I have been reading this thread with interest and now offer some information i found in a book it does not say if vampires are real or not it just gives facts im new at this so dont blame me for any thing wrong.
"Bram stoker's novel DRACULA and its film adaptions and offshoots have blurred the line between fact and fiction by drawing on a variety of European
folklore traditions,as well as the real historical figures of Vlad Dracul and his son Vlad Tepes, the Impaler,the cruel and bloodthirsty rulers of
15th century Wallachia.
Another prototype of today's fictional vampire may have been Elizabeth Bathori,the Countess of Hungary.in 1610 she was found guilty of murdering over
600 young girls and bathing in their blood in order to preserve her own youth.She was convicted of sourcery and imprisoned for the rest of her
Putting both fiction and history aside, bloodthirsty undead revenants have existed in various parts of the world for some time.The ancient Assyrians
went in fear of eery ekimmu,and the romans were prayed upon by the striges,which took the form of birds.Vampires dissapeared from britain in c.1300
but were much more common in continental Europe for much longer: Bulgaria had an epidemic in 1863
There are dozens of national and regional vampire variants.Many of these are said to be ghosts or spirits,but all share characteristics such as
bloodsucking or shapechanging.They include the Portugese bruxa; the indian vetala; the north american anchanchu; the south american azeman; the
trinidadian sukuyan; and the malaysian bajang"
Use this info any way you want