Sometimes I like to go spelunking in the archives of my fellow horror bloggers. I found this tidbit in The Vault of Horror about the folkloric origins of Freddy Krueger.
"Wes Craven himself has on occasion spoken of the Germanic and Teutonic folklore that partially inspired the character," Vault emcee B-Sol tells us. And evidently it's partly why Craven gave him a German name.
Here's the critter in question:
Alp is typically the name associated with the kind of creature that inspired Mr. Krueger. Kind of a cross between an incubus and a vampire, amongst the only distinguishing characteristics of the alp are its propensity for attacking children during their sleep, and its trademark hat (sound familiar?) The alp also commonly has the ability to shape-shift.
Damn. Never heard of that one. (Read the blog's main page here).