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Eldorado

Vampire with Iron Teeth

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A great story of how children reacted to feeling threatened 50 years ago.

"Hundreds of children were marauding between the tombstones and the city was gripped with terror. A vampire had been spotted in the cemetery.

Some of the brave monster-hunters were armed with makeshift weapons and dogs.

Most, though, were armed with nothing more sinister than a fertile imagination, fuelled by the magic of cinema and the wonder of American comics.

This might sound like a scene from Twilight or one of the other vampire films that have been sweeping the box office, but it's actually a Gorbals policeman recalling a night in Glasgow's southern Necropolis 47 years ago.

Teams of hysterical schoolchildren had staked out the graveyard and crypts in the hunt for a truly terrifying figment of collective hysteria.

There was a ghoul in the Gorbals. It had iron teeth. It had taken two boys.

And they were out to get it."

Full story at source:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/editors-choice/2010/03/27/before-hollywood-went-vampire-crazy-scots-kids-hunted-them-in-graveyard-86908-22142179/

How times have changed.

Edited by Eldorado

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Wow I wish I could hear the radio doco, it sounds really interesting. Thanks for posting this. Im going to see if I can find it on the BBC website

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Wow I wish I could hear the radio doco, it sounds really interesting. Thanks for posting this. Im going to see if I can find it on the BBC website

Link to the Radio Programme...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rmt00

Link to pics and video...

http://potrzebie.blogspot.com/2010/03/ec-comics-gorbals-vampire.html

http://techland.com/2010/03/23/the-gorbals-vampire-the-bible-not-horror-comics-to-blame-for-real-life-vamp-hunt/

http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2010/03/1954-year-britain-got-horrors-over.html

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i can't believe i wasted three minutes on this silliness.

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i can't believe i wasted three minutes on this silliness.

At least it's a true story, unlike most of the tales in this forum.

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At least it's a true story, unlike most of the tales in this forum.

point taken lol

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Metal Fang-Nikolai Dzhumagaliev

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Actually, the Slavic vampire is often said to have iron teeth and claws, to dig itself from it's grave. Odd the belief made it's way across the continent...

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Thanks for sharing. Appreciate you taking the time to do so. :yes:

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