Thursday, January 31, 2008
The first problem with them is that they attempt to sell them as pop-culture guides, with a mystical wisp of folklore to back it up. There's nothing wrong with scholarly works on movies, novels, or comics, but the focus should be on those things, and not the often unsensationalistic folklore that exists.
If they're not plagiarizing eachother, meaning, they literally just relist the entries from other books, and add a few 'newly discovered' terms that have been dusted off and re-applied to vampire folklore, they're putting in a narrative which can only be described as juvenile.
We have an entertainment culture of vampires, 'Buffy,' 'Blade,' 'Underworld,' 'Van Helsing,' and nostalgia for old Hammer Films and Bela Legosi. Nothing wrong with that, but once you blur the lines between what happens in movies, and where the mythology came from originally, you seriously compromise real research.
Let's examine some of this crap, to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
"The Vampire Watcher's Notebook" also known as the Vampire Watcher's Handbook. I have no idea why the title and author has changed, but its the same piece of crap. Now maybe this book was designed by role-playing gamers, or Buffy the Vampire fans, but technically, the text in this book really could fill a 10 page pamphlet. (Speaking of pamphlets, have you read Sean Manchester's "Vampire Hunter's Handbook?" It has even less info than this waste of trees.) This book is an excellent example of complete delusional thinking, it essentially offers nothing but a mindless juvenile book with some information about vampires, while not claiming to be entertainment. It is the equivalent of the multitudes of 'how to be a vampire' books that are churned out ad nauseum, only it is for 'vampire slayers.' I wonder if anybody will ever use this book to learn how to cut off heads of vampire-wanna-be's. Essentially, it is probably what Manchester wanted to write, but instead he veered off the subject by spending 40 pages whining about his bizarre rival in the vampire-hunting business. This leads us to the over-sized, waste of space, too many pages of nothing, "Vampire Slayer's Field Guide to the Undead"by Shane MacDougall. This piece of trash is not only a bit too heavy to be a 'field guide,' it adds all kinds of subjects that really have no business in any sort of encyclopedia about vampires. It's sad to see Whitley Strieber's name on the cover, promoting it. This is a perfect example of vampire-obsessed people who want to add as much garbage like their favorite pop-art, and personal new age religious ideas, to a subject that has enough trouble being seriously researched. Yes, I just said that. It has entries set up, where he then describes what he calls 'vampires of the world.'
What he then does is list them as if they are merely other names for the same thing, or writes descriptions making them seem like they are all just different types of vampires, different sizes shapes and country origins. He essentially repeats information found in other books, and actually gets some of it wrong, with a strong narrative on his part, as if he's trying to convince you that these vampires are what he tells you they are, but offers no reasonable evidence or information supporting his 'narrative.' It is far from being a scholarly work in any sense, and does a great disservice to anyone researching this folklore. He ties together folklore that isn't, and does so, by 'just saying so,' not by drawing on parallels or comparisons, or translations. His information is directly taken from other books, without saying anything different, new or extensive. The entries are loose, and missing information that can be found in the books he's stealing from. What he's doing is common among these 'guides' and 'encylopedias' and that is ignoring the sources of his folklore research, ignoring cultural contexts, and ignoring any understanding of where these things come from. A look at Alan Dundes compilation in Vampires: A Casebook, and you'll see that 'vampires' are quite a few things more than a simple definition, and that many cases reported by Summers and Calmet and others cannot be defined as 'vampires' at all, and even they bring this up, but offer the note of the account because of its similarity. This guy just files through these books, sees a name, and puts it down as a vampire. Puts it down as 'vampire #234' and leaves it at that. Manchester at least spares us the long lists of varieties of folkloric entities, and just hits you with his ideology, the rest of these are not happy with that, they want to compile 'the biggest vampire book ever.' Like J. Gordon Melton, who, in his "Vampire Book" offers hundreds and hundreds of entries all mixed together with Hammer Horror movies, and Bela Lugosi trivia, and loose entries and not very researched entries, along with serious folklore with footnotes. Somebody should have told him to either write a book that was more focused on something and not a massive compilation of all his favorite entries. The problem is, as a vampire encyclopedia which includes pop-culture, he's left a shit-load of stuff out of this book, and as for a vampire encyclopedia on folklore, he's left a shit-load of stuff out, and while you end up with a book that's 800 pages, its too much, not enough, and essentially a pain in the ass if you're actually trying to look up something on either subject, because not only do you have try to find it lodged in between 'non-fictional' stuff, you always come up short. He does offer a cleaner narrative, and perhaps the better of all these nonsense books, but its not worth it (well, maybe, you can get this thing on ebay for cheap, nobody is buying it I guess anymore.)
Again, the problem is a lack of examination. A lack of analysis.
If its an encylopedia, you obviously don't expect analysis, but its what they are trying to do, when they lump some of this shit together. Maybe I'm giving them way too much of a benefit of the doubt, that they simply are stupid people who have no idea what the fuck they are doing, but they 'want' to give you their 'analysis' in every entry, but then leave it short, with no backup, and no references, and essentially just give out these terms like they know what the hell they're talking about, but if they actually read the books which do analyze this stuff that they're stealing from, they wouldn't be churning out this crap.
Studying folklore is neither taking all these accounts as literal fact, nor is it lumping it together with modern pop-culture, or sensationalizing it so that it sounds like it fits in with modern pop-culture ideas. There may be something useful in pop-culture, and modern novels and tales, but it does not help in the examination of old folklore and mythology. What these books do is not what they present themselves to be, even loosely, and that is "encyclopedias," or guides. Trivia books, poorly compiled, maybe, but folklore examinations--they are not. "Encyclopedias of the Undead, " is a literal joke. Barber's "Vampires, Burial and Death" is quite an excellent examination of folklore, and even Montague Summer is, even though they are quite different, with totally different conclusions. A better encylopedia would be a compilation of terms and accounts without ANY narratives trying to relate it to Bela Lugosi films at all. Matthew Bunson's vampire encyclopedia is a good one, it covers vampire crimes, folklore and pop-culture, but without sensationalizing any of it, or attempting to be more than it is. There are no pictures in his book, a good start. (We've seen all the pictures that are in the Annotated Dracula, spare us.) It is concise, but not flashy, sorry Whitley. Rosemary Guilley's "Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and other Monsters" is a little better idea, at least not attempting to "classify" many entities and mythical creatures as 'vampires' but in the end, it veers in that direction. She does invent classifications of her own, and at least makes the effort to explain that she's looking for 'blood suckers,' but again, without analysis. You can't have it both ways, you can't begin classifying shit without analysis. Well, I suppose you can, but starting out creating a classification system, and then digging up all these mythological terms, and then fitting them into your classifications without any analysis, such as, 'does this really fit in with this category, and here's why' after you examine the culture origins of such a term, entity or concept. Otherwise you're writing, for example, that you've decided that 'stakes must work on vampires 'cause it says so at least 20 times in various accounts of superstitions,' without understanding the origins, following their paths through history to see if there might be reasons that developed over time, and just why you might think that. Now this doesn't make for a good simple encyclopedia, but what the hell are you doing then, making shit up? If you think that something is the way it is, while relating it to folklore, you better tell us why, because there are enough charlatans tell us they are experts, vampires, and vampire slayers and that just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you can make a case, even a shallow case, but these people aren't making cases, they're not just presenting information either--they ARE putting forth a narrative of their own on all this information, and if one wanted to do some research, these books don't help, they hinder. You have to weed through this bullshit about wiccan stones, complete misunderstandings about Tibetan Buddhism presented as facts, multiple irrelevant entries on crows, animals, totems, bigfoot(???) and other concepts which are there for no other reason than to add more fluff to their fluff.
Bob Curran's "Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to Creatures That Cannot Rest in Peace," is perhaps the best example of all of someone who wants to say something about something, but ends up saying the same thing as the rest of these people. (And wow what a long title, I guess they have to keep re-supplying us with variations on the same damn title.) His book is fully of the most ridiculous illustrations, and the most ridiculous title, and adds once again a lot of irrelevant information. In this case, its not irrelevant to him, he WANTS to believe in vampires, in a very bad way, and he wants you to believe too. When you listen to him talk on talkshows, he's got a lot of interesting things to say, but when you look at his books, its like, oh God, not another one of these. He wants to write a different book, but he seems to just end up following the rest of the crowd with this pulpy, sensationalistic garbage.
