They ignored the pleas from parents and teachers, swarming over the graveyard walls and combing the area for any sign of the vampire. No matter how hard they looked, the brave children didn’t find their prey. Eventually, the hysteria started to subside after the police were called to clear the Necropolis.
American horror comics took the blame for the rumour and the issue went all the way to Parliament who brought in the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955. To this day nobody knows if the Gorbals Vampire was simply the result of easily influenced minds or if something altogether more sinister was lurking in the Glasgow darkness.
Written by Graeme Johncock
Graeme is the writer and storyteller behind Scotland’s Stories, sharing the traditional folklore and legends that make Scotland truly incredible.