I will add interesting articles from the internet here, when I come across something:
- Roger Luckhurst: “From Dracula to the Strain – Where Do Vampires Come From?” (BBC) [Starting with Season 1 of The Strain, Roger Luckhurst delves into the themes that the show has in common with Dracula and other traditional vampire fiction. Starting in the early 18th century, Luckhurst gives a cursory overview over the development of vampire fiction from Eastern European rumours and folk myths via news reports to the early British vampire novels. The article ends with some psychological interpretations of The Strain.] — If you are interested in folk tales, you might also want to check out the Romanian story my grandfather once told me.
- Stephen Dowling: “The Real Life Diseases That Spread the Vampire Myth” (BBC) [Dowling’s article follows a similar path as Luckhurst’s – not surprising, as Dowling uses Luckhurst both as an interviewee and as a source. The article, however, focuses entirely on the folklore at the root of the vampire myth; and on the medical and scientific circumstances that may lie behind the folk myths in the first place; including Porphyria, of course.] — If you are interested in folk tales, you might also want to check out the Romanian story my grandfather once told me.