Hell, there is so many of these books, I won't waste any more time listing them here. The hard-bottom point here is, these people want to believe in vampires, they want to be the one to perhaps seduce you to believe in vampires, and they 'touch' various subjects quickly, rapidly, vaguely, with no sensitive analysis at all, nor any common sense. If you like books with lots of pictures and endless paragraphs of information you read again and again, Manuela Dunn Mascetti's Vampires: The Complete Guide to the World of the Undead is your book, even though its severely IN-complete, and severely light on information too. There IS no end to these things, and every time I pick one up, I find the same crap over and over in a different wrapper, and whether the author is a pagan with a burning desire to put his own spin on things, (actually making outright claims about the 'reality' of vampires like John MIchael Greer's Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings, without any proof, evidence, or even well analyzed speculation...not to mention weird boastings about being some sort of Druid Priest), or whether he's a Christian, claiming to be a Bishop, exorcist, expert and many other things, who essentially plagiarizes, re-writes and scrambles around paragraphs and sentences from other vampire 'guides,' it is paving a road of vampire studies that is clouding the information we actually do have. People are writing this crap at light speed, and nobody can write anything different.
There is one book, which I can't stand because of its seriously overt anti-religious, pro-pagan whining, which actually attempts to make its points in a scholarly way(although he loses it halfway through the first 80 pages) is Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead by Bruce McClelland. Two things it is not: its not a cultural history, nor is it about Vampire slayers, but nonetheless, he's dug up some good research. He babbles on about Buffy the Vampire slayer, being some sort of fascist conspiracy against pagans, and even the X-Files, in his section on pop-culture, but leaves out just about everything else, probably never saw any other shows or movies, or didn't want to do the research. But, at least he admits in his well constructed, but poorly focused work, that he really is 'ranting and raving' in the introduction. In his book, which is not what I would have expected (a book about vampire slayers--of which a decent book could be written, I have the research for one), and is really a political book poorly presented, he actually dug up stuff (that is not entirely relevant to his own points) that nobody else did! High marks for that, and for being different from all this other crap. If you can filter through his nonsense, with your highliter marker, you can find the relevant folklore in there that is freshly researched.
There's plenty more vampire 'guides' utilizing more folklore in order to promote to people how they can use, abuse, and drink their friends' blood, but its utterly pointless to talk about those in this article.
The books which don't get read are the boring looking ones with no pictures, with subdued covers, and lots of texts and footnotes, and of course, actually have the most information.
What I wish these 'vampirologists' would do, is take a look at what they're reading, and what it is they are saying. Usually they are saying nothing, but its clear they want to spin the material their way, while presenting meaningless trivia guides for the public to eat up, and miss what is really there. Well, I'm not going to screw around with this stuff, there are books by this creepy guy named Lawrence Gardner that don't mess around, and once some of these sociopaths get a hold of his thoroughly researched outright bizarre propaganda, we're in for real trouble folks, especially Sean Manchester, Holy Grail priest, and gatekeeper, because the lines between these self-styled vampire-slayers and the vampires are blurring in ways you can't imagine.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
"The Practical Vampire Slayer"
Here we have some sort of serious, yet tongue-in-cheek psychologically oriented blog. Someone who has adopted the allegory of vampires into some kind of women's advice column. She has taken the symbolism of vampires and vampire hunters, and turned it into a modern self-help schtick.
She's gone over vampire lore and adapted it to some kind of defensive mechanism. The usual ex-husbands, ex-boyfriends, ex-friends, and relationship problems are analyzed, and like any modern pop-psychologist, she's giving people advice out of her own desire for advice or counseling. Its a "Dear Abbey" using the subtext of vampirism.
Certainly, there is no call for cutting off heads, or violent impaling of the undead. She seems to have grasped a dimension of 'vampirism' that Albert Bernstein has written about in his "Emotional Vampires" book.
This dimension of vampirism is of course a worthy perception, it crosses all lines of social spheres, and it useful because it brings one back to the awareness of their own boundaries, and what human beings are all capable of.
M. Scott Peck, in his book, "People of the Lie" hits home about human vampirism without calling it such, and follows along these same lines.
"He describes in some detail several individual cases involving his patients. In one, a moderately impaired neurotic patient pseudo-named George, made a 'pact with the devil' to alleviate his symptoms. As a psychiatrist Scott Peck makes an uncharacteristic moral judgement about George's therapeutic pact and was ultimately successful in treating him.
Most of his conclusions about the psychiatric condition he designates 'evil' are derived from his close study of one patient he names Charlene. Although Charlene is not dangerous, she is ultimately unable to have empathy for others in any way. According to Scott Peck, people like her see others as play things or tools to be manipulated for their uses or entertainment. Scott Peck claims that these people are rarely seen by psychiatrists and have never been treated successfully."
This is the realm of the sociopaths. "The Practical Vampire Slayer" is re-introducing this often unmentioned 'state' of human beings, in which most people do not consider when it comes to meeting real people in the real world. The fact is, in everyone's lives, the consideration of the problems they encounter with these evil people, that they are dealing with sociopaths, is rare. This is the idea that nobody 'believes' their friends, their enemies might be sociopaths, and this is an obvious parallel to the concept of vampires. It is clear that people will grasp these psychological concepts through the timeless mythology of the vampire.
"We are not looking for "effect" here; we will not offend the sensibility of those who come to visit us, there will be no talk of spurts of blood, nor any jokes that are in bad taste. Although there are numerous, diverse associations in the world that are based on Vampires, the Anti Vampire Center is not to be confused with them in any way in that it pursues a totally different goal: while the others, in fact, want to encourage an "openness" toward vampirism in its various forms, and even at times toward "free vampirism" (with its related aberrations), the Anti Vampire Center, on the other hand, seeks to encourage the liberation of the individual from vampirism."
Mario Corte presents a kind of double-dimensional reality of vampires, fusing this kind of sociopathic vampirism with what might be referred to as 'energy vampires.'
He does include the 'modern fashion vampires' or as I call them vampire-idolists, into this realm, because it is obvious that they too fall into the category of the sociopathic world. He is more serious than "The Practical Vampire" in that it is not entirely pure allegory or symbolism, while the symbolism is integrated, his presentation to help people become free of vampires and vampirism is a solid and interesting endeavor.
However, he too does not venture into the realm of shooting undead blood-suckers with silver bullets, or burning them with crosses. What he presents is compelling and most useful in examining these different dimensions of vampirism. However, he does not lose himself the way many newer "new age" authors have in mysticisms about yoga, prana, or spirit-energy like for instance Joe Slate in his book, "Psychic Vampires" will suggest that these psychic vampires will 'impede the growth and progress' of either our spiritual or economic lives, but some of what he writes can be used to rationalize the very same sociopathic behavior he's talking about.
While he goes into yet another dimension of vampirism, specifically, sociopaths who are capable of sucking someone's literal energy, or 'chi,' it becomes clear that one can see that a person can adopt this kind of thinking in order to rationalize their own selfish 'climb to the top' in whatever path they are taking. By looking at everyone else as 'vampires' one can rationalize that anything they do which arrives at a difficulty can be blamed on someone else, because of course they're out to get you and stop you and steal your energy. Cults make use of this kind of thinking, telling their members that their wives, children, husbands are holding them back, stealing their energy.
While it is possible that people can get mixed up with someone who is a sociopath and not know it, because they don't want to believe it, the approach to excuse your own selfish behavior by calling everyone 'vampires' is not rare at all. Demonizing people who stand in your way is not entirely something new, nor necessarily connected to vampire mythology, however, there IS a culture building in the world, promoting these kind of self-deluding new age power-tripping sociopathic modes: books like The Psychic Vampire Codex, and The Ethical Psychic Vampire
actually promote this kind of selfish rationalization outright, and offer people a wealth of excuses through mysticisms, euphemisms, and other motivations for people to ignore the consequences of their actions. What I would argue, is that this kind of behavior is building a culture of total vampirism, spreading sociopathy like a plague.
