The Vampire of Prague is a short story in which Hellboy faces off with a card-playing Vampire in Prague.

Publication History[edit | edit source]

This story was published for the first time as part of Hellboy – Volume 7: The Troll Witch and Others in October 2007.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The story opens with a broad look at the many ghosts and ghouls in Prague. Prof. Gustav Kubin tells the story of "The Vampire of Prague". During the plague lived a verger who was a gambler. When so many people were dead that the man could not find a game, and so he played cards with the dead. For this he was cursed to walk the night looking for victims. If anyone can beat him at cards he will be able to die, but he will kill the losers.

Hellboy enteres the lair of the vampire. He finds the vampire and throws a large grenade at him. In the resulting explosion, the vampire grabs Hellboy and begins to choke him. The two fight across the city, until the pair crash through the glass at a marionette shop. Hellboy grabs a piece of the plate glass and beheads the vampire. As Hellboy frees himself from the marionette strings, five small cards tumble out of a puppet's sleeve. The vampire turns into a bat and flies away leaving the contents of his pockets, including five cards, behind. Hellboy checks the cards and sees that his hand beat that of the vampire. The sun rises and the vampire is destroyed.

Story Chronology[edit | edit source]

The story takes place on August 19th 1982. This is the same year as The Vârcolac and Abe Sapien: The Haunted Boy

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
The Vampire of Prague
Followed by
The Mole
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 7 The Troll Witch and Others
Preceded by
The Troll-Witch
The Vampire of Prague
Followed by
Dr. Carp's Experiment
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Goodbye Mister Tod
The Vampire of Prague
Same time as
Hellboy in Mexico
The Vârcolac
Followed by
The Bride of Hell
The Whittier Legacy
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