1 The Leyak
A vampire that hails from the island of Bali. A flying head with body organs hanging off its severed neck, it flies around and sucks blood from fetuses or newborn babies with it’s unnaturally long tongue. If it can’t find a baby, it will make do with a corpse from a local graveyard. Like many vampires, the Leyak is a shape shifter and can appear like an ordinary human or a flying pig.
2 The Ekimmu
The ancient Mesopotamians believed in the Ekimmu or “evil wind gusts”. These were the souls of the dead who traveled in the breeze and sucked the life force our of their victims. According to legend, there are many ways to become one, such as dying in battle, were murdered, too young, starved, drowned, or didn’t respect the gods enough. There are still people who believe they exist today.
3 The Asema
By day, the Asema appears human, but beware, as soon as the sun goes down, this Suriname demon sheds its skin and becomes a blue ball of light. It sneaks into people’s houses and drains their blood. They do share traits with a common vampire, such as aversion to garlic, but they also don’t like seeds and nails.
4 The Brahmaparusha
Like many vampires, the Brahmaparusha likes to drink blood, but other than sucking on your neck, it will drain your blood into a skull to be consumed at a later date. It also will remove your brain to eat. The Brahmaparusha is a show-off and displays its murderous ways in the goriest way. Slasher films would be put to shame! It was a voracious appetite and will devour several people in one night.
5 The Soucouyant
Hailing from the Caribbean, the Soucouyant is a vampire who looks like an innocent, old woman while the sun is up. Then, at night, it shows its true self and emerges from its human skin as a fireball much like the Asema. The Soucouyant can sneak through the smallest of spaces to get into your home. Unlike the Asema, though, it doesn’t normally kill. But if it does, the corpse will rise as another Soucouyant.
6 The Penanggal
Another vampire who is just a head, the Penanggal is an attractive female who removes her head and lets it fly into the night in search of victims. Not all Penanggal are this way by force, some women choose to become this creature by using black magic to become as beautiful as possible. Turning into a vampire is just a minor side effect.
7 The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who
Probably the strangest looking vampire of the bunch, the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is an unusually short man with red skin, a huge head, and over-sized mouth. It doesn’t have teeth, but drains its victims blood via suckers in its fingers and toes. Afterward, it gobbles up the body whole. It likes to lurk in trees and ambush unsuspecting people who pass underneath.
8 Celtic Fairies
Not all fairies are cute. On the Isle of Man, it was once a tradition to leave water out each night for the fairies. Because if you didn’t, they would drink your blood while you slept! Some even claimed the fairies would bake the blood into a blood cake and hide those in the house. If you didn’t find and consume the cake, you would wither away and die.
9 The Lamashtu
Another Mesopotamian vampire, this demon goddess has the head of a lion, the body of a donkey, and an appetite for babies. She prefers newborns and will stalk the mother until she gives birth. The goddess swoops in and eats the baby’s flesh and drinks its blood. An ancient incantation about her reads:
Great is the daughter of Heaven who tortures babies
Her hand is a net, her embrace is death
She is cruel, raging, angry, predatory
A runner, a thief is the daughter of Heaven.
10 The Dearg-Due
Her name is Gaelic for Red Blood Sucker and this vampire was once a beautiful young woman who was forced into an abusive marriage. She killed herself and then rose as a vampire. The first thing she did was killer her abusive husband and then her father. She didn’t stop there, though. To this day, she supposedly still kills and feeds on young men, luring them like a siren into the night.
11 The Aswang
This Filipino vampire is another who appears as a normal—but incredibly attractive—woman by day. She may even be married and have a family. Then night falls and she becomes a demonic, blood sucking bird. A hallow tongue she slides through open windows or cracks allows her to suck the blood of sleeping victims.
12 Romani Vampires
The Romani people have a twist on their vampire lore. For them, female vampires often return to married life after rising. They can be just as blood-thirsty as their male counterparts, but also have a sexual appetite that exhausts their human husbands. Male vampires are able to father children who are known as dhampirs. Those children often become vampire hunters in their adulthood due to their special senses that allow them to detect vampires easily.
13 The Bruxsa
Bruxsa are female vampire spirits who were witches when they were alive. Their powers are claimed to have come from Satan himself. They can shape shift into many animals, such as wolves. Their favorite form is a bird of prey. They will swoop down on travelers and feed on the blood of small children.
Which vampire was your favorite? Have you heard of any of them before? (Source 1. Source 2.)