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1. First I live in Utah a state were people are very P.C. and being different is shunned upon (people fear the LDS church) So,how would you make a coven/group friendly and appealing to Vampires who are seeking others like them?
That is a good question. Meetups used to be the best real way to meet and explore the common ground. I suggest locating likeminded people by posting on various forums and bulletins boards locally to meet at your local coffeehouses or libraries. Any quiet but public place you can sit down and get to know people.
2. How would one invite those who are interested in a group with persons like themselves without making them feel disrespected or that it would become public knowledge that they are a Vampire?
It is fairly easy to become involved. Find reputable places through The Atlanta Vampire Alliance, Sanguinarious.org and others that have been around for a long time. They respect one’s private life.
3. What's the biggest fear or concern to Vampires today?
Bing outed and losing one’s child is the biggest. There is a few court cases involving that issue actually.
4. Has this lifestyle affected you and/or other in your family?
I have almost no family so I can’t really comment on that one. But it has changed my life as it has allowed me to live life on my own terms, doing what I love – creating books and art. I have hundreds of friends all over the world and many amazing people I call best friends out of it. Without this change, I would not have had certain experiences, such as a private art lesson from Joseph Vargo of Monolithgraphics, or spent nights in Michelle Belangers vast library chatting on deep intellectual thoughts with her and friends, or attended so many events to learn how others think and feel.
5. What is the Best and worst thing about being a Vampire?
By what I know from friends, the feeling of being alone and suffering physical conditions is the worst part. The best part is sleeping in to avoid sunlight! All kidding aside, we have a huge appreciation for the cathartic value of aesthetics in music, art, literature, film and have some very wonderful people to share our existence in this dark world. I feel happy to be a part of it all.
6. Do you believe that all people should be treated equally ?
All people aren’t equal. Let us be perfectly real here. Stratification is a very obvious thing, we all have different levels of intellect and social conditioning so we collectively and individually all behave differently so it stands to reason by our very actions we all can not and should not be treated the same. By the same token, we all should be treated fairly and in accordance to our actions.
7. Are there some media Stereo types that you would like to have broken or them to stop using?
Oh I could (and did) write a book on the subject! Embracing the Darkness: Understanding Dark Subcultures was all about breaking media hype and public stereotyping! The song by Voltaire Vampire Club is full of jokes and real situations that the public uses – but sadly it is actually the various albeit small percent of the vampires themselves who contribute to the very problem. They feel they have to be a certain way to ‘be a vampire’ and are walking clichés. Just be yourself!
8. Are the current Vampire tends like Twilight and Vampire Diaries a good thing or a bad thing and why?
It brings awareness to the lifestyles and people in the community, but it is bad because it brings its own set of problems with the attention.
9. Do you feel you are well respected in the Vampire community?
I certainly would like to think so! All joking aside, The Vampire Don once told me “You are an Elder because you did something – you got off your a** and wrote a book!” I do know from fans letters and the warm welcome I get from people when I go to events they seem to like me, so I am honored and do my very best to represent them when speaking in public.
10. Are you the head of any Houses or groups in your area and are new member welcome?
I happen to be in an enormous amount of groups online but am not the head of any. I used to be co-chair and founder of The Fort Wayne Pagan Alliance of two hundred members but it eventually ended after a few years. I don’t have the time to lead any group but I do enjoy learning from many. Sociology from a sub cultural standpoint is what brought me to this type of thing in the first place.
11. Are you a Sang or A Psi Vampire?
Neither, I am an occult researcher and vampirologist (a nod to college Martin Riccardo for coining the term). I do happen to be a member of the VVC and several other groups in the community however and have been accepted as part of the community.
12. Do you have a type of religion in your life and If so, how do you balance being a Vampire and faith in your life?
I am a card carrying member of The Church of Satan, and my current rank is that of Warlock. My faith allows for me to indulge in whatever pleasing aesthetic I find harmonious to me and Satanism and Gothic classical appreciation for the finer things in life such as music, wine and ark trappings is very compatible.
13. How to you Balance your Day side life and your Vampire night side?
I can only speak for myself, but my persona is both. I tend to be pretty lucky as my life’s work as a writer and publisher keep me public just being who I am. I couldn’t imagine it being any different. But my career is not in jeopardy and I don’t have a family to worry about.
14. Do you go by a Vampire name out of protection or other reasons and why?
I go by the name that I used online to connect with people of different subcultures online from years ago so that they would be willing to open up to somebody who was not an outsider, similar to Katherine Ramsland in the beginning of Piercing the Darkness. The difference is, it stuck with me so people only know me by that pen name. But I don’t hide my real name, and use it as publisher and founder of Dark Moon Press.
