Many accredit Vlad Tepes, the Prince of Romania (Wallachia), for bringing vampire lore into the world. He was Stoker's inspiration for Dracula and infamous for sadistic means of torture. He impaled his enemies and publicly drank their blood during estate dinners conducted on the palace grounds.
Then there was Erzebet Bathory. According to urban legend, she killed her chambermaids and bathed in their blood to prevent herself from aging. It turns out that this never happened, at least the baths of blood part of the story. On an interesting sidenote, Prince Charles is supposedly related to both Bathory and Vlad, a luscious tidbit for New World Order theorists.
Anyway, vampirism goes back much farther than the 15th and 16th centuries. Before Stoker, Bathory, Tepes, Judas Iscariot, Moses, and even Abraham, ancient writings finger Cain as the world's first vampire. Some scholars believe Satan, not Adam, was his father. The academic jury is still undecided on whether Eve was raped or seduced, but all concur on the forbidden fruit being used as a metaphor for the child that she bore. Yes, this interpretation is unconventional and controversial. Regardless, all theologians agree that Cain committed the first murder in the world after he murdered Abel, his brother or half-brother. The story is more detailed in other writings, stating that Cain ate his brother's flesh and drank his blood.
If the Luciferian father theory is true, then Cain would be the first nephilim. These creatures are described as being giant, polydactyl monsters. They consumed Earth's natural resources at an alarming rate. They were also described as cannibals (Cain). Scholars believe Cain and his ancestors caused God's wrath. The Flood's intention was to wipe them off of the earth.
If you like horror with a religious twist, check out Dina Rae's Halo series, Halo of the Damned and Halo of the Nephilim. The prequel, Halo of the Madonna, is available on Amazon for .99
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