Sunday, June 14, 2015

Boob and Nipple protection Vampire Style

HELSING Boob protection Vampire Style 

The Helsing is named after Van Helsing the Vampire killer, and is a type of body armour.

As the humans know the best way to kill us is a stake in the heart or cutting the head off. This is what they always go for - along with garlic, which is a myth created by people wanting to sell more garlic, and and holy water, which is a myth created by the church seeking donations for repairing their roofs.

Humans are a little stupid over this. As a species Vampires are very intelligent and long-lived and it didn't take us long to work out that we live a lot longer if we can stop people sticking a sharp piece of wood between our boobs.

Helsing Armour is a metal plate which fits over the heart and is fitted as standard into clothing such as "The Hunter" and "The Fighter," or added as extra detachable plating. It is worn under the shirt of the Male, and cloaks have high metal collars so to protect the neck from a sword blow. Females can have a Helsing fitted into a bodice, or have it made to look like an ornate bra.

Helsings are always designed for positioning over the heart area of the chest to make it impossible for the wearer to be stabbed in the heart with a wooden stake. It would even stop silver bullets, swords, knives or in the case of one particular nasty killing in a Vampire film, stiletto heels. Vampires are traditionalists but we are not stupid, we've seen all the films on the subject and are normally the people who laugh in a cinema when a movie Vampire did something so stupid as to let his lunch kill him.

You do not have to have expensive clothing like the 'Hunter' tight and sexy and wow does it get the food drooling  ... when going out for a quick snack. You can just wear your normal clothes, and then you can take the prey by surprise. While it is looking at your legs or looking down your top you can be getting out a packet of tissues to clean yourself up afterwards.

It is very eye catching and visually pleasing for watchers to your hunting, if you wear a light flowing dress. This is always fashionable due to the fact that it rises into the air when you spin around, giving the prey and viewers a nice flash of leg. But no matter how proud you are of your family brand, in these circumstances the best thing to wear underneath is a tight fitting pair of black cycle shorts - see the movie 'Blood the last Vampire' where you can see 'Saya' leap, spin, somersault and kill without any worry of showing off her brand to strangers. Or even the fact you are in need of a personal fainforest trim +++++++++++++ 


Monday, June 1, 2015

Walking Bags of Blood by Amy Mah Vampire

Walking Bags of Blood
by Amy Mah Vampire

I so like the idea that many vampires or should I say self proclaimed vampires call a person outside the Vampire Community a Mundane

Going from Vampires to Hogwarts sure is mixing things up.

But yes Vampires in the vampire community call non vampires Mundane

And then I get mentioned on the internet that I am insulting the food.

I get comments like this from Vampires:..
“You’re everywhere and you’re not at all nice”
 Er ? … Yes and what bit of the Vampire Myth did I miss apart from perhaps Twilight that Vampires had to be nice?

Think about it Fangs, servants with strange eating habits and perhaps a castle to keep a coffin in ….but nice?

‘Amy Mah’ is quoted as saying “ Yes I am everywhere…’Walking packed Lunch’ was me being nice as I normally say  ‘Walking Bags of Blood”

Yep I also say Walking Snack Packs

Then is the complaint that: At issue is that she is spreading a stereotype of a dumb vampire woman.

I is? Is I?  

And this is from someone saying I upset the food, confirming that vampires today keep pets for food but it is not PC to call them food.

Heck is it such a good idea to tell the world that you do really drink peoples blood  

The idea that valued donors of the community are reasonably objectified as food, is likely to get many gnashing their teeth.

So Deacon Grey is happy to bite and drink the blood of the so called willing donors but objects to me saying that makes them sound like food.

The food is willing food so that is ok? Errrr? Wow that is so not a can of worms to open here or should I say that sort of  blood vessel is best left unbitten.

Deacon Grey then complains about the advice I give to non humans?

Yes NON HUMANS reading what I say may get confused?

