The magic and mystery of vampires have long since been a captivating interest in our society. It was not until 1897 that the popularity of the vampire really took off; when the book “Dracula” came out. “Dracula” spawned a global interest that is still alive and well today.
With vampires gaining popularity in books of Anne Rice, ;Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and several other Pop sources: it is no wonder there are people today who believe in vampires. Is there any way to prove or disprove this though. Arguing against the existence of a vampire is akin to disproving there is a Santa Claus. To try and puzzle this together we need to go back to 1897.
This is when it is believed the first vampire hunting kits were sold. The vampire kits were often made by a person named Professor Ernst Blomberg. The kits were sold to tourists typically as nothing more than a souvenir. The more gullible may have purchased them in hopes that they would provide actual defense against a vampire. The kits typically contained the following
- An efficient pistol with its usual accoutrements
- Silver Bullets
- An Ivory crucifix
- Powdered flowers of garlic
- A wooden stake
- Professor Blomberg’s new serum
- Sometimes knives
- Sometimes crossbows
- Holy Water
Curious to note the gun and silver bullets, because silver bullets were usually used to kill only werewolves not vampires. Every kit we found mention of was different. It was purported that these kits were all a hoax; and they were all made form antique materials. This makes sense since the gun didn’t really fit. How do you explain the kits though that didn’t include a gun? Were these souvenirs of Bram Stoker’s time or were they actually used to kill vampires?
So if the vampire hunting kit is not all hoax then there must be a vampire hunter still. Sean Manchester is perhaps the most famous contemporary vampire hunter and he says he has slain many vampires. He is a priest and a bishop for the Catholic church. According to Sean a vampire is a demonically possessed corpse, that must have an exorcism performed upon it. There is an excellent interview with Sean done by the BBC . After reading Sean’s interview it becomes clear without a doubt that he “knows” vampires exist. Sean makes a very convincing argument that vampires do in fact exist but he never gives any true empirical evidence.
Mr Papachumba: “What does the scientific world say about your vampire exorcisms?”
Sean Manchester: “You must ask them. I rarely do myself. I’m not a scientist, and don’t analyse or disect these matters scientifically. I am, after all, an exorcist.”
Vampires it seems rely upon faith much like today’s contemporary religions. Maybe we are looking for the wrong type of vampire. Vampires exist in many forms, even people we know can be vampires, if we change the criteria. Any story given enough time and power can change our perceptions and alter history. It is up to us to rationalize and determine what is probable and what is possible.
* Vampire Hunting Kit
* Vampire Killing Kit
* Vampire Killing Kit 2
* Vampire Hunting Kit 2
* Vampire Killing Kit 3
* Vampire Killing Kit 4
* Vampire Killing Kit 5
* Vampire Killing Kit 6
* Vampire Hunter Interview