Vamp is a term used to describe a seductive woman who uses her sensuality for personal gain. Sometimes regareded as a "Femme Fatale". The term is also a shortened version of the word vampire and is often used when referring to female vampires. One of the most famous examples of a vamp is horror film hostess, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
(See Also: Vampirella)
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Ventriloquism is the art of masking or throwing a person's voice so that it appears as if it is originating from an alternate location. The transmission point of the manipulated voice is usually that of a doll or puppet. Those who practice the art of ventriloquism are known as ventriloquists. Ventriloquism has been used for stage show entertainment in which the ventriloquist communicates with his or her dummy, making light-hearted discussion for the enjoyment of an audience. In the 6th century, people believed that the noises produced by the stomach were thought to be the voices of the dead taking up residence in the stomach of the ventriloquist. One ventriloquist of note was Mary Shaw, who was murdered in 1941, but her spirit continued to influence the living world via her dolls.
The Ventrue are a clan of vampires featured in the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game. In the original 1st-3rd editions of the game, they were one of the original thirteen clans descended from Caine, the first vampire. The Ventrue are characteristically portrayed as leaders, nobles, politicians and businessmen and are one of the architects of the faction known as the Camarilla. More than any other clan, Ventrue vampires produce the most Princes and Archons and excel at games of deceit and manipulation.
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A villager is any man, woman or child who resides in a village. In fiction, villagers play a prominent role in many gothic horror stories set in Europe, particularly those that take place in the 18th and 19th centuries. Villagers tend to hail from a working class stock of people and they earn a living as laborers, coach drivers, grave diggers, shepherds, farmers, bartenders, members of the clergy and so on. European villagers tend to be a superstitious and religious lot and fully believe in the existence of curses, vampires, witches, ghosts and werewolves. Despite any precautions they may take however, villagers often find themselves easy prey for those things that lurk in the shadows. Werewolves find slow-moving villagers to be a rather tasty treat and more than one has lost their lives at the hands of the Frankenstein Monster. All things being equal, there is only so much abuse a village community is willing to take before it strikes back. If news strikes of a monster roaming about the town, villagers will quickly band together to form lynch mobs, arming themselves with torches and various farming equipment to mete out their own brand of justice against whatever threatens them. In villages located in the West Indies and Caribbean islands, villagers are often known to be practitioners of voodoo. At the very least, they are aware of such practices and may even possess some knowledge on how to protect themselves from the forces of the occult.
V-juice is a slang term which refers to vampire blood, particularly as a commercial product. Also known simply as "V", it is considered a narcotic in the mythology of the True Blood television series. Humans who drink vampire blood are said to consume a portion of the vampire's life essence. It increases a human's senses and raises their libido. Like any illegal narcotic, V-juice can be extremely addictive and people have been known to overdose on it. Lafayette Reynolds began dealing V once it became available on the market. His donor was a relatively young vampire named Eddie Gauthier, who would give him blood in exchange for sexual favors. Lafayette used to sell V for $600 a quarter ounce. (True Blood: Mine) After being captured and held captive by Eric Northman, Lafayette was then forced to sell V on his behalf.
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Voodoo refers to any of varying branches of religious practice and observation stemming back to the religions of Africa. Haitian Voodoo is a syncretic religion originating from the Caribbean country of Haiti. It is based upon a merging of the beliefs and practices of West African peoples. Louisiana Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo, originated from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a cultural form of the Voodoo religions which historically developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole speaking African-American population of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Some Voodoo practitioners are skilled in the creation of zombies.