Strigoi are the traditional vampire creatures from the part of Romania known as Transylvania, and were a direct influence upon Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Their magical powers of transforming into animals or becoming invisible, were not universally believed to be shared by the blood-feeding undead of Europe until Stoker came along. Historically, their appearance is said to be much more hideous than that of Dracula though – closer to that of Count Orlok from Nosferatu.
The official start of winter in Romania is Saint Andrew’s day on the 30th of November. On this, the beginning of the darkest days and death of the year, the Strigoi compete to terrorise humans and see who can make them the most miserable.
The winner of this cruel contest is crowned the King of the Night Walkers for the year ahead.
Who has money on Dracula for 2020? Good luck out there on the 30th, modern Transylvanians!
Written by lukegreensmithscarybits
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