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If you happen to be in Eastern Europe and hear the word pijawica, that is, ‘red-faced with drink,’ you might not be about to meet something deadlier than the town drunk. The drink the pijawica is red-faced with is also red itself.
The pijawica is condemned to a soulless existence because it was a sinful person in life. Various sins can bring this down on your head, but the one guaranteed to make you a pijawica is incest, particularly between a mother and son.
When it’s awake, only fire will kill it. When in its grave, use the old decapitation method, and put the head between the corpse’s knees–according to Bunson. Maberry says an exorcism ritual works. I’d err on the side of caution with that one and do a double-whammy. Some things you don’t take chances with.
To keep it out of your house, mash garlic and wine around all entrances.
The Vampire Encyclopedia
by Matthew Bunson
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us (Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry