October 2014 In Review

BirthOfVenus-Botticelli-c1486Vampire Community News (VCN) – October 2014 In Review

Virkelighetens Vampyrer – Norway
October 2, 2014

Sang vs Psi: Making A Case For Separation – By Lady CG
October 3, 2014

Satanists (+ Vampires) Call For Rights – Groups Want To Work In Schools
October 4, 2014

Vampire: Man With HIV Bites Two Police Officers
October 6, 2014

Lessons From Apartheid – A Cautionary Tale Of Segregation – By Cian Ashling
October 7, 2014

Real Vampirism Through The Lens Of Trichotomic Classification – A Poll For VC Participants
October 9, 2014

Group Slams House Candidate For Writing Vampire Erotica
October 10, 2014

Night Of The Darkness – Italian Vampyre Masquerade Ball – Rimini, Italy
October 11, 2014

I Drink Blood Before Operations – Robbery Suspect Reveals
October 12, 2014

Accused Vic Killer Feared Werewolves & [Vampires]
October 13, 2014

At Murder Trial, Gigi Jordan Testifies About Abuse… Son Suffered
October 15, 2014

South Africa Cops On The Trail Of Zombies, Witches, & [Vampires]
October 15, 2014

Sang Castles, Fangtasies And Other Tales – By Octarine Valur
October 17, 2014

Panic Grips School Over Vampire Claims
October 17, 2014

India’s National Gold Medalist Tortured For Being A Witch
October 18, 2014

Real-Life Vampires & Physical Medical Conditions – A Poll For VC Participants
October 19, 2014

Blood Thirsty? The ONLY Real Vampire Shop In The U.S. Is In New Orleans
October 21, 2014

Sinking His Teeth Into Dracula – John Edgar Browning – Georgia Tech
October 21, 2014

Daily Offbeat Vampire House Profile: House Of The Dreaming, An Exclusive Interview With Madame X
October 23, 2014

The Donor & Vampyre Relationship – By Lunah Valur Eir
October 24, 2014

Book Review: ‘Season Of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock & Roll’
October 24, 2014

‘We Actually Like Garlic!’ Real-Life Vampires Of Manchester UK – Vanian & Ethereal
October 27, 2014

Self-Proclaimed Vampire Community In Houston, TX Area – Tarik Rever
October 27, 2014

Interview With A Vampire King – Logan South – Austin, TX Vampire Community
October 27, 2014

Gotham Vampyre Archives 2nd Edition
October 30, 2014

Halloween: “No Agli Show Con I Vampiri Veri O Fasulli” – Italy
October 30, 2014

The 10 Best U.S. Cities To Be A Vampire – Huffington Post
October 30, 2014

Witches Fire Back At TIME Magazine And Demand An Apology
October 31, 2014

Vampire Codex – 20th Anniversary Edition – By Michelle Belanger
October 31, 2014

Temple House Sahjaza, An Exclusive Interview With Goddess Rosemary
October 31, 2014

GA Tech’s Vampire Expert Shares Ideas – John Edgar Browning
October 31, 2014

Interview (And Movie) With A Real-Life Vampire – Huffington Post
October 31, 2014

The Bad Things Ball 2014 – New Orleans
October 31, 2014

Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball 2014 – New Orleans
November 1, 2014

On Behalf Of Merticus & Vampire Community News (VCN) We’d Like To Wish Everyone A Happy Halloween & A Blessed Samhain!

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

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Public Meeting – November 20, 2013

Transcript PDF:


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?

Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) Public Meeting Transcripts:

April 27, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting04.27.08.pdf
August 9, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting08.09.08.pdf
December 6, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting12.06.08.pdf
April 25, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting04.25.09.pdf
August 30, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting08.30.09.pdf
December 20, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting12.20.09.pdf
June 16, 2010http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting06.16.10.pdf
March 22, 2011http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting03.22.11.pdf
March 25, 2012http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting03.25.12.pdf
September 23, 2012http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting09.23.12.pdf
November 20, 2013http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting11.20.13.pdf

Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us

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An overview of modern vampirism for the general public

Psychic and sanguinarian vampires are individuals who cannot adequately sustain their own physical, mental, or spiritual wellbeing without the taking of blood or vital lifeforce energy from other sources.  Without feeding a vampire will become lethargic, sickly, depressed, and often go through physical suffering or discomfort.  Such individuals generally consider “real vampirism” to be an extension of personal identity rather than a lifestyle.  While there are those who self-identify as psychic or sanguinarian vampires who adhere to the “vampire lifestyle” by adopting a vampire aesthetic, wearing prosthetic fangs, or participating in roleplay games, vampi(y)re lifestylers are not synonymous with those who believe they must feed on psychic or life energies and/or blood.  Blood fetishism and sanguinarian vampirism are likewise not synonymous and exist as their own distinct subcultures.  Blood fetishists are aroused by seeing, smelling, and touching blood whereas sanguinarian vampires believe that the drinking of small quantities of blood represents a health and quality of life issue – a need rather than a desire.

