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Gorbals Vampire

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Here is an interesting article about an urban myth resulting in a vampire hunt (by children) in 1954.

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Re: Gorbals Vampire

Well, I did see a vampire when I was there last...

...but he had fake fangs and just happened to be a tour guide.


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Re: Gorbals Vampire

Gangs of youths armed with knives and sharp sticks, not that unusual for Glasgow in the 50's: A good book on the Gorbals is No Mean City(pub 1935) I read it when I was 15 and it is a no holds barred version of poverty and hardship in city slums.

Is this Glasgows version of Highgate - I don't think the vampire would have lasted too long :-)

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Re: Gorbals Vampire

     If we're talking about "the vampire with the steel teeth," his origin sat squarely in the American crime and horror comics which were circulating in Britain at that time.

     The popular US comic "Boy" featured a really nasty villain called "Iron Jaw." . He'd lost his jaws at some point and these had been replaced with a hinged metal plate affixed Frankenstein-like to his skull. Sharp and jagged teeth had been cut into the plate. [This gives brand-new meaning to "Bite your tongue"!]

     But he wasn't a "horror" character in the usual supernatural or paranormal sense - rather an unregenerate Nazi who became an international master criminal after the War.

     Come to think of it, that's horror enough.





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