One-on-One: Another side of a coin

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Stories, tales, rumours, suppositions… in the modern Vampire culture they are as inevitable as death and taxes. Which stories are true, which are accurate, which are complete, well, that all rather depends on who you talk to and when.

Different variations of different interpretations of the same event often make it seem as though the same tale has different endings, or no ending at all.

In a great many cases you will find that the stories are based on part of a tale from one source, part from another source and yet another part from an entirely different quarter so how is the “innocent bystander” to make sense of it all? How do we unravel the different strands and get to the kernels of truth? Many’s the time when we might be tempted to sit back and say to ourselves, “Hmmm, where there’s smoke there’s fire, right?” Is that always true, or is the smoke being blown from another place entirely?

Our guest this evening has been, in the past, controversial, outspoken and firmly in a different corner to many and one has to wonder why, where did the controversy stem from? Where did it begin and what’s the newest initiative that he is involved in?

RVL is pleased to present a One-on-One with Michael Vachmiel.

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RVL: Good evening Michael, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to RVL, and we would like to thank you for sparing us a little of your time today.

MV: It is a pleasure to speak with you.

RVL: The first question, in fact probably the one that our audience likes to see quite early on, do you identify as a modern living Vampire?

MV: Yes I do.

RVL: …and since this is our “first contact”, so to speak, would you share with us a little of your own history, when did you first become aware of your true nature and when did you first come to the modern Vampire culture?

MV: I began my journey like so many others of my era did. We were just trying to survive what it was like growing up in the late 1980’s. Trying to find a place to belong, trying to find ourselves. It was in 1985 that I found an odd assortment of people from various occult traditions that were willing to share their knowledge. It was being around this energy and people that that my cravings and hungers for both energy and blood rose. Instead of being looked at like a freak, I was shown occult, spiritual, and religious texts showing similar hungers and desires. It was not until some former Temple of Set people came to play with us that the term vampire, and what being a living vampire meant, came to light in our lives.

RVL: Prior to realising the truth about yourself, were you always “taken” by the concept of the Vampire? Did you watch and read much material early on?

MV:  Beforehand no. I was this rather beat up, shy, timid shell of a person that was just trying to understand his own nature. The total muggle! Then after 85 I devoured everything I could get my hands on! I am lucky that my awakening took place in the late 1980’s and early 90’s when the height of music and fashion took place.

Mr. Michael Vachmiel

RVL: When you first arrived in the wild and wonderful world of the internet culture what were your first impressions?

MV:  The Bulletin Boards were marvellous! I remember dial up on 300 baud modems and those early days! Then the CompuServe rooms along with the invention of Windows added more tools to play with. It was not until Windows evolved, AOL chat rooms and IRC that the Vampire Culture could get a solid foothold in the web. Then the user groups, followed by Yahoo Groups, then Friends Space. We could finally share photos and music. LiveJournal, and then Myspace changed the game completely! They both came at the right place and time in history to lay the solid foundations of what we call the Online Vampire Community. From there we have all seen how Vampire have adapted technology to meet the ever evolving needs of our community. Technology is a wonderful thing!

RVL: …and have your impressions changed greatly with the passage of time?

MV:  In the 33 years of being awakened I would have to say no. More mature and more refined of course. More knowledgeable most certainly! Over all, the human, in this case vampire, heart and soul does not change. The same personality archetypes, the same hungers, the same cravings always repeat themselves.  Age, knowledge and experience has made managing these cycles less stressful.

 

RVL: Now, you have “cut your teeth” so to speak, in Texas which is widely known for its modern Vampire presence. Can you share a little with us about the Vampire Court of Houston, how and when it formed?

MV:  The Vampire Court of Houston came about four years ago when there was a rapid succession of other vampire monarchs in Houston that had to step down for various reasons. Some because of illness, others because they chose to abdicate the throne. As nature abhors a vacuum I stepped up. We quickly organized a council, set up a community vote to see of the Houston VC was willing to go along with this. So I took my years of experience and began to task of governing. We reached out to other courts, we began to communicate with others. We set up regular meetings and events. We broke new ground in the vampire community. We publicly recognized the importance of Black Swans!  Yes, that was us! We treated being a vampire court seriously and DBA the name so no other group can take it! We were the first to live cast our meetings! We had Television and other media spots talking about Vampire and Swan relationships. These videos went viral and still continue to generate views. We created a powerful and energetic foundation that many others follow!

RVL: …and all-in-all we would have to agree, I think, that last year was quite controversial as far as you and your Court were concerned… indeed it almost seemed at one point as though you were out to “take on the world”… have you considered that time since then and changed direction at all?

MV:  Not at all!   When I took the step to DBA and protect the name, Vampire Court of Houston, which set off a firestorm. For the first time, someone said to certain parts of the vampire culture, no, you simply can’t take someone’s intellectual property by popularity vote! Then I said that Black Swans are EQUAL to vampires, for without our swans and donors, our culture would be less overall. That set off another firestorm. The response that saw the “food” and “slaves” as equals made me a poser, a fake and a fraud!  It was the beginning of the ugliness of 2017. So I responded with a cult awareness checklist, warning others not to allow people to think for them, and to think for themselves. So to be clear, I am not out to take on the world.  I am out to take on the part of the world that is cruel and vile.

RVL: How do you, personally, define the importance and value of formal and organised groups, be they Houses, Havens, Courts, Orders or Other?

MV: Organization is key to growth. An organized people have strength in numbers, achieving what an individual can not. Organizations have more resources and thus can achieve wondrous things. The current trend in the global vampire community to work with charities demonstrates the power of group achievement in a most positive and healthy way.

