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Monsters from Around the World

Every culture has its own version of “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.” Traditional legends about vampires, zombies, and witches can be found across the globe, though the names and characterizations of these creatures vary depending on where you are. Just in time for Halloween, here are some international variations on your favorite horror movie beasties:

The Vampire

To Westerners, the most familiar version of the vampire myth is the one made famous by Bram Stoker: an undead, aristocratic monster that lives off of human blood and can change shapes at will. These characteristics come from older Eastern European legends and folk tales that became popular in Western Europe in the late 19th century.  Here are some different types of vampires from around the world. All have one thing in common: They want to suck your blood! Read more