This book cannot answer the question: Do vampires exist? It can, instead, say that our ancestors certainly believed they did. Are there any grounds for belief in vampires? Yes. Can anyone definitively prove that the dead have returned from the grave and sucked the blood of the living? Not any more than they can establish the existence of ghosts. We are forced to rely on ancient records and eyewitness testimony. Absolute proof remains in the shadows, just out of reach. Vampire research has basically fallen into a pattern of debunking, with academic writers chasing after trendy theories to explain away the vampire. Somewhere along the way, the Western world lost sight of traditional folklore.