Halloween Series : A Tribute to Fictional Vamps : Lestat

I’ve decided!  This whole month, just to get everyone in the spirit, I’m going to do a HALLOWEEN series of posts: Tributes to Fictional Vampires

I know, this blog is about modern day vampyres, but Halloween is all about what we aren’t, what we want to be, and what we pretend to be, so what better time to throw in a bit of fiction?  And–who doesn’t like those provocative, mysterious, kind of androgynous vampire gods of fiction?

So, what better way to kick off than with a good ‘ol tribute to my favorite fictional vampire: Lestat.

Lestat in a Nutshell:

Lestat DeLioncourt is the brilliant creation of Anne Rice, and is one of the primary characters in her series “The Vampire Chronicles.”  He’s a french aristocrat, vampire, actor, and rock star among other things.  Even in his mortal life we was not easily made content, and this trait carries on strongly into his vampire life.  Lestat is always plagued with questions of whether he is or is not a monster, if god exists, and what happens after death.  Plagued by such questions, Lestat is almost a little insecure, but hides it well behind a thick mask of vanity.  Beautiful, dangerous, and powerful, Lestat can get almost anything and anyone he wants.

 

A Brief History of Lestat:

Lestat was born into a family of aristocracy, but his family fortune has been completely lost and he lives with his mother, father, and two brothers (the only ones out of seven who live to adulthood).

However, Lestat does not get along with his family members and runs away on multiple occasions only to return again to gifts of horses, guns, and hunting dogs from his mother so that he may take up hunting.  After successfully becoming the town hero after killing a pack of wolves that were terrorizing the town, Lestat falls into a deep depression.  He decides to run away again to Paris with his lover Nicolas (Lestat is bisexual, yes.) to become an actor.

Of course, during a performance, he attracts the attention of the ancient vampire Magnus who soon abducts him and turns him into a vampire.  Shortly after, though, Magnus commits suicide leaving Lestat alone and to himself (which is the absolute worst thing one could do to a newborn vampire…).

Lestat’s story is a loonng and complicated one after that–so I won’t even try to summarize, but here are:

 

10 Interesting Things About Lestat:

WARNING!  If you haven’t read the vampire chronicles, DO NOT read these.  …Just read the books.

  1. Lestat’s character is based off of Anne Rice’s husband, Stan Rice.
  2. Lestat’s birthday is November 7, 1760
  3. Lestat was turned into a vampire in the year 1791.
  4. Lestat created six vampires during his life: his lover Nicolas (who goes insane and kills himself), his mother Gabrielle, Louis de Point du Lac, and Claudia (with the help of Louis) who becomes he and Louis’ “child,” David Talbot, and Mona Mayfair
  5. Lestat is bisexual and has male and female loves both in his mortal and vampire lives.
  6. Lestat reveals his identity to the world by becoming a rock super star.
  7. The band that Lestat joins when he awakens is called “Satan’s Night Out.”
  8. Lestat nearly loses his life to his “daughter” Claudia after she attempts to poision him with a gift of two dead twins, poisions with absinthe and laudanum. (Dead blood is lethal to vampires.) She then proceeds to slit his throat, stab him in the chest, and throw him in a swamp. Then, when that fails to kill him, she and Louis flee, setting his house on fire with him in it.  (Lestat is a risilient one…)
  9. Lestat was actually portrayed in his own musical composed by Elton John.
  10. Lestat was also portrayed by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, and by Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned

Got a vamp you’d like to see a tribute to? Just comment this post!

The Essence of the Modern Day Vampyre

Oh–lord.  I am so sorry it has been so long.  The semester is getting into full swing and the workload is just killing me.  I haven’t even touched a computer for a reason other than homework in about a week and a half now.  So, sorry for the mini hiatus, but I’m back and fully intend to update regularly once again.

I’ve got to thank my dear Daley for this next post.  She was frustrated with my lack of updates so she helped me out a bit.  This is a collection of quotes from and about modern day vampyres that I think are all really beautiful.  I don’t often talk about vampyres in such an endearing way since I’m surrounded by the culture daily, but it is nice to see that there are those out there who see the beauty in the being, the culture, and the lifestyle.

These are all collected from various and unknown sources from books, to blogs, to forums.  So, enjoy!  And, I will be back soon with some full length posts for you.

“Vampirism is something which infiltrates the heart and consumes the soul until nothing else matters but what you are. There is no mercy.”

“We feel things differently, see things differently, experience life differently.”

“I think vampyres are a lot like people, except they should/or do live in a world of: mystery and fabrications…one of no boundaries but the ones they place on themselves.”

