Once upon a time…
The legend of bloodsucking creatures, dead people who come back to a kind of life, is reported to come from Slavic and Hungarian traditions. The word vampire comes from French, that comes from German and Serbian vampir.
The concept has changed lately, since some authors have developed characters that exist under different conditions from those of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula. From Count Dracula –see Bela Lugosi in 1931- to Eric Northman –see Alexander Skarsgård in 2009- there is a world of differences, but at the same time a common set of features.
There is fear and fascination, there is something romantic in their mystery and suffering. There is something sexy in them, too. They are immortal -sort of-, they are powerful, they are beyond ourselves but part of us.