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 mormo.
Who is the mormo?
There isn’t much information on the mormo and maybe that should frighten us a little.
Some people say that the mormo (or Mormolyceae) is just another word for the empusa. In the Satanic Bible, Anton LeVey said that Mormo was the witch-queen Hecate‘s boyfriend, and the king of the ghouls.
For Aristophanes, the mormo was just a kind of bogeyman, used to scare children, and that it had one leg made out of bronze, another out of cow (or donkey) dung.
Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure I don’t want one in my house.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
- The Allure of The Vampire (socyberty.com)