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img. source: The Howell Opera House Psychic Fair

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Tim

Good morning,

Today we’re not going to talk about modern Vampires… well maybe just a smidgin, later on. No, tonight we are going to talk about the psychic arts and, in particular, one practitioner.

In speaking of this lady she has been described as “The Hollywood Witch” and it is often suspected, in a joking fashion naturally, that she knows where more skeletons are located than any other person alive today.
This Los Angeles Celebrity Psychic and Publicist lives and works among the stars and celebrities.  She is a clairvoyant, medium and energy healer who incorporates tarot, pendulum divination, chakra cleansing and balancing, sound healing, house cleansing, yoga and meditation into her work and her life as a mystic, yogini and spell crafter. Best known as a successful “bride maker,” she specializes in love, romance and finding true love. She began her career as an expert on “Entertainment Tonight,”  made appearances on the Fine Living Network, was featured on the Love and Sex Report with Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger and, most recently, appeared on NBC’s “EXTRA.”

She is currently the Managing Editor of the e-zine ENTERTAINMENT 2MORROW,  the co-producer of MAGICK LAB ACADEMY alongside pop culture guru, Tony Sokol and psychic Ana Divina and the co-host and talent of the upcoming “THE DARKWORKERS LIVE” through The Vampire Chihuahua Productions.  As if all this wasn’t enough, she is also a senior partner in Style Coven PR, a charming boutique start up, where she combines her expertise in niche marketing the Occult and New Age markets to promote colleagues, products and services.

RVL is greatly honoured to be granted an in-depth interview with this lady and we are very proud to welcome, to our pages, Lady Marie Bargas.


RVL: Good morning Marie, thank you very much for agreeing to spend some time with us. I suppose that the first, and most common, question that you would get is when and where did you first become aware of your gifts, and become involved in, psychic work?

MB: When I was 19 I was the passenger in a collision of a Honda CRX. The brakes failed as we were coming off the freeway and we crashed into cars in front of us and got hit behind again and again. In a CRX the glove compartment is on the passenger side so on first impact my face and upper body went through the windshield and on subsequent impacts the glove compartment managed to break all of my ribs. Had I not been wearing a seat belt I don’t doubt that I would have been thrown on the hood and died on impact.  Instead, I died for a short time in the emergency room for a few seconds and lapsed into a coma for 3 days.

It was a chaotic time in my life. Just prior to the accident my step mother and only parent had died the Thanksgiving before and I married my high school sweetheart as a shield against the greed of my relatives. Some people thought it was my payback for abandoning my family, but today I know that it was my first meeting with the Goddess that has influenced my entire life – KALI.  In hindsight I realize that Kali was my first and most intimate introduction to Shakti  – or the Divine Feminine which better understood on her multiple aspects (Parvati, Durga, Lakshmi) but KALI is especially close to me because she was the first and I came away from that accident with her mark on my left hand in the form of a scar – the crescent moon and star.  This ancient Vampire Goddess initiated me by taking my blood, breaking my bones and leaving her mark. For me that’s sacred.

After that my gifts were enhanced, so enhanced that they scared me. But, ever since I have studied  witchcraft, the occult, physics, history and philosophy and have had some pretty interesting experiences along the way.

RVL: It is well known that you work among a large number of artistic people in modern media and film, in many diverse fields from literature, to fine arts, to music and to film making – what’s your favourite area to work in?

MB: I don’t have a favourite, I go through phases, like the moon. In this current phase I am dark as the night, but my feeling is that I will be “Full” and back in front of the camera before long. My career has had the trajectory of a lunar cycle. I’m going with that because there are times when I prefer to be behind the camera until the exact time when I need to “shine.” My mother’s maiden name was — LUNA after all.  In my next “phase” I hope to be an “Oprah” of sorts because I’m ready.

RVL: …and, for those who may not have chanced upon our SOC Radio collaboration, how long have you been involved in the art culture and its comings and goings?

