File this one under Stories Not to Share with The Five-Year-Old:
“Residents of the western Serbian village of Zarozje reportedly received a unique public health warning recently, when the town’s mayor cautioned that a vampire was on the loose. That is not a joke, and the people of Zarozje are taking heed and stocking up on garlic bulbs and crosses.”
In related news, my copy of Matt Kaplan’s Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters arrived yesterday. Excellent timing, Amazon. I’m definitely in the mood to read it.