Wow I am sorry to hear that, personally I have never had a non human or walking corpse ever tell me they were confused over the vampire rules that due to slow aging vampire girls are not allowed to have a boyfriend until they are over 30

This is what Deacon complains about

While at it she offers some amazing advice for young girl vampires like “Unlike Human Girls this is Doing all of the above when on heat, as this only happens every 20 years or so and starts with biting of furniture giving your parents time to lock you in your room.

Is Deacon saying he does not think a vampire girl would start biting the furniture when she discovers not only she can not have a boyfriend until she is over 30 but sex once every 20 years and becomes pregnant each and every time she does.

And from this he comments

 and vampires are just wonton sluts who will jump the bones of any “boy” that will give them a little blood.”
So silly it is the undead walking corpse type of vampire that is the walking slut and for some reason human guys forget it mixing with these undead can be called necrophilia and perhaps if they got a good job and took a bath more often they may find a girl with a heartbeat.     

I will post below the full text unlike the way Deacon Grey pick and mixed things from unrelated blogs and postings in Facebook

Now to see what I say which is so dangerous to vampires (which sounds funny as I type it)

You can always read my books Which is something Deacon clearly has not done …lol

Now After Getting complains from the Luciferians ......... and yes it is true I do get complaints from worshipers of Lucifer 

I await with baited breath over what the Demon worshipers will complain when they hear I have also done a Demon book 


Amy Mah is a snarky, sarcastic and cynical author who writes of her life as a modern Vampire and whose books can be seen at: 

www.FangsRule.com or on Amazon Amy has written VAMPIRE where you read of her problems of living her life as a blood chilling denizen of the night.

Body Swap

Swapping bodies with a young female demon had not been part of the planned vacation. 

Nor was having to attend a demonic high school for the magically gifted. 

When the most magical thing you could do was set your own underwear on fire.

 Life was not going to be easy, even less so with a painful tail that everyone trod on.

 Owning a magic sword that always tried to look up your skirt when fighting was not helpful. 

But then nor was having a telepathic diary that corrected your thinking instead of your spelling.

A Bubble Gum Vampires Speak

Posted: Sunday, 18 January, 2015 by deacongray in Community Announcements, Uncategorized
” But should we bother listening?”

1/18/2015 © Graveyard press
In 2009 voices from the east proclaimed the possession of donors and restrictions on their participation with in their segment of the VC. A few thousand facebook posts, bitter words, and open threats later, the dead horse had been turned into glue, and the left over hide used for alter pieces to the damned.
By 2011 the subject was in full swing again, news organizations lambasted the damn gall of those who again went on their anti-donor rights rampage, but the donors were not long in the shadows of that fight. From that debate we saw groups emerge, great documents presented, the time tested Donors Bill of Rights, by Zaar, and the Donor and Vampires guide to negotiations that I wrote. Still…this particular horse is pale, and even though the rider is death, the subject comes alive once more.
The bubble gum vampire wasn’t put off by the admonitions of people within the group in which she posted her article either.  To one who stated “You’re everywhere and you’re not at all nice”
Bubble Gum vampire ‘Amy Mah’ is quoted as saying “ Yes I am everywhere…’Walking packed Lunch’ was me being nice as I normally say  ‘walking Bags of Blood”

