If you’re here then I think it’s safe to assume you love werewolves. Am I right? But do you love vampires as well, or are you pretty anti-vampire like most werewolf fans are? Vampires and werewolves hating one another isn’t anything new. It’s an age old feud known by all. You have movies like Underworld, books like Twilight and Anita Blake and so forth all showing either a strained relationship between the two species or full out hatred. But believe it or not guys, vampires and werewolves share a few similarities.
First off, like vampires, werewolves also caused mass alarm in Europe during the 1500s and onwards. Back then people were terrified of becoming a vampire, they did all sorts of insane things to corpses and went all out to prevent vampires from coming into being, there were even “experts” that wrote multiple pamphlets on the subject to inform the people about these supposed vampire infestations. The same deal went down with werewolves as well, people feared werewolves in the same way as they feared vampires. Fun fact: there were nearly thirty thousand cases of lycanthropy reported between 1520 and 1630.
Then there was this old belief that someone that was a werewolf in life would then return as a vampire once they died. All due to being ungodly and having a cursed soul and all that not-so-good stuff. Because of this, in Slavic territories (as well as a few others), many names originally used for werewolves eventually came to be used for vampires (vrykolakas, vukodlak, vurkodlak and volkodlak). In France, demonologists wrote of an unique kind of werewolf called the loublin. This werewolf was found in cemeteries, digging up corpses and then eating them. Werewolf myths like this were found all around the world, along with vampire myths as well. In Montenegro, there was a belief that all vampires must spend time in wolf form. In Greece, anyone that ate a sheep that had been originally killed by a wolf would become a vampire.
Vampires and werewolves may hate each other in entertainment but in history and mythology they have many ties to each other. The compatibility of the two was even examined by Ronald Chetwynd Hayes in his story “The Werewolf and the Vampire” (1975).