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S.G.B. St.Clair & Charles A. Brophy:
"A Residence in Bulgaria - or - Notes on the Resources and Administration of Turkey: The condition and character, manners, customs, and language of the Christian and Mussulman populations with reference to the Eastern question"
John Murray, London, 1869
This is what the authors have to report:
"Since commencing this chapter, we have learned that the village of Dervishkuoi, six hours from here, is just now haunted by a vampire; he appears with a companion who was suppressed by means of the usual remedy, but this one seems to be proof against poison, and as he will shortly have completed his fortieth day as a shadow, the villagers are in terrible alarm lest he should appear as flesh and blood."
For the moment I will simply file this as "before 1869". But we can probably get a more precise dating by going through the book and finding when exactly it was written.
Sadly, I have not found the location so far. The village of Dervishkuoi is reported to be about 6 hours from Derekuoi where the authors were staying. And Derekuoi is supposed to be a Christian village somewhere near Varna.
Go check out St.Clair & Brophy's "A Residence in Bulgaria". And of course you should try to find a more precise location and date.
© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed March 2012