Sean Manchester, Vampire Research Society
Here we have what appears to be a religious crusader, claiming to be an exorcist, a bishop, and a whole lot of other things. He has appeared on interviews on occult and paranormal shows, written a few books, and claiming to even have staked and 'dispatched' real undead blood-sucking vampires.
Much can be said about this man, but for now, he is an interesting case which follows the sentence of the last section above. While the behavior of the first two or three 'dimensions' of vampirism are building a culture of sociopaths, he has taken it upon himself to crusade against it with the usual religious mythology. He claims to be the successor to Montague Summers, but seems to not understand exactly what Montague Summers was. He has barrowed the narrative style of Montague Summers in his books, and added a new element, apparently barrowed from the Knights Templars with his 'Holy Grail Church' which seems to not be quite a church, but another 'society' or club. He may be an example of someone who has turned a crusade against vampirism into vampirism of a different kind.
His religious ideas overtake any rational approach to the subject, and at a certain point he loses the point of those very same religious ideas. His claims are extraordinary, and essentially, he asks us to simply believe him because of his outward 'Bishop's' appearance of authority. He has his followers, and they dutifully protect and defend everything he says and does, and it is very difficult to engage in communication with him.
What becomes apparent is that he seems to end up serving one purpose, to maintain the myths about vampires and neglect responding to what is being uncovered today about vampires, such as Bernstein and Corte's ideas, and even further ideas which while they may be disturbing and negatively pro-vampire, Sean Manchester's response is the usual reiteration of religious concepts and Summers lines. His 'Research Society' fails as a 'research' group because it is at its core a religious promotional cause. I can be convinced that some religious ideas may have a basis, and may even be effective, but it is difficult to accept the credibility of someone who makes the kinds of claims he does, and presents himself as a 'spiritual authority' on the subject. He offers no real research, and doesn't seem interested in furthering any research, as he says, he's written his books, given us his truths and thats the end of it. There's a lot of questions out there, and he has no answers to any of them, not to mention his behavior raises even more questions.
His Vampire Research Society seems to be full of members who also simply reiterate whatever he says, and present no new research or findings. I've found more information that has been uncovered and dusted off and dug up by completely bat-shit pagan authors who's books are so completely overt in their agendas that its annoying, but in the last 5 years, there have been several books out that have reached and presented new documentable folklore that Montague Summers and Dom Calmet never collected or presented. If someone presents something new, they are attacked by this "Vampire Research Society" even if they have the very same religious agenda as them, simply because they haven't bowed down to them as 'the authorities.' Well, they're soon to be history as even claiming to be the authorities as their information is going to be seriously out of date soon. Whether or not they're out there cutting off heads of corpses or sprinkling Holy Water on undead demons has yet to be proven, and from much of what we see in the claims of Sean Manchester regarding his interactions with 'vampires' we can see he's making some of this up, because it doesn't even correspond to some of the folklore he's supposedly the authority on. Perhaps it corresponds to Hammer Horror movies, but nothing in the texts I've read. His Holy Grail obsessions are interesting and ironic, and I wonder if he even knows just how closely related 'the Holy Grail' is related to vamprism. If he does, it would make sense that his 'gatekeeper' behavior is quite linked to his Holy Grail mysticism and if anything his job is to continue to promote the most ridiculous aspects of vampirism in order to throw people off the trail, because what he has become is a 'character' and anyone who lines up with his agenda is going to be similarly ridiculed.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The vampire-hunters of fiction, however, offer us much to look at in understanding something about vampires.
Essentially, these warriors play out the scenarios of 'good vs. evil.'
Many aspects of this struggle are simplified in many stories about vampire-hunters. "Slayers" who become vampires in the process of doing battle with evil, is a familiar one. Dragonslayers who become dragons they hunt.
One feature of the vampire-hunters is 'the arsenal.' This is attractive to many people. To have a specific set of tools that will effectively work as they are cataloged and described to work.
You have a stake or silver, garlic or a cross, and each one performs the task they are said to perform, usually however, it takes 'faith' in order to even realize that they work.
The set-up for most vampire stories, in which vampires are antagonists, is the main character does not 'believe in vampires.' He must face these doubts, and learn that certain objects or substances will actually help him in his quest or conflict with the vampire.
One he discovers the truth that these things work, there is a kind of exhileration.
Having the right tools is quite relieving, once you accept the facts that supposedly point to these things working. Before, garlic is just a spice, after, it is a powerful weapon.
It is a transition, from the mundane, to a totally new perspective.
There are some unusual implements used against vampires, and many movies and novels have explored their applications.
In one respect, many of these tools of the vampire-hunter are symbolic.
Whether they be religious or psychological, they take on symbolic meaning on many different levels. If only it were so simple to defeat evil with salt, silver or a crucifix.
In a literal sense, these objects that vampire-hunters use operate in a literal dimension of physical vampires attacking the living, and it is almost ridiculous to believe that silver or garlic will harm what outwardly appears to be human in form. Because of some supernatural element, these things work, but how they work is usually never explained.
In modern tales, they are pretentiously explained as some previously unknown element in them works in some as yet undiscovered way, and the folklore preserved the knowledge but not the science of their use.
In these cases only a few of these implements can be used and explained in this way, as certain elements don't fit the dimension of the tale they are used in.
If some substance in garlic is found to be scientifically active against vampires, no possible use for a cross can be understood, therefore in this reality, the cross won't work.
It depends sometimes on the effect of brutality as well. All sorts of variations on effectiveness of these weapons are played out. Often depending on the pseudoscience invented to explain the vampires.
One thing that is interesting however, is the idea of 'learning the unknown application' of something previously thought of as useless. All of these weapons of course are used to defend human beings against an 'ultimate adversary.' Different applications come about depending on what dimension the vampires take on. Different symbolic applications occur as well.
Some are invented for the sake of the story's reality, but most come from folklore which developed hundreds of years ago. For the most part, these 'superstitions' about these weapons have existed and many are still accepted to this day by those who believe in vampires.
There is an irony though, that is most often ignored. Beyond the usual stakes, crossbows, spears or bullets made of silver, (and ironically including them as well), are substances which have these properties, all having to do with protection and prevention against parasites and predators of human beings.
It isn't just 'magic' that these things work, although it seems like it at first. Even "Holy Water" has its ironic symbolism.
What these things tell us when fully examined is that they aren't simply 'weapons' even though in a literal dimension of physical vampires, they are.
A human being is a world unto itself. A body which can be attacked, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, and can also unwittingly destroy itself. WE are multidimensional. We can get viruses, we can be manipulated through words, we can believe in lies, we can commit suicide, we can go insane, and we can be stabbed, bled to death, and breath toxic things, and all these things can destroy us. There are so many ways we can be destroyed, its amazing that we still live!
We may take for granted, our 'normal' state of existence, that we live, that we may have our health, and our current condition may be normal, but this state can change at any moment.
Our 'state' can change quickly if some part of us is take away.
The vampire is, and represents this threat. Something can come and alter us, change us for the worse, by taking something from us that we need. While we unconsciously live protecting ourselves, we cook food, drink heated beverages, and take medicines, eat certain foods, etc, we have more dimensions to ourselves than just physical. A television or microwave oven can effect us invisibly. We can drink water with invisible pathogens. People tell us lies and mislead us. Many things can occur which can threaten us that are not entirely physical, or as concrete as a thief wielding a knife.
The ultimate terror is a threat that can happen to us after we die.
The vampire slayer is not just a 'blood cop.' The vampire slayer is not just a vigilante searching for thugs. The vampire-hunter is not just a religious figure who confronts supernatural threats, ultimately the vampire-hunter is a multidimensional hero who can grasp many dimensions at once.
Each separate reality of each separate and individual vampire tale is a slice of these dimensions. The difficulty is putting together a fully dimensional story which serves symbolic or allegorical means, but is able to explain these things in some integral way. Because of the various motivations of the writers of these stories, the vast array of vampire-slayer characteristics are not always explored.