Of course this is coming from a fictional character of a girl that must be in her mid teens, whose articles focus on things such as “Base: When dating it is handy to know the code words of what you are doing with each other…believe it or not others have done it before, they even numbered it!”
Where she goes on to explain what getting from first base to fifth base ,means (I Know…I know.. Babe Ruth just died again), and ponders about the mystery of why boys like boobs. While at it she offers some amazing advice for young girl vampires like “Unlike Human Girls this is Doing all of the above when on heat, as this only happens every 20 years or so and starts with biting of furnature giving your perants time to lock you in yuour room.
it is also called getting pregnant and discovering that you have not just raised your tail and instantly got pregnant! as I said you are on heat But, due to a bonding contract signed years ago by your parents, you now have a lifetime mate!”
Suffice it to say, this is hardly the depth of knowledge, or the intellectual debates we saw before, but it is a long way from being really dangerous.  Regardless of the intention, either tongue in cheek, a game of meta-fiction, or the playful intentions of a graphic novel writer, there are some misconceptions that sneak passed, and some that will fire people up. The idea that valued donors of the community are reasonably objectified as food, is likely to get many gnashing their teeth.
“It’s not that she is just some kid flapping her lips that’s a problem. At issue is that she is spreading a stereotype of a the dumb vampire woman. This kid is so busy trying to feel smart, sexy and powerful, that she misses the point. Your power is diminished when you act like a bubble headed ding bat. Using what you think are clever words to gain attention don’t just make her look dimwitted, but spread that stereotype that all goths and vampires are just wonton sluts who will jump the bones of any “boy” that will give them a little blood.”
Clearly there are some heated opinions about this subject. One of the issues though is that what was said, was said in a mundane vampire fandom site. If left there, I doubt it would have mattered, but as they things do, the conversation slips into other forums, and it doesn’t take long for people to get riled up.  Over time I have heard both sides use some pretty strong language when dealing with it, but is that really the answer?
Is it really for the best  overall to allow these confused individuals to provoke such an angry response that we lose our own cool? Often they are doing it just to get us to become upset.  When celebrity is the goal, attention either negative or positive is the means of achieving it. In this case the community’s outrage is being used as stepping stone.
My suggestion is this. Take what was said to provoke an intelligent intellectual discussion with everyone except the person who made the crappy comment. Don’t allow them to become the center of their own shit storm, instead objectify them as the provocateurs they are, and turn it into a reasonable discussion.
In the end there will always be  people who say stupid things to get a rise from you. There will always be bullies, brutes and bubble headed ding bats, but they can only affect you as much as you allow them too. After all, do you really want to be in a word battle with someone who says things like

OK, this is the one we normally call making out, and unless you are on heat it stops at kissing, hugging and generally grabbing at each other. At this stage you can bite a boy but he is not allowed to bite you back.”
In the end, even if you win the debate, you have only won against a fictional character, or a writer who uses that character to slip out of accountability for her own words.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Comprehensive interview with Anthony Hogg a vampirologist, on absolutely everything Vampire

Taken With Permission From: 

Anthony Hogg started his fascination with all things vampire, at the age of eleven. Today he is one of the most sought after people to give insight on anything related to these supernatural beings.

A vampirologist. Can you elaborate?
 Thanks for having me! Sure. A vampirologist is someone who studies vampires from an academic perspective. I personally view it through the lens of history and folklore, but others might apply their own expertise, be it psychology, anthropology, or in the case of one of my favourite writers in the field, Paul Barber, through forensic pathology.

When and why did you decide to become a vampirologist?
I’ve been interested in vampires since I was 11 ½. I’m much older now. My thirst for vampire knowledge steered me into chasing 18th century vampire texts; the ground zero of vampire studies. This was around 2004. My desire to highlight this era at the expense of the typical literary and cinematic routes, Polidori’s VampyreVarney the VampireCarmillaDraculaInterview with the Vampire, wash, rinse, repeat, eventually lead me to other people who shared my interest, specifically Niels K. Petersen and his brilliant blog, Magia Posthuma. His blog inspired me to launch my own, Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist (2008--11), which you could consider my official vampirologist launchpad.

Being in the profession that you are, you have experienced numerous types of influences all related to the vampire. Can you tell us what your conclusion is with the different instances being: Vampire as a subculture, Vampire religion/ Spiritualism, Vampire fiction and Vampire history.  The first thing I can tell you is that everything you mentioned is in a constant flux; the vampire scene today is very different from the one I first delved into. The vampire as subculture is what I would define as members of a collective who identify with the vampire in some shape or form, be they lifestylers, roleplayers, sanguinarians or psychic vampires. It's all in the title, “subculture,” which Wikipedia defines as “a group of people within a culture that differentiates itself from the larger culture to which it belongs, though often maintaining some of its founding principles.” 

Vampire religion and spiritualism is a manifestation of the vampire subculture, where you get various vampire covens with syncretic spiritualties or established cults like the Temple of the Vampire or the Order of Aset Ka. In essence, it’s no different from other vampire subcultures, if you replace their respective dogmas with the “founding principles” of other subcultures.

