The Opening Of Doors…

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As many of you are aware, I took a year off from active involvement in the Vampire Community to focus on personal and professional development, to curb operating costs, and because I was satisfied that I had accomplished the goals of fostering academic and institutional research coupled with tempered public education about the Vampire Community. In other words, I ‘retired’. This sounded like a perfectly reasonable explanation and one that would not be met with skepticism.

Unfortunately this was not entirely accurate… you see I traveled to Moscow in June 2016 ahead of the U.S. election to meet with ***** of the Russian Vampire Community where we discussed and laid the framework… oops wrong audience!

My level of hyper-involvement in this community both visible and unseen gave rise to a profoundly isolating existence. I found myself staring past the rich diversity of participants and collectives and into the depths of the dark underbelly of this subculture. I received death threats, was physically stalked, felt as though I had to look over my shoulder at dinners, asked to consult with attorneys and law enforcement on cases directly and tangentially connected to self-identified vampires and other subcultures, ironically was on the receiving end of targeted hacking attempts, instructed to mind my own business about the affairs of others if I wished to avoid unpleasant consequences, contacted on a weekly basis by the psychologically unhinged who thrived on wallowing in despair and destructive behavior, witnessed numerous persons in positions of influence advocating dangerous viewpoints, pressured by journalists for intimate (and in some cases completely disingenuous) interviews while trying to accurately represent more voices than just my own, and locked in a perpetual state of hyper-vigilance at safeguarding my privacy by censoring my activities and words online and offline. I become intensely conflicted and reached an impasse of what I felt comfortable sharing with even my closest confidants. Nothing about me signaled for others to think;

“Oh I should speak with Merticus, he’s such an approachable and friendly fellow – so warm and fuzzy he is.”

At some point in late 2016 I awoke, had my morning cup of single-origin coffee, and said screw this bullshit. I could either fully deploy my passive aggressive personality and subversive set of skills to tear down certain ‘illusions’ brick-by-brick or simply leave on my terms and reorder my priorities. With this particular community I chose the latter.

As many of you have recently noticed, I’m lurking back around the Vampire Community. I’m not here this time around to implement grand-scale research projects, grant interviews to every journalist who comes knocking, post monthly news recaps, invest countless and precious hours trying to wrangle a bunch of misbehaving bats, or discuss what ‘vampirism’ means ad nauseam. I’m not here to solidify power structures or engage in vampire politics with novices. I’m not here to declare myself ‘Lord Merticus’, demand loyalty, and build a secret harem of followers – that would so be ’99 of me. I’m not here to stand in the way of progress by the younger generation or to scoff at the notion of unity or designs for grand apotheosis. I’m not here to be vindictive against those I know have stood against, spread false rumors, plagiarized, or otherwise been power-obsessed assholes towards me – we can start anew if you’re brave enough to take that step. I’m not here to rail against your narcissism, elitism, or dishonor your traditions – we’re vampires and it comes with the territory. I’m not here find myself, seek enlightenment, make apologies, or enable your fantasies.

I’m simply here to revel in the embrace of friends, bring people together to break bread and focus on what’s important in life, to advocate personal refinement that’s not dependent on one’s identity as a lifestyler, sanguinarian, med-sang, psychic, tantric, magickal, donor, otherkin et al. because you’re all the same to me, to encourage tolerance and not shy away from calling out hypocrisy, and most importantly to have more fun than should be allowed. Our society is changing and so are our established communities – not everyone will be able to come to terms with this and their resistance will only magnify their bitterness. Now’s the time to bring close to you those who matter and who share your vision. You can either join me or ignore me; but know if you intentionally peddle your drama in my direction or attempt to throw shade on the warmth of my happiness you will be met with unpleasant consequences.

I’m back my fellow vampires and misfits – time to begin again!

MERTICUS
Atlanta, GA USA
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1 April 2018
PS: This isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.

A Discussion On The Prevalence Of Nationalism, Racism, Misogyny & Extremism In The Vampire Community

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VOICES OF THE VAMPIRE COMMUNITY (VVC)
Global Vampire Community Discussion – March 14, 2018

(I.) Nationalism Steeped In White Supremacy, Misogyny & Other Extremist Ideologies Among Participants In The Vampire Community (VC) + Poll:

