The Incredible Vampire Hunting Kit From The 1800’s

Published May 15, 2011
Updated November 9, 2018

When people traveled to Eastern Europe in the 19th century, they went prepared.

The vampire hunting kits allegedly sold to 19th century travelers in eastern Europe contain much of what you would expect: a wooden stake, Bible, crucifix, pistol with lead bullets, gunpowder, garlic, and glass vials that held various concoctions to ward off vampires.

But what you might not have expected is that these kits supposedly predate Bram Stoker’s Dracula and other written accounts of vampires, pointing to the timeless origins of the myths behind these undead bloodsuckers.

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Next, read the horrifying true story of Elizabeth Bathory, "The Blood Countess", who is often cited as the closest the world has ever come to having a real-life Dracula. Then, check out some fascinating facts about Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, whose life was almost as tragic and terrifying as her most famous work.

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