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Top 10 List of Ways I Learned How to Become a Vampire

Top-10-List-of-Ways-I-Learned-How-to-Become-a-Vampire

Lately, I’ve received quite a few requests from readers wanting to know if I knew how they could become a vampire. Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to ask since I’ve never actively attempted to become one of these creatures and I tend to discourage cryptanthropy as a casual endeavor. However, in my studies at Miskatonic University I became friends …

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The Shelby County Werewolf Legends

Werewolf legends, Image of Shelby County Farm

In Shelby County, Kentucky, livestock such as goats and calves are being attacked by an animal that remains shrouded in mystery. What’s so strange about it is these animals are not being eaten at all by the creature. The fact that they merely are being attacked is what has many people on edge, because if it were a mountain lion …

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Vampires In History

Vampires In History

While there are many strange and mysterious creatures in the darkest corners of the world, there are also humans with a whole range of psychological problems and some of these can manifest to appear like creatures such as vampires. The key to understanding vampires in history is identifying the real deal from these impostors and a good place to start is …

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The Vampires of Woodstock

Woodstock Vampire Historical Picture

New England was a hot bed for vampire activity in the 1800’s causing a ‘panic’ which overtook the whole area from Rhode Island to Connecticut. While the passage of time has blurred which vampire reports were real and which were hysterical reactions to the grief and fear caused by consumption [tuberculosis] the stories and events clearly reflect the people weren’t leaving anything to chance. One …

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Werewolf Legends of Kentucky

Suspected werewolf print.

Residents of rural Kentucky have long known werewolves lurk in the dark, in the brush, just out of sight. Like all great traditions, the werewolf legends of Kentucky have been passed by word of mouth and told to anyone who will listen. It seems like every native Kentuckian has either seen one or knows someone who has. These stories are shared …

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Manuel Blanco Romasanta, A Serial Killer or Werewolf?

Romasant transformed into a werewolf.

Manuel Blanco Romasanta is said to be the first serial killer in Spain documented as having admitted to thirteen counts of murder. What makes Romasanta a topic of discussion around cryptid circles is not what he did but how he did it. Romasanta maintained he was not responsible for the murders because he was under a malevolent curse that turned him into a …

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Rachel Harris – The Vampire of Manchester

Vampire organs were burned in the blacksmith's forge.

This piece of vampire history comes from Manchester, Vermont and follows the story of Rachel Harris. Rachel was the stepdaughter of Esquire Powell and on March 8, 1789 she married Captain Isaac Burton who was a deacon in the congregational church of the town. Tragically, their marriage ended in February of the following year when Rachel contracted tuberculosis and died. Once a healthy …

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The Adlet – Greenland Werewolves

adlet

If the tales told by the Inuits are true, there exists a secret race of cryptids in Greenland with humanoid bodies and wolf-like legs called the Adlet (or Erqigdlet). The first recorded stories of the Adlet came from the ethnologist Franz Boas who heard legends of their existence while visiting Cumberland Sound from an Inuit named Pakaq. The story was published in …

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The Beast of Exmoor

Blurry picture of the Beast of Exmoor

Exmoor is an area of moorland in the northern Devon and west Somerset areas of South-West England.  It is named for the River Exe that has its source in the area and runs down to the sea at Exmouth.  It is also the home of the mysterious cat-like cryptid known as the Beast of Exmoor. The original sightings of the …

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The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

There’s an infamous cryptid hunting its prey around areas of New Jersey affectionately known as the Jersey Devil. First documented some two hundred and fifty years ago, this creature may have originated in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and was originally known as the Leeds Devil after a woman known to history as Mother Leeds (thought to be Deborah …

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