Vampire fiction is exactly what it says on the tin: fiction incorporating vampires as characters. We could easily extend the principle to vampire movies and television.  
As to “vampire history,” I often mention that in my online discussions, so to clarify that point, I refer to historical representations of the vampire, primarily through legend and folklore. The famous Arnout Pavle and Peter Plogojoviz cases of the 18th century is what I would regard as vampire history; alternative histories, which represent Vlad the Impaler as a vampire (even though he most definitely was not), isn’t what I regard as history, but modern-day myth making.
Vampire history isn’t dependent on the reality of vampires; it’s dependent on what people believed at the time and whether or not there’s historical record for it. For instance, in the Pavle and Plogojoviz cases, we have contemporary 18th century reports available for our perusal.

There was an article that floated around the internet about Vampires being the Chosen ones. What is your take on the relevance to Bloodline of the Holy Grail and the script that accompanied the article?  The article you’re referring to, Michelle Belanger’s “Vampires as the Chosen Ones,” revels in the kind of pseudo-history I often criticise. To be fair, even she amends “discern with care” to it. And so you should. Belanger says “I believe [it] owes a great deal of inspiration to the book,Bloodline of the Holy Grail. It was passed on to me by a member of a prominent vampire temple that has existed since at least 1991.” The book was written by Laurence Gardner – in 1989. That should be the first warning sign.

As I said in my reply to your question on vampire religion and spiritualties, this stuff gets very syncretic in vampire circles; various religious beliefs or mythologies are often stirred together and given a vampiric twist. In this case, the story was obviously “borrowed” from the “Jesus bloodline” nonsense popularised by writers like Gardner, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln, and more recently by Dan Brown, despite the story’s origins in a fraudulent document created by Pierre Plantard.

Put it this way: scholars still debate whether Jesus existed at all, little alone fathered children and spawned a vampire bloodline.

There are many things that seem to come full circle when you refer to things like Vlad The Impaler / Dracula, the Order of the Dragon, vampire, Amalekites , Nephilim and then when you come to Africa Annunaki or the Loas. What is your view on it? 
My view is that the “full circle” is deliberate: writers like Gardner and Nicholas de Vere have a knack for teasing out patterns from diverse religions, mythologies and historical personages. In academic circles, we’d call this comparative mythology, but in the hands of those writers, we’re talking lexical pareidolia; the names look similar, therefore theymust be related. Oh, they both mention dragons? Another connection! Pure nonsense. Establishing historical connections is much more complex than “they sound similar.”

The connection between these things is very slight – or very obvious. Take Vlad Dracula. He was named for his father, Vlad Dracul, whose on name reflected his membership of the Order of the Dragon, a Catholic knighthood instituted to halt the spread of Turkish invasion in Europe. That’s hardly a mystical connection. And considering Vlad has no real connection to vampires apart from Bram Stoker liking his name enough to change his character from “Count Wampyr” to “Count Dracula,” that’s also a helluva stretch.

As we both know, there are established societies / subculture groups across the world that refer to themselves as being vampiric or vampyre. What is your take on this?  My take is that they’re in search of self, identity – something to contextualise themselves as people who crave blood or psychic energy … and rather than seek medical or psychological assistance, they’ve found that outlet by latching onto a mythic figure filtered through the lens of pop culture. There’s a reason why so many identify bad reaction to sunlight as one of their defining vampire “traits” even though this was not a symptom of the historical vampire, but introduced to vampire “myth” through cinema.

Identifying as a vampire is obviously much more glamourous than acknowledging you probably have some sort of vitamin deficiency or pica. Sun allergy is medically-grounded condition; vampirism is not. It saddens me that many of these groups have little understanding or appreciation for historical vampirism which is especially odd to me, considering they’ve built their identities around being a “vampire.”

