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Le Vampire,
lithograph by R. de Moraine
Les Tribunaux secrets (1864)
Lilith (1892), by John Collier.
The Vampire, by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897

A vampire is a supernatural creature, featuring prominently in horror fiction and folk tales, that lives after death through drinking the blood of the living.


  • The reason good women like me and flock to my pictures is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman.
    • Theda Bara, a.k.a. "The Vamp", attributed in Leta W. Clark, Women, Women, Women: Quips, Quotes, and Commentary (1977), p. 16.
  • So again Coth parted with his son in anger, and Jurgen returned again toward Barathum; and, whether or not it was a coincidence, Jurgen met precisely the vampire of whom he had inveigled his father into thinking. She was the most seductively beautiful creature that it would be possible for Jurgen's father or any other man to imagine: and her clothes were orange-coloured, for a reason sufficiently well known in Hell, and were embroidered everywhere with green fig-leaves.
  • She [Susan] is very lovely, Mr. Mears — very toothsome if I may be permitted a small bon mot.
    • Barlow's note left to Ben & co, in Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot, p. 345.
  • The world is coming down around our ears and you're sticking at a few vampires.
    • Ben Mears, in Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot, Part 2, Chapter 5.

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