Real Vampire Community Academic Resources –


“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.

“‘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


“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)

“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

“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”


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

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


Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (VEWRS)
An Introspective Examination Of The Real Vampire Community

Advanced Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (AVEWRS)
Examining The Intricacies Of The Vampiric Condition

Supplemental Vampirism & Energy Work Interview Survey (SVEWIS)
Ethnomethodological & Existential Phenomenological Research From An Emic Perspective

VEWRS & AVEWRS Statistical Research Data & Charts

Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Self-Identified Real Vampires

Definition Of Real Vampirism
Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)

Identity Groups & Ritualistic Occult Crime
PowerPoint Briefing For Law Enforcement & Academicians

Qualitative Ethnography Of Otherkin, Therianthrope & Non-Human Identifying Subcultures


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


‘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)


Alternative Worlds: Metaphysical Questioning and Virtual Community Amongst the Otherkin

Artistic Documentary Project Seeking Therians & Otherkin

MarieElisaScheidt-DocumentaryVampire Community News (VCN) is passing this media solicitation along to those in the Therian and Otherkin Communities who may be interested in participating:

Dear Therians and Otherkins,

My name is Elisa and I’m a film student from Munich, Germany. I’m looking for open-minded people who would like to be part in an artistic documentary project, my first feature-length film called “Seven curls for the untamed”. My current research is on the borderline between human and animal nature, and I’m looking for stories of people who feel connected with their animal nature, of men and women who live and even play with their inner wild side. The project encompasses otherkin culture, modern dance, rewilding projects and people who live off the grid. I don’t want to make a documentary that explains what all those concepts mean and how they relate, but I want to make a semi-fictional film that will crystallize the process of and desire for being wild and will combine the real and the mythical, the visceral and the abstract. I’m thinking about telling those little micro-stories in video loops and connecting them through a spiral-like narrative.

My major inspiration was J. H. Ballard, he writes: “The suburbs dream of violence. Asleep in their drowsy villas, sheltered by benevolent shopping malls, they wait patiently for the nightmares that will wake them into a more passionate world.” I’m interested that the idea of “wilderness” as a completely human construction. I’d say that any frontier between human and animal nature is imaginary. We are animals, and the behaviors we deem unique are nothing but “fancy” ritualized animal behaviors. And while this may sound bad for many people, as they’d feel offended to be “compared” with animals, for me i find this thought very comfortable and quite obvious. Even our most complex expressions of love and emotion and science, in the end, have deep and critical animal elements. In part people fail to acknowledge this, I think, because they fail to appreciate the complexities of animal personalities and emotions and minds. they have this distant tv-based perception of animals, and/or are biased by their experience with domestic animals (which have been selected for thousands years to be infantilized in their appearance and behavior), and have no idea how we are the same as those domesticated animals and they are the same as us. The distinction that humans are different because they are rational, or because they are artistic, or etc, is just a monstrous oversimplification of “animal” nature and of art itself, in my opinion.

If you want to know more about my work, check out:

Please email me if you are interested or have any questions.
I would love to get to know you!

Thanks so much and best wishes,


16 July 2013

April 2013 In Review

TresRichesHeures-SowingFieldVampire Community News (VCN) – April 2013 In Review

The Living Vampire Survey – Part 3 – By Real Vampire Life
April 1, 2013

Female Satanist Uses Money To Initiate Children Into Satanism
April 2, 2013

Letting Go Of Therianthropy For Good – By Lupa
April 2, 2013

What DOESN’T Make It To The Papers – Octarine Valur
April 4, 2013

Violence Against Goths+ Is A Hate Crime – Greater Manchester Police (GMP)
April 4, 2013

Midrand Trio Sought About Blood – South Africa
April 15, 2013

Opinions On The Current State Of The Online Vampire Community – By Alison Demzon
June 2012 Survey Results

The Living Vampire ~ A Social Survey Part 2 – Preliminary Data Set 1
April 15, 2013

Global Vampire & Donor+ Directory Update & Geographic Breakdown
April 17, 2013

Man Rapes Grand-Child, Collects Blood – New Zimbabwe
April 19, 2013,+collects+blood/news.aspx

The Living Vampire Part 2 ~ Results Presentation 1, 2, 3, & 4
April 19, 2013

The Actress Who Loves A Bloodbath
April 20, 2013

Interview With Magus Etu Malku: Preternatural Musician, Composer & Magickian – Kelly Scarlet Rakoczy
April 20, 2013

Am I Menopausal Or A Powerful Werewolf? – Huffington Post
April 23, 2013

Kirsty Theologo ‘Sacrificed’ For Wishes – South Africa – Drinking Blood, Eating Flesh, & Setting On Fire
April 23, 2013

WHAT!? I Think I’m An Animal (Therian & Otherkin Documentary) – Logo TV Channel
April 23, 2013

Polls – Examining A Documentary For The Therian & Otherkin Communities
April 26, 2013

Stepping Into The Astral (Etheric Projection, Dream Body, etc.) – House Of The Dreaming
April 28, 2013

Cirque du Nuit – Hosted By New Orleans Vampire Association – New Orleans, LA
October 26, 2013

Examining A Documentary For The Therian & Otherkin Communities

OtherkinClapperboardVCN is acting as a neutral party in this discussion by hosting these polls so that the Therian and Otherkin communities may better understand and evaluate their position and/or opinions on media depictions of their subculture(s).

Therians & Otherkin;

After viewing the Logo TV Documentary which aired in the United States on April 23, 2013 entitled ‘What!? I Think I’m An Animal’, please rate your overall satisfaction and opinions in the following three (3) polls.  We ask that you only answer Polls I and II if you have viewed the documentary; otherwise please skip to Poll III.

Logo TV Link:

YouTube Video Links:

Poll I:

How would you classify your overall satisfaction level with the documentary?

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Poll II:

How would you classify the accuracy of representation for the overall Therian & Otherkin Community (macro, not personal gnosis)?

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Poll III:

Please answer each question pair - 1, 2, 3, & 4. *Results: Reference raw vote total per question choice, not percentage.

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The results of these polls are provided in real-time so that you may discuss these topics at length via Therian and Otherkin forums, groups, chats, and other social mediums.  We’re merely facilitating the quantification of opinions — we leave it up to you to decide where things go from here.  We wish your communities the best of good fortune heading into the future!