FATE Magazine – Issue 728 – Real Vampires

FATEMagazine-Issue728-October2015“The Modern-Day Subculture Of Real Vampires”
By Brad Steiger for FATE Magazine
October 2015 – Issue No. 728; Pages 30-38

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“FATE Magazine – The New Issue”
By Nick Redfern for Mysterious Universe – November 17, 2015
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/11/fate-magazine-the-new-issue/

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

Religious Experiences Of Vampires – Dr. Emyr Williams

On behalf of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC we would like to circulate the following research study notice from Dr. Emyr Williams of Glyndwr University to the vampire community for review and consideration.

GlyndwrUniversityCampusReligious Experiences Of Vampires
Dr. Emyr Williams
Glyndwr University

Aims Of The Survey:

Dr. Emyr Williams is a Lecturer in Psychology at Glyndwr University with a specialist interest in non-traditional religious beliefs and subcultures. The aim of this study is to broaden the psychological knowledge of the contemporary vampire subculture with the hope of publishing a series of academic publications that will help a wide audience understand the vampire subculture. The questionnaire looks at the issues of satisfaction with life, self-esteem and belief among the contemporary subculture.

Guidelines For Administration Of The Questionnaire:

The questionnaire is quite short and should not take any longer than 15 minutes to complete. We want you to answer the questions as accurately and honestly as possible. Your answers will be confidential.

How To Return The Questionnaire:

The questionnaire data will automatically be sent to Dr. Williams at Glyndwr University in an anonymous and confidential manner. There is no need to return paper copies.

The Questionnaire:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CYZL36C

*Please make sure to click “Done” at the completion of the survey.

With best wishes,

Dr. Emyr Williams
Glyndwr University

13 August 2015

See Also:

Psychology & The Vampire Community – Dr. Emyr Williams
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2014/01/08/psychology-the-vampire-community-dr-emyr-williams/

Seeking Vampires For Cable Network TV Series

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Vampire Community News (VCN) is passing along this media solicitation to those in the Vampire Community who may be interested in participating:


“Seeking vampires for a major cable network TV series who are ready to come out of the coffin and reveal to the public what life is really like to live with this condition.

We are looking for everyday moms and/or dads and/or families who are trying to live normal lives, in spite of the challenges that vampirism brings.

This reality docu-series seeks to help non-vampires understand what living with Vampirism is all about, while also debunking all of the myths and stereotypes that currently exist.

Has your secret spiraled out of control, leading you to live a double life? And are you exhausted from covering it all up?  Are you willing to share your life and experiences and stand proud of who you are?

If you are interested, please email your story include your age and background and where you are today, photos and any video links you might have to: InterestedVampire  Please put “Merticus” in the subject line of the email.”

8 August 2015

Real Vampire Community Academic Resources – Academia.edu

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JOSEPH LAYCOCK

https://txstate.academia.edu/JosephLaycock
https://sites.google.com/site/joelaycock/

“Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community,” Nova Religio 14:1 (2010): 4-23.
http://www.academia.edu/4332137/_Vampires_as_an_Identity_Group_Analyzing_Causes_and_Effects_of_an_Introspective_Survey_by_the_Vampire_Community_Nova_Religio_14_1_2010_4-23

“Vampires as an Ascriptive Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community,” in Adam Possamai, ed., Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions. Boston: Brill, 2012: pp. 141-163.
http://www.academia.edu/4332414/_Vampires_as_an_Ascriptive_Identity_Group_Analyzing_Causes_and_Effects_of_an_Introspective_Survey_by_the_Vampire_Community_in_Adam_Possamai_ed._Handbook_of_Hyper-Real_Religions._Boston_Brill_2012_pp._141-163

“‘We Are Spirits of Another Sort’: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community,” Nova Religio 15:3 (2012): 65-90.
http://www.academia.edu/4332109/_We_Are_Spirits_of_Another_Sort_Ontological_Rebellion_and_Religious_Dimensions_of_the_Otherkin_Community_Nova_Religio_15_3_2012_65-90

“Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism”
Joseph Laycock, PhD – Praeger Publishers – May 30, 2009 – ISBN: 0-313-36472-9
http://www.amazon.com/Vampires-Today-Truth-Modern-Vampirism/dp/0313364729

JOHN EDGAR BROWNING
https://gatech.academia.edu/JohnEdgarBrowning
http://www.news.gatech.edu/features/john-edgar-browning

