Vampires

Vampires; the Undead

Although vampires are recognized to be deadly creatures and their

existence is controversial, evidence substantiates that they do indeed

exist. The teachings and the records of the past give enough proof for

sane people. Horrible things happen today, due to vampire activity.

Humans are instinctively fearful of the truth, fortune and of death; but

human fear of the fact that some incidences are actually caused by vampires

leads man to ignore the problem and thus make himself believe that

vampires do not exist. Ignoring the problem only increases its severity.

The number of vampires is probably multiplying. Vampires would most likely

one day rise against humanity, to avenge their long dead ancestors, and

turn the human population into a vampire one. People need to be aware of

the problem, and educated about vampires, maybe even taught about them in

school, so that humans can destroy the legions of the undead and live in

peace.

If the issue of vampires\' existence is to be discussed, then the exact

meaning of the word vampire should be clarified. Webster\'s New Collegiate

Dictionary defines a vampire as "a bloodsucking ghost or reanimated body

of a dead person believed to come out from the grave and wander about by

night sucking the blood of persons asleep" (qtd. in Baumann 5). This

statement is also supported by the Oxford Advanced Learner\'s Dictionary of

Current English and Encyclopedia International (950; 6). Dictionaries and

encyclopedias usually give limited information, but in this case they

actually gave an incorrect definition. Firstly, vampires are not

"believed..." to be, but their existence has been proven. Secondly,
they

do not just suck "the blood of persons asleep" but also of those
who are

awake. In short, the word vampire is applied to a dead and buried person

who rises out of the grave every night except Friday, and goes about

stealthily sucking the blood of whoever is available (Crow 252). Kipling

was absolutely correct in writing that "Some of him lived but the most
of

him died" (201).

Vampires have certain physical characteristics that distinguishe them

from humans. Generally, vampires are pale and skinny (Baumann 7). The

most widely known universal characteristic would be the fangs. Right

before the bloody encounter, the vampire uses its piercing eyes to

hypnotize its prey (Baumann 7). The vampire plunges these two, long, sharp

teeth into the jugular vein and sucks the blood from its victims (Baumann

7). It is well known that vampires cast no shadow nor a reflection in the

mirror (Stoker 245). A vampire can transform himself into a wolf (Stoker
245). Vampires can

also take the form of a bat to gain entry into a victim\'s house; It would

resume its normal form once inside (Baumann 7). Vampires, on certain

occasions, can also be seen as phantoms (Crow 252). Vampires are not

always spotted right away; but because of these morphological differences

between humans and vampires, it can be made.

Vampires have powers, but they can not always do as they wish because

their power is limited. A vampire will remain undead, as long as it feasts

on the blood of the living and is not killed (Stoker 245). A vampire can

not die like a human by the mere passing of time and the growing of age

because he can grow younger (Stoker 245). People who have died by the

hands of a vampire are at his command (Stoker 243).

A vampire "...can direct the elements: the storm, the fog, the thunder;

he can command all the meaner things: the rat, and the owl, and the bat

and the fox, and the wolf..." (Stoker 243). A vampire possesses strength

so overwhelming that it is estimated to be the equivalent of twenty people

(Stoker 243). A vampire can transform himself into a wolf, can come in

mist, can slip through hair breadth space, can see in the dark, and he can

come on moonlight rays as elemental dust (Stoker 245). A vampire can only

enter a house at first if invited, he can then come as he pleases (Stoker

246). A vampire is powerless in daytime (Stoker 246). If the undead

creature is not in its coffin, it can only transform itself at sunrise,

noon, or sunset (Stoker 246). A vampire can only pass running water at the

slack or the flood of the tide (Stoker 246). Garlic and a crucifix make a

vampire powerless (Stoker 246). A vampire with all its power still has to

abide by some of nature\'s laws.

No one is born a vampire; yet, one can become a vampire if certain

conditions are met. According to legend, when a werewolf dies, it

immediately