In the Adriatic Sea region we find Vrykolakas, a vampire that would walk the streets at night and knock on the doors of certain houses. If someone would answer from within, that person would fie soon. This creature became stronger as the years passed.
Later, in Rome, Strix would hunt for small children so that she could feed on their intestines. [In current times the term “strix” can be found in Greek and is attributed to vampires and witches. The term “strigoi” – Romanian name for a vampire – is derived from it].
In ancient Greece there lived Lamia, a demonic entity that sucked the blood of newborn.
In mythology, Lamia was Zeus`s lover, but Hera – his wife, a very jealous and possessive goddess – opposed the relationship when Lamia gave birth to a child. Hera took her revenge by driving her crazy and making her kill her own baby.
Lamia was then cursed by Hera with eternal life and as time and madness took their toil she started to walk around only at night looking for “human cubs” to eat.
Greek mythology provides us with reports of another vampire: Empusas [names in some regions Mormo]. The faithful servant of the goddess Hecate, he would sometimes take on human form to do her bidding. He would fulfill her vengeful plans and in the process he would feed on the flesh and blood of her enemies.
The German tribes had Krampus – “claw” in the old northern dialects – a furred monster who, as even the name suggests, would claw down his victims before he would consume them.
Once Christianity appeared in northern Europe, the feared Krampus became nothing but the help of Saint Nicholas, an ugly gnome meant to frighten the naughty children.
In the Scandinavian countries, the old pagan believes mentioned the Valkyrii, beautiful young women who would ride winged horses over the battle fields and would pick some of the spirits of those who were about to die to accompany them to Walhalla, the warrior heaven that Odin ruled over.
Few know the fact that these beautiful semi-goddesses would eat the rotting corpses and drink the blood of the warriors they chose.
In Italy we even find records of an interesting faction of vampires – Stregoni benefici – that were supposed to be on the good side and were sworn enemies of all evil vampires.