Magia posthuma: a Weblog Approach to the History of Central and East European Vampire Cases of the 18th CenturyAutoren
Niels K. Petersen, Copenhagen
There are hundreds or thousands web sites about vampires, most of them focusing on the vampire of popular fiction. In 2007 I started a web log called Magia Posthuma (http://www.magiaposthuma.com) about historical cases of magia posthuma and vampirism, i.e. incidents where dead bodies were suspected of being revenants, dug up and destroyed, particularly on the periphery of the Habsburg Empire. Intended as "an informal and personal contribution to the enterprise of exploring and understanding what happened and why", my initial aim was to get into contact with others sharing a similar interest. To this end I decided to formulate and advance my own approach to the subject. In this paper, I discuss my use of the web log, my approach to the topic of magia posthuma and vampirism, and the feedback I have received from the readers.