“real” vampire blog

the other day i stumbled across this blog: “Musings of a High School Vampire“. it is smart, funny, acerbically witty, with extreme violence and gore hidden just below the surface (i.e. you have to supply the visuals yourself – not that difficult if you’re me). it’s an easy and amusing read, starting at the beginning i got through it in three or so session. it is also a work of pure fiction. “real” vampire means, in this case, immortal (they are already dead, heh) undead blood-suckers, hollywood-style.

why am i writing about this here? it’s not like i’m in the habit of reviewing vampire fiction here, heck, i’m not even in the habit of reading vampire fiction which might subsequently be reviewed. the last vampire novel i read was “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson, several years ago, and that’s hardly your typical vampire novel, more of a reversal in which the human becomes the monster while the vampires are just normal nondescript people. oh, i watch the occasional vampire movie, and true-blood, but i don’t obsess over fictional vampires.

but two things struck me as i read this post. the first is a strange bleed-over from the discourses held by real vampires into fictional vampirism. perhaps the most obvious example is this entry with “dear Jonathon” questions to the vampire. read the questions, also read the questions posted by “Ana” in the first comment; these are all questions which real vampires have to field as soon as they’re out of the coffin, and they’re all pretty sick of it. sometimes we have threads making fun of the worst of them, but the comic relief is not really worth the annoyance.*

Ana is also worth a remark. she’s linked back to “Infectious Bites“, another website by “real” vampires, or at least claiming to be so. they link news about vampirism to activism against malaria – important issue not just for humans, but also for vampires concerned about the quality of their foodstock. we again find a bit of leakage from real vampirism into fictional vampirism, specifically in their blog. it also brings me to my second point.

vampires, mostly fictional ones, are everywhere in society. some of them are still bloodthirsty killers, some are totally cuddly and cute, some are secret fantasies of stuck-up mormon house-wives.** now they’re even used as mascots for charities! with such an overwhelming presence of vampires in society, how the heck can real vampires get themselves heard? the articles about real vampires are few, and when they do appear they are drowned under by fiction. even most of the non-fiction books are about fictional vampires, or about the vampire archetype in psychology, or the sexual allure of the vampire. even books about (and by) actual real vampires are often more full of lore about mythical and fictional vampires than of knowledge about real vampires. how is anybody seriously going to believe those few who are actual real vampires when they say that it’s not about the dark, not about evil, nor power, nor sex, nor some game gone too far, but that it’s simply a matter of health?

the vampire community is starting to get voice, or rather, many voices, and they are having an effect. but at the same time the real vampire community is so deeply permeated with fiction and myth that it will take a long and conscious effort to separate itself from them.

*suddenly i remember that i once got a comment here by some idiot desperately looking for a “real” vampire.

**or of a specific one. the woman should just get herself a proper dominant from the bdsm scene who can actually fulfil her fantasies.

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