There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?