Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and in spite of speculation by literary historian Brian Frost that the belief in vampires and bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself” and may go back to “prehistoric times” the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe although local variants were also known by different names such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism. “