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A great historical read by Valley News reporter EmmaJean Holley on early New England’s long and storied history with vampires, which often was mistaken for what actually was tuberculosis, or consumption, as it was known.

I actually did a project during my senior year of college on Rhode Island’s own haunted history, with a particular focus on vampires. Exeter, R.I., is home to the grave of Mercy Brown, who is widely known as the Ocean State’s most famous “vampire.” (You can read more on Brown here.)

It’s interesting to see that each little village, as isolated as they were, all shared the same fears about that which could not be easily explained.