Folklore Origin: Arabic folklore
Creature origin: There are some cultures that believe ghouls are the result of a human, who has been sexually active in the past, being bitten by a vampire. There are other cultures who believe ghouls are dead humans, who have been asleep, and then rise and feast on the living and the dead.
- Female: ghula
- A reanimated corpse, however, where vampires are handsome and look like humans. Ghouls are a reanimated dead people in humanoid form.
- Some cultures believe ghouls to be a type of servant to vampires, i.e. the ghoul can be commanded by the vampire who bit them (sired them.)
- Their bite is also said to make more ghouls. They share a lot of the characteristics of the modern zombie.
- Eat human flesh
- Are said to attack travelers, human corpses
- Non-intelligent being
- Have no free will
- Are driven solely by the need to feed
- Female ghouls are said to appear as normal. She supposedly marries a human male, who then becomes her prey, almost like a female spider/praying mantis.
- Demons and Demonology, Rosemary E. Guiley
- The Vampire Book, J. Gordon Melton