Many people are under the impression that the original vampire is from Transylvania, however, this is not quite accurate. See, the first ever known record of a vampire story is the Celtic legend of the undead Irish Chieftain Abhartach. Not only that, but Bram Stoker studied in Ireland for a long time and was thus likely to be familiar with the tale. Even if it was not the sole inspiration, it was likely part of what became the vampire we know today.
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