MB: Tony Sokol and I left SOC months ago to create our own radio brand. We felt that we were being stifled and forced to fit into a “white litey/sugar coatey” box. We are returning in 2018 with our own show, “The Darkworkers Live” wherein I can be my true Kali self.  Long before that my television career began on Entertainment Tonight as a “Vampire Expert” during the excitement over Coppolla’s “Dracula”, since just prior to that I had been on the cover of “Weekly World News” in a real vampire story. I worked at the studios in various support capacities and then later as a fashion publicist for couture Beverly Hills accessory designer until 2008 when the market crashed and people were no longer investing in $2,000 hand bags. I’ve been a professional psychic ever since, but my background in entertainment has supported that next career. The fact that my ex-husband is an Oscar Winning, Grammy Winning record producer gives me legitimate status in the “First Wives Club.”  I blend a street wise Filipino flippancy and express it with the words of an Ivy Leaguer who smokes too many cigarettes and reads French Literature when she wants to delve into the practicalities of modern love affairs (anything by Collette).

RVL: …and how do you define, personally, your own work and style today?

MB: My style varies with each client. Some people need to hear the truth – plain and simple. Others need me to tell them the future framed as a mythic journey. And still others need me to serve as the Dark Mirror of their secret inner monsters … and yet reflected in me these monsters are heroic, titanic … *Laughs*  I think of myself as the Sacred Fool. I am always searching, playing and learning. I am the trickster, the clown and the wise teacher. I am the witch in the woods with the secret to true love. And let’s not forget Fifi, my loving little Vampire Chihuahua. I wear my masks, they don’t wear me. And all these masks are designed to teach about the past, the present, the future and the different dark paths we traverse across each segment of time.

RVL: Without revealing any trade secrets, can you give us a little insight into what you are up to these days?

MB: I am developing several concepts for television and radio. Entertainment 2morrow and soon The Darkworkers Live will function as two “idea incubators.” I consult for feature films. Just talked to a director today. And I am waiting until after Mercury Retrograde to see what I can do with a tv presentation that has changed hands, but looks AMAZING. I do readings in Burbank currently at the Crooked Path Apothecary, online via Skype, on the phone and I’m soon to be on Patreon.

RVL: …and, quite apart from any sort of ‘nightkind’ or ‘spiritual’ influence, where else do you draw your inspirations from?

MB: My inspiration comes from anything that strikes my fancy. I am a voracious reader and have covered the classics, the must read best sellers and some pretty obscure occult literature, poetry, murder porn, pop culture, gothic architecture, science fiction and haute couture fashion. Such a mixed bag. Once again … the Sacred Fool.  In my mind all these subjects overlap and intersect. I see connections where others don’t see them or even suspect. My psychic mind functions within a very intellectual brain. People ask me if I’ve ever visited the Akashic Library. I’m sure I still owe money on books I’ve checked out but never brought back, if you get my drift.

RVL: I’d like to touch, briefly, on one of your latest pursuits, “Darkworkers”… what brought that about and what’s the main purpose behind ‘Darkworkers’?

MB: Last year Tony Sokol and I did a radio series entitled “Magick Lab Academy.” Originally created to touch on more esoteric topics like modernized ceremonial magick,  it evolved into more of a magickal lifestyle show because our producers were … very … white litey. We were both annoyed, artistically stunted and we left because we were otherwise bored to tears and they couldn’t get their shit together. So, we played around a bit with paranormal online radio which we were shocked to find was vastly populated with “Christian Conservatives” using limited occult knowledge with modern gadgets and Bible Belt sensibilities.  We came away shocked and dismayed  to discover that not only did some people not charge, they didn’t feel that they deserved payment, nor did anyone else. We’re artists, but we are not the sort of artists that were expecting to be noticed and rewarded … only after we died. I mean, being undead has to count for something. Right? I’m still trying to wrap my head around that. I don’t work hard NOT to make money. It was really, really weird. But it was an eye opening experience in a subculture that intersects, but mainly contradicts what we thrive on in the occult world. That “intersection” is where Magick Lab Academy, Entertainment 2morrow and the Darkworkers Live exist in their own dimension. Are Tony and I creating a new genre?  Get back to me in 10 years and I may know the answer.

RVL: Where can our readers view your work and do you have an outlet for retail?

I can be found at facebook @ahollywoodwitch , @stylecoven , @thedarkworkerslive and at the websites: www.mariebargas.com , www.stylecoven.com and over 30 items in GOOGLE NEWS

RVL: We understand that, at present, you are heavily involved with Wildlife Waystation of Northern Los Angeles in the wake of the devastating wildfires there recently, can you tell us a little about that?

