- Blood around the mouth (though the long canine teeth weren’t one of the original attributes)
- Clad in the linen shroud in which the person was buried.
- Can’t see its reflection in the mirror.
- Must be invited into someone’s home.
Did you know. . . ?
- Vampires were originally described as bloated and ruddy with a dark countenance? I know, right? So much for the pale-skinned, sparkling (Edward Cullen, is that you?), sculpted creatures we’re so used to nowadays.
- Vampires often arise from the corpses of suicide victims, criminals, and sorcerers.
- In Greece, Vampires are known to arise from corpses that haven’t been mourned properly.
How to kill a vampire
- Drive a wooden stake through its heart
- Burn the corpse
- Cut off its head
- Shoot a silver bullet into its heart
- Force a vampire into sunlight
- Use holy water, church relics, or garlic to subdue it
- Any combination of the aforementioned death methods.
- Blood for Blood, by Ben Wolf
- Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Neitz
- The Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyer (yes, I dare to include it)
- Dracula, by Bram Stoker (duh…)
- The generic zombie (riddled by virus, aggressive, curious.) Goal: kill and eat humans
- The runner zombie, and obviously the biggest threat. (Infected, long endurance, speedy.) Goal: chase and eat humans
- The stalker zombie (feral, walk on all fours, twitchy, attacks other zombies.) Goal: stalk and eat humans…and zombies.
- The crawler zombie (partially decapitated or maimed, crawls using remaining limbs, annoying, ankle-biters.) Goal: crawl after and gnaw on ankles.
- Bonie zombies (flesh is almost all rotted away, live in groups, hide in shadows.) Goal: make more zombies
- Amish Zombies in Space, by Kerry Nietz
- World War Z
- Walking Dead (TV Show)