Social Work, BDSM And Vampires – Academic Paper

CanadianAssociationOfSocialWorkersA significant academic paper by Dr. DJ Williams pertaining to real vampirism and the vampire community (subculture) has been published in Canadian Social Work; a publication of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

“Social Work, BDSM and Vampires: Toward Understanding and Empowering People with Non-Traditional Identities”
D.J. Williams, PhD
Canadian Social Work – Volume 15 Number 1, Fall 2013; Pages 10-24


Social workers are obligated to embrace human diversity, challenge social injustice, and work to empower vulnerable populations. Two separate, but somewhat related, law-abiding populations that remain hidden due to legitimate fears of marginalization and oppression, including among social workers, are the BDSM and real vampire communities. In an effort to educate social workers who likely will encounter (whether knowingly or not) individuals with BDSM or vampire identities, this article discusses current scholarly literature on these communities and their practices. Suggestions for empowering people who practice BDSM or vampirism are also provided.

Les travailleurs sociaux ont le devoir de tenir compte de la diversité humaine, de s’attaquer à l’injustice sociale et d’aider les populations vulnérables à se prendre en charge. Deux populations respectueuses des lois, distinctes bien qu’elles aient des caractéristiques communes, vivent dans la clandestinité en raison d’une peur légitime d’être marginalisées et opprimées, notamment par des travailleurs sociaux; il s’agit en l’occurrence la communauté BDSM et celle de vrais vampires. Voulant éduquer les travailleurs sociaux qui (qu’ils en soient conscients ou non) vont vraisemblablement venir en contact avec des personnes dont l’identité est liée au BDSM ou au vampirisme, cet article se penche sur la littérature savante relative à ces communautés et leurs pratiques. On y présente aussi quelques suggestions quant à certains moyens pouvant permettre aux personnes qui s’adonnent au BDSM ou au vampirisme de se prendre en charge.

Odds & Ends – Academic Papers Online & Upcoming Book

NovaReligioLaycockVampireArticleAcademic Papers Now Available Online:

“Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community”
Joseph Laycock, PhD – Nova Religio 14:1 (2010): 4-23

“‘We Are Spirits of Another Sort’: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community”
Joseph Laycock, PhD – Nova Religio 15:3 (2012): 65-90

Upcoming Book:

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, & Other Creatures Of The Night: Facts, Fictions, & First-Hand Accounts
By Varla Ventura – October 1, 2013

Real Vampire Community Discussed On Pages 126-127 & 210-213


August 2013 In Review

DulleGriet-PieterBruegelTheElder-1562Vampire Community News (VCN) – August 2013 In Review

Mermaids Are Officially Cooler Than Vampires, & That’s Great For Women – The Atlantic
August 1, 2013

Lawyers, Doctors, Bloodsuckers: The Real Vampires Of New York City… And Their Fangsmith – Vocativ
August 6, 2013

Judge Bans Vampire Voyeurism For Rape Suspect
August 9, 2013

City Of Bath College – Vampires Course
August 12, 2013

Haunted Curiosities’ Guide To Duping Goth Kids And Twilight Fans
August 15, 2013

Man Slits Seven-Year-Old Son’s Throat Before Drinking His Blood
August 17, 2013

Dnash (Fangsmith) On The Road – Real Vampire Life
August 18, 2013

Did Jay-Z And Beyoncé Attend A Bloody Hermann Nitsch-Style ‘Action’ In Cuba?
August 19, 2013

Brisbane Court Jails Man For 12 Years Over Internet Sex Offenses – VampireFreaks
August 20, 2013

Five Minutes – Vampyrium Blog
August 24, 2013

Vampire Ohne Bis(s) – Mark Benecke – Germany
August 25, 2013

Anti-Community Or Anti-C***ola – Vampyrium Blog
August 26, 2013

Ontological Rebellion & Religious Dimensions Of The Otherkin Community – Academic Paper Now Available Online – Joseph Laycock, PhD

Vampires As An Identity Group – Academic Paper Now Available Online – Joseph Laycock, PhD

July 2013 In Review

ShahNama-Dhanraj-IndianManuscriptVampire Community News (VCN) – July 2013 In Review

Vampirism: Psychic, Emotional, Financial, & Sexual Vampires – KAPOW Radio Show
July 1, 2013

‘Vampire’ Murder Hunt Ends In Perth Factory
July 3, 2013

Man With ‘Hannibal Lecter’ Tendencies Sent To Prison For Beating Baby
July 3, 2013,0,2186867.story

Asylum Entertainment Seeking To Cast Vampires & Otherkin For Docu-Series
July 5, 2013