MB: The tigers of the Wildlife Waystation are especially dear to me because the tiger is a vehicle of Shakti/Durga representing strength. Durga as you know is Kali/the vampire goddess. For me the connection between vampires, predators and nature has a deep spiritual significance. Kali, in Her earliest forms is Nature this is, “Indifferent to Human Gaze” outside of society and social norms. The tigers mean a lot to me right now. They are beautiful, powerful predators … and so are the best vampires. *chuckles*

[ Ed. Note: from the Wildlife Waystation website – “Now that our animals have returned to the site, a huge effort is underway to clean and removed debris caused by the fire.

We are incurring a great deal of cost with this emergency. Staff was onsite 24×7 during the height of the emergency, and we did have some roofs blown off and corrals burned. If you can help with a donation, it will be greatly appreciated.”

– If you would care to make a donation please go to the website and help out, even if a little]

‘Tyson’ returns to the Wildlife Waystation
img. source: AP News/Nick Ut

RVL: Do you have a favourite method, or medium to, work in?

MB:  I don’t need anything really except permission to “enter” into someone’s aura, but I prefer to use tarot cards or a pendulum as “buffers” because there are some things that I don’t want to know.

RVL: What advice would you give to any budding psychics who may just be on the point of starting out on their own professional journey and spiritual growth?

MB: I mentor a few very talented psychics and I always encourage them to read and study as much of the old occult books as possible. Some of these New Age tomes are utter garbage.  Occultism and the Alchemical Arts can’t be learned through apps. That’s ridiculous. I also encourage them to examine the connections between the occult, physics and literature and to really explore what makes them hot, hungry, excited …  and more than anything else I tell these kids to turn off their phones and their computers and go outside into forests, dark caves, crashing oceans … to live … and to feel the interconnectedness of it all in time … which is an illusion. THAT is how a good psychic evolves, surely not from online correspondence courses alone.  Personally, I always learned directly from flesh and blood teachers … and there are those moments when the Gods, Devas and Spirits drop in to show me a few things or ask a favor.  *Laughs*

 

RVL: Do you consciously confine yourself to ’tried and true’ practices and methods or is the development of your sphere of influence something that is subject to constant growth and experimentation?

MB: I began with the basics and expanded my repertoire like a musician playing various instruments. Being a psychic for me is an art, not a science. But it is an art that serves several purposes. I not only predict the future, I help people create reality. Time is relative. Reality is an illusion. Play it or be played by it. But it’s not a game, Tim. It’s a SONG. Tony understand that about me intimately. I am HIS soprano and he is MY Impresario.  My name is Marie, maybe after Maria Callas. My step-mother loved la Callas. It was as if she was predicting my future.  I know it sounds obtuse, but I can’t reveal my secrets. All I can do is assure you that they work.

RVL: Do you find, or think, there is a large niche within the modern nightkind culture for the expression and appreciation of skills such as yours?

MB: As a psychic, sorceress of sorts and other things which I can only imply … the modern nightkind culture is part of a culture that I helped shape in a very small way at its Genesis. It is nothing new, I feel more like I am coming home and seeing all these new toys and ivory towers that others have built to play with. We had no such politics or communities back in the very beginning and everything was secret and that made it sacred. We had palpable Gods and Monsters back then. We were really dead and undead and risen and we couldn’t tell anybody but each other, but it was exciting and real. And then I “slept” for decades through the AIDS scare, political correctness … it’s good to be awake again.  All that experience contributes to an informed opinion alongside my psychic perceptions. Translation? I’ve seen the monsters inside real vampires that need to be fed and adored. To me they are puppy dogs that need attention. Surely, THAT is a uniquely dark world nightkind interpretation without judgement. Some people can read vampires. I can give vampires more than a reading but a genuine song of the night, without judgement or prejudice. For a vampire to open themselves enough to get an accurate reading there has to be that simpatico otherwise half of their energy is spent hiding their secret lives. I encourage monsters to come out and play so they can tell me their stories. Don’t you know that monsters know everything? *Laughs*

RVL: So, tell us, when you aren’t communing with the aethyrs what does Lady Marie Bargas do to ‘kick back’ and ‘chill’?

MB: My favourite thing to do in my spare time is spend an entire day at the spa. Massages, whirlpools, mud bathing … and then … Steak, Bloody Marys and fries … and then … drinking at the gambling tables and shocking the dealers with my bizarre choice of cards. I ALWAYS win. I shop for entertainment. I read real books and sip tea while I’m reading. The Vampire Chihuahua occasionally licks the secrets of the universe into my skin in exchange for belly rubs.

RVL: Naturally, I would suppose, we would like to touch, at least once, upon your knowledge and history within the nightkind culture; modern Vampyres in particular, when did you first become aware that there was a modern living Vampyre culture?

MB: As I’ve said earlier I was present at the Genesis of the modern vampire in the crowd scenes at the Rise and Fall of Western Civilization, in the audience at a Nina Hagen concert, a vampire expert for Entertainment Tonight, created by a historical Los Angeles Goth King with ties to Thelema and OTO. Good Goddess Tim. Don’t you know me?

RVL: *Laughs* Thank you very much indeed for sharing your thoughts, advice and insights with us today. We greatly appreciate your time indeed, it has been an absolute pleasure speaking with you.

MB: Thank YOU! It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking with you. This has been a perfect Mercury Retrograde Confession. Bless me Father for I have sinned…


Preparing this presentation was an exhilarating experience, more so because it came in the wake of a guest invitation I received to appear on SOC Radio with Lady Marie, Tony Sokol and Lady Gia Ahlia Bathory. It was the first time that I have done a “live” interview, and show…quite an experience.

It was also exhilarating because when you are in touch with Lady Marie you feel the profound energy, the vibe, and the spirit-passion that she exudes.

Of her accomplishments there can be no doubt, her television work speaks for itself. Of her in person, one can only sit and marvel at the friends that have graced her artistic circle through her life thus far and wonder what more is to come from such an amazing lady but despite the glamour of the situation one can instantly recognise the true soul-passion for her arts, the adventurous spirit of her creation and the fearlessness of her approach.

 

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Information just to hand…

(Img backing: Phozfate & Vampire Art Makeup on Pinterest)

Good morning,

In our last Crossroads Editorial I promised that “further information” would be made available as it came to hand…

In reference to the late Lady Sangi’s site Sanguinarius.org I can report that in response to the statement in that editorial,

“At last visit it seems that the “Registration” for site is still disabled, however, we have contacted the administrators/managers at The VCMB (the Sanguinarius.org message board) to determine whether this will be changing and when. We will make the information available when we receive a reply.”

We received a reply from Lady SphynxcatVP, another leading information and support figure in the modern culture. The reply was as follows;

“Registration on sanguinarius.org will be disabled for a while. Time duration unknown at this time. Plans are to redo the site into something more secure while still being mobile-friendly.

To the best of my knowledge, all parts of the site that Sangi historically had accessible in the past should STILL be accessible without a login (AFAIK, logins were just for making comments on posts), barring the FAQ’s which are currently disabled because the FAQ script hasn’t been supported in years, and thus is no longer getting security patches. The main concern with the unsupported FAQ script is that it could be hacked to deliver malware or a nasty virus (or multiple malware/virii), which would ultimately leave readers with an unpleasant experience.”

We would like to thank Lady Sphynxcat for the information and we will keep an eye out to let our readers know when Sanguinarius.org becomes fully operational once more, a time we, at RVL, look forward to indeed.

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The views and opinions presented in this article are the opinions of the author and/or contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of The Owner/s of RVL, their officers, assigns or agents. RVL and its officers do not personally, individually, or jointly necessarily recommend or condone any of the activities or practices represented.

For further information please see the RVL Website Disclaimer

 

Crossroads 2017 – Honesty, Integrity and the non-Partisan approach

Researched, Written and Presented by

Tim

Just think, not long now and I’ll have to design the ‘Crossroads 2018’ header image…

Good evening,
I trust everyone is well? You know I have a habit of revisiting certain things that I feel are of great importance to, not only our readers but to the cyberworld in general and this evening I wanted to return and take an updated look at “information”, information and its presentation, its uses, its benefits and even some harms.

There is a vast array of information sources available to the explorer of the modern real Vampire culture online, just like in the rest of the ‘world information’ infrastructure. Sometimes it is very difficult to discern whether the source you are looking at is totally accurate, honest and approaching matters with an unbiased sense of integrity.

In many cases it may not be so difficult to tell, for example, if you want to read positive things about the current government of the United States you read certain ‘pro-government’ newspapers, if you want to review negative things then you read other news sources. It is very much the way of things these days… as the old saying goes, “Opinions are like a-holes…” etc. etc.