Case in point: some self-identified vampires refer to themselves as “vampyres” because they think it distinguishes them from the “fictional” vampire, probably because the spelling seems all mysterious and Gothic. Except it isn’t a different word at all: “vampyre” is merely the archaic way of spelling of “vampire.” When “vampire” was introduced into our language, it was spelt “vampyre” and the spelling between “vampire” and “vampyre” alternated right through the 19th century before. That’s why the multiple authors who wrote for the penny dreadful,Varney the Vampire (1845–7), alternated their spellings between “vampire” and “vampyre” during its print run – the “correct” spelling wasn’t set in stone yet. It just happens that “vampire” won the battle and that’s why it’s the most common spelling used today.

Unfortunately, this kind of historical ignorance is pervasive within the communities because it’s spread by “elders” who’re more interested in shilling anachronistic mysticism to gullible followers than fact.

Whatever my take on it is, I know these groups will continue to grow and prosper. Obviously, I can’t stop people identifying as vampires, even though they’re basically identifying with an undead, bloodsucking corpse. But at the very least, I can encourage them to get their history right.

You have made it a job to interact with these subcultures and to comment on many of their posts as you see fit. Do you ever feel threatened by it all? By anyone? As many of these people do not agree with your approach. 
I wouldn’t say I’ve made it my job, so much as it has become part of my job. I’m “that” guy: if I see someone has written about something incorrectly or if they’re sharing an obviously nonsensical story without checking Snopes first, I have to correct them. It just happens that I admin many vampire themed groups awash with folk from vampire subcultures who’ve been fed a steady diet of bullshit and regurgitate it accordingly.

The only thing I feel threatened by is the possibility that discussing vampires enters the realm of political correctness. Now that further sociological studies are being done on them, I have a feeling that their “feelings” will be put at the forefront over hard, incontrovertible fact: that vampires have no basis in reality outside novels and movies. I encounter enough anti-intellectualism within these circles as it is, without being blockaded by misguided, but well-intentioned rights activists.

That said, I believe further study – medical and psychological study – should be done with members of the vampire subculture to determine what their “thirst” is based on. There’s no question that there’s lots of consistency if we strip the whole thing down to a “craving.”           
Many people within the subcultures misinterpret my stance on this issue: it’s not that I doubt they crave something (though I will contest it as a “need”), it’s that applying the name of a mythic entity to yourself and expecting it to be given precedence over the well-established undead vampire archetype is not only harmful to their cause, but amounts to identity theft. If you want to be taken seriously, stop defining yourself through an undead corpse.

Unfortunately, the data behind these also heavily tainted, because there’s nothing stopping someone from claiming to be a vampire especially if it will make them feel like they fit into a larger social group. All you have to do is mention you need blood or psychic energy. Free pass.

Either way, I’d love to see studies advance beyond the usual sociological surveys. I’d love to see some hard answers for the cause of their thirst. This would meet greater success with with “sangs,” who feed on blood as opposed to psys who feed on an invisible something-or-other.

The subculture itself, define themselves under different categories: Blood Drinkers, Psi, Empathic, Sexual, Soul, Genetic, Malkavian, Nosferato etc. What is your take on the different classifications and the peoples that classify themselves accordingly?  There are many, many variants. There’s no consistent or authoritative glossary as far as I’m concerned. In fact, the last two you mentioned are taken from roleplaying game, Vampire: The Masquerade.

I can totally understand the desire to classify the subgroups. Afterall, even within my field, there have been numerous attempts to classify vampires, but nothing’s really “stuck.” But classification is a constantly evolving thing, yet I how many variations on “psychic vampire” can you really have? It gets ludicrous. Like metal genres. Remember when heavy metal was sufficient? Now we have death metal. Melodic death metal. Syphonic death metal. Viking metal. Folk metal. It doesn’t stop. But this is the nature of subgroups: they all want to feel special, so you’re going to see the classification become increasingly diverse and specific.

How is some of the categorization different from people who classify themselves as being psychic, empathic or different?  That’s a good question: what is the difference, really? Psychic vampirism is defined as taking someone’s lifeforce to feed yourself. What does an empath feed on? Empathy? What is empathy? Can you bottle it? Drink it? Isn’t it the distillation of someone’s lifeforce? I dunno, man. You get all kinds of variations. There’s also emotional vampirism, too, although Albert J. Bernstein has basically used that to define anti-social behaviour.

