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DEATHLY pale and with a craving for blood — Georgina is Australia's real-life vampire. While the likes of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and. Self-described vampires say they feed on human energy and blood to stay alive. Real vampires are not undead, nor immortal, nor can they be . Just as before, they provided closeted real vampires with opportunities to meet.
And perhaps, from some of us, even to spur self-reflection. Vampire fiction aside, there are in this world people who actually do drink blood —from humans and animals alike—or drain from others what they call psychic energy. This need, according to them, arises from the lack of natural energies their bodies produce.
It all started for me about nine years ago, shortly before I transferred from a doctoral program in English in Southern Louisiana to one in American Studies in Western New York. Shop owner was happy to oblige me in every respect and went out of his way to volunteer information.
In the initial five minutes of my speaking with him, he gestured towards the other end of the store to a lady in her 40ss inspecting some clothing.
So, I continued by introducing myself and my reason for being in the store. I then proceeded to give her my contact info, and politely asked if I might continue to speak with her at another time.
While I did not ask for her own contact info—as I felt this would be too intrusive—I did ask for her name. And at the time, I was sure she would be my last.
How very mistaken I was. After I penned the above passage, mere days would pass before another similar experience propelled me to record in my notes again, this time my prose hardly masking my exhilaration: Theirs—the play of steel, gas, and faint orange light—has become by now a familiar sight to me in the hours just after midnight as I leave behind New Orleans and the French Quarter, a ritual I have repeated nearly every week for two months.
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The feeling is almost always the same: The silence along this stretch of interstate is deafening after the trumpeting frenzy of Bourbon Street; my clothes smell of liquor, cigarettes, and fine cuisines; and everything around me has fallen into a dead calm. But this night in late October is different. Tonight, after months of searching, I met and spoke at length with five vampires living in New Orleans, members of a community in which I am an outsider.
I stood and thanked her, hurriedly finished off my drink for courage, then proceeded with my leather satchel over to two young gentlemen dressed all in black and standing against a wall.
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The first of these gentlemen, sporting a long dark ponytail, looked to be in his mids, and the second, crowned with short spiky dirty-blond hair, looked to be in his earlys. They are our teachers, our shop clerks, our bartenders, our antique dealers, our IT people, our friends, and for some even, our family and loved ones.
Some of us work with vampires every day, or pass them on the street without ever knowing it. But, to understand real vampires, how they think and how they act, we must understand our own reactions to them.
In its dark corridors and gothic atmosphere, the Dungeon afforded the vampires that October night nine years ago relative safety, but what about outside its doors?
I found the vampires of Buffalo to be keen to keep up to date with the global community, while those in New Orleans were often more interested in the activities of their local vampire houses an affiliated group of vampires usually led by a vampire elder who helps his or her house members to acclimate to their vampiric nature.
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Some houses, and indeed whole vampire communities, as in the case of New Orleans, will combine their efforts to organise charity events, like feeding not feeding on the homeless. Hunting for vampires in New Orleans. Author provided Some semblance of the real vampire community has existed since at least the early to mids, but my own dealings began in when I entered the New Orleans community clinging to my digital voice recorder.
I eventually met around 35 real vampires there, but the total number in New Orleans is easily double that. They ranged in age from 18 to 50 and represented both sexes equally. They practised sanguinarian blood and psychic feeding — taking energy using, for example, the mind or hands. Some psychic vampires use tantric feeding, that is through erotic or sexual encounters, while others use what could be described as astral feeding or feeding on another from afar.
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And others feed through emotion. Afterwards, blood-drinking and psychic vampires feel energised or otherwise better than they would if they were to sustain themselves on regular food alone, like fruits, fish, and vegetables which they eat too. These vampires described themselves as atheistic, monotheistic or polytheistic.
Some identified as heterosexual, some homosexual and some bisexual. Some were married, some were divorced and some were parents. They performed blood-letting rituals safely and only with willing donors and participated regularly in medical exams that scarcely if ever indicated complications from their feeding practises. Tales of the unexpected What was perhaps most surprising about the vampires I met though was their marked lack of knowledge about vampires in popular culture.
They seemed to know much less than you might expect — at least for vampires — about how their kind were depicted in books and films. In fact, the real vampire community in general seems to have appropriated very few of the trappings mainstream culture attaches to creatures of the night.