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:

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!


Sevenly Productions Casting Team

4 January 2013

Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire – The Responses

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

Web/Text & PDF Versions Of The Responses:

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
Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC); Copyright 2013

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, 2008
August 9, 2008
December 6, 2008
April 25, 2009
August 30, 2009
December 20, 2009
June 16, 2010
March 22, 2011
March 25, 2012
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November 20, 2013

KB Productions Seeking Canadian Vampires For Television Series

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

We are an award winning production company in the midst of casting a reality TV series about real life vampires. The show chronicles the lives of several young vampires. Each person deals with coming to terms with being a vampire and managing their need to feed. We explore their awakening and their journey of “coming out of the coffin”. Some live in a world with limited contact with other vampires while others have created a House or larger group for support. All of them have the same condition or self-identity as ‘real vampires’. They need to feed to be well. Some feed off of people’s energy and others feed by drinking blood.

We are looking for Canadian based vampires who are ready to share their story. The purpose of this series is to shine a light on vampires and to show the public, that they are just like everyone else struggling to find their place in this world and manage a condition. In addition to featuring young vampires, we will have two seasoned vampires in the series.

If you are interested, please email your story including your age, background, where you are today, photos, and any video links you might have to Please put “Vampire Series – Merticus” in the subject line. Thank you!

1 August 2013

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.


Real-Life Vampires, Vampirism, & Mental Illness

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Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Real-Life Vampires

October 2015 Update:

“Dracula On The Couch: The Psychiatry Of Vampires”
Myth, Medical Illness, Madness, And Modern “Real Vampires”
By Joseph M. Pierre M.D.; Health Sciences Clinical Professor Of Psychiatry At UCLA
Psychology Today (Psych Unseen) – October 29, 2015
Contributions from Merticus of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC & Examinations of Research from Joseph Laycock, PhD and DJ Williams, PhD

Why ‘Real Vampires’ Fear Going To The Doctor
By Jennifer J. Brown, PhD for Everyday Health – October 28, 2015

Lives Of Real Vampires: More Than A Diet Of Blood
By Merticus – Everyday Health Guest Contributor – October 29, 2015

Consider the following study and please answer the polling question below as applicable:

‘Vampirism’ In A Case Of Dissociative Identity Disorder & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; 2012 – Issue 81: Pages 322-323

Full PDF:

Please note that ‘Clinical Vampirism’, ‘Autovampirism’, and ‘Renfield’s Syndrome’ do NOT appear in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV + TR; 1994/2000) and ‘Vampirism’ will NOT be included in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V; 2013) as a mental disorder, listed paraphilia, or under ‘Paraphilias Not Elsewhere Classified’.

If you personally self-identify as a “real vampi(y)re” please take a moment to answer the following question (divided for both Primary Practicing Sanguinarian (Blood Feeding) and Psychic (Energy Feeding) Self-Identified Vampires).
If you identify as sexual, pranic, elemental, hybrid, eclectic, adaptive, living, or other identifiers sometimes ascribed to vampirism please choose the the category which best encompasses your primary feeding method: Sanguinarian (blood consumption, physical fluid-blood exchanges, etc.) or Psychic (psi/chi/qi/life energy feeding or manipulation, metaphysical, spiritual, etc.).

Note:  Sanguinarian and Psychic responses to the VCN poll indicated no statistically significant differences in condition reporting and thus are combined as Total Self-Identified Vampire Response Count (TVC).  The same observation was made for the majority of responses to Question 037B (Mental Conditions) of the VEWRS; a sample size three times that of the VCN poll.

Question Only For Sanguinarian (Blood) Or Sanguinarian-Primary Practicing Self-Identifed Vampires:  *Psychic Feeding Vampires Please Skip To The Next Question

As a primarily Sanguinarian Vampi(y)re which of the following conditions have you ever been diagnosed with by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist? (Check All That Apply)

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Asperger's Syndrome (Pre DSM-V) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Type I or II) (12%, 15 Votes)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Depression (Clinical/Acute/MDD) (31%, 38 Votes)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID/MPD) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Gender Dysphoria (GID DSM-IV) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (16%, 19 Votes)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Panic Disorder (Attacks) (14%, 17 Votes)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (15%, 18 Votes)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Schizophrenic Disorder (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAnD) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • I Suspect Myself To Suffer From One Or More Of These Mental Disorders But Have Not Been Officially Diagnosed (14%, 17 Votes)
  • None Of The Above (37%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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Question Only For Psychic Or Psi/Pranic/Energy-Primary Practicing Self-Identified Vampires:  *Sanguinarian Feeding Vampires Please See The Above Question

As a primarily Psychic Vampi(y)re which of the following conditions have you ever been diagnosed with by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist? (Check All That Apply)

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Asperger's Syndrome (Pre DSM-V) (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Type I or II) (11%, 14 Votes)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Depression (Clinical/Acute/MDD) (33%, 43 Votes)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID/MPD) (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Gender Dysphoria (GID DSM-IV) (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (16%, 20 Votes)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Panic Disorder (Attacks) (16%, 20 Votes)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (15%, 19 Votes)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Schizophrenic Disorder (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAnD) (9%, 12 Votes)
  • I Suspect Myself To Suffer From One Or More Of These Mental Disorders But Have Not Been Officially Diagnosed (17%, 22 Votes)
  • None Of The Above (36%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

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Additional Survey & Research Reference:

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)
Statistical Response Chart – Question 037 – Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions

Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism
By Joseph Laycock, PhD; 2009, Praeger/ABC-CLIO Publishers

Demystifying ‘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.

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