“Just like real people, only they can see things and do things that others can’t. They have the same choices others do, but are more deep in the choices made.”

“Vampires are people who understand things and feel things the way the rest of the world doesn’t. Vampires savor the essence of life, be it blood or pranic energy. Vampires feel emotions differently and more potently, whether they understand what they feel or not. They are strong, emotional, understanding beings…”

“Powerful. Other than that, I don’t know. All I have to go on is what I feel and I can’t seem to put that into words.”

“Vampires are able to live with greater intensity and depth of experience than the typical human.”

“I think they are seductive, passionate people, who find beauty in the dark side of life.”

“Deep, in touch with ourselves, beyond most narrow-minded people’s way of thinking.”

“We have the most sensual, beautiful, and passionate souls out of the many different people that walk this backward earth.”

“They feel pain, love, passion, angst, any emotion, deeper than any other. They know what it is to feel true loneliness, yet at the same time they yearn for it.”

Oh god, poor Rosemary!

I…can’t believe this.  I’m offended, angry, and–I’ll be honest, a little amused–at the fact that this stuff is even in EXISTENCE on the internet, in the news, or what-have-you.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a lovely article on Sunday entitled “Don’t let your kids grow up to be…” And although they did it in an obnoxious, flowery, almost story-weaving way, they finished the sentence.  Don’t let your kids grow up to be…  …vampyres.

Oh yes, that’s right.  The Pittsburgh masses have a new problem on their hands with all the “fresh blood” coming into their “five major universities:” Vampyres.

Now, excuse the sarcasm, but this is just ridiculous.  I’m not going to quote the whole article, but please join me in reading this wonderful work of fiction woven by a nameless “journalist.”  Basically, he pulls at our heartstrings with the story of Rosemary, a small-town girl, wishing to feel beautiful and important in the midst of all the fast paced city-folk in Pittsburgh.  Well, luckily, she’s found by a debonair cult leader who “told her what she wanted to hear” and lured her into a “very militant, anti-social environmental group” called agitprop (a combinationf of “agitation” and “propaganda.”  Inevitabley, this lead to her breaking the law, and somehow getting pregnant.

But oh!  Thank god for Rosemary!  She ONLY broke the law and got pregnant!  At least she wasn’t recruited into a “vampyre family!”

Yes, that’s right my friends, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review would like to do its part by warning the worried parents of soon-to-be college students by letting them know of the dangered of “vampyre families” invading it’s schools.  They conveniently blame it on “raging hormones” and as an excuse to be “sexually active with one another but with no one outside the group — thus they believe there can be as much sexual activity as they can handle without fear of AIDS/HIV.”  There are rituals including the drinking of blood (OR cranberry juice, according to the article,) and better yet “photographs can make these sordid rituals and couplings look and feel excitingly exclusive.” And to top it all off, vampyres manipulate the “Rosemarys of the world” so that they “won’t return very quickly to a more normal society.”

What horror!   Vampyre families?!

…now excuse the sarcasm, but wow.  With all of the information available out there on modern day vampyres attempting to speak the truth, THIS is what newspapers are coming up with?  …If you read the article, it doesn’t even sound like a serious a serious piece of journalism.  There are no facts, quotes, statistics, anything, just a cleverly woven hypothetical and fictional heartstring tugger to instill fear into the hearts of worried parents whose worst fear is that their little Rosemary will be tainted.

I’m sorry, anonymous journalist, no offense–really.  If you were writing a short story, this would be fantastic…but–as a factual and informative piece of journalism, it’s lacking.  …Please stop writing about things you know nothing about.

Love always,

Abigail

P.S:  Readers, I hope I do not have to walk you through WHY this article is ridiculous…(for more information on why, please see–the rest of my blog.  <3)

The Face of the Modern Day Vampyre

A lot of people seem to have this bizarre notion that modern day vampyres somehow resemble those you find in the movies–translucent skin, (edit: with the exception of the second picture from the left on the second row, because my dear Daley likes to photoshop ALL of her myspace photos…) bizarrely colored eyes, fangs, etc.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Modern day vampyres are young, old, men, women, “goth kids,” “jocks,” business men, mothers; the list goes on.  And, thanks to a few of my wonderful friends, and those so willing to put themselves “out there” as modern day vampyres, I can show you.

Although I did promise to withhold names for privacy purposes, the people you are seeing are real people, ordinary people, and amazing people, who are modern day vampyres.

Thanks everyone who let me use their pictures!

