Where do vampires come from?
A perfectly legitimate questions, one might think. One many have sought to answer. But most often, said answers focus upon chronology--what events led to the undead walking among us? Here, let us examine another direction. What specific location might provide an answer? In what place did vampires arise?
Modern scientific research indicates ours is not the only universe, that an unknown number of similar or wildly different existences lie a fraction of an atom's width away from us, separated by a gulf of infinitesimal width and very nearly infinite depth. Mystics and scholars of the paranormal knew this already. In places like Sunnydale, California and Twin Peaks, Washington as well as a room in a mansion in Collinsport, Maine plus many others fissures between our reality and others can be found. Some lead to extremely similar places, populated very nearly by the people we know but leading somewhat different lives (an entire division of the FBI has become devoted to one such alternate universe). Others lead to eerie realms, some infused with light and love, while others seethe with pain and horror. The latter have been dubbed "hell dimensions" by those who study same. And they come in a wide variety indeed. There is even a second hand report of a cosmos composed entirely of shrimp.
One such hellish realm apparently has become--or perhaps always was to some extent--the domain of vampires. The heroic android known as Atomic Robo dubbed this place The Vampire Dimension. It seems a good name. Let us keep it. Careful examination of available evidence now allows for a scenario that more or less explains the nature and general history of this place.
Great Vampires. They "came out of nowhere and swarmed...all over the universe." Vast batlike humanoids they were, capable of draining the life out of whole worlds. Among their powers were the ability to (at least sometimes) traverse universes. One such, at the end of their great war with the Time Lords, escaped into an alternate reality called E-Space. There, this creature was able to infect relatively normal human beings with vampirism.
Lilith (the original, a she-demon or some such, often called the Mother of Vampires, sometimes known ironically enough as Eve) lost purchase on the reality we know, she and her blood-drinking offspring sought a new, better place. That universe they made their own. Accounts by those who've visited it indicate that once it was home to a species of humanity, virtually identical to us. Perhaps they were inter-dimensional travelers, either voluntarily or accidental (like the Telmarines) colonists in the earth-like regions. Given that we're talking about something the size of a universe, they may not have even been noticed at first. They certainly had time to build castles and cities. One castle would apparently be location a human mystic banished his son after he became a vampire (as chronicled in the motion picture Van Helsing). Interestingly, this last appeared to be in a frozen wasteland far from any human habitation. Why would anyone build a castle there?
Lifeforce, which depicted the start of a gigantic disaster for the human inhabitants there. Storytellers from other worlds (such as our own) picked up on the psychic trauma of events less than a breath away, then retold what they sensed of that history--the army of batlike beings led by a beautiful, seductive female, come from the depths of space to feed upon and infect their world. Other fictionalizations of such psychic projections--demonstrating the long defeat as vampires took over that world--may include I Am Legend and Stake Land and the trilogy written by Guillermo del Toro as well as Chuck Hogan, called The Strain.
blood mirror used by the Dracula-Edgar soul-clone to insure his family's transition into full vampires. Such hints that the Vampire Dimension may well be the source of the mindless demons with which the soul is replaced in the Turokian bloodline and perhaps all vampires (in many ways undeath appears to be a physical disease whose major symptom is demonic possession). This might help explain the existence of Doomsday Cults among some factions of the undead. One suspects that the Atlantean sorcerors such as Varnae and Qu'ra whouse the Darkhold to make a new army of vampires used something like the Blood Mirror or opened a hellmouth to the Vampire Dimension.
The Monster Squad). The tellers of that tale called that realm "Limbo" but if I am right, Anita Santiago/Lady Rawhide then fell under the sway of Lilith who convinced her the girl was her daughter as part of an overall plot of Lilith's own. Anita even took a new name--Vampirella. Her memories of this place became blended in her mind with those of past life, when in a previous incarnation she was a citizen of the planet Krypton (as was the individual known as Dracula-Mordante). Along the way, it seems likely Lilith imbued 'Vampirella' with some of her own mighty power, making her invulnerable to sunlight as well as holy objects. Sometime around 1970, she then returned to Earth with muddled memories.
With this in mind, here follows a rough outline of what we can infer about the history of this parallel space/time continuum.
How long it took for that version of our world to fall we may never know. Certainly less than a century. Possibly only decades. Or years.
And once it was done, maybe the original invaders left, seeking new races and planets to fatten upon What they left behind were remnants of cities, the equivalent of New York and Hong Kong, Moscow and Jerusalem. Left to rot while the undead scrounged for victims, eventually turning upon each other. The ecology collapsed, or maybe without a high tech civilization generation global warming the next ice age came that much sooner. It hardly mattered. Eventually, that Earth no longer lived at all. Yet it wasn't dead. For vampires still roamed, still hunted one another for the blood in each others' veins. Who knows for how long...
Indeed, this makes the blood mirror of Dracula-Edgar an even more impressive artifact. Clearly it serves as a a portal, giving the gnawing vampire wraiths of the Vampire Dimension's future a chance to find form and identity again--from those who've gazed into the mirror and are of the right bloodline. An impressive magical achievement! Clearly the Impaler did not waste his years of study at the Scholomance!
I am indebted to the researches of Christopher Nigro and others of the MONSTAAH website and organization as well as Professor John Small for his seminal "Kiss of the Vampire" and members of the Crossover Forum on Facebook without whom this article would have proven impossible.