Chapter 8: Disease
Published:08 Jun 2021
The previous chapter looked at how rabies outbreaks might have lead to stories of vampire epidemics in the eighteenth century. This chapter looks at other diseases that were well known and feared in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and how the symptoms and spread of these diseases were incorporated into the vampire fiction of the era. Vampirism can be seen as a metaphor for some diseases and the reverse may also be true – disease could be investigated in terms of vampirism. Some scientists have used the traits of vampirism to model the spread of a 'vampire disease' through a community.