Vampire on the loose, Serbs are warned
Garlic sales boom in western Serbia, as locals try to ward off the country’s most famous bloodsucker.
Long before Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the idea of bloodsucking, flesh-eating vampires existed in many early cultures. Although most people consider these mythical fanged creatures folkloric beings, in some regions of the world, vampires are cause for real fear.
When the local council of Zarozje village in western Serbia issued a public health warning that famous local vampire, Sava Savanovic was on the loose, the announcement induced mass hysteria, reports DailyMail.co.uk.
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The news in Serbia came after the collapse of a dilapidated mill, which was believed to have been the home of the storied figure featured in the 1880 story Posle Devedeset Godina (After Ninety Years) by Milovan Glišić.
Locals who cashed in on vampire-curious tourists are having second thoughts cites the British tabloid newspaper, wishing they'd stayed away. But why can’t we get enough of these creatures?
“Vampires have always held appeal; the idea of never aging and having immortality, yet at a high price of drinking blood is both romantic and tragic,” said Adrienne Monson, debut author of the Blood Inheritance Trilogy to be released in Feb. 2013.
Monson believes that over the past decade, vampire books and movies have had huge success for a combination of reasons. The top one being that the vampire characters have turned from villains to heroes.
“They’ve become the character who must face dramatic choices and live with the consequences,” she said.
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Whether you believe in these bloodsucking beasts or not, people are scared in Serbia. In the DailyMail.co.uk article, local mayor Miodrag Vujetic was quoted, “People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened.”
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