Ever wanted to be a vampire but weren’t sure how to become one or had trouble locating a vampire to bite you on the neck but not drain your blood completely, allowing you to join the ranks of the damned and perpetually tormented souls who fly through the night feasting on the living? Of course you have. So for your convenience I’ve been through various works on vampire lore, including The Vampire In Europe by Montague Summers, Vampires, Burial, And Death by Paul Barber, and The Vampire: A Casebook edited by Alan Dundes, and I’ve been able to dig up several ways for you to become a vampire:
Get a vampire’s blood on you.
Eat meat from an animal that’s been attacked by a wolf.
Die of the plague.
Be a terrible person in life.
Be an exceptionally good person in life.
Be unpopular with your neighbors.
Be buried prematurely.
Be buried in unconsecrated ground.
Be born with teeth.
Have your corpse carried out of your house head first.
Have your corpse carried out of your house feet first.
Have any animal jump over your corpse before it’s buried.
Have a cat sit on your coffin while you’re lying in state.
Have a cat jump over your grave.
Have a prominent birthmark.
Have red hair.
Have red hair and blue eyes.
Live in Transylvania.
With all that I’m surprised more of us aren’t vampires.