You know in Chinese mythology, or folklore, vampires are similar but not exactly like their Western counterparts. They are reanimated corpses, some can appear human, some are in various states of decay. They are called hopping ghosts because they hop, which may stem from the fact that in some former Chinese burial practices the legs of the corpse were tied together.
In any case, these reanimated ghouls are known as Jiang Shi or Chiang Shih. They only appear at night, sleeping during the day in a coffin or cave. They aren’t known for sucking human blood, but rather for sucking the life essence from their victims. Scary stuff!
So I’m concerned there may be a family of Jiang Shi living next door. Impossible? Yikes… I don’t know. I have no other explanation. The owners of the house live in another city, yet someone is living there – several someones – at least six someones, but they come out only at night.
The shades remain drawn all day and night and lights only come on late, after 11 p.m. Windows are never opened. There is never any noise coming from the house. To all intents and purposes, it appears vacant. No garbage or recycling cans are left at the curb. And yet…
I’ve seen them out late at night wandering about their backyard. Wandering along the pathways… just wandering. And yes, they are Chinese.
Early this morning, around 2 a.m. Jake began barking, in fact all the dogs in the neighborhood began barking. It sounded like my husband had left the television on downstairs and the sound was strangely muted, but no, it was those mysterious people out in front. Their children were playing in the court in the dark. Seriously, every dog in the area was barking.
I’m sure there’s a logical explanation but I don’t know what it is and I have no way of contacting the owners of the home. So until I hear otherwise, just like I assume any noise at night is made by a monster, I’m thinking I have vampires next door. Chinese vampires. Jiang Shi…
Oh wait… I hear a story speaking to me!