"This kit would have been put together for superstitious travelers visiting eastern Europe in the 18th century. There are a lot of fakes out there, but these pieces seem legitimate."



  • Fact 1: Vampire legends date back to prehistory, but the first recorded use of the term was in a 1734 travelogue of Europe.
  • Fact 2: Kits such as this are based on common vampire myths, namely their aversions to garlic, silver, and consecrated materials.
  • Fact 3: Vampires are tradiionally killed with a wooden stake driven through the heart; some local traditions also require decapitation, incineration, or boiling.
  • Fact 4: Vampire-like creature myths exist in nearly every part of the world. Asian vampires such as the Nukekubi and Penanggalan can detach their heads, which fly through the air in search of blood to drink.
  • Fact 5: The corpse decomposition process, which can cause movement, blood around the mouth, and the apparent growth of hair, nails, and teeth after death, most likely led to vampire mythology.

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