What is your overall goal in being as involved with the subculture, and everything vampire as you are?  I don’t have a goal within the subculture. At least, not a clearly defined one. I just happen to be smackdab in the middle of it. If you’re talking about subculture in a greater sense, that is, vampire fandom, then I certainly have grand plans along those lines. In regard to the latter point, my goal is to spread greater awareness of vampire history. 

There are many novels today that expose the youth to the mythical essence of things like vampires and the Nephilim etc. How do you feel the likes of Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare have influenced the interest levels in our youth today?  That’s exactly why we often see fundamentalist Christian groups up in arms about them; if it’s not Meyer or Clare, it’ll be Harry Potter: their concern is that these books open the door to the occult. And they do. If you’re interested in those themes, chances are you’ll seek out more. But can a specific path be predicted? Is there a direct line between reading Twilight and seeking the Nephilim? No, not necessarily. The path one takes from it depends on one’s latent interests.

Take mine, for instance: my vampire interest is what might be defined as old school or retro. I like the classic tropes, the garlic, the crosses, stakes and holy water. Notice the Christian trappings there? That’s because they appeal to my own faith. They validate it. Good vs. evil. I enjoy the vampire archetype as a battle between men and monsters. I’m more Van Helsing than Dracula. Put it this way, if those works inspire people to chase mystical paths, then their penchant for mysticism was already there. In fact, before vampires, I was already into the supernatural. I wanted to be a ghost hunter. I also loved to read mythology, particularly Greek mythology – and I was kid then, too.  

Where do you see it going in the future? 
I can never predict that. Who would’ve thought thatTwilight would catch on the way it did? After all, its basic storyline was already published fifteen years before hand in L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series. Vampires tap into a zeitgeist, as Nina Auerbach reveals in Our Vampires, Ourselves (1995). Anne Rice pulled it off with Interview with the Vampire (1976) which is a postmodern vampire tale she wrote as the “classic” vampire was being overhauled, and the “Other” became humanised. What does it say about our own time where a series written for teenage girls caused such a cultural ripple that one of its fan-fic spin-offs, Fifty Shades of Grey, was able to affect a cultural shift, too? Perhaps we’ve become gluttons for punishment, especially considering Bella and Edward’s relationship dynamic.
 That said, there are some discernible signs of things to come – and one constant. Firstly, paranormal vampire romance is a huge genre. That is probably the biggest cultural shift in vampire fiction; paranormal romance seems to be overtaking horror. That means the traditionally male-centric genre is being taken over by womenfolk. More power to ‘em. Second, this will inevitably create backlash that seeks to restore “old school” or monstrous vampires to the forefront. That’s why after Twilight, we get The Strain. All the flack Meyers’ copped for her “sissy” vampires is what Rice copped from traditionalists when her Vampire Chronicles came out. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

But most notably, these efforts are never as successful as the “humanised” vampires. I don’t see The Strain having True Blood’s longevity, for instance. Remember when the Fright Night remake billed itself as an antidote to Twilight? It tanked. People want vampires to be more human that cardboard cutout, jack-in-the-box monsters, so I think we’ll see more of that.

In my research I found many similarities between Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga and referrals vampire subculture use for society. For instance – Bella Swan – swans in their culture mean non vampyres or people that move around in vampire circles. The referral of dayside, Nightside and Twilight as classifications for identities.  Meyer has prided herself on knowing bugger-all about vampires until after she delved into them a little further, following her fateful dream of a vampire sparkling in sunlight. I would be very surprised if Meyer consciously patterned her series on the vampire subculture. To be fair, I don’t exactly know why she patterned her series on shifting days, but if your train of thought followed through, how do you account for “Breaking Dawn” and “Eclipse”? Those aren’t vampire subculture terminologies. I’d pin this one down to coincidence at best. Also, let’s look at her whole name: “Bella Swan” = Beautiful Swan, just like the story of the ugly duckling and how does Bella view herself? As an awkward teenager with nothing to offer – but a “perfect” vampire completely adores her, seeing, what we could argue, is her true beauty.

