Arlene Russo Vampire Nation

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Vampire Nation

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9780738714561: Vampire Nation

Do vampires exist among us? Of course. For centuries, an underground society of vampires has thrived in darkness, hidden from the public gaze and forever shrouded in secrecy―until now.

Plunge deep into the heart of vampirism as renowned vampire expert Arlene Russo dispels centuries-old myths and unearths shocking revelations, from the startling discovery that Prince Charles is a direct descendant of Vlad the Impaler to the fascinating evidence that Robin Hood was a vampire.

Be entranced by dozens of true accounts, real-life stories, and candid interviews with actual vampires who reveal their strange rituals and intriguing practices. Sink your teeth into the truth as you learn how modern-day vampires feed on blood and psychic energy, how they awaken to their true nature, where they live, and a horde of other chilling facts that will leave you beguiled and begging for more.

"We vampires are here. And we have been watching you humans for quite some time . . ."

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About the Author:

The author was an active part of the vampire scene long before she ever thought of writing about it. She was – and still is – a trusted member of the community. She obtained her MA Honours Arts Degree from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and set about teaching herself to be a journalist. Then in 1999 she taught herself to self-publish and launched Bite me magazine, single handedly.

Arlene Russo is editor and publisher of Bite me magazine, the UK’s only glossy magazine dedicated to vampires and the supernatural.

Arlene is a recognized journalist in her field and has written many ‘exclusives’ for national newspapers from tabloids like The Sun to quality broadsheets like The Sunday Times.

Arlene herself is the focus of extensive television, radio, and press coverage and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on related events.

She has excellent contacts with international Dracula organizations, including The Vampire Empire (membership 25,000).

She has forged strong relationships with many Dracula experts including authors, historians, actors and film makers. Several of these are strong candidates to write a forward for UK: Vampire Nation.

She is often the first point of contact for the world’s media on unusual events. Most recently, she was the prime contact with the ‘vampire’ killing in Germany by the murderers who claimed they learned vampirism in Scotland from ‘The Leopard Man’. The author was one of the few people granted an interview with ‘The Leopard Man’.

 

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What Is a Vampire?

 

Katharina Katt is a psychic vampire and also the resident agony aunt for UK magazine Bite Me. She has been active in the vampire com­munity for over 15 years and provides advice to vampires all over the world. Below is a transcript of a letter she received some time ago:

Dear Vampire,

I don’t like sunlight and hate garlic. Does this make me a vampire?

Sincerely, Garlic Hater

Dear Garlic Hater,

Sorry to disappoint you, but no, this alone does not make you a vampire. There are many normal people that do not like garlic and even others that are allergic to it. As for the sunlight, first you have to ask yourself why you don’t like the sunlight. Does it burn your skin too easily? Are you medically photogenic? If your limbs don’t turn to dust immediately when sunlight touches them then I can definitely tell you that you are not an ‘undead’ vampire. However, many ‘living’ vampires still live ‘normal’ lives in the sun. Wearing dark sunglasses will protect your sensi­tive eyes while using a layer of sun block will protect your skin. This will prevent most pain associated with the sun’s rays. Make sure to purchase the strongest strength of sun block available and apply it one to two times a day for nor­mal contact with the sun. Those who have been diagnosed with a medical photogenic condition should consult their doctor for treatment and ‘day life’ instructions.

No matter how many ceremonies you go to, this will not make you a vampire. Just like no matter how many times a man will put on women’s make-up, it will never turn him into a girl. ‘Living’ vampires, according to the thousands of interviews involving them as to their origins, have given us the theory that ‘living’ vampires are born the way they are. It normally involves an ‘awakening’ point in their lives which makes them aware of their condition. The only sources we have as to the ‘undead’ vampire rising from the grave are the myths recorded in history.

According to myth, there are many things that can turn you into a vampire: being a bad person; working in the sex industry during life; a black cat jumping over your fresh corpse; being bitten by another ‘undead’ vampire; having sex with another ‘undead’ vampire; not being bur­ied correctly or respectfully; dying violently and many other variations of occurrences. We cannot know what is true or not, that is why we call it ‘myth’.

So, what is a vampire? Do you think a vampire is an immortal soul with large fangs that preys on other mortals for blood? Do you think this creature lives by night and shrinks from garlic and crucifixes? Do you think he bursts into flame at the first sight of dawn? Are they amazing creatures with extraordinary powers, who can fly and hypno­tise their victims? Or dashing fictional vampires like Count Dracula?

Think again. Authors and film makers over the years have been spurred on by centuries-old accounts of vampires and superstition and have transformed the vampire’s image continually. The vampire of lit­erature and cinema becomes whatever its creator desires. Among tra­ditional folklore vampire beliefs, the variety is almost as great. There are stories in which vampires are corpse-like and horrible, others in which the vampire is indistinguishable from other people until it gives itself away somehow.

Indeed, sometimes discussions about authentic vampires become easier if we assert what a vampire is not. So let us separate fact from fiction and dispel some myths along the way.

Myth: Vampires are afraid of the sun

False. Many vampires are sensitive to sunlight, but sunglasses and sun protection lotions offer sufficient protection. Although vampires are often more sensitive to the sun, this is because they are more sensi­tive to all forms of energy, and thus need to shield themselves from excess energy, such as in the form of sunlight. Hence, most vampires find the evening more comfortable. Some vampires claim they suffer from photosensitivity, a condition that can be caused by many things, including prescription drugs. Other rare diseases and skin conditions that have been linked to vampirism include porphyria and lupus. With these illnesses the sun’s UV rays cause rashes and blisters on the skin within minutes of exposure and in this way sufferers are often lik­ened to undead vampires, as their skin too reacts severely to sunlight. Despite these similarities, however, people who suffer from these dis­eases do not turn into dust at dawn like the vampires of folklore.

Myth: a Vampire Can ‘turn’ another person into a Vampire

False. Many people falsely believe that vampires can ‘make’ or ‘turn’ another into a vampire by means of a bite or the blood of another. Although vampires drink blood, it is primarily for attaining energy for themselves and not to convert or ‘turn’ another.

Myth: Vampires are afraid of Garlic

False. Bram Stoker first established this myth firmly in 1897 with Drac­ula, by suggesting that garlic warded off vampires. Garlic is reputed to make the blood thinner and this belief, added to the strong-smelling properties of garlic, enhanced the myth surrounding vampires and garlic. Many vampires are fond of garlic and use it in cooking.

Myth: Vampires Must drink Blood to survive

False. Vampires drink blood for its energetic properties, but not all vampires seek this type of energy. Some prefer to obtain energy through psychic vampirism, whereby they feed off the energy of oth­ers. Those that do drink blood consume very little for their health―about a couple of ounces every few days. In reality, ingesting too much blood will cause a person to vomit.

Myth: Vampires Bite their Victims

False. Fangs or teeth have little to do with vampirism, and biting is not a method used by most vampires to draw blood―primarily as it is painful for the person being bitten and there are easier ways to draw blood, e.g. with a knife, but also because it is illegal. Authors and screenwriters have added fangs to the myth surrounding a vampire―and it is a relatively recent invention, as medieval accounts of folkloric vampires did not mention fangs.

Myth: Vampires are immortal

False. Vampires live a normal life span like humans. No person has ever been scientifically proved to have lived for hundreds of years. The oldest person to date lived to be 122.

Dr. Jeanne Youngson, president of The Vampire Empire―the world’s largest Dracula fan club―has received a great deal of corre­spondence from vampire fans on the subject of what determines a vampire. Here is one such letter:

Dear Dr. Youngson,

It is urgent to convey the following information to vampire purists everywhere. Fact one: in all my reading about vampires, which is extensive indeed, I have never seen any reference to the carotids, which are the arteries that run up the side of the neck, the very ones vampires go for first. Anyone who has been bitten by a vampire, even though temporarily anaesthetised, will later have excru­ciating pain and may need cortisone drugs to help the inflammation. Have you ever seen this taken into account in any books or films? Fact two: the idea of vampires being unable to tolerate sunlight came from the fertile imagina­tion of Henrik Galeen, who worked with Murnau on Nos­feratu. Fact three: it was Stoker himself who popularised the idea that Dracula could turn into a bat. Very few vam­pires of folklore were able to shape-shift and almost none turned into bats!

For most people, the word ‘vampire’ brings to mind the folkloric or lit­erary vampire. Both varieties were brought to life in film and spurred on by centuries-old accounts of vampires and superstition, aided by authors’ and screenwriters’ inventions. Folkloric vampires are usually depicted as horribly corpse-like. They shrink from crucifixes, scattered grain and thorn bushes. In the past people believed that the recently deceased could come back to life and feed off them. To prevent this, they placed coins on the corpse’s eyelids to stop it from opening them and being able to see. They even nailed the corpse’s clothing to the coffin to stop it moving.

Real vampires, according to modern findings, are not a super­natural species that belong to the pages of Gothic novels. Rather the vampire is a real, living human and the only difference between the vampire and its fellow human is that the former possesses a different energy form. The real vampire manipulates and absorbs life force, or ‘pranic’ energy―the essence of life―from other living things, especially humans. A vampire is thus a person who does not possess sufficient lev­els of prana for his or her survival; if they do not acquire this prana, they will suffer from headaches, lethargy and depression. A vampire must therefore find a donor for sustenance―this can be achieved by drinking blood or psychic energy from the donor. Few vampires claim to be immortal or invincible. They have a normal life span and suf­fer illness. They are bound by natural laws. Although many vampires claim enhanced stamina and resistance to disease, they are all essen­tially human, not superhuman or supernatural.

