Vampires are real and they walk among us, claims researcher who says he’s met them

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Tales of vampires are as old as humanity – but are the bloodsuckers real?

Stories of undead demons and spirits that rose from their graves to feast on the blood of the living were already familiar to the ancient Mesopotamians some eight to 10 thousand years ago.

But in recent years, the nocturnal bloodsuckers have become seen as strictly fictional creatures – inventions of Hollywood.

What if they weren’t fictional?

Vampires have broken out of legend and into reality

A survey conducted by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance estimates that there could be around 5,000 genuine vampires across the United States.

John Edgar Browning, an academic researcher at Louisiana State University, claims the US city of New Orleans alone is home to at least 50 bloodsuckers.

He says some of them drink blood, either human or animal, and some extract energy from their victims psychically.

John Edgar Browning told The Washington Post that New Orleans is home to at least 50 real vampires

He describes the real vampire community as being made up of dozens of overlapping mini-groups.

He said: “These social gatherings included Dark Shadows conventions and other vampire fiction and film fan organisations; bondage and S&M events, which were frequented by blood fetishists and others whom real vampires found to be willing blood donors.”

They meet each other, he said, through pagan and other witchcraft-related groups and goth clubs, as well as variously affiliated pagan groups.

Before the internet made it easier for isolated individuals to find like-minded souls, self-printed newsletters (or zines), were especially helpful towards merging into one interconnected community the individual and small independent pockets of real vampires that peppered the United States.

New Orleans seems to be a major hotbed of vampire activity. Daily Star Online asked John Edgar Browning why that is.

He told us: “New Orleans is not the centre of vampire lore in the US, but you’ll find an inordinate amount of vampires living there (more than most cities) simply because of New Orleans’s Gothic charm and developed sense of inclusion.”

Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans is a key vampire hangout

He says the vampires that he has met there always take care not to injure their prey: “Vampire feeding – whether on blood or psychic energy – is always consensual, and generally always medically safe.

He continues: “The vampire and donor will each have their blood tested beforehand,” and says that great care is taken both by vampires and prey to use sterile tools to extract the blood.”

Many – but not all – Real Vampires adopt a generally ‘goth’ style

While many real vampires have visited dentists to have their canine teeth filed to a point, John has never witnessed the fangs being used as anything but decoration.

He said: “The vampires I’ve met whose teeth had been filed down didn’t say whether or not their teeth were practical,” he says “but I would venture to guess that they didn’t use them during feeding.”

He said that the real vampires don’t think of themselves as actually undead monsters, but they do genuinely believe that they need blood from other living creatures in order to function properly.

John said: “Real vampires consume human or animal blood and they do so out of a need that, according to them, manifests around puberty and is the result of their bodies’ inability to produce natural, subtle energies.”

You might not recognise a vampire if you met one

“They claim they’re given neither the choice nor the freedom to change this condition,” John continues.

“And should they stop feeding on blood or energy, they feel weak and experience an overall diminished health.”

The real vampire culture may have become much more visible since the spread of the internet but John says he has traced its origins at least as far back as the early 70s.

John made an intensive study of the New Orleans vampire community between 2009 and 2011

And you might not be able to spot a vampire if you met one.

While many real vampires have adopted a generally gothic style, many more look the same as the rest of us.

John said: “Real vampires are living people – they don’t think they’re undead or supernatural–and generally lead everyday lives.

“They’ve appropriated the figure of the vampire and adapted it for self-identificatory purposes, that is, to help give a sense of identity to the compulsion they have, and this they only do years after the compulsion to take blood or energy arises.”

So look out next time you’re on the bus. There might be a real life bloodsucker sitting right behind you.





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