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The Sources:

Montague Summers :
"The Vampire in Europe" [1929]
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., London, 1929

The Cases:

The town of Messaria, on Kythnos, was plagued by a dead man called Andilaveros, who came out of his grave each night to go into houses, eat up the food, drink the wine, smash all the plates. At times he would climb on the roof of the church and urinate on the people passing by. The people, led by the priest, dug up the corpse and put it into a bag. On the back of a mule the dead man was transported to the seaside village of Bryocastro, put on board of a boat and moved to a small island, Daskaleio. There the corpse was buried in a lonely spot. Andilaveros woke up and threw mud and other stuff at the people, but they sailed back home, knowing that a vampire can not cross the sea.

The Date:

Hauttecoeur's book was published in 1898. No date is given, so all we can say is that the events must have taken place before 1898.

The Place:

The Island of Kythnos can be found to the SouthEast of Athens, between the islands of Kea and Seritos. As to Messaria, it appears to be called Chora these days. It is (or used to be) the capital of the island. It is about 5 kilometers from Merichos at the West coast.

Personal Comments:

I recently ran into this case in Peter Haining's "Dictionary of Vampires". I knew I had seen it before. Traced it back to David Keyworth's "Troublesome Corpses", tried to find the original book by Mr. Hauttecoeur just to discover that the only of his writings about Kythnos that I have is an old magazine article dating back to 1897. It gives a lot of information about the island but nothing about vampires. And then I remembered that the story was also in Summers' "The Vampire in Europe". Can you see why it is good to make files for all your different vampire cases ?

Possible Follow-Up:

Read Summers' version. Then find the book by Hauttecoeur. Please note that the name is Hauttecoeur and not Hautteweur as it is misspelt in Summers' notes. See what else he has to mention about our vampire. And if you are a real desperado, go to Kythnos to check things out. Please remember that in Greece there will be even more riots and strikes than usual, so you can probably expect more delays and other problems.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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