October 2013 In Review

TheHayHarvest-PieterBrueghelTheElder-1565Vampire Community News (VCN) – October 2013 In Review

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
October 27, 2013

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)!

Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us

DemystificationTriangleDemystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us
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.