(a) As a community how do we identify individuals who embrace what the majority of society would consider to be toxic beliefs?
(b) What steps can or should we take to isolate or remove these individuals from participating in our space?
(c) At what point does the acceptance of the right to hold personal beliefs impinge upon our ability to provide support and guidance to those seeking our help or wishing to attend our events?
(d) Does passive tolerance or indifference potentially taint the charitable and philanthropic actions by groups and individuals in the VC?
(e) Does it serve to enable the ‘hidden’ or ‘silent’ spread of these beliefs?
(f) What steps, if any, should Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC), Dark Nations (DN), The Unity Project (Blood Nations), The Sanguinarium, Temple of the Vampire (TOV), Kemetic Order of Aset Ka, New Orleans Vampire Association, Vampire Court of Austin, South African Vampire Association, Temple House Sahjaza, House Kheperu, Iron Garden, Order of the Black Marble, Atlanta Vampire Alliance, the Vampire Courts in the United States or abroad, and all the other established Houses and Orders take to address this issue among their ranks or with those they influence?

Based on your experience and participation in the Vampire Community please answer the following questions. You may choose more than one response.

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See Also:

https://kiwifarms.net/threads/satanic-vampire-neo-nazis-atomwaffen-division-siegeculture.38120/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/satanism-drama-is-tearing-apart-the-murderous-neo-nazi-group-atomwaffen

https://medium.com/@eggfordinner/nazi-satanist-cults-want-your-blood-2a89c1578a65

https://www.propublica.org/article/atomwaffen-division-inside-white-hate-group

https://www.scribd.com/document/69804685/Satanic-Articles-and-Essays-Lucie-Elizabeth-Lovato

 

January 2016 In Review

EmbossedGoldCircleArtVampire Community News (VCN) – January 2016 In Review


2015 Retrospective | A Year Of Movement Within The Real Vampire Community

January 1, 2016
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2015/12/31/2015-retrospective-a-year-of-movement-within-the-real-vampire-community/

SAVA & The SA VC – A South African Success Story – Octarine Valur
January 1, 2016
https://savampyrenews.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/sava-the-sa-vc-a-south-african-success-story/

Psychic Attack? Eat It – The Amador Vampire
January 2, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/psychic-attack-eat-it/

The Thankless Job Of Being A Good Vampire In The VC – The Amador Vampire
January 2, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/the-thankless-job-of-being-a-good-vampire-in-the-vc/

An Interview With Kinesia: Looking Into The Sang Medical Research
January 3, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/interview-kinesia-sang-medical-research/

Been There Done That Ad Nauseaum – Belfazaar Ashantison
January 6, 2016
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/been-there-done-that-ad-nauseaum/

Vampyrism – The Myth, The Fiction And The Truth – A Short Guide By Father Izak
January 6, 2016
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A70S4PU

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – Comic Strip – Atlanta Vampire Alliance
January 6, 2016
http://www.gocomics.com/ripleysbelieveitornot/2016/01/03

The Pros Of Finding Baby Psy Vamps – The Amador Vampire
January 6, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/the-pros-of-finding-baby-psy-vamps/

Vampire Community Newbie Guide – The Shadow Sage
January 6, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/vampire-community-newbie-guide/

Vampirism In Mary’s Words – The Shadow Sage
January 6, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/vampirism-in-marys-words/

Psychic Vampire Primer – By Kate Gallwey
January 7, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/psychic-vampire-primer/

The Natural Function Of The Psychic Vampire In Daily Life – The Amador Vampire
January 8, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/the-natural-function-of-the-psychic-vampire-in-daily-life/

Shielding With A Remote Energy Source – The Singing Tarot
January 10, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/shielding-with-a-remote-energy-source/

Feeling Frenzy: Levels & Types Of Self-Reported Empathy In Online Vampire Community – Hesperus (CLAVIS)
January 12, 2016
https://www.academia.edu/20193409/Feeling_Frenzy_Levels_and_Types_of_Self-Reported_Empathy_in_the_Online_Vampire_Community

Police: Man (Justin Case Jacoby) Strangled Cat, Tried To Drink Its Blood
January 12, 2016
http://www.kcci.com/news/police-man-strangled-cat-tried-to-drink-its-blood/37393746

Additives In Blood Analysis And Human Consumption – By Lethenteron
January 13, 2016
http://sanguinarians.com/2016/01/13/additives-in-blood-analysis-and-human-consumption/

Rosemary Ellen Guiley Interview For Vampire World
January 13, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXVamfsHa3o

The ‘Vampire Girl’ Who Drinks Her Boyfriend’s Blood – Brisbane, Australia
January 13, 2016
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3393074/I-love-taste-texture-look-Inside-bizarre-world-self-proclaimed-vampire-drinks-boyfriend-s-BLOOD-feeds-thinks-s-cheating.html

