Perhaps no fear is more primal than that of being consumed. That ancient terror is likely the root of the bloodsucker myths that darken folklore around the world. Vampire myths and tales of other bloodsucking creatures of the night are found in just about every culture across the globe, and date back centuries.
Each story takes on its own sinister dimensions. In some regions, blood drinkers are demons or evil spirits with the power to possess and reanimate the dead. In others, vampire lore shared some grisly details with the werewolf legend, as the creatures were said to shift their shapes. As for the dreadful creatures that were rumored to haunt Germany, they fed on fear as much as on blood.
These vampires from around the world still frighten as much as they fascinate. Discover their stories, and maybe consider investing in some garlic.
Celtic Fairies Bake Blood CakesPhoto: Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
The German Alp Feeds On Blood, Milk, And Fear
The Mesopotamian Lamashtu Eats NewbornsPhoto: Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
The Indian Vetala Reanimates CorpsesPhoto: inscripta.tumblr.com / via Pinterest
The Irish Dearg-Due Lures Young Men To Their DoomPhoto: ilovewerewolves.com / via Pinterest
The Filipino Aswang Sucks Up Blood With A Super-Long TonguePhoto: Flickr/CC 2.0