Vampires are mythical creatures of the night, who thanks to pop-culture depictions ranging from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles books to TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer have long fascinated us mere mortals.
Inspired by a mixture of colorful fictionalized horror stories and the all-too-true facts behind real life historical figures like Vlad The Impaler, Vampires are said to be immortal creatures who survive by feeding upon mortal humans, and who have a particular taste for human blood.
Vampires also are known to occasionally "turn" their victims into Vampires, first by draining them, then reanimating them by allowing them to drink themselves.
Depending on which stories you believe, Vampires have an aversion to crosses, garlic and sunlight, and can be killed using a variety of items ranging from wooden stakes to good old fashioned silver bullets (or were we thinking of werewolves?).
Vampires are making quite a comeback. Although these bloodsucking creatures of the night have never really gone away, thanks to movies and books like Twilight and cable TV series like HBO's True Blood, the undead have enjoyed an upsurge in popularity of late. Part of the reason for this is the way pop culture often romanticizes the murderous fiends as being otherwise dark, mysterious, and sexy.
On the internet, you'll find such creatures of the night congregating at sites like Vampires Realm Of Darkness.