So, how does the reader tell that what they’re reading is kosher?

img. source: pewinternet.org

When we prepare a publication piece at RVL we begin by researching the subject, the material, available resources and information that may be in the searchable public domain. From there we will ALWAYS attempt to make contact with the people involved in what we are intending to write on, after all, our audience wants to read about those people and their ideas rather than what we interpret their aims, goals and purposes to be. If the piece is an “Opinion Piece”, like this one, we will identify it as such, hence the “Crossroads” banner and headlines. In all cases we go to great lengths to ensure that what we are writing about is based in fact, is supported by material that can be linked to and cross-referenced or checked by the reader. We may not hit the mark 110% but we will always strive to get as close as we can and we will, with all except the “Crossroads” pieces, perhaps, seek for a mandated balance of impartiality but never doubt that sometimes even being neutral can get you in trouble though…!

Over the last couple of months we at RVL have been reviewing a selected sample of ‘Vampire’ resources, reviewing for content, reviewing for informed comment, reviewing the supporting information on which such commentary is based and looking for common denominators in these resources. Naturally, as one would suspect, we have found both ends of the spectrum. In presenting the following conclusions we are NOT denying anyone the right to say, and write, whatever they will… after all the freedom of expression is enshrined in, certainly, the constitution of the United States and, by and large, in the constitutional instruments of the majority of democratic institutions around the world.

Perhaps it is with a sense of the necessity for integrity, honesty and impartiality in reporting ‘news’ and ‘current affairs’ in the world wide real Vampire culture that we tend to measure other sources and determine our own path.

The resources that we have focused on during this period of observation are Lady CG’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, Jet Berelson’s ‘VampireFreaks’, Zane Robinson’s ‘Awake and Drink’, the late, great, Sanguinarius E. Sanguinarius’ ‘Sanguinarius.org’ and the relatively newly arrived ‘The Red Cellar’.

In each case, firstly, we must accept the fact that the owners and writers for each resource have the right to have an opinion about whatever they will, they have a right to publicise these opinions within their groups and to disperse these opinions as they see a necessity to do so, everyone has that right and that is something that must remain inviolate. The rub comes where said opinions, from anywhere, can’t be, or are not, supportable.

With this in mind let’s take a more in depth look at each;

img. source: Zane Robinson’s awakeanddrink.org

Beginning with Zane Robinson’s ‘Awake and Drink’, as a part of its offerings the resource presents a series of analyses of different sites, groups and web-resources along with the author’s opinion of each resource. One of the items that stands out is the analysis and presentation relating to Temple-House Sahjaza.

Mr. Robinson opines that;
My own thoughts on this Temple are generally disfavorable. Although their online presence is fairly unexciting, they are an extremely active in-person group. There have been numerous reports of some…unruly members of this group; however how much of that is the individual, versus how much is the Temple is questionable.

It is one thing to say that there have been “numerous reports” of something, quite another to offer substantive proof to support that statement and this is where opinions can fall down.

He goes on to write;

Also of concern is the indecisive attitude in regards to whether or not/how much they want to associate themselves with the Sanguinarium and vampyre subculture. For instance, here are two statements from this page:

“We will only accept those who come with a desire to maximize their potential and who can make a significant contribution to the Family, the Sanguinarium and the Vampyre subculture.”

“The Sahjaza, as a Family, do not hold involvement in the politics of other organizations or games of individuals of the sanguinarium and vampyre subculture.”

While I understand where they are coming from with this –that they don’t want to be taken down with all the other idiots out there by those idiots’ actions– you just can’t have it both ways;…

One of the problems here is that this is “old news”, it does not reflect the modern and most current outlook and practices of the organisation. This particular timeframe was somewhere back in the early to mid- 90’s, around 24 years ago.

The other major difficulty we discovered was that none of the hotlinks to “sources” mentioned in the analysis worked so we were unable to verify any of the statements and substantiations offered. We did make attempt, on two occasions, to contact Mr. Robinson for clarification via email but we received no response.

Upon reading further, particularly with reference to the section entitled, “The ‘Guide’ to Vampyrism” ( accessed via the publicly accessible dropdown menus ) we read that the site owner is adamant on the following point,

“The one thing that I will not tolerate is misinformation. While you may or may not agree with all which is posted within this site, unless you can challenge it with an argument well-supported enough to change my mind or the minds of others viewing, then the information contained herein will not change.”

