VAMPIRE FROM PŁASZEWOThe legend about the Neuntöter comes from the village of Płaszewo, but in the illustration, I presented a church from the village of Cerkwica. Once, when browsing a hundred-year-old book on monuments of Pomerania, I found a picture of the church in Cerkwica and from that moment, from my point of view, it is the essence of the Pomeranian village's climate.
Pomeranian vampires differed from those known from the books of Bram Stoker, Anna Rice, or from Hollywood movies. These wraiths were part of the Central and Eastern European ideas of these beings. According to local legends, those vampires were never (or almost never, who knows?) from high births and did not reside in gloomy castles or among ruins, which were never lacking on the Pomeranian land. In Pomerania, the villagers who turned into Neuntöters were often those who were the victims of the plague. Often a vampire was a prematurely dead child. Another thing that distinguished Pomeranian vampires was that they did not necessarily have to use their fangs. They were supposed to hunt their families, kill them one by one (until they kill the nine as in the legend's title), bring the beast, or attack the wanderers, who venture outside the safe houses at night.
MY LEGEND ABOUT VAMPIRE"If a baby is born with teeth or a silver spoon, it shall be a monster. If it perishes, whether in its youth or old age, it shall return for its own. If you do not cut its head off and place it at its feet, if you do not line the grave with poppy seeds or torn fishing nets, the Neuntöter shall knock on the gates, climb the church tower, and summon its kin."
O. Knoop, Volkssagen, Erzählungen, Aberglauben, Gebräuche und Märchen: aus dem östlichen Hinterpommern, Posen 1885, p. 84-85