Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire – The Responses

HieronymusBosch-TheLastJudgment1486Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire
November 14, 2013 – November 24, 2013

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The purpose of this questionnaire is to objectively evaluate the current state of the Vampire Community through the process of a candid disclosure of perceived problems and to examine the individual needs of self-identified real vampi(y)res and how to best address them.

The Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) would like to thank the 169 respondents to this questionnaire and encourage constructive discussions based on the opinions and ideas offered for review. Responses were collected by Merticus of the VVC on November 24, 2013 and made publicly available to the vampire community on November 25, 2013. The responses to this questionnaire were solicited from dozens of ‘real vampire’ related websites, groups, forums, mailing lists, and social media outlets and do not necessarily represent the views of the VVC or its members. The VVC assumes no responsibility over the use, interpretation, or accuracy of responses and claims made by those who chose to participate. This document may be reproduced and transmitted for non-commercial use without permission provided there are no modifications.

Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire
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Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) – Discussions For 2013 On The VC/OVC

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Public Meeting – November 20, 2013

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Abyah – Russian Vampire Community
Acrophobic Pixie – Black Swan Haven (BSH)
Belfazaar – House Of Mystic Echoes & New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
DarkFess – Russian Vampire Community
Gabriel – House Lost Haven
Horus Sat – Italian League Of Real Vampires (ALIRV)
Imon – Les Vampires & Dark Nations Administrator
Heidica Northernlight – Norwegian Vampire Community
Isealdor – House Etherium & New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
Merticus – Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
Octarine Valur – House Valur & South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA)
Reija – Independent Representative
Jeanette – Nexus Noctis German Vampire Community
Scarlet Ravenwing – Blue Ridge Vampyre & Otherkin Alliance
Spurn – Danish Vampire Community
Vyrdolak – By Light Unseen

Discussion Agenda:

a. Examining The Prevailing Dogma Of The Vampire Community – A Three-Part Question: Has the vampire community become too rigidly dogmatic for dialogue? Various groups believe they each know ‘the truth’ or ‘what real vampires are all about’ and react to conflicting views with ridicule, sneering, dismissing contrary views, or instantly claiming that they are being criticized or even victimized.  If yes, why do you believe as a community we have become increasingly intolerant of diverse points of view?  Is it possible to allow for less rigid dogma and discussions while remaining respectful of each other’s beliefs or opinions?

b. Realistic Expectations Of Attempting To Protect The Vulnerable – A Four-Part Question: For many years we have debated whether, and how, to protect new or vulnerable participants of the vampire community from leaders or groups that are perceived (by some) to be unethical, abusive, or disseminating misinformation. Thus far, we have been unable to collectively agree on which leaders or groups are ‘bad’ and what to do about them.  Are we realistically able to protect others from their own naiveté, wishful thinking, or ardent stupidity?  When does trying to ‘police’ such a diverse and unfocused grouping of participants as the vampire community simply create more divisions and negativity?  Is there a more productive use of our time?  If so, what is it and how should we best arrive there?

c. Searching For Answers & Aging Out Of The Vampire Community – A Three-Part Question: Have you noticed a steady decline in individuals searching for guidance about real vampirism since the mid 2000s?  In essence, have organized vampire groups become the gatekeepers of the existing quality information on vampirism rather than pathfinders of new ideas and explorations into real vampirism?  Does anyone ever permanently ‘age out’ of the vampire community or do they merely step into the shadows while tending to personal matters or pursue their personal vampirism in private?

d. Our Evolving Relationship With The Media – A Four-Part Question: What, if any, changes have you noticed by those who are in the public eye as related to what the media is seeking from vampires they interview?  Has television media altered their desire for a particular style of dress, behavior, or backdrop when filming?  Is the media across various mediums beginning to allow review and revision of the footage or articles prior to airing or publication?  How has this changed, or not, in the past several years compared with a decade or more ago?

e. Critically Evaluating How We Appear To The Outside World: A Three-Part Question: Do you believe the vampire community is serious enough about how it appears to the outside world?  Many participants in the vampire community complain about documentaries, interviews and other depictions of real vampires that highlight the melodramatic and colorful participants of our community. However, many of these same individuals embellish their social media profile pages with lurid art, photos of themselves with fangs and bloody mouths, black capes and heavy make-up, and with other macabre or grim materials.  Is it possible for us to be horror-centric, embracing of the fantastical, or Goth theatrical ‘for fun or lifestyle’ and expect the media or the general public to be able to differentiate, understand, or ultimately accept us as harmless?  Is such a notion realistic, or even fair?