15. How has the new Vampire craze effected you or others in the Vampire Community?
Myself, not really other than my books are becoming more read and I find the response by email to various articles I write for Yahoo Contributor gets positive responses. As far as other people, yes it has effected everything to the fact the lifestyle is more open to public scrutiny and growing acceptance (as evident by Allure of the Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead by myself, and Joseph Laycock’s book Vampires Today) is used for examples in news sources for documentaries. It is a huge community and growing bigger all the time.
16. Do you think movies such as Twilight and tv shows such as Vampire diaries bring in the wrong type of person in to seeking the Real Vampire Community
Oh without a doubt! These types are not seeking the VC at all, what they want is to be told their fantasy world is real and are crushed when told it is not. The Atlanta Vampire Alliance reports that during such premieres they get huge amounts of new member applications and queries that ask questions readily available to anyone who does a careful search for sane answers. It is shocking how little people use their heads before opening their mouths these days. Deep, probing questions are fine; I just wish there were more of them.
17. Has the Internet helped or harmed the Vampire community?
Both. The internet is a double edged sword. More and more I cringe reading Face Book posts of the tripe that makes one think the online world is populated by Twilight vampire wannabes who truly think Edward is out there. But much of the Elders works can be found as well as guidance if you seek the right source. Double check and question everything!
18. Is Discresstion still very important to Vampires?
I think for legal reasons such as child custody cases and someone’s employment at stake there needs to be. One must use common sense.
19. If are an open person?are other drawn to you or do they shy away from you?
I used to be pretty shy and introverted. Now as a former radio show host and public speaker, I am out in the public much more and don’t mind the public viewing my so much. But overall I do tend to keep to myself outside of conventions and college lectures. People are somewhat intimidated by how I look even in a solid black suit but do warm up to me rather quickly.
20. How old do you tell people are and is it your true age?
Well there is no sense in lying when information is out there. I really hate the people who post “I’m a hundred year old vampire from Romania” Please. That is the reason why you don’t get credibility from the so called normals of the world.
21. Do you tend to dress the Vampire part more of the time and how does this effect you regular daily life ?
Considering I am what I am all the time, I guess so. Does an all black suit including shirt and tie with silver jewelry make one vampire or just classy? I couldn’t tell you! I do recall standing in line to cash a check and two huge linebackers were behind me when I dressed this way (of course I had long hair and a black overcoat with the suit) and one told the other to move up closer. I will never forget how the larger of the two said “Hell no man- Vampire in Brooklyn there gonna jump up and bite my neck!”
22. If I were to meet you on the street would, I guess you’re a Vampire( cause lord knows people don't guess I'm a psychic,witch,reverend,vamp)?
You just might! I typically wear all black but am well dressed (I have an image to keep –wink)I am told I have a look about me that either draws people to me or makes the avoid me, depending on your sense of awareness and empathy level. Children tend to be the most amusing for me as they are still unaffected by social contracts – that is to say they keep it real and don’t pretend! Kids will either stare and point or hide from me. I seem to fascinate them.
23. Are most Vampires Dark and Brooding, or is that my perception of the one I've met?
Many are, but you get all types and personalities in the living vampire community. That is what makes it so interesting!
24. Do you have some type of fangs?
No I never felt the need for any.
25. If you are a Sang (I once saw some questions on a Vampire site for teens it asked:) Can you smell Blood? How long can you go with out Blood? ( this one made me laugh!) Can Vampires Smell a women on her period and does it bother you?(the last question is optional!
Some people have an amazing sense of smell. Don Henrie told me of his experiences when I visited him right before the airing of his spot on Tyra Banks that his challenges were to smell and tell what foods were in front of him. Blood itself does have a very distinguished scent to it so it is very possible. Some vampires claim to be able to last months without blood, others
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First I live in Utah a state were people are very P.C. and being different is
shunned upon (people fear the LDS church) So,how would you make a coven/group
friendly and appealing to Vampires who are seeking others like them?
First, I want to note that Utah is not a good place for anyone to be; I was
there myself for about a year one. If you are going to try and make the Mormons
happy the only way is to become a clone irregardless of how you feel. Remember
that this is a religion that encourages people to stop associating with anyone
who disagrees with the church, and says that the LGBT community just needs to be
cured of the harmful temptations because no one is gay. For all definitions they
are the single most powerful, and dangerous, cult in America today.
