Posts Tagged ‘Vampiric’

Dalkeith, Lothian, Scotland has been given mention in vampiric tales thanks to a murder trial that left James Spalding going to the gallows in 1638, convicted of murder. The story goes that he prayed he would not die until he had found a way to reconcile with God. He did not die at the scaffolding and instead was buried alive.

The results was ‘a rumbling and tumbling in his grave that the very earth was raised’. It is also said that his former house is still haunted after he rose from the grave and crawled back to town.

Additional bits? Well it seems that the source of the story is not vampiric, although mentioned on the History Channels Vampire Secrets series… the source comes from ‘Satan’s Invisible World’ published in 1685 by a gent named George Sinclair and whilst it mentions him coming back as a ghost it does not mention anything about a physical body rising from the grave.

Whilst the story may have adapted or been changed the basis of this one seems more with the other plane than it does with earthly risings.

Another blog on the matter.

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An iconic part of the vampire, two of them, good at biting into necks and often seen brandished in horror movies. Some look rather sexy and discreet, others are so large the vampire has to have an adapted physiology or learn to blend in with badly bred white trash/Chav’s…

The image below (google search) shows someone suffering a medical condition called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. This is a genetic disease but one of the signs is that a majority of the teeth may be shorter and blunter than others. In some this is possibly the distinctive canine look.

All well and good but what if you were bitten by one? Surely that’s not the only reason the bite marks look so strange?

Well allow me to try with another part of it, those bitten by vampires have not always become vampires but perhaps a person who is ill walking about with fang marks might be reason for concern? They may also be suffering a skin condition, such as the one below known as pemphigus vulgaris. To a peasant in the 18th Century such marks were not a skin condition but the signs that a blood-sucker was on their way around the area!