In Praise of Vampires
Although some of my exes may disagree, I am not (at least not last I checked) a vampire. However, I do identify with much of what the current living vampire community represents. And am, of course, quite interested in vampire lore, mythology and culture, pop and otherwise. After all, I wrote a book called Banshees, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts. I am frequently asked about vampires: Are they real? Am I one? How does one become a vampire? Do vampires drink blood?
If you’ve heard me on Coast to Coast, you’ve heard me patiently answer: I know many living vampires, people who self-identify as vampires, and I have found them to be empathic, courteous, thoughtful and gentle people. One of my favorite pals is Father Sebastiaan. He is a Fangsmith, founder of Vampire World and founding father of vampire community. Along with the charming Victor Magnus, they put on vampire balls and events around the world. In response to the most common, frequently asked questions about vampires, Father Sebastiaan and Victor Magnus have put together an excellent Q & A on their website, Vampire World. They are far more qualified to talk about real, modern vampires than I am. Below, you’ll find the first of many questions. Click this link to learn more (reprinted with permission)
Are Vampires Real?
Yes, but not in the ways you may think. Living “Real” Vampires are human beings with a higher energetic need for vital life-force (Chi, Prana, Mana, Ki) than the average human. If this Need goes unfulfilled, the Vampire experiences lower states of spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing. In order to sate this need, one must learn ethical techniques of gathering excess energy (called “feeding”). Vampires are usually divided into psychic (energy) and sanguine (blood) categories, but this often leads to misconceptions. A better terminology separates them into awakened and unawakened. All Vampires can practice just energy feeding. “Lifestylers” may practice a philosophy or employ the imagery, but are not all energetically Awakened. We also recognize Sympathetic Psychic Vampirism, a temporary Need resulting from a donor being depleted after being fed upon too much and for too long.