To say, "there is truth in these myths" and offer up a couple that work is as far as most people are willing to go. Take a religious, or a scientific perspective, and select a few bits of folklore, integrate it with whatever themes you like, and your tale is told.
When you try to imagine the multidimensionality of all these things working together, it fails because nobody has ever discovered a 'unified theory' of anything.
And, things are not always what we think they are.
The mysteries of folklore continue because sometimes we discover that some superstition has actually worked.
We usually fail to contemplate that there may be other reasons for their effectiveness, and like the vampire-hunter who finally finds the faith, and tests the application of garlic against his vampire, this is all that matters at the time...he succeeded.
If we were to have a real vampire, and understand its reality, how it has come be the state it is in, and why, we should also have the question, why does the garlic work, and how.
If a vampire was once a human being, we know garlic only works after he has transformed into a vampire. A vampire transformation may or may not be completely due to supernatural causes, but how does the garlic take on a supernatural effect when used on a supernatural vampire?
While garlic is only used as an example here, because we may discover that the reason for the development of garlic in folklore may be due to simple reasons like its application against the Plague, how do our other apotropaics function in this regard?
Perhaps once the transformation is complete, some of these things function because while the transformation may be due to supernatural causes, our post-human being, while having somehow returned to life, or transformed completely while alive, into something that no longer functions in the same manner as a human body, if it is still physical it may have completely different physical reactions to things that normally would not have those same effects.
While many of these statements may seem obvious, the devil may be in the details.
In articles to come, I will explain that there are 'conditions' which human beings pursue which fit these descriptions. The horrific irony is that somehow, as unimaginable as it is, that many, if not all of these supposed 'vampire-hunter apotropaics' have been discovered to be detrimental to this condition. I will argue that there are variations of these 'conditions' or 'states' and also ironically, explain that many of these apotropaics are strangely as variant in their effects, and yet horrifically, actually have these same effects.
I will distinguish such conditions from proposed theories such as certain blood diseases or genetic or hereditary diseases, like porphyria, etc, and shockingly we will find out, that while the label of vampirism is apparently appropriate, it is not essentially what people will call this 'state.'
The reality of the 'state' has been debated for thousands of years, and is mythological in our perceptions, but once we discover the irony of how particular apotropaics have become known to effect this 'state' we will be left with a serious dilemma regarding how we view it.
The ideal of 'vampire hunter' will continue on this blog, not as in the movies, in reality, as some sort of vigilante swordsmen or warrior, but as the hunter of truth, with an added dimension of self-protection. Psychological vampirism will become more and more relevent as we go along, and more specific details of folklore will also be examined.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The folklore of vampires always involves death, in one way or another.
Pre-Stoker vampire beliefs and concepts usually identify vampires with the dead. There are of course other kinds of vampires and vampiristic beings, which are nonhuman entities mentioned, as well as plenty of allegories, but even these have to do with death.
It has been explored in Vampires, Burial and Death, as well as other books, that funeral practices began to include anti-vampire rituals when people noticed peculiar phenomena around the death of the human body, and the grave after death. A skeptical view of many vampire accounts is that various post-mortem conditions arose which account for bloating corpses, moving corpses, corpses which claw the insides of coffins, and other physical manifestations.
Other accounts tell of vampires, which are more like phantoms, apparitions, returning to not just haunt the living, but attack them. What happens to a person upon death, after death is certainly understood as 'the unknown,' and while vampirism seems to be the cause of all these problems according to these old accounts, not everyone becomes a vampire in the end. Many explainations are given as to what causes a person to become this after-death-vampire. Most of these reasons have to do with morality, religion, beliefs in the supernatural, and not much to do with biology. Most of the accounts also seem to describe what we today know, thanks to Hollywood, as 'zombies.' Not the kind found in Voodoo, but the kind from Night of the Living Dead. Essentially, a dead person returns to life, to feed on the living, and is usually without any special powers, other than that they were once dead, and now seem to be walking around attacking people.
Mythological entities have also been cataloged. Entities in many different cultures and religions. Studying these entities can be confusing as they usually do not represent historical people at any time, and are either non-human deities, beings, which seem to live somewhere in the past, or in some invisible world, and then we have beings which are more of the sort found in the cryptozoological world, such as chupacabras, various kinds of night creatures which attack people, suck their blood, and often have some sort of supernatural powers.
In folklore, regarding human beings which become vampires, most often, a state of death is required prior to becoming a vampire. The legends of werewolves when combined with vampires saw to it, that vampirism would be viewed as potentially both living and death prior states.
In the case of a dead person becoming a vampire, it is seen as a sort of supernatural after death state. The human body undergoes some sort of transformation, and then the person who has died, and buried, must make their way out of the grave, and find something from living human beings to either maintain this state, or survive, or live forever.
So, for starters, we have this concept, and we have immediate logical questions. A person dies. He will be buried and at some time transform into a vampire-state.
The cause in folklore is usually understood as some sort of consequence of human action, like moral choices, but it usually unclear as to what specifically causes this. There are various speculations put forth, most often having to do with sin, sometime mere ridiculous superstitions like being born on a certain day of the week, or not being baptised, etc.
In the case of the post-death, post-human, physically manifest vampire, since it is a body, which performs the physical functions of drinking or sucking blood, the question is, how does a body come back to life, why, why does it seem to need blood, and so on.
Is the body the same person as it was before in an individual sense? We assume the transformation is related to the human being which was living before the transformation or death took place. If a supernatural process takes place, in order to make a dead person, become a dead-but-now-living-vampire-person, what is this process? By saying it is 'supernatural' does not immediately suggest an unknowable process. Perhaps it is not a supernatural process, as far as the body, but perhaps it has to do with the person's soul(or mind, essence, whatever you want to call it). Is the person a kind of mindless zombie, or more like the movies, a sort of diabolically transformed person which has the memory of the person, but has changed dramatically? What are the causes of the process, and once it has 'come back to life' what does it need to maintain its new biological state? Blood? Human flesh? Some sort of abnormal non-food substance, not plant, not animal? How and why?
These are all reasonable questions, assuming of course we are talking about a dead, then buried, then transformed-into-vampire type of person.
The other possibility is of course, a dead, then buried, then transformed-in-body, but also which has become a phantom attacker of some sort. We have folklore accounts which describe a dead person that remains in its grave, but somehow escapes in the sense of 'astral projection' and is a kind of demonic ghost, which can sometimes form physically, temporarily. While it is 'astrally projecting' it is reported that the body which stays in the coffin undergoes gruesome changes, and these are indicative of vampirism.
We also have further superstitions, beliefs, concepts, old and modern, regarding persons who are transformed into vampire-states while still alive, never having undergone death.
In All of this we have some reasonable questions. In the sense of reality, if vampires of the sort which crawl out of the grave exist, why do we never hear of reports of holes in cemetaries where bodies have escaped? Then again, how often do we even read of crimes committed in cemetaries in the news when they occur? They do occur. Would we be told? Depends on who runs your cemetary I suppose.
Regardless, we have to ask questions about not only the biological state of this transformed person, but the mental state. Does the mental state dictate to the body it needs blood, because of some distorted or evil state, or does the new biological state require blood and causes a new mental state, or does it have no effect on the new mental state?
I am asking all these questions in advance because all of them have to be considered before we continue. We also have to consider that the post-human transformed vampire-state may involve a variety of variables. Perhaps all of them take place at various stages, or perhaps they develop into different results depending on the conditions during the transformation process, or the conditions of the original cause.
The important distinction that we are trying to make here is, does a real, physical (or half-physical, or temporarily physical) vampire state exist as a potential condition for some human beings? We know of the allegory, the mythology, the symbolic, the fictional, the literary, etc, the specific focus is, whether there is such a condition, which has come to be called 'vampire.'
