A Conversation for Dracula's Ancestors - Vampires Without the Dinner Jackets


Post 1


Most Dracula references are 19th century and Slavonic but I am currently reading Spenser' s Fairie Queen. In the first canto verses numbered 30 and thereabouts Spenser characterises Nosferatu to a tee plus some. Whilst ridiculing his bizarre beliefs, he describes a hermit' s nocturnal practices with a pair of trained bats, one of which (he believes) he has sent to waken Hecate as a messenger to the devil.

He spends some 15 brilliant verses on the hermit' s satanic madness so the origins of the Gothic tale may be far older.


Post 2

Malabarista - now with added pony

But in the Baltic, bats weren't associated with nocturnal demons, quite the opposite smiley - winkeye

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