Invasion of the Vampires

Did you know that King Charles is distantly related to ‘Vlad the Impaler,’ a 15th-century nobleman who inspired Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel about the bloodthirsty vampire count Dracula? Some conspiracy theories take this historical connection as evidence that all members of the royal family and high nobility are vam- pires. Others suggest that in Hollywood circles, occult rituals and blood-drinking are common practices to gain vampire abilities

and immortality. As evidence, conspiracy theorists often present old photos of people who bear a striking resemblance to certain Hollywood stars, such as Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, or John Travolta. However, most people are aware of the small but crucial difference between fictional characters such as vampires and real beings. Are you?