A Halloween Message To The Vampire Community From The Office Of Merticus

OfficeOfMerticus2015This year has turned out to be the most prolific with respect to media coverage for the vampire community since 2011; only eclipsed by television, radio and print media at the height of the ‘vampire craze’ towards the end of the last decade (2008-2009). While we can debate the merits of such exposure, I believe it’s important to note that the narrative has notably shifted and arguably matured. This has resulted in increased emphasis on the specific practices, beliefs, identity politics, challenges and even charitable nature of our participants rather than simply how we contrast with pop cultural depictions of the vampire. I look forward to the continued academic inquiries of Drs. Joseph Laycock, John Edgar Browning, D J Williams, Emyr Williams, Joseph Pierre and others and wish to thank them for their professional and diversified approach to exploring our community and sharing those observations with the world.

Likewise, thank you to those in the vampire community who locally, and within your own specialty niches, work to build a more vibrant and stronger community — from New Orleans to Austin to Atlanta to Manchester to South Africa to New Jersey to Tampa to Germany to Houston to Los Angeles to Philadelphia to London to New York City to Chicago to Cleveland to Melbourne to all points in-between! All too often we’re at each other’s throats over everything from fundamental disagreements and egos run amok to petty nonsense. It’s unrealistic to expect all of us to hold hands and walk in step, however, it’s reassuring to see so many come together to support one another, our various projects and gatherings for the sake of kinship while understanding the importance of maintaining our respective individuality and group autonomies. I’m genuinely excited for what adventures may unfold during the rest of this year and throughout 2016!

I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween | Blessed Samhain!

– Merticus

September 2015 In Review

TheMasterOfTheFertilityOfTheEggVampire Community News (VCN) – September 2015 In Review

Vampires Exist And They’re Not What You Think – Seeker Daily
September 1, 2015
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJexTE24zcQ

The Unity Question – Real Vampire Life
September 6, 2015
http://realvampirenews.com/the-unity-question/

Skepticism: A Vampire’s Mirror – The Shadow Sage
September 8, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/skepticism-a-vampires-mirror/

Interview With A Vampyre – Berinvönn Dærthledd
September 10, 2015
http://www.anchoragepress.com/cover-news/interview-vampyre

Fanger Bangers: The Female Kinksters Who Get Off On Vampires
September 17, 2015
http://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/fanger-bangers-the-female-kinksters-who-get-off-on-vampires

Interview With The Vampire… Expert – The Bengal
September 18, 2015
http://isubengal.com/interview-with-the-vampire-expert/

Anika Inquest: Identity Of ‘Vampire’ Leaked – South Africa
September 19, 2015
http://beta.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/anika-inquest-identity-of-vampire-leaked-1918450

Vampyres Among Us! – Volume III – English Ed. (Limited To 400 Copies) – Dr. Mark Benecke & Ines Fischer
http://www.forensicbox.de/epages/es10551029.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es10551029_onlinebox/Products/MB-FS-Vampyres3

Top 10 Questions For Real Vampires – Logan South
September 22, 2015
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ISMcG7jCp4

Dear Real Vampires: Let’s Be Real For Once – VTOC
September 22, 2015
https://vtochicago.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/real-vampires/

North Central Texas College (NCTC) To Host Halloween Symposium On Vampires
September 24, 2015
http://starlocalmedia.com/lewisvilleleader/news/nctc-to-host-halloween-symposium-on-vampires/article_651e8cc8-62e7-11e5-9742-33affc2de966.html

The Pariah Ploy – GraveYard Press
September 25, 2015
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/the-pariah-ploy/

Frustration: A Call For Medical Research – VTOC
September 27, 2015
https://vtochicago.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/a-call-for-medical-research/