Also, if you’re a modern day vampyre who currently reads my blog–or is now, feel free to shoot me a comment or an e-mail with you’re picture and I’ll be sure to include you in round two.  I’d love to be able to accurately portray the great diversity in the vampyre population, and the more people to do that with, the better!

Ignorance is bliss?

I had a very interesting experience the other day…one that I haven’t encountered in a while, but I’m sure happens every single day. I’ve been lucky up until this point, I suppose, to only encounter people who are accepting of my beliefs and the information I present, and if they aren’t, they kindly keep it to themselves.

Like everyday I check my “incoming links” to see who’s linking to me or talking about my blog so that I can thank them for helping me out. Well–I followed one of the links to a forum the other day, which was a “vampire lifestyle support” forum. I was pretty impressed, and there were some great people in there answering questions for the people that came in and said “OMGZ vampires exist?!” or “I think I’m a vampire, help!” It was great…

…until I started getting a little further in, where some guy came in and started tearing these people apart. He claimed he was “debating” but in all honesty he was just being condescending, unreasonable and rude. He claimed he’s been researching vampires for five years and he had a speech prepared on the proof that they don’t exist (which he copied and pasted into the forum).

That’s fine…state your opinion. But when the vampyres in the forum proceeded to kindly disagree he would pound them with remarks such as (and these are taken completely out of context, it’s just the condescending tone I’m talking about):

” Yeah it’s a little thing call eating food. You should try it sometime.”

“Would like to try the “vampires have already back their claims bullshit again?””

“If you do a little RESEARCH which you vamps are avoiding it like it was the plague, you would know that the type of anemia that is not treatable, is the one that people who are HIV positive! Once again you guys don’t like looking for answers so you stick a monster sticker on yourself and be done with it. Wow what kind of lable would I would choose if I never look up infomation about my dyslexia? One eye one horned flying purple people eater?”

He got every assumption he made about them wrong, and continued to demand “tangible” proof that vampyres existed. Everyone, to my surprise, stayed very calm and tried to explain things to him and correct his misconceptions, but he continued to come back with claims that our explanations were vague, inaccurate, or had an alternate explanation that could be explained by any array of medical conditions that he’d “researched.”

I honestly wanted to participate in this thread, but his ignorance is leading me to act like I normally would not…and I don’t even want to go there.

The thing is–there is not “tangible” proof of everything that exists.  No matter how hard you try, there are not yet scientific instruments that can record energetic or spiritual experiences.  (With the exception being the camera that photographs the aura, but this does not show how the person is actually altering the aura as this man demanded.)  Some vampyres display certain visual effects of vampyrism, such as fatigue if they have not fed for a long time, and evidently there are a good many that exist for sanguinarian vampyres that do not even touch what psychic vampires experience.  (Photosensitivity, anemia, etc.)  But these are not symptoms of some vampyre condition, they are simply effects that vary from person to person, or do not exist at all in some, and can not always be associated with vampyres.  Not all vampyres have anemia, not all anemics are vampyres.  You see?

Vampyrism, when it boils down to it, is an energetic thing a spiritual thing (even the blood-letting kind) and neither can be perceived with the eyes or measured tangibly.

One of the girls in the forum made a very good point, and I’m going to have to paraphrase because it’s now 240+ pages long and I can’t find it, but she said something to the effect of:  “There are no concrete facts, because we don’t know all of the answers ourselves.”

Wisest words I’ve heard all day.  Vampyres are human beings too, and in being, are all different.  Things that affect one vampyre, may never affect another.  Some feeding techniques will work for some and not others.  But most of all, there is no concrete proof, no checklist, to lable someone a vampyre.  And from what it sounded like, if he didn’t have this, he refused to believe there was a possibility that there were modern day vampyres speaking to him on that thread.

It’s sad, really.  If you go through life demanding proof for everything you wish to believe in.  There is so much that can not be seen or touched that you miss out on if you live this way.

But in the end…he’ll leave feeling triumphant, and the vampyres will continue being vampyres.  Proof, or no proof.

So, the moral of the story is:
1. Not everything needs proof to exist.
2. There is no need to “flame” the people who believe something different than you.
3. Ignorance…is not bliss.

Vampire -vs- Vampyre

This is a question that pops up quite often, believe it or not. ” What is the difference between “vampire” and “vampyre” and why are YOU a “vampYre?””  Well–here goes–and I don’t know how widely spread this answer is or if any other vampyres use the “y” for the same reason, but here is ours:

The word “vampire” has existed for decades, used in conjunction with the mythical killers of fiction.  When someone uses “vampire” it usually means people like Anne Rice’s Lestat, or Stephenie Meyers’ Edward.  They are the vampires with the special powers, the killer instincts, and inability to go into the sun.  More importantly, they are entirely fictional and there is no equivalen to these characters in the real world.

