- Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn't like in Hollywood
- Are vampires real, do they actually drink human blood and how many are there in the UK?
Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn't like in Hollywood
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Vampires walk among us. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite friendly. These are just some of the cultural markers real vampires adopt to express a shared and, according to them, biological essence — they need blood human or animal or psychic energy from donors in order to feel healthy. Their self-described nature begins to manifest around or just after puberty. It derives, according to them, from the lack of subtle energies their bodies produce — energies other people take for granted. So, they embrace it.
A little more than a century ago, vampires stalked Rhode Island. Or rather, New England farm families were digging up dead relatives suspected of being vampires and desecrating the bodies in a misguided effort to protect the living. The practice of disinterring accused vampires likely began in Eastern Europe, spreading to western countries including France and England in the s, and then to rural New England, where vampire panics were common up through the late s — particularly in Rhode Island. At home and abroad, vampire scares usually began when a person died — often of a contagious disease, and in New England almost always of tuberculosis — and others in the vicinity began dying, too, usually of the same sickness. Often the vampire-hunters were not disappointed when they pried open the graves: many natural signs of decay, like bloating and bleeding from various orifices, looked like evidence of midnight feasts.
Though the vampire may suck it up directly from the source, medically trained personnel usually perform the procedure. Still, feeding is a sensual and sacred ritual. The people who claim to be vampires are in the thousands worldwide, with demographics transcending borders, class, race and gender. And increasingly, researchers study them. Merticus has identified as a real vampire since , and speaks eloquently and passionately about what vampirism is and what it is not. For almost a decade, he has personally worked with academics, social scientists, psychologists, lawyers, law enforcement agencies and others on how to best approach, research and understand the vampire subculture. An Atlanta native, he is known as Merticus both legally and personally — even on his Starbucks card.
In it, Browning discusses what a real vampire is, how they live their lives, and what researchers are hoping to learn about them. What happens, though, when the borders between fact and fiction fade into gray uncertainty? For real vampires or human vampires, as they are otherwise called , this is the reality they live with every day. What follows is not the full scope of their story. And perhaps, from some of us, even to spur self-reflection.
Vampires are evil mythological beings who roam the world at night searching for people whose blood they feed upon. They may be the best-known classic monsters of all. But the history of vampires began long before Stoker was born. There are almost as many different characteristics of vampires as there are vampire legends. But the main characteristic of vampires or vampyres is they drink human blood. In general, vampires hunt at night since sunlight weakens their powers. Some may have the ability to morph into a bat or a wolf.
Are vampires real, do they actually drink human blood and how many are there in the UK?