As you already know I have been hard at work writing my newest book for McFarland and Company, “The Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology.” It was quite the labor of love and now I am at the end of it, a bittersweet event. However, it was during this end stage that I have discovered that there are 15 entries in my book that I was unable to locate the source for. I am certain that at some point I had this information but over the years and moves and computer upgrades have since become lost to me. If anyone out there has any knowledge of these species of vampires and can provide me with the names of the books that I can fact check them in I would deeply grateful.

Bay Valley – the classical name for the Baital vampire in the Hindu tradition in India.

Bichohindu (Bic-oh-hin-do) – A vampire from India, assumed to be male, has a stinger on its tongue. Described as being suave and having a talent for speaking to women, it is assumed that during a kiss it cuts the inside of its victim’s mouth and then drinks in the blood.

Caramel – In medieval England, there was a recipe for making caramel that was said to protect the home from all sorts of evil entities and vampires. The recipe said to use brown sugar, GARLIC and thyme; have them come to a boil and let the smell permeate the home.

Eater of the Late Ones – Variations: Man of the Cemeteries. Tibetan vampire lore tells of the Eater of the Late Ones, a revenant with blood red eyes and a green mouth. It hunts through cemeteries looking for human flesh to consume.

Gishu (Gish-you) – The Bangesu tribe of Uganda practices a form of religious vampirism known as gishu (“the expected”). When a person dies, the men of the village carry the body to a secret location for burial. When night falls, the women gather together and find the location. They exhume the body and butcher the corpse. The skull is removed and cleaned so that it may be placed in a shrine back in the village. It is believed that the spirit of the deceased will then reside there. In the meantime, the bones and organs are cremated. The flesh, however, is taken back to the village and ceremoniously prepared to be consumed by everyone.

Gronnskjegg (Grons-jeg) – A vampiric ghoul or revenant that is created by the magic of a necromancer. It is said to look like a bloated corpse and attacks only those who enter into its tomb.

Incus (In-cus) – In Vietnam there is a vampiric creature that drains humans of their blood through an antenna that grows out of its nose.

Kyketsuki (Ki-cut-sue-key) In Japan there is a type of vampiric revenant know as kyketsuki (“walking dead”). It is created when a person dies without releasing their last breath or if they were buried in cursed ground. Usually described as a female being, this vampire prefers the blood of the men from its own family line. Only when the last male relative has been drained dry of his blood will it seek out other prey. Fortunately, the kyketsuki can be bribed to live off honey rather than human blood. If it cannot be bargained with, then it must be destroyed. Either exposure to direct sunlight or burning it at the stake will work. The Buddhist ritual of exorcism can be performed on the creature as well in order to lay its soul to rest.

Latusé (Lat-you-see) In France there is a type a vampiric fay or vampiric demon (sources vary) that is called a latusé, which means “used salt.” It is only a few inches tall and it feeds off the nightmares of children.

Ogiris (Oh-gris) In Africa there is the belief that when a cannibal, criminal, or sorcerer dies, a vampiric being known as an ogiris is created. It attacks animals and people alike at night, and just prior to the assault, it is said that you can hear it grinding its teeth.

Oui – From the vampire mythology of Japan comes the oui. A type of energy vampire, it lives in ancient ruins or abandoned places. When a person enters into its domain, it attacks, draining their life-energy until they are dead; then it consumes their flesh.

Quaxates – Little is known about this vampire from Mexican lore other than that it makes its female victims cry before it attacks them.

Tin Tin (Tin Tin) – In Ecuador there is a vampiric demon known as a tin tin. Said to appear as a batlike hominid, it preys on adolescent girls on the night of a full moon. The tin tin will whistle to get a girl’s attention and then lure her off to a secluded cave. There, it rapes her, oftentimes leaving her pregnant.

Uierczi – The uierczi is a species of Russian vampire. If a person dies a violent death, such as by suicide, or if they practiced witchcraft in life, they may return to unlife as this species of vampire. Known to cause drought, the uierczi can even prevent the morning dew from forming on plants. To destroy a uierczi, first it must be captured, a task made easier than most due to the fact that if a nail is thrown at the vampire and hits, the uierczi will become transfixed and basically harmless. Be warned, however: if a second nail is thrown at the vampire and it too strikes its mark, the vampire will regain its senses and lash out violently at those who sought to capture it. Once the vampire is captured, it must be taken to a lake or river and drowned.

Vampire Leopard – In 1976 in Nairobi, Kenya, there was a rash of dog slayings, their bodies being found drained of blood and their hearts removed. It is a popular regional belief that an old leopard can rejuvenate itself and become young again if it drinks enough dog blood.


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  1. Jennifer Lancey on July 23, 2009 11:44 am

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

  2. Amateur Vampirologist on August 31, 2009 12:39 pm

    As of this writing, I can only offer a supposition on the “Uierczi”.

    The spelling is very similar to the vieszcy.

    Lynn Myring’s “Vampires, Werewolves & Demons” (London: Usbourne Pocketbooks, 1979) describes it thusly:

    “The Russian vampire…known as a ‘vieszcy’, gnawed on his own hands and feet while in the grave but at midnight he escaped to attack cattle, seek blood and ring church bells” (8).

    You might also want to try another close spelling variant, “upierczi”, in Google Books and see the results you come up with.

  3. admin on August 31, 2009 5:10 pm

    Thanks Am Vamp, but Google Books is no help n this matter.

  4. Amateur Vampirologist on September 1, 2009 7:58 am

    Hi Theresa,

    Presuming you looked up “upierczi” (this appears to be synonymous with “Uierczi”), Google Books turns up with five vampire books that mention this being: Peter Haining’s “A Dictionary of Vampires” (2000), Jonathan Maberry’s “Vampire Universe” (2006), Anthony Masters’ “The Natural History of the Vampire” (1972), Ornella Volta’s “The Vampire” (Eng. trans. 1965) and Tony Faivre’s “Les Vampires” (1962).

  5. admin on September 1, 2009 9:47 am

    Thanks again Amateur Vampirologist, but I am looking for “Uierczi” specifically. While “upierczi” is close in spelling, and overall similar, it is not the vampire I am looking for. If you should find “Uierczi”, I would be very happy if you shared the source information with me.

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