“Vampire Girl” Drinks Her Boyfriend’s Blood, “Loves The Taste”
January 13, 2016
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a52134/vampire-girl-drinks-her-boyfriends-blood-loves-the-taste/

Relatives Dispute Blood Drinking Claim In Cat’s Death (Justin Jacoby)
January 14, 2016
http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/relatives-dispute-blood-drinking-claim-in-cat-s-death/article_33cd9db2-5ec3-5ef8-ac8c-7f27cd2292bd.html

Toxic! – Deacon Gray
January 14, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/toxic/

Indicative Sub-Culture Survey Results – Real Vampire Life (RVL)
January 15, 2016
http://realvampirenews.com/interactive-study-programs/

Should We Talk About Turning? – The Amador Vampire
January 15, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/should-we-talk-about-turning/

Man Tried To Force His Ex-Girlfriend To Drink Blood From His Wrist
January 15, 2016
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3400820/Man-tried-force-ex-girlfriend-drink-BLOOD-wrist-broke-him.html

Why Are So Many Vampires Silent? – The Amador Vampire
January 17, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/why-are-so-many-vampires-silent/

An Interview With Author Kate Gallwey
January 18, 2016
https://katescreation.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/an-interview-with-author-kate-gallwey/

Facebook, The Vampire Community, And Reporting – Alexia Ashford
January 21, 2016
http://sanguinarians.com/2016/01/21/facebook-the-vampire-community-and-reporting/

Psychic Generators… And What Do You Mean That You Can’t Feel It? – The Amador Vampire
January 21, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/psychic-generators-and-what-do-you-mean-that-you-cant-feel-it/

Vampires Are Never Too Long In The Tooth – Tony Sokol
January 21, 2016
https://smashpipe.com/article/571

Sydney’s Modern-Day Vampires & Witches No Longer Lurk In The Shadows
January 22, 2016
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydneys-modernday-vampires-and-witches-no-longer-lurk-in-the-shadows/news-story/e54817c61710a2f142e44abec5c51cc6

8 Tips For New Donors – Deacon Gray & Jade Oppress
January 22, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/8-tips-for-new-donors/

Real Modern Living Vampires… And Our Sub-Groups – The Amador Vampire
January 24, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/real-modern-living-vampires-and-our-sub-groups/

Crossroads 2016 – Real Vampire Life (RVL)
January 25, 2016
http://realvampirenews.com/crossroads-2016/

To Forum Or Not To Forum? – Damien & Rei
January 25, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/to-forum-or-not-to-forum/

Blood Bonds – Damien Ferguson
January 25, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/blood-bonds/

Spirit Servitors – The Singing Tarot
January 27, 2016
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/spirit-servitors/

The Witches’ Guide To Psychic Vampires – The Amador Vampire
January 31, 2016
https://theamadorvampire.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/the-witches-guide-to-psychic-vampires/

Some Of Lake’s Most Vicious – And Youngest – Killers To Be Resentenced
January 31, 2016
http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_8d8c8c02-ea85-5b13-b769-ce391ddf4193.html

On behalf of Vampire Community News (VCN) we’d like to welcome the new inductees of Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) – Class Of 2016!

Alexia Ashford, Anya Rakoczy, Damien Ferguson, Jezabel DeLuna, Juanie Amador, Kate Gallwey, Kinesia, Lunah Valur Eir, Masticina, Rei Tadashi, Sarya Ingram & Traveler Asura-MacPhee

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

FATE Magazine – Since 1948
http://fatemag.com/store/product/fate-issue-7278/

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

October 2015 In Review

VisokiDecaniMonastery-Kosovo-14thCVampire Community News (VCN) – October 2015 In Review

Overview Of Vampire Community Web Traffic For Late October 2015
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Gay Former Teen Prostitute Shares Life In New Orleans Vampire Cult With Chilling Detail
October 1, 2015
http://www.queerty.com/gay-former-teen-prostitute-shares-life-in-new-orleans-vampire-cult-with-chilling-detail-20151001

Tips To Keep Sang Donors Healthy – Giselle DeCavalier
October 4, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/tips-to-keep-sang-donors-healthy/

Meeting Up – Safety Tips For Donors – Giselle DeCavalier
October 4, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/meeting-up-safety-tips-for-donors/

Linking It All Together: Building Sanguinarian Hypotheses – VTOC
October 6, 2015
https://vtochicago.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/growing-hypotheses-sangs/

Accused Killer Feared Woman With Vampire-Like Teeth, Court Hears
October 7, 2015
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/accused-killer-feared-woman-with-vampirelike-teeth-court-hears-20151007-gk348h.html