Real vampirism does not constitute a cult, a religion, a paraphilia, an offshoot of the BDSM subculture, a community composed exclusively of delusional or mentally ill participants, and is not what is depicted in fictional books, on television, or in movies.  The use of obsolete psychiatric diagnostic terminology such as “Clinical Vampirism”, “Renfield’s Syndrome”, and “Autovampirism” or the comparison of vampirism to the medical condition known as Porphyria is inaccurate and without merit.  Vampirism is not considered a religion by the majority of self-identified vampires whose most commonly reported religious and spiritual beliefs include Atheism, Paganism, Christianity, Satanism, Buddhism, Daoism, Shamanism, Magick, Occultism, Wicca, and Vampi(y)ric Spirituality.  Some in the media and in academia have chosen to characterize vampires as criminals who engage in subversive and dangerous practices.  Real vampires are mistakenly thrust into the same categories as ritual animal or human sacrifice, cannibalism, fetishism, fanatical religious expression, and labeled as unstable threats to themselves and others.  The overwhelming majority of self-identified vampires adhere to ethical and safe feeding practices, are of sound mind and judgment, and productively contribute to society.

Many self-identified vampires report that they suffer from asthma, migraine headaches, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other endocrine system related disorders exceeding typical prevalence rates with comorbidity of possible adrenal or pituitary dysfunction.  Due in large part to increased sociological-based scholarship there persists a hope that not only will there be more awareness on the part of the general public as to the practices and beliefs of “real-life vampires”, but also increased interest from medical researchers.  Some sanguinarian and even psychic vampires would like to see genetic and other comprehensive medical testing conducted to help determine what about them, if anything, is truly aberrant from the rest of humanity.  Even those self-identified vampi(y)res not searching for answers through medical science only wish to be left to their own devices and exist among us without fear of ridicule or hostility.  Healthy skepticism and analytical thinking aren’t enemies of the vampire community – they are essential tools integral to the growth and understanding of vampiric identity.

Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us
By Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
February 10, 2013 – This article may be redistributed, translated, or adopted by other organizations provided there are no content modifications and full citation is included.


Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] Official Statement: Humane Treatment Of Animals

Official Statement From The Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA]:
The Humane Treatment Of Animals For Sanguinarian Purposes

The Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] does not condone the inhumane treatment of animals used for sanguinarian (blood) feedings under any circumstances.  While we recognize the needs of sanguinarian vampires to consume blood, we will not support those who choose to glorify the killing of any animal exclusively for this expressed purpose.  We will not support those who make statements about receiving pleasure from the act of an animal screaming, struggling, or in fear of its life.  Members of the AVA are not all vegetarians, and we do not take an exclusivist or ideological approach to the killing of common food animals.

However, there is a clear line between a person doing what is humane and necessary to satiate hunger or blood thirst and a person expressing a potential underlying psychosis wherein one revels in a desire to cause suffering to an animal while encouraging others to participate in kind.  Additionally, we can think of no justifiable reason for sanguinarian vampires to take the life of a dog, cat, or similar domesticated animal for purposes of blood drinking.  We strongly discourage members of the vampire community who do not already have experience as livestock handlers or sport hunters from assuming the enormous ethical responsibility and technical skill set that comes with deciding to slaughter your own food animals.  Hunting and farming both are skills that require attentive study, a strong ethical foundation, and respect for the creatures you are dealing with.

We additionally reiterate in the strongest possible terms that it is the responsibility and ethical burden of anyone who does engage in the slaughter of their own food animals to properly educate themselves on humane means of taking the life of an animal as well as possible medical dangers from consuming blood directly from wild or hunted game animals, livestock, or animals raised for meat.

If you witness someone who is inhumanely harming and taking the life of an animal under similar circumstances like the ones we have outlined above please report them to your local authorities, animal shelters, and the local vampire community.

January 20, 2013