By S. G. B. St. Clair and Charles A. Brophy
from “Bulgarian Superstitions,” Twelve Years’ Study of the Eastern Question in Bulgaria London: Chapman and Hall, 1877 pp. 22-43
By far the most curious superstition in Bulgaria is that of the Vampire,* a tradition which is common to all countries of Slavonic origin, but is now to be found in its original loathsomeness only in these provinces. In Dalmatia and Albania, whence the knowledge of this superstition was first imported into Europe, and which were consequently, though wrongly, considered as its mother-countries, the vampire has been disfigured by poetical embellishments, and has become a mere theatrical being–tricked out in all the tinsel of modern fancy.