Vampires we know and love #13: Lobishomen

Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.

Lobishomen

Despite the last syllable of their name, the lobishomen of Brazil are not men at all. A woman becomes a lobishomen by being bitten, and there must be a whole lot of them because lobishomen don’t kill, they just drink enough blood for survival. Once turned, the lobishomen will take any kind of blood they can, including children’s.

A slight side effect: lobishomen become nymphomaniacs, which is kind of awkward, since they are ugly hunchbacks with short legs and bristly hair all over their bodies. They have a yellow cast to their skin, except for their faces, which are pretty white.

Don’t try the old garlic trick on lobishomen. Use Wolf’s Bane instead, and that’ll keep the girls in their graves. For extra protection, mix Wolf’s Bane with sweet onion and put it on the doors and windows of your house.

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Vampires we know and love #9: Jaracaca

Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.

Jaracaca

A snake-shaped vampirical demon from Brazil, with a taste for human… milk?

The jaracaca loves to slip between a feeding baby and the nursing mother to drink the milk before it gets to the child. To keep the baby from naturally objecting to this, it sticks its tail in the child’s mouth.

Unlike other vampires, the jaracaca considers blood a secondary treat, and will only drink it if milk isn’t in ready supply — does that make it a vegetarian vampire? If it has to go for the sloppy seconds, it will wrap itself around the upper arm of a man and drink its fill.

The jaracaca has a secondary power. Like other snakes, it can secrete or spit a poisonous venom that causes insanity. So any person it sucks blood from during the night wakes screaming and crazy. Fun!

To avoid becoming the victim of the jaracaca, talk to your local Brazilian Catholic priest. Or jungle shaman.