Being as involved as you are, in something that has lasted throughout time, how has the vampire evolved throughout time? We can start with the word’s etymological origins: vampire meant something completely different when it was originally used. According to Slavic scholar, Bruce A. McClelland in Slayers and Their Vampires (2006): “the word vampir was a pejorative name for a group or a member of a group whose rituals or behavior were offensive to early Orthodox Christians. It is unlikely that the earliest meaning of the word vampir denoted anything supernatural. Rather, I suspect that the term generally designated someone who engaged in pirštestvo, that is, in ritual feasting, where sacrifice was performed and wine was drunk to excess and ritually poured out (as libation), sometimes mixed with blood.”

If McClelland’s right, that means “vampires” used to refer to pagans who liked to party! In a way, that comes full circle to Lost Boys, doesn’t it? If we factor in Orthodox believes on punishments awaiting those who didn’t do it their way during life, most famously the vrykolakas, and the Russian heretics (the word apparently originated in Ukraine), we can see that “vampire” morphed from a pejorative for the living to the dead.

But our vampire template is derived from the Serbian model, specifically, the Arnout Pavle case. When it was given coverage in Europe’s newspapers, it introduced the word into Western vocabulary; the earliest appearance of the word in English, for instance, is the London Journal’s March 11, 1732 coverage of the Pavle case. The earliest writings on vampires were studies on folk like Pavle; despite being widely regarded as superstition, vampires were examined as a paranormal phenomena, because that’s what they were: Slavic ghosts.

The template those accounts provided – undead corpse, bloodsucking, ability to infect others – soon slipped into political allegory and later into fictional literature, where one of the earliest vampire stories, John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819), tipped its hat to the London Journal article in its introduction.
 From there, the vampire has adapted and evolved to different eras, falling in and out of fashion, but its adaptability has kept it alive.

By doing what you do, you have come into contact with many fraudulent people, in your experience which was your worst encounter? 

The biggest fraud I have encountered is a human, not a vampire: Sean Manchester. He claims to have hunted and staked a vampire through London’s Highgate Cemetery to Crouch End. He presents this account as a true story. I used to be a fan of the guy, because I regarded it as a pretty cool story – albeit one I didn’t really believe in.

But soon, I found myself questioning it, the more I learned. And the more I learned, the more disturbing the picture became. I discovered Manchester was far from a harmless eccentric, but incredibly malicious and quite possibly sociopathic – and just happens to be the head of his own little church. He used a multitude of sockpuppets to harass me, has tried to obtain and publicly share my personal details, had my blogs shut down and even
created a blog called Hoggwatch to vilify me as a “troll” – all because I had the tenacity and temerity to question his story, expose its numerous holes and reveal him to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

What research have you done, where your findings to-date remain inconclusive?
That would be the ultimate cause behind the sanguinarian or psy “need” to feed on blood or psychic energy. But I don’t think there’ll be a one-size-fits all answer for that and I think it’s foolish to think there’d be just one.  

Being Christian, how difficult is it to remain biased toward the things people within these sub cultures relate to, and how they perceive society? Oh, bias is very easy! However, when it comes to my discussions within these groups, I leave them at the door. I take a hardline sceptical approach; an objective approach. When you’ve got such a diversity of spiritual viewpoints, then it’s pointless battling faith against faith.

How much similarities are there between vampire spiritualism and Satanism or Free Masonry, if any? Good question, but one I can’t give a conclusive answer on. The best I can say is that they have occultic systems that may overlap and all emphasise some form of freethought, utilise special codes and generally stay underground. Outside of that, I can’t really say.

What is next for Anthony Hogg the vampirologist? Oh, many things! The most obvious would be more articles for my website, Vamped. The other stuff will stay up my sleeve for the time being…

Where can fans meet up or follow your work? They can visit Vamped.org, add me on Facebook or follow my irregularly updated blog. See you there!