New Study Confirms Existence Of Real-Life ‘Vampires’ – Men’s Health Magazine
October 9, 2015
http://www.menshealth.com/science-of-real-vampires

The Unity Question – Part 2 – Peace For Our Time – Real Vampire Life
October 12, 2015
http://realvampirenews.com/the-unity-question-part-2-peace-for-our-time/

What The Hell Is A Sexual Vampire? – Deacon Gray
October 13, 2015
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/what-the-hell-is-a-sexual-vampire/

Sexual Vampire, Or Sex Addict? – Deacon Gray
October 13, 2015
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/sexual-vampire-or-sex-addict/

Young Community Leaders: Goals And Expectations – Deacon Gray
October 14, 2015
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/young-community-leaders-goals-and-expectations/

‘American Horror Story’ Taught Us All How To Vampire Last Night – MTV
October 15, 2015
http://www.mtv.com/news/2350674/ahs-vampire-guide/

The Day I Went To Work And Met A Real Vampire – Archana Reddy, MD
October 15, 2015
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/10/the-day-i-went-to-work-and-met-a-real-vampire.html

A Question Of Etiquette: Courts/Houses/Etc. – Rei Tadashi
October 17, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/question-of-etiquette/

Nocturnal Frequency Radio To Host Talk With House Of The Dreaming Matriarch Madame X
October 18, 2015
http://www.dailyoffbeat.com/articles/12064/20151014/vampire-house-interview-nocturnal-frequency.htm

Hybrid Vampires – Who, What, And Why? – Zero Nightskye
October 18, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/hybrid-vampires-who-what-why/

The Beast Inside – Damien ShadowSage
October 18, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/the-beast-inside/

Woman Killed Partner And Child ‘To Ward Off Vampires’
October 20, 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/20/woman-killed-partner-and-child-to-ward-off-vampires

“Vampire” Slashes Open His Boyfriend’s Throat To Drink His Blood
October 20, 2015
http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/10/swedish-vampire-slits-boyfriends-throat-and-drinks-his-blood/

The People Who Drink Human Blood – BBC Future
October 21, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151021-the-people-who-drink-human-blood

Meet The New-Age Vampires – They Call Themselves Sanguinarians And ‘Need’ To Drink Human Blood
October 23, 2015
http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/meet-the-new-age-vampires-they-call-themselves-lifestylers-and-need-to-drink-human-blood-246543.html

Inside The Human Blood-Drinking, ‘Real Vampire’ Community Of New Orleans – The Washington Post
October 26, 2015
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/26/inside-the-human-blood-drinking-real-vampire-community-of-new-orleans/

‘Real’ Vampires Exist And There Are Over 5,000 Of Them In The United States
October 26, 2015
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/real-vampires-exist-and-there-are-over-5000-of-them-in-the-united-states

Sanguinarianism & Me – Countess Alexia
October 26, 2015
https://countessalexia.wordpress.com/articles/sanguinarianism-and-me/

Plain Speaking – Part 3 – Peace For Our Time? – Real Vampire Life
October 26, 2015
http://realvampirenews.com/crossroads-plain-speaking-part-3-peace-for-our-time/

Trans-Murder Trial: Gay ‘Vampire’
October 27, 2015
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/World-news-Trans-murder-trial-amfAR-gay-vampire-Russian-law/53232.html

What New Donors Need To Know – Damien ShadowSage & Rei Tadashi
October 27, 2015
https://damienshadowsage.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/what-new-donors-need-to-know/

The Vampire Craze In Popular Culture Isn’t Dead Yet – TIME Magazine
October 27, 2015
http://time.com/4061384/vampires-twilight-halloween/

I Let My Vampire Boyfriend Drink My Blood (Blut Katzchen) – The Doctors (Television)
October 27, 2015
http://on.aol.com/video/woman-lets-vampire-boyfriend-drink-her-blood-519198771

5,000+ Vampires Live In The U.S., Drink Donors’ Blood For Energy – NY Daily News
October 27, 2015
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/5-000-vampires-live-u-s-drink-blood-energy-article-1.2412910

Buffy Star Juliet Landau Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Vampire Documentary
October 27, 2015
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/27/buffy-vampire-juliet-landau

Vampirologists Are A Thing? – J. Gordon Melton
October 27, 2015
http://starlocalmedia.com/opinion/blogs/blog_5/vampirologists-are-a-thing/article_a3e79714-7cc9-11e5-853f-7f3bcb2b6036.html

Real-Life Vampire Couple – Vanian & Ethereal Dark
October 27, 2015
http://wpor.com/mornings/real-life-vampire-couple/

