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Vampire myths go back thousands of years and occur in almost every culture around the world. Their variety is almost endless; from red eyed monsters with green or pink hair in China to the Greek Lamia which has the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a winged serpent; from vampire foxes in Japan to a head with trailing entrails known as the Penanggalang in Malaysia.

However, the vampires we are familiar with today, although mutated by fiction and film, are largely based on Eastern European myths. The vampire myths of Europe originated in the far East, and were transported from places like China, Tibet and India with the trade caravans along the silk route to the Mediterranean. Here the vampires spread out along the Black Sea coast to Greece, the Balkans and of course the Carpathian mountains, including Hungary and Transylvania.

Our modern concept of the vampire still retains threads, such as blood drinking, return from death, preying on humans at night, etc in common with the Eastern European myths. However many things we are familiar with; the wearing of evening clothes, capes with tall collars, turning into bats, etc are much more recent inventions.

On the other hand, many features of the old myths such as the placing of millet or poppy seeds at the gravesite in order to keep the vampire occupied all night counting seeds rather than preying on relatives, have all but disappeared from modern fiction and film.

Even among the Eastern European countries there is a large variety of vampires.

The most famous of all vampire tales, that of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", has the evil count arriving in England from Transylvania by boat and alighting at Whitby. The graveyard of the now derelict Whitby Abbey is said to contain the grave of Dracula.

More recently, we have the fabulous Twilight Saga. A tale set in Forks, Washington in America. Bella Swan played by Kristen Stewart, moves to Forks to live with her father. Bella does't expect much from the sleepy town until she meets the dark and mysterious Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter). Edward and his strange family hide a dark secret - they are Vampires. Vampire, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him, as their world and hearts collide. 
The No 1 best-selling sensation by Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga is a story of Sizzling Chemistry and Swooning Romance between Bella Swan and Vampire, Edward Cullen. 
The Twilight Saga is a series of films not to be missed.

TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN PART 1 is not yet released. The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents, Vampire Edward Cullen and, human, Bella Swan whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and Vampire coven.

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