The remains of a woman’s skull with a rock thrust into its jaws is evidence of the mediaeval fear of vampires, Italian anthropologists have claimed.

Scientists found the skull, with its mouth agape and a large slab of rock forced into its mouth, while excavating a mass grave dating from the Middle Ages on an island near Venice.

Female “vampires” were often blamed for spreading the plague epidemics through Europe, said Matteo Borrini of Florence University.

Wedging a rock or brick into the mouth of a suspected vampire was a way of preventing the person from feeding on the bodies of other plague victims and rising from the grave to attack the living, he told a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver last week.


Taste the deadly passion of the blood-nymphs as we explore the Sapphic side of vampire movies…

Okay, so maybe we’re getting a little too excited about the new film Lesbian Vampire Killers. It looks funny and awesome and maybe a little bit spooky, plus it has hot fang on fang action – what more do you want?

But, we’re sad to say, there’s no date for an Australian release date set yet, so all we can do is drool (or hemorrhage, perhaps) over the trailer. In case you’ve missed it, here you go:


Bad news for Otherkin who think themselves to be vampires: according to University of Central Florida physics professor Costas Efthimiou, it’s mathematically impossible:

Efthimiou’s debunking logic: On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600.  A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on.

If mortality rates were taken into consideration, the population would disappear much faster. Even an unrealistically high reproduction rate couldn’t counteract this effect.

“In the long run, humans cannot survive under these conditions, even if our population were doubling each month,” Efthimiou said. “And doubling is clearly way beyond the human capacity of reproduction.”

So whatever you think you see prowling around on Oct. 31, it most certainly won’t turn you into a vampire.


In the west, we tend to categorize everything. We try to come up with rules and regulations that define what something is, sometimes to desperate lengths and great frustration when something just doesn’t fit.

Mythical creatures are no exception. We view the vampire as a blood drinking undead human, and a werewolf as a living human that can take a wolf-like form and ravage the population like an animal. In Eastern Europe, the homeland of most folklore relating to the vampire and werewolf, these lines can become hopelessly blurred, and the creatures can become almost the same.

Take the vrykolakas, the Greek version of the Vampire. While most vampire legends tend to involve drinking human blood as part of the mythos, in this case, it does not. The vrykolakas comes into being simply after living a sacrilegious life, or after an excommunication or burial in ground that was not consecrated, or most ominously eating mutton that had been previously tasted by a werewolf.


An ancient vampire has been unearthed in Courtenay.

The remains of the 80-million-year-old creature were found by local fossil hunter Rick Ross on a highway construction site.

And now a world-renowned expert from Japan has been to the Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre to confirm the fossilized lower jaw is of creature scientists have never seen before – an ancestor of the fearsome ‘Vampire Squid from Hell.’


CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Feb 13, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — “The Transient,” a short horror film that imagines 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln as a blood-sucking vampire, has hit the Internet.
Recent University of Illinois graduate Chris Lukeman and producer Anne Shivers, a UI senior majoring in history, told The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette their 25-minute-long movie wasn’t intended to make any political or anti-Lincoln statements.

“Dracula”: This dramatic retelling of the Bram Stoker classic just opened at the NoHo Arts Center and is, in its own words, “graphic” and full of adults-only pleasures. We’ve always found the intimidating, glowering count pretty scintillating — maybe it’s those giant-collared capes that he wraps around himself with such flair — so we can only imagine what this troupe of bold, ready-to-bare thespians will do with the tale. Oh my… Through March 22. 11136 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood. 818-508-7101.

Symbolic Getaway: Few holidays are as symbol-riddled as V Day — hearts, flowers, Cupid, repeat — and we’re willing to go along with that. However, we like our symbols bigger, as in Mount Whitney (the highest point in the contiguous U.S.) and Badwater (same as Mount Whitney, only substitute “lowest” for “highest”). You can do both of them in the same weekend (or at least get fairly close to Mount Whitney, which is very snowy right now — we’d opt to stay in Lone Pine or Bishop and just gaze upon the mountain). And snuggle-closer hotels aren’t far away from either spot. Is there a better way to think about your path than visiting high/low points together? Heavy. But fun. Bonus: You can drive to the area in about half a day from LA.


London: Scientists have said that a synthetic “chemical sex smell” could help rid North America’s Great Lakes of the sea lamprey, a devastating pest, dubbed as the “vampire fish”.

The sea lamprey has parasitised native species of the Great Lakes since its accidental introduction in the 1800s.

The sea lamprey’s natural life cycle takes it from birth in a stream to adulthood in the ocean, where it gains its vampirical appellation.

Circular jaws lock on to another, larger fish, and a sharp tongue carves through its scales.

From then on, the lamprey feeds on the blood and body fluids of its temporary host, often killing it in the process.

The Great Lakes on the US-Canada border support recreational fishing worth billions of dollars a year, which the lampreys would wreck but for a control programme costing about 20 million dollars annually.

Now, according to a report by BBC News, US researchers have deployed a laboratory version of a male sea lamprey pheromone to trick ovulating females into swimming upstream into traps.


People don’t usually see vampires as a redeemer. However, apparently stroke experts presume that vampire saliva may aid in saving brain cells in stroke patients.

Evidently a clinical trial is being conducted in order to test the effect of desmoteplase or the drug based on a particular enzyme in bat saliva. The name of this drug is believed to be inspired from the bat’s scientific name, Desmodus Rotundus. While the bat feeds on its victim, this particular enzyme apparently thins the victim’s blood so as to avoid blood clotting.


It’s taken quite a bit of doing, but we finally have Internet at Castle Bachula. Satellite was our only option, but that works. The real challenge was electric power. Count Bachula will only use the Internet at night for some reason, so I’ve had to special order lunar panels instead of solar panels—since lunar panels will work at night. (Except on new moons, but what can you do!)

I must confess it’s pretty strange to surf the Web by candle and torch-light. On a lunar-powered internet connection, no less.

Now to introduce the Count to the World Wide Web!