This article accompanies the fable
Vampires in Venice
He had been identified in print in 1746 by Dom Augustin Calmet, a French Benedictine monk, who apparently knew about this sort of thing. His book Dissertations sur les apparitions des anges, des démons et des esprits, et sur les revenants et vampires de Hongrie, de Bohême, de Moravie, et de Silésie was a bestseller. Later editions ditched the angels and focused on what was most appealing: vampires.
Thereafter the vampire could not be killed and he popped up again and again until Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) and Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) - indeed Stoker's widow sued the German film company for copyright infringement. The film may not have been intentionally anti-Semitic but given the context of when and where it was made, it certainly comes across that way today.