Baobhan Sith: Scottish Vampires
ROSE GARNETT reveals the terrifying Baobhan Sith – the Scottish brand of vampires that would leave their Transylvanian cousins for dead
Everyone knows vampires originally came from Europe. Bram Stoker’s Transylvanian Dracula is after all, quite emphatic on the point. Another star in the vampiric firmament is Elizabeth Bathory, a sixteenth century Hungarian noblewoman, said to bathe in the blood of young virgins in her search for eternal youth. This earned her the nickname “the Blood Countess” and a unenviable reputation for being a genuine blood-sucker, not to mention all-round bad girl. The 1922 German film Nosferatu took the legend deeper into the Eurozone by concentrating on the vampire’s less seductive side – Twilight fans beware.
The European victory in the blood and fang stakes (no pun intended) is complete.
So do we take it that Britain is just too, well, British to be able to compete? If you take the time to do a little digging you will quickly find the answer is a big, fat, resounding no. Enter stage left, the Baobhan Sith: Scottish vampires who roam the countryside in packs, rending their victims limb from limb with taloned nails. Not just any victims though: only delicious young men will do as their diet of choice.
Dracula, one suspects, would be a bit long in the tooth for their tastes.