At the very least it could be concluded that the web resource ‘Awake and Drink’ is now defunct by virtue of its material being long out of date, if not somewhat self-contradictory.

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img. source: Lady CG’s Smoke and Mirrors

In stark contrast to this example we have Lady CG’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, established in 2002 this resource has had, and still does, a long and illustrious record of support and service to the modern Vampire culture. Many of you may recall that Lady CG was a guest on A&E’s “Secret Lives of Vampires” documentary, along with Lady Michelle Belanger, in 2005.

Smoke and Mirrors offers, and always has, in depth ‘real-time’ discussion facilities, a live chat venue on-site along with extensive archives of articles, editorials and reports that go back, pretty much, to its inception and provide a huge resource for students of the modern culture.

Of the many resources offered the modern real living Vampire there are a great number of practical guides for actually living the life, not in any theoretical sense but from the solid basis of Lady CG’s personal experience. Items such as the “Vampyres for Beginners” forum, an informative, supportive and non-judgmental place for newcomers to find out much needed things, Lady CG’s own seminal work, “Practical Vampyrism”, a book that modern Vampires can use as a guide to healthy and happy Vamp life.

Make no mistake, there is always room for opinions at S&M as well but the difference between there and many other places is that the atmosphere is most decidedly non-combative and though discussions can get lively they are, by the great majority, mutually respectful and non-judgmental.

img. source: Unesco

From the very beginning of my association with Real Vampire Life E-Zine, Real Vampire News back then, our owner made it very clear that decorum, impartiality and a ‘fair hearing’ for all were the foundations for the E-Zine. Yes, we are allowed to have opinions and, as Staff we are allowed to publish said opinions BUT the condition is that we identify such as personal opinions NOT the general position or opinion of the E-Zine. That’s why I created the “Crossroads” series. As I said, “…everyone has one” and has the right to speak their opinion.

Jet Berelson – founder of VampireFreaks
img. source: Google-Plus

One of the biggest surprises that we got while researching this matter was in the well-established and widely known web resource “VampireFreaks”. Originally developed, we discovered, as a Goth/ Indie/Industrial cultural resource it has, unfortunately, become widely associated with criminal instances perpetrated by individuals who frequented the site with predatory intent. As we also discovered, over something like two months of interactions there, there are NO real Vampires, or, at least, none who wanted to ‘stand and be recognised’.

After entering an inquiry, and touching base every few days or so, these are just a sample of the replies we received;

“They sparkle”

 “Just mosquitoes. ~shrug~”

“Vampires Bite”

 “there was a Vampire Duck called Count Duckula, he was enemies with Danger Mouse”

“Vampires existed in Ancient Egypt. They drunk blood in certain rituals.”

“Do you wear a fedora”

 “The red cross is an insatiable blood sucker.”

“Don’t even get me started on the Red Cross”

“I’ve worn fedora’s for 20 years until about last year when it suddenly became a thing not because I’m anti hipster, just because I wanted it to be 1935 again” 🙁

“You miss college that much?”

“I WISH I was college age in 1935, are you kiddin’!? Fun time to be alive. As long as I still lived in the NJ/NY area and not like Wyoming”

Okay, drifting off topic there at the end…!!! Out of curiosity we attempted to contact Mr. Berelson to determine how the name came about for the site, thus far we have yet to receive a reply.

VampireFreaks.com is an online community for the Gothic–industrial subcultures. It was created by site owner, Mr. Jet Berelson, in 1999, beginning with a limited range of forums dedicated to Gothic–industrial music.

Stepping away from the online site VampireFreaks hosts an online store that sells Goth and alternative clothing, it also hosts a number of events, mainly in the New York City area. Information of these events can be found on the website. Two of the most popular being the ‘Cybertron’, a gothic-industrial club night in NYC, and the ‘Triton Festival’, a music festival that has attracted gothic-industrial bands from around the world.

The site has been, as I say, somewhat unfortunately, linked with a number of violent and sexual controversies however, in a reported response the site owner has said, “the website does not influence its users to commit crimes”, and goes on to note that “The goth scene is a very friendly, nurturing, non-violent community and we are very supportive of our users and do not condone any illegal activities”.