“The real vampires of New Orleans and Buffalo: a research note towards comparative ethnography”
http://www.academia.edu/11643020/_The_real_vampires_of_New_Orleans_and_Buffalo_a_research_note_towards_comparative_ethnography_

“Vampire and Vampirism,” in Encyclopedia of American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press)
http://www.academia.edu/10627145/_Vampire_and_Vampirism_in_Encyclopedia_of_American_Studies_Johns_Hopkins_University_Press_

“The Real Vampire Community: A Concise History,” in The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition
http://www.academia.edu/9642592/_The_Real_Vampire_Community_A_Concise_History_in_The_Vampire_in_Europe_A_Critical_Edition

“Vampires of the Crescent City: A Case Study,” in The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition
http://www.academia.edu/9642645/_Vampires_of_the_Crescent_City_A_Case_Study_in_The_Vampire_in_Europe_A_Critical_Edition

“Conversations with Real Vampires [in New Orleans],” in The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition
http://www.academia.edu/356086/_Conversations_with_Real_Vampires_in_New_Orleans_in_The_Vampire_in_Europe_A_Critical_Edition

“The Dangerous Dead: Vampire Mythology in the House of Night Series”
http://www.academia.edu/4154500/_The_Dangerous_Dead_Vampire_Mythology_in_the_House_of_Night_Series_

DJ WILLIAMS
https://idahostate.academia.edu/DJWilliams
http://positivesexuality.org/meet-the-staff/researchers/

Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears Of Coming Out Of The Coffin To Social Workers And Helping Professionals
Critical Social Work, 2015 Vol. 16, No. 1
http://www1.uwindsor.ca/criticalsocialwork/Vampires
https://www.academia.edu/12761617/Do_We_Always_Practice_What_We_Preach_Real_Vampires_Fears_of_Coming_out_of_the_Coffin_to_Social_Workers_and_Helping_Professionals

Social Work, BDSM, and Vampires: Toward Empowering People with Non-Traditional Identities
http://www.academia.edu/11532033/Social_Work_BDSM_and_Vampires_Toward_Empowering_People_with_Non-Traditional_Identities

Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology
Sage Publications, Edited by Thomas Weinberg and Staci Newmahr – 2014
Chapter 20: Intersections of Vampirism & Sexuality – A Narrative Description of a Vampire Feeding

Contemporary Vampires and (Blood-Red) Leisure: Should We Be Afraid of the Dark?
Leisure/Loisir – Volume 32 (2) (2008); Pages 513-539

MERTICUS
https://independent.academia.edu/Merticus
http://www.linkedin.com/in/merticus
http://www.merticus.com

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (VEWRS)
An Introspective Examination Of The Real Vampire Community
http://www.academia.edu/10687957/Vampirism_and_Energy_Work_Research_Survey_VEWRS_

Advanced Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (AVEWRS)
Examining The Intricacies Of The Vampiric Condition
http://www.academia.edu/10687996/Advanced_Vampirism_and_Energy_Work_Research_Survey_AVEWRS_

Supplemental Vampirism & Energy Work Interview Survey (SVEWIS)
Ethnomethodological & Existential Phenomenological Research From An Emic Perspective
http://www.academia.edu/11398033/Supplemental_Vampirism_and_Energy_Work_Interview_Survey_SVEWIS_

VEWRS & AVEWRS Statistical Research Data & Charts
http://www.academia.edu/10688035/VEWRS_and_AVEWRS_Statistical_Research_Data_and_Charts

Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Self-Identified Real Vampires
http://www.academia.edu/10688094/Diagnosed_Physical_and_Mental_Conditions_Of_Self-Identified_Real_Vampires

Definition Of Real Vampirism
Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)
http://www.academia.edu/10707092/Definition_Of_Real_Vampirism

Identity Groups & Ritualistic Occult Crime
PowerPoint Briefing For Law Enforcement & Academicians
http://www.academia.edu/11930334/Identity_Groups_and_Ritualistic_Occult_Crime

Qualitative Ethnography Of Otherkin, Therianthrope & Non-Human Identifying Subcultures
http://www.academia.edu/11407422/Qualitative_Ethnography_Of_Otherkin_Therianthrope_and_Non-Human_Identifying_Subcultures

HESPERUS
https://independent.academia.edu/Hesperus
https://www.facebook.com/groups/357086437822568/