There are endless categories of vampires―and many new sub-cat­egories are invented regularly, such as medical vampires and astral vam­pires. Or the aforementioned wannabees, a.k.a. vampabees. According to Dr. Jeanne Youngson, president of the world’s largest Dracula fan club, wannabees are ‘the creeps who want to be vampires, dress like them, pretend to suck blood or actually do it, etc. Most of them are pretty weird.’

For this book I have limited definitions of ‘real’ vampires to two categories―psychic vampires and sanguine vampires. Psychic vam­pires are often referred to as ‘psi’ vampires; ‘blood-drinking’ vampires are sometimes called ‘sanguine’ vampires. Psychic vampires obtain the energy they need from absorbing life-force energy, or energy sur­rounding people. Sanguine vampires feed mostly on blood other than their own and through blood-letting techniques. Some sanguine vam­pires claim there is a deficiency in their blood that means they need to absorb the missing components in their own blood via a donor. Sanguines use professional sterile equipment to minimise infection and recommend tests for AIDS and other diseases before any blood exchange takes place. Whether in the form of blood or psychic energy, the energy is almost always taken only from willing donors and part­ners. Donors are often called ‘black swans’ and are treated with great care and respect by the vampire. The definition of a vampire thus effectively comes down to the way in which it obtains its energy. San­guine vampires or psychic vampires? Blood or no blood?

So what else defines a real vampire? In addition to a craving for blood, real vampires suffer from photosensitivity and have nocturnal tendencies. Many sufferers of vampirism also claim they can ‘feel’ (and absorb) the energy in living things around them.

Of course, with so many definitions of a vampire it is not sur­prising that some people mistakenly believe they are vampires. But in the world of the modern vampire, natural sharp canines and an aver­sion to sunlight do not a vampire make. People with naturally pointed canines are likely to have them capped or removed by dentists, as they interfere with chewing.

In fact, fangs appear to be an invention from horror films. The 1958 movie Dracula (US title: Horror of Dracula) starring Christopher Lee was the first English-language film in which a vampire was por­trayed with a pair of large pointed canines. As a matter of fact, real sanguine vampires would find fangs more of a hinderance than help. Blood-drinking animals, like vampire bats, bite with their incisors and lap the blood with their tongues, instead of sucking it. Vampire blood-drinkers rarely bite their ‘donors’ with teeth. They use sterile needles, lancets or stainless steel blades instead.

The stereotypical image of the vampire lunging for the neck is therefore a wholly inaccurate one. According to real vampires, biting has very little to do at all with vampirism. Neither does accidentally cutting oneself and licking the blood indicate any vampiric tendencies. Humans used to instinctively lick their own wounds due to saliva’s antiseptic properties, and would probably still do so if anti-bacterial ointments had not been invented.

Random attacks by ruthless vampires on innocent mortals are thankfully very rare and belong to the big screen rather than real life. The vampire of superstition and literature is a world away from today’s safety-conscious and moral vampires, who are actually fussy about whose blood they consume. A vampire’s role has been likened to that of symbiont. In an essay entitled ‘Are vampires predators?’ on one ‘real vampire’ website, Inanna Arthen states:

A parasite which kills its host tends to be inefficient, although most hosts do not thrive under the arrangement. A far more constructive model for real vampires is that of symbiont. The real vampire develops his or her abilities to the point of an equal exchange, a give-and-take of mutual dependency. The real vampire trades healing and revivify­ing powers for pranic energy, and is able to exploit a wide variety of sources. Ultimately, a real vampire may evolve to the point of being able to live only on food sources that require no living thing to die for the vampire’s benefit. This is the farthest away from a ‘predator’ that you could get.

The Vampire/Donor Alliance is a support group for the entire vam­pire community, from those who profess a fascination with vampires to those who claim to be real vampires. Mostly American-based, there are two annual Gatherings for all members. When asked ‘How do I become a vampire? Are we turned? Do you embrace people, or what?’ The Vampire/ Donor Alliance reply:

‘Embrace’ is a term from Vampire: The Masquerade™ [a vampire game]. There is no turning, no ‘dark gift’, no crossing over. Either you are a vampire, or you aren’t. Since vampirism isn’t exactly the sort of thing that people talk about at the dinner table, it being a sort of fruitcake kind of thing, a lot of pe...

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