Are Vampires Real? – John Edgar Browning – GA Tech
October 27, 2015
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69eNk_8Ndb4
http://www.news.gatech.edu/features/frightful-and-insightful

Interview With A Vampire (Merticus): Here’s What Real Vampires Do On Halloween – METRO UK
October 28, 2015
http://metro.co.uk/2015/10/28/interview-with-a-vampire-heres-what-real-vampires-do-on-halloween-5449290/

Real-Life Vampires Drink Blood To Sustain Survival – The Daily Meal
October 28, 2015
http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/drink/real-life-vampires-drink-blood-sustain-survival/102815

Bad Blood – M Dutch
October 28, 2015
https://thegraveyardpress.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/bad-blood/

Why ‘Real Vampires’ Fear Going To The Doctor – Everyday Health
October 28, 2015
http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/why-real-vampires-fear-going-doctor/

Meet The Real Blood-Thirsty Modern Vampires Of 2015
October 28, 2015
http://www.konbini.com/en/lifestyle/meet-blood-thirsty-modern-vampires/

DJ Williams – Self-Identified Vampires And Subtle Human Energy
October 28, 2015
http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/dj-williams/Content?oid=3634595

Merticus ‘Impersonated’ On Kevin & Bean Radio Show – KROQ; Los Angeles, CA
October 28, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/MerticusX/posts/1087517044591685
http://kroq.cbslocal.com/category/kevin-bean/

How A New Orleans Vampire (Belfazaar Ashantison) And A Cajun Chef Made Blood Sausage Together – Munchies
October 28, 2015
http://munchies.vice.com/articles/how-one-new-orleans-vampire-and-a-cajun-chef-made-blood-sausage-together

Dracula On The Couch: The Psychiatry Of Vampires
Myth, Medical Illness, Madness, & Modern “Real Vampires”
By Joseph M. Pierre M.D.; Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
Psychology Today (Psych Unseen)
Contributions from Merticus of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC & Examinations of Research from Joseph Laycock, PhD and DJ Williams, PhD
October 29, 2015
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psych-unseen/201510/dracula-the-couch-the-psychiatry-vampires

Lives Of Real Vampires: More Than A Diet Of Blood
By Merticus – Everyday Health Guest Contributor
October 29, 2015
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/hear-me-out/lives-of-real-vampires-seeking-acceptance-from-society-and-medical-professionals/

Interview: Michelle Belanger – Verbicide Magazine
October 29, 2015
http://www.verbicidemagazine.com/2015/10/29/michelle-belanger-interview-psychic-vampire/

What It Means To Be A Real Vampire In Houston
October 29, 2015
http://www.houstonpress.com/video/what-it-means-to-be-a-real-vampire-in-houston-Uf3CKH9z

Inside A ‘Real Vampire’ Community – New Zealand Herald
October 29, 2015
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11536203

6 Facts About Real-Life Vampires – Bustle
October 30, 2015
http://www.bustle.com/articles/120066-6-facts-about-real-life-vampires

Real Life Vampires: Meet A Guy (Merticus) Who Actually Drinks Human Blood – Irish Examiner
October 30, 2015
http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/real-life/real-life-vampires-meet-a-guy-who-actually-drinks-human-blood-362351.html

2015 Zombethics Symposium – “Vampires: Exploring Death Through Lens Of The Undead Elite” – Emory University w/Joseph Laycock & John Edgar Browning
October 30, 2015
http://zombethics.com

Iron Garden – October Gathering – Mischief Night
October 30, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/events/1656018171350176/

Life Among The Vampires – John Edgar Browning – The Atlantic
October 31, 2015
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/life-among-the-vampires/413446/

There Are Such Things! Vampire Studies Symposium 2015 – North Central Texas College
October 31, 2015
http://www.nctc.edu/vampiresymposium

Halloween Sur Bayou: L’étrange Communauté De “vampires” Buvant Vraiment Du Sang Humain
October 31, 2015
http://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/halloween-bayou-etrange-communaute-vampires-buvant-vraiment-sang-humain-nouvelle-orleans-2415514.html

Halloween, Viaggio Tra I Veri Vampiri Di New Orleans
October 31, 2015
http://www.lettera43.it/fatti/halloween-viaggio-tra-i-veri-vampiri-di-new-orleans_43675220839.htm

A Halloween Message To The Vampire Community From The Office Of Merticus
October 31, 2015
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2015/10/31/a-halloween-message-to-the-vampire-community-from-the-office-of-merticus/

Pitfalls, Mousetraps & Elders Of The Vampire Community

VictorMousetrapLately I’ve been asked ad nauseam for an opinion on the following topic so here you go…

The Vampire Community is a convoluted ball of hypocrisy that has devolved in many areas into a form of perverse entertainment — many playing their own angles to nurture disruptive goals and longstanding vendettas.  Any truth to be found is measured in shades of gray and who can convince what mercurial faction or personal friends to side with them while everyone involved conveniently ignore facts to support their own version of reality.  If one delves too deeply into the outcries of dissatisfaction they may find themselves lost in the minutia, manipulated like pawns and trapped by madness.

