In 1730, Hungary, there is an account of a strange series of events that were recorded by Count de Cabreras about some of the Counts’ men being stationed in Haidemaque. It was common for soldiers to end up staying in the villagers homes, and one of them was sat with the host of the house one evening, the family and friends there were sat around that night. Another soldier, the man did not know him, came in and everyone seemed nervous about his arrival but no one raised their voice to ask him to leave or cause a scene.

The next morning the soldier awoke and discovered that his host was dead, he asked if the additional and unnerving guest had been anything to do with the situation. The other people in the house then gave him a very curious explanation that the mystery guest was the host’s father and that he had been dead and buried for ten years! The soldier found out they were of the belief that the father had come back for his son. Inevitably this strange tale was relayed to other members of his regiment about the curious events. The Count de Cabreras was then informed of this and intrigued he and his men went with a surgeon in order to investigate the tale. The Count was, at the least, satisfied that the people in the house believe their story to be true.

He took his man, and the surgeon, to the graveyard where they located the father’s grave and removed the body. The boy had not decayed, it’s skin and nails had fallen off and there were signs of them growing back. It also seems that he had the blood of the living inside him, and the Count ordered that they remove the man’s head.

The story goes on to say that they asked the villagers if there were any other vampires and they recounted two others for them. One was a man that had died 30 years prior and had come back for meals to his former house on three occasions. The first was the brother who had died, the second was the son and then the third and last visit was that of a servant. All three had died having fallen prey to the vampire and when the body was exhumed they recorded it was in a similar state to the first, this time the Count ordered they they drive a nail into the corpses head.

Villagers then reported sixteen years ago a man who had then came back to take a snack on his two sons. The body again was exhumed and similar notations about it’s condition were made, with the variety of spice being life, the Count ordered the body to be burnt.

Source – Augustine Calmet, The Phantom World

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