Boiling Blood: Aggression as a Community Building Tool in the Online Vampire Subculture
http://www.academia.edu/10849876/Boiling_Blood_Aggression_as_a_Community_Building_Tool_in_the_Online_Vampire_Subculture

From Fictional Footnotes to National News: The Evolving Focus of Public OVC Fora from the Late Nineties to the Present
https://www.academia.edu/19309583/From_Fictional_Footnotes_to_National_News

VENETIA ROBERTSON
https://sydney.academia.edu/VenetiaRobertson
http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/persons/venetia-robertson/

‘The Beast Within: Anthrozoomorphic Identity and Alternative Spirituality in the Online Therianthropy Movement,’ Nova Religio 16:3 (2013).
http://www.academia.edu/1851789/The_Beast_Within_Anthrozoomorphic_Identity_and_Alternative_Spirituality_in_the_Online_Therianthropy_Movement_Nova_Religio_16_3_2013_

‘The Law of the Jungle: Self and Community in the Online Therianthropy Movement’, Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, 14: 2 (2012)
http://www.academia.edu/5705986/The_Law_of_the_Jungle_Self_and_Community_in_the_Online_Therianthropy_Movement_Pomegranate_The_International_Journal_of_Pagan_Studies_14_2_2012_

DANIELLE KIRBY
https://rmit.academia.edu/DanielleKirby
http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse/About%20RMIT/Contact/All%20contacts/Staff/by%20name/K/;ID=ralssyszuhh7;STATUS=A

Alternative Worlds: Metaphysical Questioning and Virtual Community Amongst the Otherkin
http://www.academia.edu/1962034/Alternative_Worlds_Metaphysical_Questioning_and_Virtual_Community_Amongst_the_Otherkin

Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Real-Life Vampires

VellumFolioLibraryThe following chart is a comparative analysis of two Vampire Community News (VCN) polls and the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS) conducted by Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC.  These data correlations relate to diagnosed physical and mental conditions reported by self-identified real vampires during 2006 to 2014.  Sanguinarian and Psychic feeding vampire responses to the VCN polls and VEWRS study indicated no statistically significant differences in condition reporting and have been combined for purposes of this presentation.  Please note that the condition options that were provided in these polls do not represent an exhaustive list; only a sampling based on longstanding observational and precedent data.  For additional information please refer to the websites and resources linked below.

Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Self-Identified Real Vampires
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/DiagnosedPhysical+MentalConditions-RealVampireCommunity2014.jpg
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/DiagnosedPhysical_MentalConditionsOfSelf-IdentifiedRealVampires-2014.pdf

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Original Vampire Community News (VCN) Research Polls:

Real-Life Vampires & Physical Medical Conditions
October 19, 2014
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2014/10/19/real-life-vampires-physical-medical-conditions/

Real-Life Vampires, Vampirism, & Mental Illness
February 9, 2013
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/02/09/real-life-vampires-vampirism-mental-illness/

Additional Survey & Research Reference:

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)
http://www.suscitatio.com
Statistical Response Chart – Question 037 – Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions
http://www.suscitatio.com/VEWRSFinalCharts/VEWRS-037-08.29.09-Chart.jpg

VEWRS-037-08.29.09-ChartDemystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us
An overview of modern vampirism for the general public
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.
http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/educational/demystification.html
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/02/16/demystifying-real-vampirism-for-the-rest-of-us/

Sanguinarian Vampires Sought For Showtime Documentary Series

BloodLustVampire Community News (VCN) is passing this media solicitation along to those who may be interested in participating:


Dear Vampire Community and Friends;

A NYC-based, award-winning documentary, film and TV production company is currently seeking a sanguinarian (sang) vampire to tell his or her personal story for a fascinating new documentary TV series for Showtime.

Our docu-series will be a visually stunning, intelligent and true documentary-style show, NOT a reality TV show. It will be looking at numerous manifestations of the concept of “lust” in modern day life. Each segment will feature a different story, told by the person living it.

This specific segment will tell the story of the “lust for blood”, told through his or her own eyes. If you are someone who has thirsted for blood all your life, and identifies as a blood-drinker or sanguinarian, feel free to contact us at: sevenlyproductionscasting@gmail.com

We are seeking anyone – male, female or other – living in the United States. We will be filming one person and their story for approximately 2 days in late January or early February 2014.

Thank you and we looking forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Sevenly Productions Casting Team

sevenlyproductionscasting@gmail.com

4 January 2013