In Hungarian folklore, the Liderc is said to be a small but dangerous devil. This nasty creature can provide a change of pace for storytellers from the true vampires that are often featured in traditional horror tales. But beware—some elements of this being’s nature are suitable for adult audiences only.
The Liderc is said in the folktales to be similar in its desires to a vampire, feeding off the living. But the Liderc also shares aspects with the succubus in that it kills its victims through sexual exhaustion and drinks not blood, as a vampire does, but the life energies of its victims.
It is said to hatch from the ﬁrst egg of a black hen. But the egg must be incubated under a willing human’s armpit. The Liderc can, according to the tales, take different forms, orat least cast the illusion of taking different forms: a man, a woman, an animal, or even a ball of light.
In addition to its vampirelike drives, stories say that the Liderc is best known for eagerly carrying out tasks for whatever human is its master. This master is usually the human that hatched the Liderc, and the Liderc brings its master wealth. But there is supposedly a problem with keeping a Liderc as a servant. The Liderc is a quick and efﬁcient servant, but it always must be kept busy with numerous tasks to occupy it, or it will become bored and dangerous, and even turn on its master.
The Liderc apparently can be kept at bay for a time by garlic, like a traditional vampire, but there is no sure way listed in the folktales to slay it. The only way to safely get rid of the Liderc is to give it some impossible task, such as spinning ropes out of sand, or counting every star, so that it either has to give up or die of sheer rage. This is a folk motif it shares with other devils.