Fictional concepts of 'races' and genetics will be ignored, because the entirety of vampire folklore involves normal human beings which are transformed. Perhaps genetics plays some part in the transformation, but in cartoons and fictional movies which concern mutants, genetically modified or engineered 'vampires' under various ridiculous names like 'anthrophage' or even alien races, or 'parallel evolution' are so far out of the realm of reality, and conformity to prior known folklore, and because many of these concepts are coming from political or religious/anti-religious ideologies, we won't give them our energy. Heinrich Himmler, Nazi SS leader, once suggested that Jews were vampire-aliens, literally from another world. Much rationalization of convenient factoids were culled to 'prove' this, and much of this had to do with 'alienating' people and convincing others that they were a 'superior race' or 'genetically superior.'
We are not looking at vampires in this way. In the right hand links section, you will find "Vampire Hunter Library" links to books which are integral to learning the actual vampire lore, and not fictional works. These books contain the documented accounts which we know of, and define them either religiously, skeptically, or not at all, but these books contain perhaps 75% of the actual documented original folklore that we have Pre-Stoker. We will be utilizing the information in these books, essentially, because it is what we have to go on.
The original accounts do not suggest alien races, different species or races of people or genetically modified or engineered human beings. They usually refer to transformed people, whether through death, after death, or before death, or they refer to non-human never human beings or entities, deities, and creatures which are non-human, mostly animal, with a supernatural quality to them.
Modern accounts of alien abductors are of course interesting in that they seem to suggest beings which are completely non-human, and only barely resemble humans, taking blood, bodily fluids, raping, and attacking people in the middle of the night in their beds, and this is definitely a 'vampiristic' model, but do not necessarily follow in the generalized definitions we may gather from the folklore which usually points to human beings becoming vampires.
Perhaps these alien accounts are related, but since we are not investigating aliens, nor do we know whether even aliens exist, we cannot possibly pursue this. Perhaps there is some plausible connection, but we are not going to use one set of unknowns to attempt to define another unknown. Lets look at one unknown at a time.
Simply, the focus is about humanity. Essentially, it is humanity that vampirism is about, and whether biological, or supernatural, the importance to humanity of the answers to these questions is these predators "was us." (Forgive my slang, these predators were at one time...human.)
We are the enemy. So, as we continue, we want to know, how did this happen and why. (Or... how DOES this happen, if it indeed does happen, and Why?)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This page, entitled, "Recognizing a Slayer" seems to suggest that there are people in the world who slay or kill vampires.
From the complete lack of intelligible grammar, and senseless statements:
"You'r friend that you get the feeling may be a Vampire, that always helps you get a donor or some kind of blood whenever you really need it, or when the option is there regardless of the your shyness about asking for it, never lets you have any of their own blood, and never drinks any of it themself is a slayer."
I can only deduce that this person is either not educated, delusional, or is writing some sort of online fiction role playing game script.
Nevertheless, I have seen other similar pages on other similar sites, with paranoid warnings about 'vampire slayers' and their religions, and motivations, and whether these people who seem to believe they are vampires, are taking these things seriously, it can only tell us one of a couple things:
The people who idolize vampires, and wish they were vampires, are falling into the silly trap of believing in Hollywood fictional vampirism, and need to feel persecuted while in their state of delusion.
Why, if there's vampires like in "Interview with a Vampire," surely there are Slayers, as in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
The persecuted vs. the persecutors. Of course ignoring the entire context of most characterizations of 'vampire slayers' which is: the warrior who must fight and destroy evil people who are either violently or sexually attacking people. The epic struggle of fictional vampire slayers, which has less to do with vampire folklore and more to do with the archtypical battle of good vs. evil.
I would guess, that while these lonely and disturbed people engage in their delusional pursuits to become vampires must slowly have to convert their perceptions to conform to Hollywood vampirism in order to fully transform their sense of reality, and this apparently includes 'vampire slayers.'
In this article, it seems the writer is describing a 'NARC.'
Perhaps this gives us a better understanding of the kind of 'subculture' this is and where it is coming from.
Perhaps this fictional threat is more comfortable than the real threat of conscience, or even a credible source of revelation that they are human beings after all and not vampires. Human beings in a state of delusion, with possible self-threatening behaviours, and possible threatening or negative behaviours towards other human beings.
Think about this.
If it were true. If there were vampire slayers hunting bizarre kids who became vampires, and drink the blood of their 15 year old schoolmates. If it were true, that 15 year old kids were becoming vampires, in the vast numbers of course that are being reported.
How are these vampire slayers coming about? If we have vampire-websites, which tell us all about how to be real vampires, should there not be real vampire-slayer websites, explaining how to become vampire-hunters, and how to find and kill vampires?
Should there not be leagues of Vampire Slayers meeting in backalleys and nightclubs, secret lodges and in other nefarious places?
If these reports of alleged vampires are real, then should there not be an occasional vampire-slayer attack upon a vampire? Even the bare-bones inference or plausibility somewhere in the loose facts?
There are no vampire-slayers. With this, then, are there no vampires?
Let me say to this, these statements are all operating on the level in which these very same people believe they are vampires. There are people who probably believe they are, or want to be vampire-slayers as well.
However, on the other hand, from where am I operating? Where am I coming from with all this?
If I am saying that these clinically deranged kids are not vampires, what then, if I am saying 'vampires are real' am I referring to?
Who then am I?
If there is a level of society, which there are people who want to be, wish to be, and pursue the transformation into vampires, but fail, because it is a delusion. There are certainly vampire hunters who wish they could find vampires to kill, but also fail.
What if I told you the truth, about whether vampires were real. Would you become one, or would you go out and attempt to 'kill' them?
What if I shared with you certain knowledge regarding real vampirism? Would you be tempted to pursue vampirism? Would you be inspired to resist and defeat them?
If there was such a knowledge, and it is most certainly not understood by these vampire-idolists, who does then follow this knowledge? AND do they know what they are in pursuit of, and do they know they become vampires? Are there then, 'vampire hunters' who don't realize that is what they are?
Who would dispense such knowledge without caution? Who would pursue such knowledge without caution?
I could never presume to know either person. Someone might suggest creating a 'secret society' or cult. I would argue against such a thing, look at what becomes of these people who follow after cults, and their cult-leaders. There could never be such a more specific allegory to vampirism, than a cult.
What will we discover then, with clear heads, and rational minds?
Be skeptical. Be doubtful. Listen to your own intuition. There will be no lessons here on ramming stakes through people's aortas.
I am working on another site parallel to this one. What will follow in this site, is darker and darker knowledge, and this to be balanced with what one might call lighter and lighter knowledge.
I cannot impose my will upon you, you must choose, and I offer to you that choosing what is good, is wise, and healthier. I also offer to you to that what else you might learn here is your own doing. You looked, you opened, you saw, and you will be faced with a reaction. It is entirely yours from beginning to end.
By Elizabeth Reeve
FROM DEC 21 2007 (Reposted here, as it has disappeared from:
A SNARLING 'vampire' repeatedly tried to bite the neck of his victim during a sinister attack in Bishop's Stortford. Like a scene from a horror movie, the assailant - dubbed Dracula by neighbours - leaped out of the darkness. The fiend grabbed him and tried to bite his neck. The pair wrestled for some time before the victim managed to fight him off. He called police and later alerted neighbours to the bizarre incident.
"They're nicknaming the attacker Dracula," said one, who had heard that three women had been set upon in the Hockerill area. "He gropes them and bites their necks." Another said of the attack: "The guy jumped out of nowhere, hissing and snarling, and attempted to bite his neck several times.
"The victim felt the guy was acting out a Dracula character.
"The next evening the victim posted notes through doors explaining what had happened. "He said he didn't want to cause any worry but did want to tell people so we could be vigilant. "I've heard rumours that there have been other attacks - several on men and one on a woman." Sandle Road is a quiet, private street. "We've only got one street light so it's quite dark here at night," said the female neighbour. "I've always felt quite safe because you can hear any noise on the gravel road surface. This has made me more vigilant.
"I make sure my windows are closed and I've started carrying a panic alarm now." She thought the attacker might be on drugs or have mental health issues. Another resident said: "It's freaky - you don't expect it to happen on your doorstep."