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October 2013 In Review

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Vampire Magic Abides Beneath The Sheltering Oak – Belfazaar Ashantison
October 1, 2013

Happy Donor Appreciation & Awareness Day (DAD) – October 1st

Alleged ‘Vampire-Killer’ Gets Bail – Australia
October 1, 2013

Modern Day Vampires With Guest Vlad Don Deich – WitchTalk Radio
October 2, 2013

B360 Media (Montreal) Seeking Vampire In Los Angeles, CA To Interview
October 2, 3013

Breaking Blood: The Pattern That Starts Satanic Panic
October 2, 2013

The Living Vampire Survey Is Concluded – Part IV Results
October 5, 2013

Happy Real Vampi(y)re Appreciation & Awareness Day (VAD) – October 5th

Vampire Ball Benefits Local Blood Bank (Austin Vampire Ball)
October 6, 2013

A Short Introduction Of Self – By Nox Kassapu
October 7, 2013

Pagans In The Vampire Community – By Serephim Lena Karayan
October 9, 2013

The Transhuman Hand – By Mistwolf For Noctalium
October 10, 2013

Vampire Cannibals: Real Ghouls Haunt Papua New Guinea
October 11, 2013

Vampire Community Gatherings & Balls Of Note
October 2013

Lesbianism And Satanism Rock School (United Methodist Church)
October 15, 2013

2014 House Kheperu Gathering Information

Demystifying Goth: Why Do Designers Love It?
October 16, 2013

Indian Boy, Aged 7, Star Witness In Father’s Blood-Drinking Murder Trial
October 17, 2013

Panel Upholds Ruling On ‘Psychopath’ – Highest Court Refuse To Throw Out Restrictions On Animal Killer
October 17, 2013

Introducing The British Vampire Association – By Circe Arcanum
October 17, 2013

Kyle Morgan Sentenced To 30 Years For Grisly Murder – Northwest Herald
October 17, 2013

Ten People Who Claim To Be Vampires & Aliens! – Daily Bhaskar
October 17, 2013

Vampyre/Donor Appreciation Day 2013 For South Africa
October 18, 2013

Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball – A Fetish Fairy Tale – Ybor City (Tampa), FL
October 19, 2013

Chatting With Vampires – The Power Of Jyade – Real Vampire Life – Presented By Tim
October 20, 2013

Teenager Arrested In Alleged Satanic Murder – Cape Town, SOuth Africa
October 20, 2013

The Vampire Ball @ Ruin Hollywood – Presented By Los Angeles Darkside – Los Angeles, CA
October 20, 2013

Bite Me! Vampire TV – Manifestation LXXXIII w/Lord Chaz, Maven Lore, & Magister Mephistopheles
October 21, 2013

St. Mary’s University Twickenham Offers Vampire Culture Degree – By Tom Ambrose
October 22, 2013

Houston’s Vampire Culture Unveiled – Newsfix Video
October 22, 2013

That Time Doctors Tried To Make The Pope Into A Vampire
October 22, 2013

Otherkin – Of Heaven Or Hell? – By Samael Anathan
October 23, 2013

Association For Vampire Rights & Vampire Pride In New Orleans
October 25, 2013

Interview With A Vampyre’s Dentist (Father Sebastiaan) – By Barbara Herman – Newsweek
October 25, 2013

An Unquenchable Thirst – Dr. John Gordon Melton – Baylor Lariat
October 25, 2013

Cirque du Nuit – Vampire Ball – New Orleans, LA
October 26, 2013

IndieJudge Magazine – Halloween 2013 Special: The Vampire Ed. – Will The Real Vampires Please Stand Up!
October 26, 2013

If You Were A Real Vampire You Would Eat This – By Cherise Udell – Care2
October 27, 2013

Yes, Real-Life Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies DO Exist! – Yahoo Southeast Asia SHE
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Vampires: Out Of The Coffin – TheMedicalBag
October 28, 2013

Coast To Coast AM – Varla Ventura’s Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Creatures Of Night
October 29, 2013

Our Interview With A Vampire – Prince Tarik – CBS Houston Radio (J&R)
October 30, 2013

Cannibalism Not Religious, Deemed ‘Learned Behavior’
October 31, 2013

Interview With A Vampire Scholar: Baylor Prof. Is ‘Real-Life Van Helsing’ – Waco Tribune
October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain To All Our Friends & Family Who Follow Vampire Community News (VCN)!