Many modern day vampyres chose the different spelling to create a class of their own.  As “vampyres” they were set apart from the fictional creatures and established as something quite separate.  Vampyres are those which I’ve described many times before, the ones who need the energy of others to keep themselves both healthy and sane, but they are nothing like the vampires you’ll read about in horror stories or fairy tales.

In short, the changing from “i” to “y” mearly separates modern day vampyres from fictional vampires so that there is finally some distinction.

So, do werewolves exist?

I suppose I’ve made it clear that vampyres are a very real and increasingly common sight in the world around you, but that raises the question–

If vampyres exist, do werewolves exist too?

Well, you won’t likely run into a half man half canine in the woods during a full moon anytime soon, just as you won’t find a pale crucifix-phobic immortal sucking blood in an alleyway.  However, just like the more realistic and human version of the fictional vampire, such exists for the werewolf as well.

They’re called therians.  And they aren’t just wolves, either.

I won’t pretend to know any sort of detailed information on therians, but I can give you what I know.

Therians are those who have a deep inner connection with an animal.  This connection can be formed in many ways, including the ones listed in the article I found on True Form Within:

  • They believe that they have the soul of the animal which is trapped within their human body.
  • They believe that a part of their soul is the animal.
  • They believe they were the animal in a past life.
  • They believe that the soul of the animal is part of them but separate from their human soul.
  • The therian was passed down through genetics (similar to vampyrism)

Therians can be anything from wolves, to leopards, to tigers, to cats, to bunnies, to butterflies.  Some therians even have more than one animal as a part of them.

And, just like the fictional were-creatures, therians go through “shifts” as well, though they do not often or always coincide with the full moon, and they do not mean that the person actually transforms physically into the animal.  It is more on a spiritual level, from what I know, though I have not experienced it myself and could not describe to you what it is like.

These shifts can be brought on by strong emotions like hate, fear, and love, or induced by meditation and/or visualization.

As a side note: Therians are NOT the same thing as Lycans, or Furries, which I don’t have time to get into right now but TrueFormWithin.org has some fantastic info on them as well as more info on Therians if you’re still curious.

How To Make Killer Vampire Fangs

I’m not going to lie to you guys….I’m tired….my laptop is almost out of batteries…and I’m missing my family (who’s in New York for the weekend.)  So–we’re going to jump away from the modern day vampyre tonight and jump into the pop culture realm with the “Make” team and learn how to make some really badass vampire fangs.

Much love to everyone.

25 Top Cities For Modern Day Vampyres

There are many modern day vampyres out there that–sadly–feel very VERY alone.

Well, I promise you, you aren’t, especially if you live in one of these cities.*

Top 25 Cities for Modern Day Vampyres

1. London, England
2. Atlanta, GA
3. Chicago, IL
4. Toronto
5. Los Angeles, CA
7. Houston, TX
8. New York City, NY
9. Melbourne, Australia
10. San Antonio, TX
11. San Fransisco, CA
12. Stratford,CT
13. Brisbane, Australia
14. Manchester, Great Britain
15. Rockingham, NC
16. Orange County, CA
17. Brockton, MA
18. Oxnard, CA
19. Las Vegas, NV
20. Savannah, GA
21. Brisbane, Australia
22. Charlotte, NC
23. Detroit, NI
24. Sydney, Australia
25. Edinburgh, Great Britain

*Thanks to meetup.com for the info.  The top 25 cities are based on meetup.com’s list of vampire meetups with the most attendees (excluding the “Goth” meetups and “Vampire: The Masquerade” meetups which don’t count).  This does not necessarily mean that there are more vampyres in these places than others, just more people going to meetups, but for the purposes of this blog, we’re gonna go with the first idea.

Case and Point: Vampyre Pop Culture

I’m not exactly sure what to say about what you’re about to watch. I came across it (most unfortunately) while looking for a different clip to give you, but I have to include it sometime, eventually, so I suppose now is as good a time as ever.

Think back to the post about Modern Day Vampyres -vs- Vampyre Pop Culture. Well–I would like you to see a very EXTREME example of vampyre popular culture in action. I’m not going to sit here and make assumptions about this kid, but I would like you to take away one thing from this.

THIS, is NOT what modern day vampyres are, are about, look like, act, and it is especially not how they become vampyres. …usually they have more respect for themselves than this. It’s the Jerry Springer show for god’s sake.

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