Vampire Couple Drink Each Other’s Blood – Barcroft TV
July 11, 2013

Assault Suspect On Bad Drug Trip Drank Blood
July 11, 2013

Vampyre – Superstition, Society & Subculture – Real Vampire Life
July 12, 2013

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – July 12, 2013 Update

‘Vampire’ Lovers To Marry – Daily Star
July 12, 2013

Psionics Online – “Introduction To Telekinesis” Class – Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 7:00 PM (PT)
July 13, 2013

Artistic Documentary Project Seeking Therians & Otherkin
July 16, 2013

The Myth Of Turning – Octarine Valur
July 19, 2013

Psi Hunger – Psion Valur De Nocte
July 24, 2013

Kisii (Kenya) Man Slaughters Son & Drinks His Blood – NTV Kenya
July 27, 2013

Vampyre Mage – Lucien Von Wolfe
July 28, 2013

Teen’s Bloody Rampage – Chewing Mum’s Flesh – Daily Sun – South Africa
July 29, 2013

United Kingdom ‘Porn’ Filter To Ban/Censor “Esoteric Material/Websites”
July 29, 2013

Real-Life Barbie Valeria Lukyanova Says She Is Spiritual Guru + “Vampire” In New Documentary
July 30, 2013

New Cities Announced For October & September – Teeth By Dnash (Fangsmith)
2013 World Fang Tour

Real Life Vampire & Loving Mother Sucks Human Blood

LadyDarkRoseReal Life Vampire: Vampire Loving Mother Sucks Human Blood, Twilight Style (VIDEO) – Barcroft TV

A real life vampire MUM-OF-THREE has shockingly revealed she drinks live human BLOOD from PEOPLE – sometimes consuming nearly TWO LITRES (half a gallon) a month. Bloodthirsty real life vampire Julia Caples, 45, is a vampire fanatic who has been sucking blood from willing ‘donors’ for over 30 years and says she’s hooked. And she reveals there is a huge underground sub-culture of other drinkers all over the world, who secretly engage in the same bizarre practices. Doctors feel a ‘resurgence of blood drinking’ is happening because of the recent spate of vampire series and films like Twilight. Care-worker Julia ‘hunts’ for willing ‘donors’ – fellow vampire fans willing to let Julia drink from them – at her local occult and oddities store. During drinking sessions at her Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania home, Julia carefully cuts them with a pagan-like sterilised knife she designed herself. She believes that guzzling down the the lifeblood from others keeps her feeling young and vigorous – just like ageless vampires from cult movies.

‘Vampire’ Mum-Of-Two: ‘I Drink Almost Two Litres Of Blood A Month From Human Donors’

‘Vampire’ Mum Who Drinks People’s Blood: I Feel Stronger & Healthier

Julia Caples, Real-Life Vampire, Says Drinking Blood Makes Her Feel Healthier, Stronger

Meet The Vampire-Obsessed Mother-Of-Two Who Drinks Half-A-Gallon Of LIVE HUMAN BLOOD A Month

Julia Caples, Real-Life Vampire Mom, Drinks Human Blood To Survive; What Are The Health Risks of Drinking Blood?

When You Think Your Mother Is A Vampire
Michael Brown for – June 11, 2013

Julia Caples, also known as Lady DarkRose, appeared on the Bill Cunningham Show on October 31, 2011 – Episode:  Dark, Disturbed, and Dangerous!

An Interview With Julia Caples, Lady DarkRose
December 31, 2011 – The Graveyard Press

February 2013 In Review

DanteHeaven+HellVampire Community News (VCN) – February 2013 In Review

Starting A Vampiric Society (Calgary)
February 1, 2013

Why Japanese Women Are Caught In ‘Yaeba’ Fang-Teeth Beauty Trend
February 2, 2013

Dr. Joseph Laycock – Author Of “Vampires Today” On The Real Vampire Community – The Vampire Observer
February 3, 2013

Jodi Arias Says She Dated Abusive Vampire Hunter
February 4, 2013

The Truth About The Vampire Community – Ravvyn LaShayd – YouTube Video
February 4, 2013

P.O.V. – Survivalists Guide To The O.V.C. – Tim
February 5, 2013

RIP Trinity Black – 1982-2013

Tehran Film Conference Denounces ‘Cultural Assault’ Of Hollywood – Ramin Mostaghim – LA Times
February 5, 2013,0,2103607.story

The Bite Of Obsession – Rosemary Plute – Naked Magazine – Pages 12-14
Spring 2013

Psionics Online – Energy Manipulation
February 6, 2013

How Soderbergh’s Final Film Side Effects Was Inspired By A ‘Real-Life’ Vampire – Wired Magazine
February 7, 2013

Animals In The Vampire Community – A Vamp’s Life
February 7, 2013

A Case Of Vampirism – Journal Of Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics
February 8, 2013

Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us – Merticus
February 10, 2013

