenced to death after killing and committing vampirism on 55 people.

"The Tale of the Body Thief" by Anne Rice is published.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy/horror film about a valley girl cheerleader named Buffy (Kristy Swanson) who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The movie is a parody which plays on the cliches of typical horror films. The film was written by Joss Whedon who later created the darker and more acclaimed TV series of the same name starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was a moderate success at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics.

1994

The film version of Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" opens with Tom Cruise as The Vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis.

1996

TV series - Kindred: The Embraced (1996) airs on TV. The vampire TV show was cancelled when the star Julian Luna (Mark Frankel) was killed by a motor cycle accident.

1997

TV series - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003) airs on TV. An American television series; a supernatural drama that aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon. The series narrative follows Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as Slayers. Slayers are chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. Like previous Slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides, teaches, and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends.

1999

TV Series - Angel (1999 - 2004) airs on TV. An American television series, a spin-off of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David Greenwalt, and first aired on October 5, 1999. The show details the ongoing trials of Angel, a vampire whose human soul was restored to him by gypsies as a punishment for the murder of one of their own. After more than a century of murder and the torture of innocents, Angel's restored soul torments him with guilt and remorse. During the first four seasons of the show, he works as a private detective in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, California, where he and a variety of associates work to "help the helpless" and to restore the faith and save the souls of those who have lost their way. Typically, this involves doing battle with evil demons or demonically allied humans, primarily related to Wolfram & Hart, a law firm. He also has to battle his own demonic nature.

1998

Blade is released into theaters.

Pandora by Anne Rice is published.

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice is published.

1999

Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice is published.

2002

Blade II is released in theaters. Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.

Queen of the Damned is released in theaters. The Vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.

2008

Twilight is released in theaters. A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.

TV Series - True Blood airs on HBO.

2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is released in theaters. Following Bella's ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen and his family abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year more of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edward's image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks. With the help of her childhood friend Jacob Black, Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bella's frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own. When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret of the Quileutes and Edward's true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she'd hoped for.

The Vampire Diaries series airs. It is about a teenage girl torn between two vampire brothers with a long dark past.



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