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Do vampires really exist? Can you actually become one? Some people think the answer to both of these questions is “yes.” In the search of how to become a vampire people have to first decide what kind of vampire do they intend to become. Vampires have many descriptions from the fictionalized Count Dracula to people who are reborn as a vampire. Once you decide what kind of vampire you would want to be, you can continue with the process of how to become a vampire.
Whenever someone asks how to become a vampire, the first answer that comes to mind is that they must be bitten by a vampire. Following a vampire bite, the victim will be injected by a poison through the fangs of the vampire, just like if someone were bitten by a spider. The poison first sickens the infected person to the point that they are dying, but after a changeover, the person is a vampire. If someone is bitten repeatedly by a vampire, over a period of time, so that the vampire only injects a very small amount of poison into the person’s body at one time, eventually the person will succumb to the effects of the poison. If a person is forced to drink the blood of a vampire after the person has already been bit, they will become a vampire.
While no scientific or medical evidence exists that documents the transformation of a person into a vampire following the ingestion of vampire blood through being bitten or by drink, this is the most common method that is considered for how to become a vampire. This is because this method was popularized in modern fiction through literature. Two of the first books to showcase vampirism in which the victims are bitten by a vampire are Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu written in 1872 and Bram Stoker’s Dracula written in 1897. The ideas concerning vampires and how to become a vampire that have been recreated in dozens of silent films including Nosferatu of 1922, and motion pictures beginning with the 1931 Dracula starring Bela Lugosi and later with the two Hammer Film Productions vampire series starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula and Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla.
Yet the vampire story is not entirely false. The modern day vampire as we know it has roots in two individuals who were considered to be very real vampires. The Blood Countess, also known as Elisabeth Bathory, was a Hungarian countess who lived in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. During her reign, she would take in local girls to work in her castle. She was later found to have tortured and murdered 714 girls, so she could bath in their blood, as she believed this would help her retain her beauty. Another ruler who also lived in Transylvania is Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad III Dracula. As the Prince of Wallachia, the first Dracula held his castle under a reign of terror. In order to intimate and scare off potential attackers, he would behead victims and impale their heads on long stakes buried around his castle. He killed tens of thousands of victims during his rule of fear. Vlad “Dracula” the Impaler is the original leader of the vampire; he was the inspiration for Count Dracula.
Physical characteristics are also part of the theory of how to become a vampire. In Slavic countries, it was especially unfortunate for a child to be born with blue eyes and red hair, as this was a certain sign of vampirism. Other traits of children that were directly correlated with how to become a vampire include super sharp teeth; missing nostril cartilage; a cleft lower lip; born with a caul, which is a membrane covering the head; a third nipple; more body hair than normally seen; a tail; a large red birthmark; and two hearts.
If you are not born a vampire, there are steps you can take that will allow you to become a vampire after your death. Find a willing participant so you can breastfeed after you have been weaned, such as during adulthood. Better yet, be weaned too soon. Steal a length of rope that was used to lower coffins into graves. Eat meat from a lamb that has been killed by a wolf. Immortal deeds will also lead to vampirism. Live a sinful existence by being a professional criminal, thief, murderer, or prostitute. Fail to be baptized or desecrate a holy day. If you are a holy person, such as a priest, take Mass without being clean of mortal sin. Be a violent person or especially cruel to others. Finally, one of the most pronounced ways of how to become a vampire after you die is to practice witchcraft or black magic. And just for an extra case of insurance, kill yourself. Suicide is considered a sure bet for someone who wants to die and become a vampire.