The Vampire Collective: Polls & Open Questions
February 11, 2013

Fracking Vampires – God & Mirrors Blog
February 12, 2013

Dear Vampire Community – Lady DarkRose
February 12, 2013

The Problem & The Cure – Vampyrium – Tim
February 13, 2013

Real Life Vampires, Vampirism, & Mental Illness – Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
February 15, 2013

DRACULA – Atlanta Ballet – Special Offer For The Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA]
February 16, 2013

The 133rd Court Of Lazarus
February 17, 2013

Healing By Feeding: An Experiment – SAVN
February 18, 2013

Community Development: A World Of Hope – Tim
February 23, 2013

Satanists Caught Drinking Blood At Accident Scene – Africa
February 24, 2013

Fanging Around – Sue Henry
February 25, 2013

Three Polls Shed New Light On South African Vampire Community
February 26, 2013

‘Vampire’ Woman Lands In Kovai GH – India
February 27, 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 Vampire Community Animal Welfare Awareness

Real Vampire Community Animal Welfare Awareness
An affirmation of vampire community values regarding the humane treatment of animals

I. We are members of the vampire community who wish to make an explicit statement about the ethics surrounding animal consumption, blood sourcing, and humane treatment issues.  This statement is drafted so that all parties understand that there is no place in the vampire community for deliberate animal cruelty.  The suffering of other creatures is not something that vampires advocate or will passively tolerate when discovered.  It is not fun or a game, it does not affirm one’s place on the food chain, it is not excused when readily available educational resources outline humane killing techniques, and it does not gain you our approval.  Inhumane acts perpetrated on animals are not necessary, it is not an acceptable way to fulfill your health needs as a sanguinarian vampire, and it is considerably far removed from any socially-acceptable treatment of either domesticated or food animals.  Many vampires are empathic individuals and as such the needless suffering of animals should be abhorrent to our nature.

II. We acknowledge that the vampire community is made up of diverse individuals with a wide range of ethical and cultural backgrounds.  We might be vegetarians and vegans, meat eaters, sport hunters, farmers, animal rescue volunteers, rights advocates, pet owners, dog people and cat people, or even barbecue enthusiasts.  We come together from these diverse standpoints to make a statement: that there is a clear and unambiguous distinction between animal use and animal cruelty.  We draw a similar ethical distinction between the harvesting of animals in a sober, respectful context and the infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering upon any animal.  Sanguinarian vampires who kill animals for use of their blood should do so in the most humane manner possible, and as prescribed by the laws governing their residence.

III. Under certain circumstances, many cultures and ethical systems allow for the slaughter of food animals for the purposes of consumption or legally recognized and protected religious expression, and many contemporary subcultures participate in the hands-on slaughter of food animals.  Many modern people, including sport hunters, farm workers, chefs, and even ordinary household consumers, sometimes slaughter their own food animals in a controlled, skillful, and hopefully humane context.

IV. While there are a spectrum of philosophies about animal use, we hold absolutely no ambiguity about animal abuse; this is not appropriate behavior for any group of people, and especially not for the vampire community, which has so often been the target of social abuse, discrimination, insensitivity, and uncompassionate behavior.  We acknowledge how often the needs of vampire community members, both physical and psychological, have gone disregarded and dismissed by the wider society, and resolve to never be dismissive about the suffering of another feeling creature.  Those who choose to take the life of an animal have an ethical responsibility to educate themselves beforehand on the most humane method of killing the animal.

V. We categorically acknowledge the intentional infliction of pain and suffering on any animal, including but not limited to common food animals and those sold for food purposes, the intentional glorification of an animal’s death by means of photographic depictions of blood splattering, exsanguination, evisceration, mutilation, or the like, and the encouragement of others to engage in such activities, to be abnormal, reprehensible, and potentially pathological.  Furthermore, inflicting unnecessary suffering through negligence, ignorance, or indifference are equally as reprehensible.  If it is your business to kill husbanded or game animals, it is also your responsibility to do so humanely and with due respect for a creature’s capacity to suffer.

VI. The vampire community exists to promote the open exchange of information amongst vampires and interested individuals.  This is an opportunity for vampires to communicate about ways they can become more aware of general ethics issues in our various societies concerning animal rights and welfare.  We encourage this statement of awareness to serve as a catalyst for global community discussions on humane animal husbandry, safe and humane means to source blood from an animal, issues surrounding factory farms, ethical and humane sport hunting practices, unethical pet breeding practices, dog and cat rescue projects, and the support of local animal protection groups.

Real Vampire Community Animal Welfare Awareness
By Zero & Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC

January 22, 2013 – This article may be redistributed, translated, or adopted by other organizations provided there are no content modifications and full citation is included.

See Also:

The Humane Treatment Of Animals For Sanguinarian Purposes
By Merticus & Zero; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC – January 20, 2013