Vampires: a cultural history

From 12th-century 'revenants' to teen thriller Twilight, belief in vampires has been 
an enduring theme in cultural history. 
Richard Sugg looks at the legend that just won't die and examines possible physiological causes

Max Schreck took the title role in the 1922 German silent film 'Nosferatu', inspired by Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. The film enjoys a cult following. (Photo by ullstein picture / ullstein picture via Getty Images)

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