From now until Jan 7th, watch out for the Callicantzaros.
The Greeks sure love their vampires
There are a lot of vampires in Greek folklore. In fact, where we have one name for undead creatures who inhabit corpses and suck the blood of the living, they have a crapload of them. I’ll feature one of them today, the sarkomenos, who have a cool name.
If you happen to be on either the island of Crete or the island of Rhodes (which is different than Rhode Island), watch out for the vampires called “sarkomenos”. Their name means ‘the fleshy ones,’ so maybe they’re vampires who played too many video games and ate too many potato chips while they were alive.
Bonus fact (because the info on sarkomenos is slim)
In Greek folklore, all kids born on December 25 are vampires as a punishment to their mothers for conceiving on the same day as the Virgin Mary.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley