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 on: June 19, 2020, 10:06:43 AM 
Started by solesine00 - Last post by solesine00
What are the different stages of decline, (if any) when a psy-vamp doesnt feed?

 on: October 22, 2017, 02:35:31 PM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Merticus

Interview With The (REAL) Vampire
The Skeleton Key - October 21, 2017

Believe it or not, vampires are not just supernatural beings who sleep in coffins and morph into flying bats. Some humans report that they need blood or energy from other living sources to survive. These individuals are part of a subculture that is often misunderstood.

Today the Skeleton Key presents an exclusive interview with an intriguing person named Merticus, an antique dealer who self-identifies as a vampire and was a founding member of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance. Read below for his thoughts on vampirism and his clarifications about what it really means to be a vampire.

What are “real vampires” like?

“Vampires aren’t always sulking around graveyards, attending Goth nightclubs, or feasting at blood orgies.  There are real vampire organizations who feed the homeless, volunteer in animal rescue groups, and who take up any number of social causes.  We’re actively involved in our local communities and are often not afraid to do so under the ‘vampire’ banner.  We recognize how ‘crazy’ it sounds when we refer to ourselves as ‘vampires’, however, at the end of the day after explaining to people that we are human beings who believe we must take the energy or blood from others and use it for ourselves, it ultimately comes back to the word ‘vampire’.  This is simultaneously the greatest inhibitor for us being understood by the general public while also serving as one of the greatest allures and even means to attract donors.”

When did you first realize you were a vampire?

“I was aware at an early age of unexplained phenomena and underwent experiences some would deem paranormal or even disturbingly spiritual.  I recognized an innate ability to seemingly without effort bend persons or situations to my will.  I had a natural predilection to draw strength from charged situations — intensely ‘feeding,’ if you will, from conflict brought about by others.  I felt a pull to find others of like mind and experience.  This began as experimentation in feeding from ‘psychic’ or life energies and later progressed after research into the vampire community into feeding from small quantities of blood.  The more proficient I became, the more pronounced the hunger or urge to feed grew — finding a balance is something vampires struggle to cultivate over many years.

My first experience with blood feeding occurred within a relationship where my significant other was also my donor; both of us were in our mid-20’s.  Depending on the individual and their background, over the years these feedings have been ranged from highly ritualistic to being intertwined with sadomasochism — always performed privately, safely, and consensually.  It’s an intimate and private event shared between two persons who connect on the deepest of levels.  As I run my fingers over the body or draw breaths close to the skin, I can feel a connection or link being established that allows me to draw the energy to myself or cycle reciprocally.  A calming energetic vibration or tingling sensation fused with an intense heightening of virtually all of my senses envelops me when I’ve fed at a deep level with someone whose etheric body aligns with my own.  I generally identify as a tantric or sexual vampire but recognize blood is often more potent and has an undeniable psychological component.  My first blood feeding was performed with a tortoise shell lancet made by Evans London that I keep stored in an ornately engraved sterling silver lancet case from 1850.  I’m not a fan of pedestrian experiences — albeit vampiric, sexual, or life in general.  If we’re not continually refining all aspects of our lives as we age, then we’re not achieving our potential and wasting the gifts and time on this earth we’ve been given.  I married a non-vampire who is also my donor and our relationship couldn’t be stronger.”

Describe the donor’s experience.

“The feeling of the donor after feeding may range from a state of euphoria to complete exhaustion and even confusion.  Proper aftercare for donors is important whether you are feeding from blood or from psychic energy and varies greatly depending on the individual.  It’s important to get to intimately know your donor, their medical history, emotional health, and even mental state.  Vampires also have to be cognizant of the connection that can form between a donor and vampire after feeding.  While this connection can be rewarding and mutually beneficial, it can also be psychologically unhealthy if manifested in the extreme.  Much of the appeal to vampirism lies in our adeptness at shielding, grounding, and centering energy as well as controlling emotional and sometimes behavioral situations.  Some of us are able to utilize healing techniques for ourselves and others, instinctually interpret empathic impressions, and many of us have an overall heightened perception or clarity of the world around us. I feel an intense and prolonged wave of energy wash over me when I feed — I’m at one with my surroundings while deeply entwined with the one I’m feeding from.

The relationship of a donor (sometimes known as a ‘black swan’) and vampire are not always romantic or based around sexual intimacy.  While it’s often ideal for a vampire to find someone who can satisfy the role of a significant other and a donor, this does not always work out.  Some vampires have blood donors, energy donors, and even tantric donors aside from their spouse or partner.  Some marriage rites between vampires include the exchange of blood in a chalice or mixed with wine.  Some vampires engage in polyamourous relationships where one or both cycle donors as needed.”

What is problematic about the “vampire” label?

“Many eclectic spiritualists and chaos practitioners use the concept of the vampire as a powerful egregore in their beliefs and practices.  The true power of the vampire rests not in his proficiency at extinguishing life, but in his ability to transubstantiate our fears into enticing visions of lust, pleasure, and even pain.  Even though I’m not a fan of the ‘vampire’ label, if for no other reason than it often clouds people’s perception of who we are, I nevertheless choose to adopt the term.  Vampirism is fundamentally an extension of who I am on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level; a facet of everyday life and the lens through which I view the world. It’s as much a part of who I am as is one’s familial heritage, genetic makeup, mental aptitude, or even personality (INTJ by the way).  My association with vampirism arises not out of faith in something unseen or the need to distinguish myself from others, but from a peace in knowing that I have a certain awareness that others may or may not possess and it is to what end I use this awareness that defines me as an individual, not a label I choose to adopt or is given to me by society.”

What happens if a vampire does not obtain blood or energy?

“Many vampires complain of severe headaches, a sense of pain throughout their bodies, and extreme weakness.  Some complain of a craving or hunger that they can’t seem to satiate with food or drink.  Those who are fortunate find a donor to help them cope with these issues, while fewer learn to adapt their personal ‘vampirism’ into a powerful and corporeal force.  In 2010 I began examining the correlations of sanguinarian (blood drinking) and psychic vampires who responded to the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS) I wrote back in 2006-2007 — nearly 1,000 individuals — specifically respondents with a significant comorbidity of asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.  A far greater than normal prevalence rate (52% of respondents with one or more of the above diagnosed conditions) was observed with links to endocrine system and adrenal or pituitary dysfunction; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine along with those who reported taking SNRIs.  When thyroid, migraines, and insomnia were included the percentage rose to 58% of all respondents reporting one or more of these ten diagnosed conditions.  This also corresponded with the age (teens) during which many reported psychic abilities or paranormal activities; a period of increased hormonal changes.  For some these abilities or perceptions abated and for others they persisted well into adulthood.  It’s those who claim these psychic abilities or a need to ‘feed’ off pranic/chi/subtle energies or blood well past puberty and into their 30’s-50’s that’s of particular interest and is an area I’d like to see genetic and other medical testing conducted in the future.”

Tell us about the groups you’ve been involved in.

“In 2005, four individuals and I founded the Atlanta Vampire Alliance as a local psychic and sanguinarian real vampire organization or ‘House’.  Today, we’re a relatively close-knit friend group of thirteen individuals representing an eclectic slice of the modern vampire community.  Most of us are in our thirties and forties and identify spiritually as everything from Christians, Agnostics, Luciferians, or Eclectic Neo-Pagans of our own stripe.  Our membership includes everyone from rocket scientists to nurses and our focus is largely academic and centered offline.  When we’re not writing 1,000 question research surveys or giving PowerPoint presentations on real vampirism, many of us enjoy social gatherings which range from upscale restaurants or coffee and dessert bars to the weekend Goth or Industrial club scene.

The majority of our involvement among ourselves transpires offline but we’ve worked hard to maintain a visible online presence through our various websites/forums, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.  We’ve sponsored numerous offline gatherings, cultural events, club nights, and the Atlanta Vampire Meetup Group.  We’ve welcomed many individuals to dine and drink with us from other Houses and groups when they’ve visited Atlanta and collectively have met hundreds of people from the vampire community.  There are vibrant and organized vampire communities in cities and countries all over the world.”


Thank you, Merticus, for offering us a window into a very fascinating way of life!

 on: October 15, 2017, 11:15:26 AM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Merticus

Out Of The Shadows: Shining Light On The Vampire Community
By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. - May 22, 2017

This is the fifth installment of interviews with speakers from the 2nd Annual AltSex NYC Conference, which was held on Friday, April 28 in a midtown NYC theater. DJ Williams is the Director of Research for the Center for Positive Sexuality and a social scientist at Idaho State University. He is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Positive Sexuality and a leading expert on deviance as leisure. His presentation focused on the emerging research in understanding vampires as a distinct subculture.

Q: In your presentation, you talked about the historical interest in vampires having to do with a way of dealing with or challenging death. Can you expand on what you mean by this?

A: Death is, and always has been, the ultimate psychological crisis that humans face. At some point during early childhood, people realize that they will inevitably die. This knowledge impacts all sorts of human beliefs and practices in profound ways. Of course, some of the most salient cultural rituals focus on death rites. In Denial of Death, the psychologist Ernest Becker wrote how character development is formed around the process of denying mortality and that common psychological defenses against a constant realization of mortality are necessary in order to function.

Similarly, in Sociological Trespasses: Interrogating Sin and Flesh, sociologist James Aho explains how diverse social issues and practices involving the body, such as racism, collective violence, body obsession, sickness, and environmental concerns, are products of the transference of aspects of ourselves onto objects that are independent of ourselves. Such transference allows for a hope that such objects and social causes enable us somehow to escape or deny the existential crisis that personal death is coming. Vampires, or vampire-like figures, blur the lines of life and death and suggest that there is a mysterious place between the two, that death is not necessarily final. Vampire figures in pop culture, which have become increasingly sexualized, literally “fuck with death,” thus making acceptance of the knowledge of the inevitability of death much easier on the psyche.     

Q: Before going further, I'm sure a lot of people reading this might be surprised to learn that a real community of vampires exists as a distinct subculture. What can you tell us about the people who identify as vampires, have they been reading too many Anne Rice novels?

A: Self-identified vampires could be anyone, including your friends and neighbors. As scholar Joseph Laycock and others have observed, vampires are ordinary people apart from their particular vampire identities. Some vampires enjoy Anne Rice novels, but many others do not. What seems to be most important is how specific people apply the term “vampire” in describing a part of their identity and what they mean by doing so. While some vampires are active in a broader community or subculture comprised of those with similar identities, the vast majority (76%) are not. 

Q: You make a distinction between lifestyle vampirism and "real" vampirism. Who are these two groups and how are they different?

A: It is important to note that there is considerable diversity among both lifestyle and real vampirism. However, various forms of lifestyle vampirism are chosen; that is, people significantly relate in some way to a particular persona or figure of the vampire. In other words, some lifestyle vampires acknowledge “darker” aspects of themselves (consistent with Jung’s concept of the shadow self), but choose to embrace and manage such aspects of their broader personal identities. In contrast, “real” vampires report that they do not choose their vampirism. For them, vampirism is an immutable condition characterized by a deficiency in processing “subtle energy” (usually human). Real vampires claim to need extra energy in order to sustain physical and psychological health and wellbeing, thus they use the term vampirism to describe a process of consensually taking energy. Real vampires, then, understand their vampirism to be an ontological condition, whereas lifestyle vampirism is, well, a particular chosen lifestyle.

Q: You described a comprehensive survey of nearly 1,000 respondent vampires. What common themes did this survey find about vampires and how are they similar or different from everyone else?

A: This massive internal survey was conducted by members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) and provides the most comprehensive demographic data on vampires worldwide. Respondents represent three dozen countries; however, the highest percentages come from the United State, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. While there are some obvious limitations with self-reported data, the study is extremely valuable in better understanding the vampire community.

Vampires represent a wide variety of religious and spiritual affiliations, not unlike the general population. Vampires also represent a wide range of education levels, though many reported having above average intelligence. The majority of vampires (63 percent) are female, while 35 percent are male. In terms of sexual orientation, 55 percent reported being heterosexual, 32 percent bisexual, 6 percent homosexual, and 6 percent pansexual. Only 34 percent identified as Goth, and only 24 percent reported belonging to an organized vampire group, such as a “house, clan, coven, haven, order, or court.” Regarding medical and psychiatric conditions, 20 percent reported having chronic fatigue syndrome, 17 percent reported anemia, 31 percent major depression, 16 percent bipolar disorder, and 16 percent panic disorder. The vast majority reported having no addictions, no history of sexual abuse, and no violent crime convictions. Interestingly, 62 percent reported they would not end their vampiric condition if they could do so, while 27 percent were unsure whether or not they would do so.   

Q: You referenced research on several different types of vampire, including sanguinarians and sexual vampires. Who are these groups and what did the research show about their habits?

A: Real vampires are distinguished based on how they claim to “feed” (take energy). Psychic vampires claim to take psychic energy from their “donors,” while “sanguinarians” report gaining energy through drinking blood. Sexual vampires report feeding on energy via sexual practices. “Hybrids” are vampires who feed based on more than one method.

A German study of sanguinarian vampires by Mark Benecke and Ines Fischer found considerable demographic diversity in their sample, similarly to the AVA study. Most sanguinarians had one or two donors who were selected carefully, and nearly always donors were tested for blood-borne pathogens prior to entering a relationship with vampires. Many vampires (48 percent) reported ingesting 1-5 milliliters of blood per feeding, and 21 percent stated they drink approximately 50 milliliters of blood on average. A high percentage (69 percent) reported being particularly sensitive to light, and 54 percent were particularly sensitive to noise. The majority (72 percent) stated that most people perceive them (vampires) to be younger in age than they actually are, and most (65 percent) believe that they heal faster than the average person (non-vampire).

A recent small study published in the Journal of Positive Sexuality by Carrѐ, Hesperus, and Gray utilized survey and interview data to begin to understand practices of sexual vampires. Consistent with other studies of real vampires, most participants in the study were female. However, there was greater sexual diversity in the sample of sexual vampires. The highest number of participants (14) identified as pansexual/omnisexual, followed by heterosexual (11), bisexual or bi-curious (7), homosexual (4), and asexual (2). Most participants reported that sex for feeding had a different purpose than sex for pleasure. The majority of participants were in committed relationships (i.e., married), and most practiced consensual BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, and Masochism)—many are switches. Vampires reported that achieving orgasm was not essential during sex for feeding, but donor orgasm was important. According to the data, perhaps most important for sexual vampires is the quality of a donor’s energy as sensed by the vampire. 

Q: You conducted your own research on 11 vampires—hybrids, sanguinarians and psychic vampires—regarding their comfort in disclosing their identities to clinicians. What did you find and what are the implications of your findings?

A: Helping professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, and medical doctors are ethically admonished to be accepting, nonjudgmental, culturally-competent, and promote self-determination when working with clients. Despite such ethical standards, several studies have shown that people with alternative sexualities or those in nontraditional intimate relationships often face marginalization and discrimination from clinicians.

Similar to such studies, Emily Prior and I wanted to explore real vampires’ perspectives and experiences as clients or potential clients. Our study was published in Critical Social Work, and it generated significant controversy and backlash, including within academic and professional circles (many readers apparently assumed a priori that self-identified vampirism is reflective of an underlying psychopathology, and that we, as researchers, were naïve or dangerous to consider otherwise).

Study findings powerfully revealed that vampires are extremely fearful of being mislabeled (and of facing repercussions from labeling) by helping professionals as delusional, evil, and/or dangerous. It is very problematic that despite professional codes of ethics, there remain people who are afraid to seek professional help for legitimate reasons and thus remain “in the coffin.” Of course, more research on self-identified vampirism would be valuable. However, many helping professionals need to be open to existing research, and especially to be more accepting of clients’ diverse potential ways of making sense of themselves.   

 on: March 28, 2017, 11:10:37 PM 
Started by Mercutio - Last post by sagittarian
*BTW psi is just a sub-category of a vampire.

 on: March 28, 2017, 11:07:09 PM 
Started by Mercutio - Last post by sagittarian
My own best personal way of putting this... From my perspective *psionics and psi means two separated things. No I'm not an elderly to be telling this but it just so means psi/psy supposedly unconscious energy is what causes this thing that to me personally is *catalyst* now I don't know what the internet says about it but if you'd look at the word it tells it's all. It's where energy feeding;returning that energy if you are a real vampire , so put it in a kind of way psionic is vice versa or some what come to speak of it since its just something a bit quite different. Since I don't know yet well figure it out. It's just more full blown it has a lot to do with neutralization of the body and soul.

 on: February 21, 2017, 11:00:23 AM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Alyssasidhe
I miss Sangi...

 on: January 14, 2017, 02:05:33 PM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Merticus
Vampire Community News (VCN) - December 2016 In Review

Woman Charged In Stabbing Of Boyfriend Who Drank Her Blood After ‘Talking About Vampires’
December 2, 2016

Psychic Vampires And The Use Of Etheric Energy – Sateen C.
December 2, 2016

Another Step Closer To Artificial Blood – CBS News
December 5, 2016

Notice From The Russian Vampire Community Regarding Completion Of Research Project
December 6, 2016

Self-Identified Vampirism & Risk For False Positives: A Case Example Of Team Homicide & Implications For Forensic Behavioral Science – DJ Williams, PhD
December 6, 2016

When Criminals Lurk Among Us – By Damien Ferguson
December 8, 2016

‘Vampire’ Victim Accused Of Being A Drunk Liar
December 12, 2016

Models Of Reality, Framework Of Reference… Logic And Emotion In The Vampire Community
December 14, 2016

State Of The VC 2016 Year End – The Shadow Sage
December 17, 2016

TVN (TheVampireNetwork) Interview – The Shadow Sage
December 18, 2016

Modern Vampires And How They Practice The Ancient Art Of Drinking Blood
December 21, 2016

“Vampires” Who Must Drink Human Blood To Survive
December 23, 2016

Your Feelings And The Holidays
December 24, 2016

Vampires Live Among Us
December 27, 2016

 on: December 10, 2016, 03:20:06 PM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Merticus
Vampire Community News (VCN) - November 2016 In Review

Title Hoarders
November 2, 2016

United States Of Vampires – U.S. Presidential Election 2016
November 2, 2016

Some Random Notes For People Who Are Sincerely Wondering If They Are Vampires... - Amador Vampyre
November 3, 2016

House Of The Dreaming - Atlanta, GA Meetup
November 7, 2016

Police: 'Vampire' Attacks Woman In Concord
November 8, 2016

New Hampshire Woman Attacked By Man Claiming To Be Vampire, Cops Say
November 9, 2016

New Orleans Vampire Association - Homeless Outreach Program
Thanksgiving & Christmas - Please Donate

Darkened Mirror Project - Smoke & Mirrors - Lady CG
November 14, 2016

How To Deal With Your Energy Vampires
November 18, 2016

Why The Sinister Approach Might Not Be The Best For All Personality Types - Amador Vampyre
November 19, 2016

Creativity Vampire
November 20, 2016

Real-Life Vampire (Georgina Condon) Gets 'Aroused' By Drinking Her Boyfriend's BLOOD And Has Avoided The Sunlight For 20 Years
November 21, 2016

The Iron Garden Gathering - Safety & Self Defense
November 25, 2016

Are Vampires Real, Do They Really Drink Human Blood And How Many Are There In The UK?
November 30, 2016

Sexual Vampires: Myths And Motivations
Journal Of Positive Sexuality
Volume 2, November 2016
By Suzanne Carre, Hesperus, And Deacon Gray

 on: November 02, 2016, 03:46:25 PM 
Started by Merticus - Last post by Merticus
Vampire Community News (VCN) - October 2016 In Review

Well, I Like The Idea Of Community – Pagans, Vampires And Pagany Vampires – Amador Vampyre
October 3, 2016

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter… – Kinesia
October 5, 2016

The Mean Girl Effect – OVC In The Eyes Of A Daycare Worker
October 6, 2016

Jaden Smith Believes He Was A Vampire, Seriously
October 12, 2016

Interactions With Non Vampires: The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius
October 15, 2016

A Guide To The Dangers Of The Online Vampire Community (OVC)
October 22, 2016

Blood Bond: Real Life Vampires And The ‘Black Swan’ Donors Who Feed Them
October 26, 2016

OCTOBERSPLOITATION! (Or “I Am Not A Fucking Vampire.”) – By CJ!
October 28, 2016

The Bloodlust Vampire Ball (New Orleans, LA USA)
October 30, 2016

The Closing Of Doors – A Letter To The Vampire Community From Merticus

 on: October 31, 2016, 05:16:26 PM 
Started by moonlitanna - Last post by fws98ws6tt
yep! seem's dead!

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