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Murder Scene

***WARNING: GORY HALLOWEEN POEM***

The detective enters the room

and instantly senses an aura of gloom.

Splashes of crimson red

across the room, it’s spread

all over the walls and floor.

He searches closer for more.

There is no body here,

yet the evidence is clear.

In the center of the room: a chair

He circles around it with a piercing stare

Coiled around it are heavy chains and handcuffs

Furrowing his eyebrows in disgust

Continuing to further explore

JUMPS when he hears a knock on the door

coming from the closet, he sees

doorknob is rattling, now he’s weak in the knees

“HELP!” a woman’s voice shrieks

The door swings wide open, and what does he see?

A skeleton hangs, flesh melted to the ground

A hand reaches and takes the detective down.

Mystery Monday ~ Vampires

Vampires are entities that require feeding on human blood or psychic energy in order to survive. The common myth is that anyone who is bitten by a vampire also becomes one. Vampires are immortal and cannot die in typical ways. They can only be destroyed by garlic, fire, and exposure to sunlight.

The very first vampire traces back to an Italian man named Ambrogio from Greek mythology. He fell in love with Selena, causing the jealous Sun God Apollo to curse him with vampire-like qualities, such as sensitivity to the sun. With the help and pity of others gods and goddesses, he was granted powers including sharp fangs and immortality.

Vampires can be traced back to almost every ancient culture in different forms, all representing life-sucking, demon-like forces. Although, the word “vampire” has no known recorded use until the 16th century.

There are plentiful accounts of “vampire activity” records sourced from the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly in Europe. The New England Vampire Panic caused a mass hysteria of civilians due to an outbreak of vampire sightings and attacks.

In modern times, vampires are thought of as fictional characters. They are still ingrained in our culture, but as seen as entertainment rather than real danger. Our general understanding is that the old belief in vampires served as an explanation for illness, disease, and degradation of corpses.

While the vampire was once feared long ago, the vampire is now romanticized and lusted after today. Somewhat recently, we’ve had a surge in vampire love stories — in books, TV, and film. The typical modern vampire is sickly pale with red lips and sharp fangs, wearing 19th century attire, and looking devilishly handsome. Vampires can be either gender, yet generally first thought of as male.

So… could vampires really exist? Was the New England Vampire Panic really just a big misunderstanding? How can one specific entity be traced to so many different cultures before they had contact with one another? Either way, I’m keeping garlic with me…