After more than a generation of existence we should consider the inescapable reality that we are a fractious, stubbornly independent and often egotistical lot who have embraced the label of ‘vampi(y)re’ as an extension of our personal identity.  If you are not happy within your own personal life you do not need to look solely towards the Vampire Community as the beacon of hope, means of an escape or a friend group who will be there to encourage your development.  We do not hold the master key that one needs to be successful — that begins with finding the inner strength to develop your own voice and take control of your life.

Before contemplating accomplishing anything of significance on a large scale we need to first work towards understanding why many have stepped into the shadows decrying ‘elders’ and ‘cookie-cutter groupthink’, establish defined goals that are realistic to achieve and make a good faith effort to educate the uninformed as to how the Vampire Community has developed during the last few decades.  This includes examining similar projects which either failed or faded from our chronically short-term memories.  Setting aside for a moment the notion of serving as an elder, council member, ambassador, representative of an embassy, et. al. one should ask themselves what have they individually done – not just talked about doing – to improve problems they have identified within their local or greater community.

Back channel lines of communication between groups and individuals already exist.  Choosing to use them and engage with others you either do not personally care for or trust is the true crux of the issue that needs to be remedied.  Mutual cooperation among all vampires, groups and organizations along with other grandiose ideas would do well to take a back seat to focusing on personal growth, education, research into our own identity and learning to initially support one another as individuals rather than as a collective horde bound by artificial hierarchies.

I would like to remind everyone that perhaps the greatest source of confusion when attempting to conceptualize or define what it means to be a ‘real vampi(y)re’ stems from a confluence of various diverse movements within the Vampire Community (or the overall subculture alongside mythos, folklore, philosophical adaptations from spiritual, cultural and fundamentally disparate groups) approaching the subject at differing points in time, direction and originating influence(s).  One’s self-identity with the loosely defined concept, condition, state of being, et. al. of ‘vampirism’ is entirely dependent on the individual and no more or less valid than the next person.

To frame this another way…

  • Some vampi(y)res have medical and/or mental conditions which they’ve yet to find a satisfactory answer for.
  • Some vampi(y)res have medical and/or mental conditions which they’re in denial over.
  • Some vampi(y)res incorporate magickal or ritual practices with a spiritual blend of ‘vampirism’.
  • Some vampi(y)res are left-hand path leaning ‘vampire’ spiritualists or esotericists.
  • Some vampi(y)res don’t believe ‘vampirism’ has anything to do with religion and/or spirituality.
  • Some vampi(y)res believe their soul is inhabited and/or are fallen angelic or demonic ‘vampires’.
  • Some vampi(y)res believe ‘vampirism’ to be an evolutionary advancement in certain humans.
  • Some vampi(y)res believe ‘vampirism’ is caused by a virus because they read certain websites.
  • Some vampi(y)res simply enjoy the ‘lifestyle’, wearing fangs, and dangling an ankh around their neck.
  • Some vampi(y)res really wish they could emulate fictional (perhaps even folkloric) ‘vampires’.
  • Some vampi(y)res felt a void in their life and have ‘attempted’ to fill it with ‘vampirism’ and the O/VC.
  • Some vampi(y)res have no clue who or what they are and don’t care either way – ‘vampire’ sounded good.
  • Some vampi(y)res have no desire to define their own identity because they never learned to think for themselves.
  • Some vampi(y)res are still searching for their own answers (physiological, medical, spiritual, or otherwise).
  • Some vampi(y)res are completely deluding themselves (regardless of whether ‘vampirism’ exists or not).
  • Some vampi(y)res really wish they could close their eyes and wake up somewhere else.
  • Some vampi(y)res won’t be here this time next year because they will no longer identify with ‘vampirism’.
  • Some vampi(y)res are just bat @&*# crazy.
  • Some vampi(y)res think ‘vampirism’ is a combination of ‘everything’ because they think this is an appealing idea.
  • Some vampi(y)res will think I didn’t cover some element of their own personal experience in any of the above.
  • Some vampi(y)res will be correct in this thinking.

