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Bob Leman ("Unlawful Possession" September 1983) is back with a fascinating story that traces the evolution of a vampire - from a wild creature of the Appalachian forest to a millionaire Harvard graduate - and makes St;Jme surprising additions to the legend along the way. The Pilgrimage of Clifford M. BY A BOB LEMAN numb.- of colleague have pire' s leeching, he will rise again as a suggested that my paper, "The Case of vampire. Such a belief is sheer supersti Clifford M.," might well be of interest tion. Those who die of a vampire's de to the general public if it were recast in predations are permanently dead, and, language less technical than that of the in any case, vampires are mammals - original. What follows is an attempt to of a sort - and they are born as other accomplish such a revision. I have ex mammals are born. With, of course, panded the paper in one respect, by certllin differences. giving a brief summary of biological Vampires bring forth young at in information that did not have to be set tervals of approximately two centur out for the original audience, and ies, and the young are born in litters pruned it in others, chiefly by omitting numbering from eight to twelve. The graphs and tables and conclusions that female has ten breasts, and if the litter are of interest only to the specialist. numbers more than ten, those pups For an understanding of the case of who lose in the struggle to obtain one Clifford M., it is necessary, first of all, of the dugs must perish. lf you are at to be aware of the natural processes in all acquainted with the canonical liter volved in the reproduction of these ature, you will recall that no one has creatures. There is a widespread belief ever seen an adult vampire without that vampires create others of their clothing. The reason is that since vam kind by forcing a human being to in pires customarily masquerade as gest vampire blood, thus ensuring that human beings, the female vampire's after the human has died of the vam- extra breasts (as well as certain oddities I .
of the male genitalia) must be kept hid out the time she is suckling the young, den. In recent years there have appear the female feeds entirely on human ed some popular apocrypha in which blood, although under ordinary cir vampires disport sexually with human cumstances the vampire requires a beings in a more or less normal man human victim for only one feeding out ner. Such connections are of course of each dozen or so, and can utilize quite impossible, and writings describ almost any warm-blooded creature for ing them are pure works of the imagi the remainder of its diet. nation. Newly weaned pups also are fed on The gestation period of the vampire pure human blood for a time. The has not been fixed with accuracy, but it weaning is sudden and summary: the is almost certainly a very long one - mother simply pries their mouths open possibly as much as a decade. The and separates them from herself. She young are very tiny at birth, weighing, does this very carefully, because upon as a rule, no more than half a pound, separation from the teat the savage lit and they bear little resemblance to the tle mouths begin to snap viciously, in a adult creature. They resemble, as a reflex action. An insensible human be matter of fact, tadpoles with rudimen ing is furnished for these occasions, : tary limbs, or perhaps fetuses. (There and the mother places the snapping in is a theory, with a certain amount of fants, one by one, upon this uncon evidence to sustain it, that the remote scious victim. The reflex causes the ancestors of vampires were marsup jaws to bite, and when there is flesh for ials.) The most noticeable feature of the iaws to close upon, a further reflex these vampire pups is their teeth. They causes the pups to begin to suck. For are born fully dentate, and at first the first time they taste fresh human glance a newborn pup appears to be all blood, and they are thenceforth doom mouth. After they are born they wrig ed to a periodic need of it. gle to a teat and attach themselves to it The pups at this stage of their de by means of those extraordinary teeth, velopment still have disproportionate and there they remain for a period of ly large heads, and mouths that are dis two years or more, during which time proportionately large even for those the dam is nourished by human blood heads. Their limbs are by now almost carried to her by one of the males, fully developed, but their muscular co which may or may not be the sire of ordination is poor, and they are, ex the litter. This nourishment is fed her cept for the powerful jaws and fero by the same method that birds use to cious teeth, almost helpless. At this age feed their young, a procedure that re they are covered by coarse black hair, quires a strong stomach to contem which they will lose by their fifteenth plate. It is worth noting that through- or sixteenth year, except for that on the 10 Fantasy & Science Fidion .