The attacker was about 6ft (1.83m) tall and wore a beige combat jacket, jeans and trainers.
One woman believes she may have spotted him earlier in the day.
Herts police are investigating. A spokesman said: "We have only been told about this one assault. We are not linking it to anything else."
Article relocated here:
The next questions are:
How does a human being transition from person to vampire?
What distinguishing features are different between human and vampire?
What features are the same? Why are some different, why are some the same?
What does a vampire 'steal' from humans and why?
This is a logical beginning without the trappings of presumed ideologies, possible superstitions, and will allow us to examine separately and together the scientific and occult/or supernatural details of some possible answers to these questions.
This is not a game. This is not a role-playing game. This is not a religious ploy, nor a debunking mission. This is a hunt for the truth.
It could once be said that all religion has a supernatural element to it. Today, maybe not. Scientology, Realienism, and other bizarre cults, even 'atheism' can be said, are religions with little or no 'supernatural' basis whatsoever.
Science could also be considered a religion.
There are new age cults today that attempt to make their followers believe that they have scientifically proven their religious beliefs. Transcendental Meditation Inc, has suggested this. Many new age religions suggest they've uncovered a sort of universal unified theory combining supernatural concepts with scientific ones.
One fact is, religion gave birth to science. Without the money and power of the Catholic Church, the Ottoman empire, and even the Egyptian empire, which was a theocracy too, there would be no mathematics, no astronomy, no science.
Is the supernatural just unexplained nature?
If it is, who the hell do we believe and where does it begin and end? Can we only believe Stephen Hawkking, Albert Einstein and Michio Kaku?
Some only believe the Pope or the Dalai Lama. Some believe in weirder things and people that nobody has ever heard of.
Why the hell should you believe me? I might actually tell you, vampires are real.
"Vampires are real." The problem with such a statement, is that I have to presume you understand what I mean by 'vampires.'
This is the same as "God is real." Which God? Whose God? What kind of god? "God exists" is a statement which makes no sense whatsoever because it has no context.
I have a car.
You have one too.
There, we have the same thing.
No we don't.
I have a Mercedes, you have a Mazda. They are not the same.
Does he? Does 'it?'
What is God? Who is God? Anything or anyone could be concieved of as someone's 'god.' Therefore, so long as you worship one, it exists.
We have to be more specific.
Then we say, well, 'my' Bible says god is such and such a definition.
And you say, well, my Other Bible says god is such and such a definition.
At least with vampires, there is no clear source-specific dogma. Its been a mystery, still a mystery, with no definite declarations. Only in fiction.
We also have no blurry photographs, no secret files, no bite-mark evidence, not even a biological sample. Ufologists and Bigfoot hunters do.
We're not investigating vampires to roll out and do a disection. We're also not attempting to start a religion, or maintain one.
We are trying to find out, does this idea, vampire, actual mean anything, correlate to anything real? Is there, was there, can there be such a thing, if we can even decide, or figure out what it is?
What we can discern is, the main idea is this:
A vampire is the name for a condition. (In some respects however, symbolically or supernaturally, this is applied to some entities that are not considered human, nor ever were considered human, another trail to investigate)
It is a condition of a HUMAN BEING. It distinguishes, however, the human being from a state, which is not considered human any longer. It has two arms, two legs, a head, eyes, nose, mouth, feet, ears, etc, but has transitioned into another state of being altogether. It is a "post-human being." A type of person that no longer has the same habits, desires, emotions or central purposes a human being has, and with this, it has become a predator of human beings. It is an 'enemy' of human beings, it is still presumably capable of communicating, and performing many functions that human beings can, but has become so different that it CANNOT be considered human any more. It lives in an entirely different way, so different that it cannot ever hope to be integrated with the human race in any way whatsoever. Because it is a kind of parasite. For some reason, it steals what is inside human beings to either survive or maintain its condition.
This is what we can ascertain so far. This will begin to lead us in the right direction.
BUT...we will have to look at all the ideas and concepts, even debunk, explain, and understand a few in order to distinguish. Welcome to the Hunt.
Suggesting 'vampires are real,' involves a great deal of exposition about what is truth and what is lies today, as well as the completely different, 'what is truth, and what is lies' from hundreds of years ago. You can immediately respond with complete skepticism, especially based on any tales told in papers today. So many fictional stories, from movies, comic books, television series' and novels have inserted all kinds of fantastic ideas, from viruses to aliens, and all sorts of science fiction concepts.
This mystery has gone on so long, that disturbed people mimic whatever they saw vampires as and become it. The mental cases who idolize newer concepts can barely tell you anything about folklore prior to the 1930s. We have psychopathic killers using personifications of vampires to impress and fascinate their victims, and we have others who have no idea that their behavior resembles that of modern concepts of vampires.
There are arguments by pagan fanatics who suggest that drinking human blood is a religious experience, and other arguments ignored in the realm of vampire research, by scientists who use human blood and its components to further the efforts of 'immortality,' not knowing they are beginning to mimic the vampire concepts in fiction and popular culture, as well as the folklore of old.
Depressed and self-absorbed young people idolize their own concepts of vampires to shock people, get attention, control eachother, and carry out sado-masochistic activities on themselves.
Are any of these people really vampires? In some sense they are, but in what sense is 'some sense?" This is the biggest problem of all.
In 'what sense' is a vampire, a vampire?
The definitions number in the thousands. The 'werewolf' is included in so much vampire research for this very reason, because at times long ago, the 'werewolf' was synonymous with vampire. Its origins in etymology began with vampires and vice versa.
The definition of 'vampire' depends on the what period in history, what religion or culture you are talking about, although for the time before Bram Stoker, almost all definitions are the same or similar enough.
However, even these definitions vary, in details and also much ignorance is involved in many of these details. Certain details are thrown in with certain accounts, that are never questioned, never differentiated, and kept for future study.
For instance, a story about a body clawing on the inside of a casket, but never returning to life may be thrown in with a hundred other possible details of other accounts, like a story of a dead man, who has returned, mute, and seemingly mindless, like a zombie, but no account of how he got out of his casket.
Tied together with all sorts of accounts from folklore is modern fictional ideas, so much so, that there is always a sensationalized approach to vampire study. Even in religious perspectives. Certain facts are conveniently ignored, so that certain religious ideas are maintained.
Modern psychological phenomenon of psychotic people who murder people and drink their blood, even by victimizers who claim to be vampires are mixed in with all this because of the 'occult.'
'The Occult' is an even stranger concept, but without taking it into account, there can be no way to even begin to study vampires.
The very idea of a 'supernatural' element is essential to an average definition of vampires, even though Hollywood, and pulp novelists have attempted to modernize and science-fictionize, and even do this in order to 'normalize' or at least temporarily for the sake of entertainment, ask us to believe that vampires are just a misunderstood condition of some small minority of humanity.
Those pagan-types today who practice their own new religious idolization of vampires have at least still kept the 'occult' aspects of the original definition. Mythological or not, there certain occult concepts that have to be contemplated, in order to track down some sort of real definition.
We also have the metaphorical. The symbolic aspects of the vampire, in many details, represent, and always will, the nature of evil itself. Regardless of romanticism, or science fiction, or modern pop-culture, the vampire has assumed an archtypical persona in the unconscious, and whether or not its always been there may or may not be essential to its understanding.
The characteristics of some modern vampires follow this archtype, and some do not. For example, a film or story about a scientist who steals blood from people, clones cells or collects substances from it, in order to 'cheat death' is a vampire tale, even though fangs and silver bullets are not present. Often symbolism is present in such a story that gives us clues to these facts. All of this presents us with yet another facet of the definition, that isn't necessarily tied to folklore, the occult or even a modern science fiction idea, like 'vampirism is a virus.' It is simply there.
It can even be said that there are definitions within definitions, ironies within the definition, that characterize the archtype.
And yet with the occult, modern fiction, metaphor, and ancient folklore, we even have a straight answer definition, that may even be more horrifying than all the others combined. A stark reality, but one that is not necessarily directly connected to psychological vampires who axe-murder their parents and drink their blood afterwords.