I am personally indifferent to anyone and everyone who either ‘trusts/doesn’t trust’, ‘likes/doesn’t like’, ‘respects/doesn’t respect’, or ‘considers me an elder/doesn’t consider me an elder’ in the context of their professional interactions with me through the Vampire Community.  Furthermore, how long one has been participating in the community is completely irrelevant to any personal opinion or measure of respect I may hold when weighed against the merits of one’s contributions or actions.  I am far from perfect and will not pretend to hold anyone to a standard that would require or encourage that they ‘bow’ or ‘kiss a ring on my hand’.

While I personally consider the application of such doctrine disingenuous to the practical expectations of our, or any contemporary, ‘society’ I have not, and will not, intentionally dishonor those who believe in such formality or respect given by them to any existing elected or title bestowed vampi(y)re.  I embrace the individually and rich history of our community and thereby the right of free-thinking adults to form whatever institutions, guiding precepts, rituals or beliefs they wish to follow.  With this comes an acknowledgment of those who came before me, those who have come after me, and an objective evaluation of what ideas formed the basis of various segments of the community and which of these ideas can still be improved upon today.

In keeping with this view, I do not feel it is within my right nor ethically responsible to compile any list of individuals I would deem as ‘elder(s)’ and place this information in a publicly accessible group, forum, website or resource for newcomers and interested parties to reference.  It is my belief that the attempted creation of any singular authoritative ‘elder listing’ would never obtain universal or even widespread acceptance without the presumption of personal biases and individual allegiances.  I believe that opinions regarding the suitability of individuals to mentor and teach others rest in the hands of the seeker to discern; and that we as a community should provide the necessary tools for them to be able to independently make this evaluation through the lens of safety and abuse awareness.  I will continue to focus my efforts on the compilation of resources, strengthening communication infrastructure and placing those who seek answers in touch with responsible individuals from their local areas who are willing to lend a hand.

Attitudes of entitlement, deep-seated mistrust, intentional deceptions or duplicity, wanton ignorance and purposefully baiting others to engage in negative rhetoric are not improving any of our lives or friendships.  Such behavior is simply narcissistic and predatory vampires using their fellow vampires as prey.  Rather than investing energy into destabilizing the efforts of other individuals and groups, those who are sincere in their claims of wanting to help should use their talents and time towards assisting those who are in the most need of direction and support.

I do not believe the majority of problems some perceive as prevalent within the Vampire Community derive from a present lack of organization, communication or information availability.  No matter how all-encompassing or elegant a system that is designed, it is only as effective as the people involved and their willingness to continually invest time, effort and monies despite any setbacks they may encounter.  Any system, council or organization’s ability to garner participants is only as effective as the level of respect afforded to its creators and in turn that respect offered unconditionally back to the members themselves.

Pitfalls, Mousetraps & Elders Of The Vampire Community
By Merticus – January 15, 2014

November 2013 In Review

FightingDragonsIlluminatedManuscriptVampire Community News (VCN) – November 2013 In Review

A Romanian Scientist Claims To Have Developed Artificial Blood – Smithsonian Magazine
November 4, 2013
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/ideas/2013/11/a-romanian-scientist-claims-to-have-developed-artificial-blood/

Vampires In Bloemfontein… South Africa – News24
November 4, 2013
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Vampires-in-Bloemfontein-20131104

A Single Vampire Is Mad, Thousands Are A Minority – By Hesperus Rising
November 4, 2013
http://praniphagite.tumblr.com/post/66052167488/a-single-vampire-is-mad-thousands-are-a-minority

The Spirit Of Vampirism – By Hesperus Rising
November 5, 2013
http://praniphagite.tumblr.com/post/66096035025/the-spirit-of-vampirism

Prologue – The Spark – By Samael Anathan
November 5, 2013
http://eveningjournals.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/prologue-the-spark/

The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy & The Curse Of Byron – Andrew McConnell Stott
November 5, 2013
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/10418486/The-Vampyre-Family-Passion-Envy-and-the-Curse-of-Byron-by-Andrew-McConnell-Stott-review.html

Ask Mr. Scientist: Real-Life Vampires & Death Scares
November 6, 2013
http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/science/ask-mr-scientist-real-life-vampires-and-death-scares/article_9b99d930-4686-11e3-bc3f-0019bb2963f4.html?

