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Re: Elizabethan Vampires
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 666.  Sunday, 24 October 1993.
 
From:           Kenneth McCoy <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Oct 1993 18:32:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0664 Re: *Romeo and Juliet* and Dracula
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0664 Re: *Romeo and Juliet* and Dracula
 
On the subject of vampire lore in Elizabethan England, I too am unfamiliar
with any specific references to vampires. However, I do know that incubi
and succubi (demons appearing of male or female gender, respectively, who
seduced their partners and consumed them at the peak of the sex act) are
referents. One example is Helen of Troy in Marlowe's _Faustus_. It is my
opinion, in fact, that Faustus sealed his fate by kissing Helen; in that
moment, the demon masquerading as Helen got his soul. As far as I know,
however, incubi and succubi didn't drink blood.
 
        Ken McCoy
        Bowling Green State University
 

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