Medieval “Vampire” Found

Stick a brick in it!

Stick a brick in it!

The remains of a medieval “vampire” have been found on the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon. She was either a vampire, or just someone that was buried with a brick in her mouth (maybe she was the village loud mouth?).

This “vampire” was buried in a common grave with a bunch of other victims of the Venetian plague of 1576. Many people tend to think that this sort of thing that only happened long ago, and that people don’t hold such silly beliefs anymore. But as far as I can see, there is just as much superstition going on today as there was then. Like the Icelandic Elf School that teaches students about the different types of elves that inhabit Iceland. Or the woman that was driven out of  town by Sarah Palin’s Pentecostal church with “spiritual warfare” (I’m not sure if they hold their hands up to their heads and make humming sounds, but that’s what I picture).

Oh, you just want blood. You can leave, then! How selfish, it's all about your needs.

Oh, you just want blood. You can leave, then! How selfish, it's all about your needs.

Vampires used to be my favorite supernatural creature, but they are starting to wane a bit. Probably because of all the super crappy vampire movies that have been released lately, like Twilight and 30 Days of Night. I’m not sure what will take the place of vampires, though. Zombies are always good, but they will never be number one; they are just a bit too one dimensional. All the drama involved in zombies is in the minds of the victims. To be fair, being eaten by a dearly departed loved one would be pretty terrifying. Gargoyles are nice. As are Norse frost giants.

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