Interview With A Vampire: The Vampire Court Of Austin – FOX 7 News – Austin, TX
November 6, 2013
http://multimedianewsroom.us/2013/10/30/vampire-court-of-austin-a-role-playing-community/

Patricia MacCormack Talks About Ahuman Theory, Importance Of Non-Speciecist Ways – U.C. Santa Barbara
November 6, 2013
http://dailynexus.com/2013-11-06/patricia-maccormack-talks-about-ahuman-theory-importance-of-non-speciecist-ways/

Paul Sanelle Murder Trial – Testimony On Real Vampires (Blood & Energy) In Washington County, Oregon
November 7, 2013
http://www.oregonlive.com/north-of-26/index.ssf/2013/11/paul_sanelle_murder_trial_defe_1.html

Case Of Man Who Claimed To Be Vampire Killer Creates Challenge For Court – Canada
November 8, 2013
http://www.canada.com/news/Case+claimed+vampire+killer+creates+challenge+court+lawyer/9144215/story.html

Daley Catherine & Logan South – Vampire Court Of Austin – KLBJ Dudley & Bob Morning Show – Austin, TX
November 8, 2013
http://podcast.klbjfm.com/show/dudley-bob#2013-11-08

You Can Still Be A Vampire – A Mirror Made Of Words Blog
November 8, 2013
http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/you-can-still-be-a-vampire/

Lutherans, Vampires, And First Communion – By Dawn Duncan Harrell – Patheos
November 8, 2013
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/cultivare/2013/11/lutherans-vampires-and-first-communion/

Oregon Murder Trial Spurs Question On Vampires + Guilty Verdict
November 9, 2013
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20131109%2FNEWS%2F311090310%2F-1%2Frss01

Is Republican President Michael Sata A Vampire? – By Peter Adamu – Zambia Reports
November 9, 2013
http://zambiareports.com/2013/11/09/opinion-sata-lack-of-concern-bloodshed/

Chatting With Vampires – Back & Toward The Future – Stefan Resurrectus
November 9, 2013
http://realvampirenews.com/chatting-with-vampires-back-and-toward-the-future/

Why Teenagers Join Cults – By Bulelwa Dayimani – South Africa
November 11, 2013
http://www.destinyconnect.com/2013/11/11/why-teenagers-join-cults/

Lady Gaga Calls Perez Hilton “Fake” On Howard Stern, He Calls Her A “Real-Life Vampire” – US Magazine
November 12, 2013
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/lady-gaga-calls-perez-hilton-fake-on-howard-stern-he-calls-her-a-real-life-vampire-20131211

A Place Among The Dead – New Vampire Documentary Directed By Juliet Landau & Deverill Weekes
November 13, 2013
http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3264686/anne-rice-featured-in-new-vamp-doc-a-place-among-the-dead/

Vampire Enthusiasts & Subculture In Chicago – WGN9 News – Chicago, IL
November 14, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDkQxngac_M

‘Vampire’ Shot As Revenge, Victorian Court Hears – AAP
November 15, 2013
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19842715/vampire-shot-as-revenge-vic-court-hears/

The Abode Of The Blood Kitten – Blood Cupping & Bloodplay Scene (NSFW)
November 15, 2013
http://blutkatzchen.blogspot.com/2013/11/blood-cupping-my-first-real-bloodplay.html

The Space Vampires – VampChix Presents Bite Club
November 15, 2013
http://vampchix.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-space-vampires.html

The Truth About Psychic Vampires – By M. ‘Niki’ Fears
November 15, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/the-truth-about-psychic-vampires

House Of The Dreaming Yearly Open Chat – Celebrate The Rousing Chimera
November 17, 2013
http://www.facebook.com/events/582972808430089/

The Modern Vampire Sub-Culture – Julia DarkRose
November 20, 2013
http://thedarkrosejournal.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-modern-vampire-sub-culture/

Dark Nations Is Looking For More Administrators
November 20, 2013
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dark-Nations/218515861496948

2013 Public Transcript Meeting – Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC)
November 20, 2013
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/11/26/voices-of-the-vampire-community-vvc-discussions-for-2013-on-the-vcovc

Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire – The Responses
November 25, 2013
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/reformationsurvey.html

Annual Thanksgiving Feeding The Homeless & Hungry – New Orleans Vampire Association
November 28, 2013
http://www.neworleansvampireassociation.org/thanksgiving.html

Feeding A Psychic Vampire – By Circe Arcanum
November 29, 2013
http://circearcanum.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/feeding-a-psychic-vampire-by-circe-arcanum/

Pupil Craves For Blood, Stabs Colleague In Lagos
November 30, 2013
http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/pupil-craves-blood-stabs-colleague-lagos