But, as I said, contrary to the name, NO Vampyres to be found, sorry.

img. source: The Red Cellar

One of the latest resources that we have watched develop is that of ‘The Red Cellar’ and the linked resource ‘Ask a Sanguivore’.

It is a growing resource and one that caters specifically to sanguine Vampyres, now there are those that have, and will, opine that such separation is not good for the overall culture… sorry, doesn’t hold water in my opinion (there you go, there’s that phrase…!) It is vitally important to any culture that the rights of its individual sectors be upheld in equality… after all,

“The United States Constitution First Amendment (1791) Free Exercise Clause guarantees a person’s right to hold whatever [religious] beliefs he or she wants, and to freely exercise that belief. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to express and to be exposed to a wide range of opinions and views. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes. It was intended to ensure a free exchange of ideas…” [Ref: Monk, Linda. “Amendment I”. Annenberg Classroom. Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.]

The Facebook portals offer an up to date reporting of resources for the student of the Sanguine and the website presents articles, editorials and commentaries regarding the current Sanguine life and movement. It is true, to some extent, that the Sanguine Vampire culture has been under assault for many years, the proliferation of ‘alternative’ Vampyre practices and theories that came along over the last ten to twelve years has been nothing short of breath-taking and, while each had its own points of merit in most cases, we have to agree that nothing says “Vampire” like the consumption of blood.

Whether the proofs are coming to support beneficial and nutritional uses for the ingestion of blood or whether we look back at ages old recipes that contain blood in some form in foodstuffs, whether we allude to the old folklores of the Vampire or whether we choose to examine the accounts of the ritual and historical uses and consumption of human blood among ancient, and indigenous, races we must accept that there is a great deal of merit in the Sanguine assertions and that ‘The Red Cellar’ is at the forefront of the studies of such.

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One of the greatest difficulties that anyone faces when coming to an online culture is in deciding what is a “good” source of information, and what is a “bad” source. Unfortunately you can get drawn to a “bad” source by the trappings of glamour and glitzy approach… it’s an age old advertising ploy, “catch the eye, catch the attention”, this can, however, often hide inferior product – false advertising? Some would say “clever advertising”. A good thing to bear in mind all the time.

Whenever anyone asks me what I consider to be the best web-resource for Vampires on the net they all expect me to say, naturally, J. Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine, many of them are surprised when I don’t… my answer never varies, and hasn’t for the last decade or so…

Sanguinarius.org

In August of 2015 a great tragedy was visited on the modern living Vampire culture, we lost Lady Sanguinarius E. Sanguinarius (a.k.a. Sangi) Her site, Sanguinarius.org, had become the yardstick by which everyone else measured their site developments and has been heavily supported and frequented since its establishment in 1997.

The site is still being maintained and provides a great range of resources for the modern culture. In an easy to navigate manner, the tab drop-downs at the top of the home page make it simple to find exactly what you’re looking for and the vast amount of information, much of it going back to the nineties, is maintained and fully accessible.

From The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (Version 2.6) to Vampire FAQ’s, from an Online Press Room to Vampire Community Graphics to the famous ‘Dictionary of Vampspeak’ and more there is a wealth of study information and interaction/reading available to anyone looking for relevant and unbiased information.

As it says, on the “About Us” page, in the ‘Statement of Purpose’;
“To establish and maintain a national/worldwide communication, information, and support network for all blood-drinkers, self-identified vampires/vampyres and otherkin/therians;”

At last visit it seems that the “Registration” for site is still disabled, however, we have contacted the administrators/managers at The VCMB (the Sanguinarius.org message board) to determine whether this will be changing and when. We will make the information available when we receive a reply.

In Conclusion:

As you can see, and perhaps it’s no big surprise but the resources available on the internet for real living Vampyres, students of the modern culture or researchers looking for credible sources, vary widely in scope and quality. The first thing one needs to make sure of is, “am I reading facts or opinions?”

If you can identify them as “facts” then they should be supportable, able to be cross-referenced and verifiable. A fact is NOT a fact just because someone says it is.

If you identify it, or rather, should the author identify it as “opinion” then, ideally, it should be informed, based in some sort of original fact or verifiable possibility. After all, opinion without support can very often be mistaken for something else and ignored.

Cases both for and against need to be built, built in calm, rational and sensible ways. They need to be supported and, above all, plausible. If they’re not they simply sound stupid, no?

Don’t sound/look stupid – doesn’t help anyone, least of all you…!

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