Official warning from Serbian gov't: There's a vampire on the loose!

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

Twilight may have made vampires into a supernatural laughingstock, but there's a tiny Serbian village where they are anything but. Get your stakes and crosses ready, because there just might be a real vamp on the prowl.

There's a legendary vampire, Sava Savanovic, who's made his home among the villagers of Zorazje. According to legend he lives in an old wooden mill on the Rogačica river. He'd occasionally suck on the blood of a miller, but, so long as you steered clear of the place at night, you had little to fear.

In fact, the supposed vampire mill became a bit of a tourist spot for the town. That is, until the wood rotted and the mill collapsed.

"People are very worried," says local municipal assembly member Miodrag Vujetic. "Everybody knows the legend of this vampire, and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened."

Serbia is no stranger to vampire lore. In fact, in 1732 it was home to the most thoroughly documented and widely circulated vampire account in the world. Seems a regiment medical officer, Dr. Johannes Flückinger, was dispatched by the Honorable Supreme Command to Serbia, where exhumed the bodies of 13 supposed vampires. And in case you think they weren't serious about the endeavor, after examinations were done the local gypsies decapitated the bodies and burned them.

Now Serbia is in terror again. Whether Sava Savanovic is real or not, there can be no question that his shadow will be darkening the doorsteps of all the homes in Zorazje tonight.

(via The Huffington Post)

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