In order to find this stark reality vampire, and its definition, it is important to understand all the others, because within it, lives details of the other concepts.
Its not a mix-and-match, because there is so much information that must be payed attention to, information within folklore which relates in other ways, not immediately recognized in its characterization, along with related details that are peripheral.
In the most modern movies for example, science fiction is used to fill in the blanks, to make believable the vampires' existence. A virus explaination is given, genetic engineering, genetic anomaly, or even alien influences are suggested. Other details are conveniently explained as misunderstood details, which must be looked at differently so that they then make sense. However, in this process of 'make believe' or suspension of disbelief (which is the fun of vampire movies), one element of the vampire's nature is left out, or forgotten or ignored. The metaphorical element, or ironic element is usually no longer applicable. Once you've put it into a science fiction box, what some people might call 'the mythic' element is no longer there, and somehow, while it may be fun to watch, it seems hollow.
Imagining how to make sense of all the details presented to us by Montague Summers, Dom Augustin Calmet, and other sources of folklore collections, along with the endless ironies as well as many of the religious ideas that have arisen about vampires, is very difficult indeed, as it is always simpler, as many recent 'vampire guide' books have shown, to lump it all together into one literal sense without any discernment whatsoever. Therefore, a 'vampire' from Peru that sucks 'fat' is a literal 'type' while an 'Algul' is just another 'type.' As if we were empirically classifying races, or subspecies. This is ridiculous. While many of these 'kinds' of vampires are taken as real in folklore, many are simply representative, they are allegorical, they are symbological, and many are completely supernatural with no physical reality implied.
Another problem arises when certain religious people, pagan or christian, attempt to personify some sort of category of vampire as a god, or misunderstood supernatural being, which cannot be identified with evil, or other classification that is entirely modern that refuses to allow any 'negative' connotations upon it whatsoever, thus impeding further, the understanding of the original intended meaning of the thing itself.
Face it, human sacrifice is human sacrifice, and its an act of evil, regardless of whether the victim consented. The fact that we have to argue about this today must be some sort of evidence of societal insanity. The same goes for people who steal other people's blood. There are concepts like this which have to be realized in order to begin to understand this at all!
So to begin this long 'hunt' we have to take into consideration all these things, and not listen to babbling occultists talking about 'doing what thou willt' or even frantic mumblings of fake bishops invoking holy icons and pledging holy wars with invisible entities.
There is a light of truth somewhere in the middle of all this, and what you will discover, beyond what is frightening and truly horrifying is that the misunderstanding of so many years can come to an end, and its not going to end up with you becoming a vampire!
A man allegedly told his partner he was a vampire before biting her three times.
William John McInerney, 24, of Douglas Grove, was ordered to stand trial at Preston Crown Court when he appeared before Hyndburn magistrates and pleaded not guilty to assaulting Lisa Shepherd by biting her on the cheek, arm and shoulder.
He was remanded in custody pending the preparation of committal papers.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Lesbians' sick corpse kiss
A SICK pair of vampire-loving lesbians giggled as a court was told how their schoolgirl victim took half-an-hour to die. The women bludgeoned Stacey Mitchell, 16, with a concrete block and strangled her with a dog chain. They then videoed her blood-splattered semi-naked body while mocking her English accent a court in Perth, Western Australia heard.
The Australian pair checked her pulse to make sure she was dead before kissing each other over her body to prove their love to each other the jury was told. Killers Jessica Stasinowsky, 20, and her girlfriend Valerie Parashumti, 19, had pleaded guilty and appeared at a sentencing hearing.
Prosecutor David Dempster told the West Australian Supreme Court the pair had killed Stacey, who they had known for three days, because she had been "so f***ing annoying" after moving in with them in late December 2006.
The two girls, facing a minimum 15 years behind bars, grinned and giggled at each other in court today as Mr Dempster said it took their victim more than 30 minutes to die. One of the women was a member of a vampire sub-culture, interested in violence and drinking blood. She had been fascinated with drinking blood since the age of 10. Parashumti's lawyer, David Edwardson, QC, said the murder appeared to be senseless, sadistic and without justification.
"Both women appeared to be obsessed with proving their commitment to each other," Mr Edwardson said.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
and Bloodlines: Dracula Family Tree. I have no idea when these will rerun, but check listings.
Different than your usual sensational crap-fests. The Dracula documentary is worth watching again, as it contains information that hasn't been rehashed in the last 50 Dracula documentaries.
The Documentary on the Michigan Dogman and werewolves was also something new, as documentaries on this are scarce. I imagine they will eventually be available on DVD, and will check back from time to time to see.
Vampire son sucks knifed dad's blood
Attack maniac locked up
By Jeremy Armstrong
"A crazed son who stabbed his parents and then drank his stepfather's blood was locked up in a secure hospital yesterday.
Thomas Owen, 28, thought he had to kill Joe and Sheena Foster to prevent the murder of a little girl, a court heard.
Schizophrenic Owen, who had attacked his mother several times before, stormed into her bedroom in the middle of the night with a 10in kitchen knife. He launched a vicious attack on Sheena, 47, and Joe, 46, then sucked blood from his stepdad's wounds, telling him: "Joe, I've got to do this. We are vampires together."
Mr Foster, who was knifed 12 times in the left arm and twice in the stomach, persuaded Owen to fetch his dog from the yard and managed to dial 999 on his mobile. Teesside crown court heard that he will never recover full use of his arm.
His wife was stabbed in the stomach, right breast and arm. Owen told paramedics called to the family home in South Loftus, Cleveland: "I've got mental problems."
Toby Hedworth, defending, said Owen's medication was cut down when he had a dental operation and he thought he was better off without it. Judge Peter Bowers told him: "Clearly, when you are well, your stepfather and mother are the last people you would want to harm."
Owen, from Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to his stepfather's attempted murder and wounding his mother. He was ordered to be detained in a secure hospital. His parents were in court and his mother waved to him as he was led away.
FROM: Claire Truscott and agencies Thursday January 24, 2008 Guardian Unlimited
"Amero, who has called for the murder of those who support the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, maintains his innocence. The crime has fuelled Morales's suspicions of the US and accused Amero of being part of a larger US plot to destabilise his leftist government."
"The US government fights terrorism, and they send us terrorists," Morales said shortly after Amero's arrest.
US officials deny any ties to Amero and claim such comments have hurt Bolivian ties. According to US court documents, Amero has received psychiatric treatment since he was seven. He spent time at a juvenile detention centre and often made threats of suicide and violence against authorities. Amero has been a fantasist since a young age. In earlier travels through south America he described himself as a Saudi Arabian lawyer, a pagan high priest, and a public notary."
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wife sees 'dead husband' begging
15/01/2008 09:11 - (SA)
Virginia Keppler, Beeld
Pretoria - A woman from Lindo Park in the east of Pretoria thought she was seeing a ghost when she saw her "dead husband", whom she buried in September last year, begging at a shopping centre in East Lynne on Friday.
Elizabeth Rossouw, 41, said she nearly died of fright. Her husband, Dawid "Mossie" Rossouw, left home about six years ago. Since then she had seen him only once in a while. A family friend told her "Mossie is dead" after she had not seen him for quite a while. "I believed it".
Wouldn't believe it
Rossouw and her friend, Neels Bezuidenhout, went to the Pretoria mortuary where they found a badly decomposed body. "I personally identified the body and was positive that it was my husband. "
"The police took his fingerprints and thus determined it was Mossie." According to a death certificate he died of double pneumonia on July 13 2007. He was buried in Zandfontein cemetery on September 3.
Rossouw and her son Quinton, 20, were nearly "shocked out of our shoes" when they saw the "deceased" at a shopping centre in East Lynne. "We were so shocked that we didn't even talk to him. On our way home I asked Quinton to turn back so that we could check whether we had really seen him."
They went home and told Bezuidenhout about the incident.
"He said: 'Bullshit, I personally helped carry his coffin and cover it with earth'."
