Vampires Sleep in Coffins
Garlic Repels Vampires
Crosses Repel Vampires
Vampires are Killed by Wooden Stakes Driven through their Heart
Vampires Can Fly/Vampires turn into Bats and other Animals
Vampires do not cast a Reflection in the Mirror
Vampires don't really need to drink Blood, they can also use Energy as a substitute.
Sunlight Kills Vampires
Vampires Kill for Blood
Vampires have Fangs
Vampires ONLY need Blood to Live
Vampires are Immortal
Becoming a Vampire in Dreams make me a Vampire
Vampires can be Hybrids
This myth probably came from the fact that vampires were believed to be reanimated corpses. During decomposition, the body fills up with gases and expels them, sometimes moving the body or causing them to possibly sit up in their coffin. No real vampire that I know sleeps in a coffin, but some that I heard that do simply sleep in coffins because it is soundproof. About 99% of real vampires don't sleep in coffins though.
This myth most likely came from observation. Even though real vampires have a very keen sense of smell and garlic is a pungent spice, it does not kill them.
Crosses in myth either kill or temporarily stun the vampire. This came from the Christian religion and the belief that vampires were evil. Real vampires are not affected by crosses or religious symbols and many of them follow a religious lifestyle (I am Catholic).
Real Vampires are human, just a different type of human (another race in a way). The myth derives from the belief that vampires were undead and the blood in their body would continue to flow unless they stopped the flow at the source. Sometimes the person believed to be a vampire would be staked both in the head and the heart. Real vampires can be killed by being impaled by anything in the heart, or being shot or poisoned, or anything that would kill a normal human.
This belief comes from the belief that vampires can also turn themselves into bats. Real vampires are still human and therefore can not turn into a bat or any type of animal (mass is neither created nor destroyed, just rearranged) not to mention bats and other animals have a completely different DNA structure and number of chromosomes.
This also comes from the belief that vampires are undead and evil. The Christians believed that something without a soul would not cast a reflection in the mirror and vampires were believe not to have a soul. Real vampires are living, not evil, and have a soul.
All real vampires drink blood. Anyone who feels that they can use energy to gain "sustenance" for themselves can look at symptoms of Hypochondria, Psychotic Depression, Reinfields Syndrome, Depression, and a few other easily diagnosed issues. This myth comes from a number of enabling "vampire" sites and a few books. Enabling will be discussed on another page.
This isn't so much of a myth as it is an extreme exaggeration. In books, vampires will burn, burst into flames, or explode (yes, even sparkle) in the sun. Real vampires get migraines, feel a burning sensation on exposed skin, sun burn easily, and have blurred vision due to their photo-sensitivity.
Real Vampires DO drink blood, but never kill for blood. Those who are serial murderers who kill and drink the blood of their victims are not vampires, but the media gives them that title simply because they emulate the myth that vampires are evil murderers. If real vampires murdered for blood they would be put in jail for murder. We do not get exempt from the law. This is not to mention the fact that real vampires do not need much blood when the feed, maybe just a cups worth.
While this myth does not have a clear origin, it has been the fad of roleplayers and vampire "lifesylers" everywhere. While it is genetically true that some people (vampires and humans) can have larger and sharper canines than others, that doesn't make them a vampire. Not to mention that they don't become ridiculously huge as some people might think. I am a real vampire and I know a lot of real vampires and none of them have fangs.
This myth comes from literature and the belief that vampires were undead. They believed that because vampires were the living dead, they didn't need human sustenance. Real vampires, however, are alive and still human so yes, we do eat real food and do eat it as normally as humans.
This myth also comes from the belief that vampires are undead and therefore immortal. No human is immortal, so how could a real vampire be immortal? You are right, we can't and we aren't immortal. However, real vampires do tend to live on average 20 years longer than normal humans.
I honestly have no idea where this came from, but there have been many people emailing me regarding this and all I can say is that how does a dream rewrite your DNA? Real Vampires are what they are because of a retrovirus integration in the DNA. So how could a dream do that? Answer: It doesn't. IF YOU HAVE DREAMS ABOUT VAMPIRES, IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU ONE.
Cars are hybrids, but vampires are not. Being a vampire, you either have the retrovirus or you don't. There isn't an "in-between" aspect of being a vampire. You either are or you are not a vampire. Therefore, there are NO vampire/warewolf or vampire/human hybrids.