Vampire dentition really varies very little from the
basic human set - the canine tooth, designed for tearing, is replaced by a fang,
for puncturing and injecting1.
Like certain reptiles, vampire
fangs are slightly erectile, allowing for comfort and clear diction when the fangs
are not required.
Vampire fangs have a hypodermic function which is under the vampire's
conscious control. Various substances may be injected.
order to consume the high proportion of the victim's blood that leads to 'bloodless'
corpses, there must be a powerful anticoagulant, to enable the vampire to suck
the blood quickly, cleanly, and without it clotting.
It is likely, but not
confirmed, that a muscle relaxant, probably related to suxamethonium, is employed
to reduce the victim's struggles and prevent them calling for help. This fast-acting
agent could be sufficient to ensure a quick and painless death,when used in combination
with catastophic blood loss.
It has been suggested that an array of enzymes
can be employed; for example, clotting agents to reverse the anticoagulant, for
those selected not to die. It is conceivable that neurotoxins are employed, to
ensure death even if the vampire is disturbed2.
is much confusion about vampire fangs; many believe the blood is extracted via
the fangs; this is almost certainly not correct.
The amount of blood, even
anticoagulated blood, that could be taken in this way is simply insufficient;
it is almost certain that the fangs are used to pierce and inject; the blood is
literally sucked out of the wounds and swallowed.
selected victims, the aim is to start the process of vampirification, rather than
to kill; in such cases, the Vampire will deliberately deliver a dose of the virus
that does the job, probably by releasing some vampire blood into the candidate3.
It is believed that while the vampire will also feed on these occasions,
it is careful not to gorge; the intention is to lull suspicion - the victim will
appear to exhibit the same symptoms as any 'normal' victim, and will appear to
'die', thus ensuring it will have time to complete the transformation.
suggests that another reason for the vampire feeding off a candidate, is to ensure
that it wakes with a hunger; hunger enough for it to overcome its initial revulsion
at its new style of eating1.
S. J. (1973) False Notions of False Teeth; Analyzing A Feeding Frenzy. Vampyr
Notes. 59; 7, 23-29.
- Poot G., Poot H., Poot J.K., (Deceased) (1995) Vampire
Anatomy: Deductions From Incomplete Records. Cryptozoology Research 31; 1, 34-39
P., (1988) Vampirification, Chemicals and Control: Diet and Delivery. Cryptozoology
Research 24; 10, 44-48