There are only two ways that I see that a group in Utah could make it. First,
and easiest, hide. Don't let anyone even catch a hint of what is going on. That
only works so long though. Also, hiding makes it easier to be preyed upon when
someone does find out; not if, when.
The second option is much more difficult, but affords much more protection; be
as public as possible. The thing is that there are two churches that claim
vampirism on a large scale; the Vampire Church, and Temple of the Vampire. Both
are utter nonsense, but they set a precedent that you are covered under US
Constitutional law. That means that any discrimination based upon being a
vampire, if played correctly, can easily fall under US anti-discrimination laws
as it would then be based on religion. It is a nasty way to go about it, but
there is not much they could do about it. This would require that your group get
some legal knowledge though.
How would one invite those who are interested in a group with persons like
themselves without making them feel disrespected or that it would become public
knowledge that they are a Vampire?
Everyone ends up in the online communities at some point. Just a simple note in
a few places would likely do.
What's the biggest fear or concern to Vampires today?
Likely that would have to be that the science gets involved and it turns out
that it really is just psychological.
When did you know or fell you were a Vampire?
I would assume feel. 14. I started wanting something that I had no idea what. My
girlfriend at the time introduced me to a local vampire group and that turned
out to be it
When did you tell other that you were a Vampire and why?
Immediately. That didn't work out so well though. I stayed hidden for quite a
long time and only in the last few years have been open about it again.
Currently, I am open about it to basically anyone, except my mother; she still
randomly threatens to send me back to the psychiatric ward.
Has this lifestyle effected you and/or other in your family?
Other than the short trip to the psych ward? Nope.
What is the Best and worst thing about being a Vampire?
Not sure there is much good. The hunger pains after not feeding for more than a
month suck. I guess the euphoria and amazingly up feeling after feeding is
fairly good though.
Do you believe that all people should be treated equally ?
Definitely. This is a common thread of most religions and cultures. My favorite
is the Arabic version that comes in multiple digestible parts."Judge what is
said not he who says it," "the injury of one innocent is an injury to all, the
death of an innocent is the death of the world." The second one is from the
Qur'an. The same is said all over though.
Are there some media Stereo types that you would like to have broken or them to
The problem is not so much stereotyping as it is lack of anything past fiction.
Even the shows that do have actual vampires on leave the viewer coming away with
the legends more reinforced than the reality.
Are the current Vampire tends like Twilight and Vampire Diaries a good thing or
a bad thing and why?
They just are. It is a cycle in culture to go for vampires. I like the way it
was put, and I'm sure it was taken from elsewhere, in Dance in the Vampire Bund.
In the pilot the guy on the gameshow that was a professor stated that it is a
trend in legends that is easy to trace going back at least a hundred years. When
in good economic times the public goes for zombies and Frankenstein's monster
type stories. These show a great lumbering beast that can not be stopped.
However, during economic down turns they go to vampires. This represents in the
psyche of the masses a rich few sucking the life's blood out of the country and
continuing beyond their years of influence at the loss of others.
Do you fell you are well respected in the Vampire community?
No. People figure out who I am and they generally discount me instantly.
Recently I have taken to letting people know that after a while so that they see
that I am not to be held guilty by association with my ex-wife. People are
starting to know who I am now; but they also know that I will state when some
one is just making crap up, or are otherwise full of it.
Are you the head of any Houses or groups in you area and are new member
Not the head of a house; don't want to be. Sounds like to much of a pain to me.
Are you a Sang or A Psi Vampire?
I drink blood.
Do you have a type of religion in your life and If so, how do you balance being
a Vampire and faith in your life?
I am fairly Taoist, but I do understand quite a bit about religions of the
world, and quite a few other philosophies. One of the central ideas of the Tao
is that there is not this good or bad, black and white, scenario. Instead, it is
all shades of grey, and changing by the moment. My example is this scenario: a
man shoots another. Was the shooter a cop? What about a hit man? Maybe a
soldier? Soldiers are the best for the example as one countries hero is
How to you Balance your Day side life and your Vampire night side?
There is not difference. I am just me. Slightly edited at times, but always just
Do you go by a Vampire name out of protection or other reasons and why?
I don't use other names any more. I have pointed out that there is no reason to
online anyway. If someone really wants to know they can trace all your aliases
easily enough; with in a few weeks generally.
How has the new Vampire craze effected you or others in the Vampire Community?
It has brought a good deal of annoying roleplaying types. That's about it.
Do you think movies such as Twilight and tv shows such as Vampire diaries
bring in the wrong type of person in to seeking the Real Vampire Community
They can. They also bring in those that have been ignoring things for their
whole life too.
Has the Internet helped or harmed the Vampire community?
Better communication is a good thing. The problem is that you can say you are a
12 foot tall harry hermaphrodite online and no one can really prove otherwise
with out a good bit of work.
Is Discresstion still very important to Vampires?
Not really. As I said, people can be tracked to their aliases easily. Just
posting one thing is enough to make a permanent connection with the community.
If are an open person?are other drawn to you or do they shy away from you?
They are fine. The worst I got was being Tolyatti to avoid talking about it
during class time and in the class room.
How old do you tell people are and is it your true age?
I am 33. I was born on July 17, 1977 in Germany. All facts.
Do you tend to dress the Vampire part more of the time and how does this effect
you regular daily life ?
I dress how I like. Usually it gets attention. Mainly people saying that they
like it. I have had one person say they didn't but they were wearing their pants
around their ankles anyway.
If I were to meet you on the street would ,I guess yor a Vampire( cause lord
knows people don't guess I'm a psychic,witch,reverend,vamp)?
Possibly. Don't know. Guess it would depend on observation and how I was doing
that day. Many on if I am drinking down some blood, but then I wouldn't be on
the street anyway.
Have you ever been outed and if so how did this effect you or other who are yor
friends and family (I do not see my self a vampire persay, but I do have vampire
friends and I assocate with many of them.,some pagans on a utah website tried to
say they would out me as I was a vampire,need less to say this site is gone
I think not applicable at this point. ^.^
Are most Vampires Dark and Bruding,or is that my pesiption of the one I've met?
Nope, that's just the drama queens.
Do you have some type of fangs?
Yup. I keep them in a case in my purse in case I feel the need to be funny.
(Imove energy ,you would call me Pis Vamp,I once blew up a clock radio with
energy from my fringer tips) If you are a Psi Vampire what weird things have
happiend to you?(if you are not skip)
I have had odd things happen. Removed a feather from the hair of one girl that
was annoying me from 1/4 mile away, had a dagger fly at me with no one near it,
and killed the power in a room by power surge one time. That has nothing with
being a psi vamp though.
If you are a Sang (I once saw some questions on a Vampire site for teens it
asked:) Can you smell Blood? How long can you go with out Blood? ( this one
made me laugh!) Can Vampires Smell a women on her period and does it bother
you?(the last question is optional!
Yes, at least 8 years, and yes/no. The 8 years was that i couldn't find a donor
for that long. I'm with out one again, but the monthly effects are still around.
That is that about once a month I go through what has been called starvation
sickness by most, and "Romanian flu" by one inventive person I know.
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myself and 1 other are the head of our house ,my biggest fear is persecution , I have a heightened sense but no I can not smell menstrual blood .we dont look our age , and I have noticed I am more focused and stronger on certain things .
I do not feel as though the OVC is doing damage to our community but trying to help bring us together . And yesI feel movies lik twilight have damaged our reputation as a community , I have seen the movies and actually have some of the actors on my friends list .!
Myself have my own abilities , I am an empath , and see things . i have in our house a psychic , and a witch we welcma all new members !
, even those who just want to learn .
If we were to meet on the street you would not know that I am a Vampire .my life and my outward presentation are not gothic , but to be honest I am a tomboy , i have a garden , a job , a home , a family and look like anybody else aside from the Native American in me .
i am a sang and the only downfall to this that I personally experienced is a shortage in donors . The dnor I have now has been with me for 6 years , and is a trusted friend she is a member of our house and a very skilled witch .
We would love to be able to cme out and tell people who we are but people fear what they do not understand .
I have never blown anything up , which is remarkable , but I have seen things that I dont cared to wish on anyone and have felt the turmoil of emotions from perfect strangers , that itself is quit a turmoil with your own emotions.
As for my religion I love to explore new things so I have not settled on just one .
We do have a Wiccan , pagan , luciferian spiritualist , pagan ect within our house , and we cohabitat fine , we have learned to agree to disagree on certain things !
Myself as I said I am exploring a few religious alternatives as of right now so my religion is up in the air .
We all use our own names , I dont feel as though we should hide behind something that is not oursto use , so we useour real names .
If I am able to think of anything else I will get back to you , but I am at work right now and am on my cell phone .
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not all Vampires are pagan , there are several that chose to follow their own religous paths .