Had the right ID number
Bezuidenhout said he jumped into his minibus and drove to the shopping centre to investigate. "I asked him who he was and he wrote down Dawid Erasmus 'Mossie' Rossouw. He also wrote down his identity number." Bezuidenhout and Rossouw blamed the police for not doing their job properly. They found out on Tuesday they had buried Jacobus Willem Dreyer. "I hope his family read that he had a nice funeral."
Beeld accompanied Rossouw in a search for her husband on Tuesday. He was found in East Lynne. He had cooldrink, a bottle of wine, a blanket, a jacket and a few personal possessions in a plastic bag with him.
Rossouw explained to her husband that she and Bezuidenhout would pick him up on Wednesday morning to have his fingerprints taken at the department of home affairs so that he could be declared alive again.
Police spokesperson captain Prince Mokhabela said the incident would be investigated."
Friday, January 4, 2008
Previously, in the Yahoo Group for Vampire Hunter Network, we examined threads of the 'hunt' of the truth about vampires, which is what this whole 'Vampire Hunter Network' is all about.
We are not here to make claims, or rediculous boasts about 'slaying' vampires. We are not here to start a cult, 'train' vampire-hunter wanna-be's or indoctrinate people into specific religious beliefs.
Just the opposite. We have 'hunted' at this point in time, only the 'truth' about vampires, not the vampires themselves, and in the Group message board, we discussed the subjects of why this is important, and more important to discuss than 'hunting' any so-called vampire.
We will continue and finally evolve this discussion here to include more information not revealed in the Group.
The subject of 'real' vampires is not as convenient and simple as anybody has ever led you to believe. It is not about novels and movies we speak about here. There is serious information available to the public now, and much which has always been available, but clouded by popular notions, religious ideals, and fictitious myths.
We are not here to promote any particular religion, nor are we here to debunk.
One truth is this: there are no such thing as 'vampire slayers,' while there may be vampires.
The concept which has developed in fiction and legend over the years must be understood very seriously here, and that is this: the 'Vampire Hunter' of ficiton and lore is metaphorical, its mythic, and it is symbolic. There are many facets to this, and the only one which we identify with here is the IDEAL. This ideal will be explored here in depth.
Do not be confused, nobody involved with this website or the past sites claim to be 'slayers' of vampires, nor even exorcists ordained by mysterious Wandering Bishops.
We shall explore these concepts, but be aware, our ultimate weapon against vampires is not a stake or silver bullets, but the truth.
Knowing the truth is not like harvesting every rumor and sensational story you can find about the subject. Many recent books on the vampire do just that. They have skimmed the folklore, adding as much as possible to increase the page count, and mindlessly including stories like this one to add to the fascination. 'Werewolf boy' here is hardly the core of what we will be investigating and reporting on with this site, but we will report on stories like these to examine their reality. Within all the folklore and history of vampires and werewolves (together linked by history, etymology and folklore) there are many stories exactly like this one which must be re-examined simply because they have been there now for hundreds of years, and have constantly been associated with vampirism. Distinguishing cases like these from reality are as important as understanding as much as possible about the subject because the truth will show us things that are not as simple, or convenient as this very un-werewolf child.
Click on the link below for photos of the boy not shown here.
'Werewolf boy' - who snarls and bites - on the run from police after escaping Moscow clinic
Russian police are hunting a "werewolf boy" - who snarls and bites - after he escaped from a Moscow clinic just a day after being rescued from the wild.
Doctors expressed shock saying he was found living with a pack of wolves in a remote forest in the Kaluga region of central Russia.
The 'werewolf boy' has escaped from a Moscow clinic just a day after he was found. It is thought he was raised by wolves and his toenails are like claws
"He's clearly dangerous to other people," said a police spokesman yesterday.
"He's got typical wolf-like habits and behaviour.
"He has very strong and sharp teeth, which could really endanger someone if he bites."
The boy looks about ten - but after tests conducted by Moscow medics, they believe he maybe much older.
They are puzzled because he appears intelligent but does not seem to speak Russian or any other language. It is suspected he has been running wild for many years.
Such cases are not uncommon in Russia where there have been regular reports of 'Mowgli' children abandoned by their parents who are cared for by animals.
The boy moves around with his legs half bent, said Tvoi Den newspaper. "He was running with wolves and searching for food with them."
Villagers found this "wild creature" in a lair made of leaves and sticks in freezing temperatures and told the police who named him Lyokha, though his real identity is not known.
The 'werewolf boy' looks about ten - but Moscow medics believe he may be much older
"He's dirty, hungry, and looked to have had a hard time," said the police spokesman. "We brought him to a clinic in Moscow.
"It was simply unbelievable. He doesn't react when we call to him." Medics gave him clothes and said that he sprang down the corridor, bursting into his room and devouring his food like an animal.
His nails on his feet were like claws.
After 24 hours he had evaded security men at the clinic and escaped. He is now believed to be on the loose in Moscow region.
"We didn't even manage to complete the proper medical checks. We only succeeded in giving him a shower, cutting his nails and took some blood and other tests," said a doctor.
"It's quite possible he is a dangerous with psychological problems but also a source of viruses and infections."
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
DANGERS AND HAZARDS FOR WOULD-BE VAMPIRE HUNTERS
Aconite see Aconitum Napellus
Aconitum Napellus: There is no mention of this anywhere in the anecdotal or folkloric literature. There is a reference in
the Bela Lugosi film, Dracula. Aconite is a poison: for humans. Meaning, drink aconite tea, and you will probably get very sick and die.
Bullets: While there are several references to bullets and silver bullets, these are referring to undead corpses, not living human beings. Shooting at 'suspected' vampires will only end in disaster. Making home-made bullets is dangerous, unless you know what you are doing, you can blow up your kitchen. Hot metals can cause injury and attempting to melt silver may be hazardous, not to mention, you can ruin your silver if you
don't know what you are doing.
Fire: You know what they say, play with matches and you'll get burned. Cremation takes a significant amount of candle power, leave it to the professional funeral service. If you are thinking about blowing vampires to pieces, think this over really carefully: vampires are dead already, the only one feeling anything in such an incident is you, and that feeling is sadistic pleasure. Become the mad vampire-bomber and you might as well include yourself among their ranks.
Garlic: There's not much harm in garlic, its actually good for you, so get used to it. However contrary to popular belief
garlic does rot and turn green and fuzzy if you leave it out too long.
Knives: They're sharp so be careful whittling up those wooden stakes, or whatever else you do, those folding tri-blade glaives are tripley (is that a word?) dangerous, you have three opportunities to cut your fingers off when closing the blade.
Monkshood see Aconitum Napellus
Silver: Okay, holding a silver coin or cross in your hand is hardly dangerous. However, various liquid and powdered silver compounds are. Melt down silver into bullets and you are liable to inhale toxic fumes and be contaminated with silver poisoning. This is equally toxic if you plan on playing with silver nitrate, nitrite or any one of a hundred silver compounds. Silvering of mirrors is also toxic, acetone and the various chemicals used can permanantly stain your skin blue-gray, or burn your human skin off.
Silver Colloid: This is a tricky subject, as silver has been used for hundreds of years as an antibiotic/antiparasitic. Think about that. Think about why that is. It is anti-biotic. Taking colloidal silver internally for weeks on end will make you sick, probably as anything else would if you took it EVERY DAY. Colloidal Silver is also tricky, because its a delicate and specific process of making it, there are plenty of scammers and really tainted products out there. You need to be aware of this. If you decide to make your own, you better damn know what you are doing--best to leave this to the professionals--until you ARE one.
Silver Nitrate: see Silver
Silver compunds: see Silver
Silvering of Mirrors: see Silver
Stakes: Stakes and whittling of stakes can be an obvious hazard. The damn things are pointy, so don't go running around with them. You can get slivers and accidentally cut off parts of your fingers carving them up. Be careful.
Whittling: see Stakes
Wolfsbane see Acontum Napellus
AND REMEMBER TO USE COMMON SENSE AT ALL TIMES OTHERWISE YOU WILL END UP LIKE THIS MORON:
'Vampire Slayer' Shoots Man In Face
Suspect Reportedly Fascinated With Zombies, Vampires