RVL: Within the Vampire Court of Houston there are two distinct levels we believe, that is, the “Inner” and “Outer” court, how do the two parts differ while being under the overall header of the VCH?

MV: The first thing I should point out is that there are no members of the VCH that are under 18.  Each member must fill out an application to formally join the court and I have stated clearly that joining the on line groups is not the same as joining the courts. The Inner Court is for those individuals, residing both in Houston and around the world, who are willing to donate time and energy to growing the court.

The Outer Court is for those individuals who wish to join the VCH, but simply do not have a lot of time or energy to contribute on a regular basis.

While the “age restriction” is something that has been played upon by our opponents, the real issue is our criminal background check.  The VCH does not allow people with violent felony backgrounds of a sexual nature such as rape, or crimes involving children to join.

img. source: Vampire Court of Houston

 

RVL: You are well known for your hitherto unwavering stance of, “You’re either with me or against me,” is that a standpoint you still favour?

MV: That you for allowing me to dispel this rather common, yet false notion about me.   I, along with the Vampire Court of Houston, has a small set of minimal behavioral standards. No trolling. No bullying. No stalking. We do not allow those with violent criminal offenses of a sexual nature or crimes involving children into our ranks. These guidelines four years ago were seen as Vachmiel dictating who can be in and out of the vampire community. This was then altered into a “with me or against me” position. So for clarification, the “with me or against me” was never a hard line mind-set.   On some things, I simply cannot compromise. The health and safety of myself, my swans and those who choose to be part of the court. With everything else, negations are the only sane and rational way forward.  That is the hallmark of any successful individual.

RVL: …and on that note, do you find a great difference in ethic and aesthetic from that which you may have been formerly used to?

MV:   Not really. As I mentioned about the ethics are solid while we are always guarding and improving the aesthetics of our public image.

RVL: Where do you see Michael Vachmiel in, say, five or ten years?

MV:   I am working with a publisher to create a series of metaphysical books. I see myself documenting this three and half decade journey in the world of the vampire in the written form, sharing my experience and knowledge with the world.

img. source: VCH/ M. Vachmiel

 

RVL: From your point of view, what are the best and worst things about being an “information age” modern Vampire? Do you think social media is a benefit or a curse?

MV: No longer does a “baby bat” have to suffer from an information drought. Knowledge of how to feed, shield, where to buy spiritual supplies, how to apply Goth makeup, where to buy clothing, so forth and so on. No one is isolated any longer! No one is alone any longer! This is the blessing the information age and social media.

The curse is the lack of accountability and responsibility for poor behavior. In 2017, I was harassed 24/7 for an entire year by a group of people. The situation escalated to death threats. I had to talk to Houston Police Department and the District Attorney on how to evaluate, monitor and record death threats. No one should have to have a lawyer and contacts with legal just to exist online peacefully, but that is the curse and reality of people popular on line in the 21st century.

RVL: If we can, now, I’d like to focus on the new undertaking that you have recently unveiled, namely the Vampire Society… and the reaching out to other mainstream community groups, what is the main purpose behind the society?

MV: The purpose of the Vampire Society is to allow Courts, Covens, Houses, Orders, and Ronin to ally and benefit from being part of a large group of people while maintaining their uniqueness.

RVL: …and where can people go to find out more about The Society?

MV:  People are free to join the discussion at

The Vampire Society Forum on Facebook

RVL: Are you concerned, at all, that reaching into areas that are not local to you will cause friction with already established organisations in those areas?

MV: That was a worry. That is still a worry and we are always listening to constructive feedback on how to improve our message. So far our message of be an ally but be yourself.  Keep your style of governance, keep your members ‘your members’, and run your area the way you see fit has been well received.   We make it clear we want allies, not minions! Looking at the mistakes made by others with similar projects we have learned what not to do when approaching people and organizations.

RVL: As I’m sure you are aware there are those that recall, perhaps unkindly to some degree, some controversial and adversarial comments that you made last year… is the Vampire Society a recognition that cooperation is much better than conflict?

MV: Sadly, when others choose to be aggressive, sometimes to the point of criminality, conflict occurs. Social media tends to spin things out of control. Cooperation and negotiation is always preferable to the wasted energy of conflict. Our success with the media and other professional third parties, along with the rapid growth of the Vampire Court of Houston and the Vampire Society demonstrates this solidly.

RVL: Do you regret, perhaps, some of the comments that you have made in the past, even though in that you would be no different to many, many others in the history of the modern culture?

MV:  We all have regrets. When our videos and other media went viral, I was not expecting the level of hate, stalking, and other criminal behavior. It took me by surprise and in the early days it stung me deeply. Having talked to other media types, lawyers, and getting solid advice from professionals I have learned just to “let it go”.

img. source: Freepik.com

RVL: …and if we were to ask you for one piece of advice for those either in, or just coming into, the modern VC, what would that advice be?

MV: Let things go. Ignore the haters. Be true to yourself. Read everything by everyone and keep what is of value to you, discard what does not work for you. If possible, get out and meet people! Be active! In order for a culture to grow, we need people! We need you! You are our future!

RVL: Michael Vachmiel, it has been a pleasure to spend a bit of time with you today, we will be very interested to see how the Society develops and we would like to check in with you, down the road a bit, and see what’s what if that’s okay?

MV: Of course!

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Have you ever heard the saying “Truth is stranger than fiction“? Perhaps, in this case the truth is just that, perhaps it’s a truth that has been obscured and it’s entirely possible that, with the formation of the Vampire Society, the “truth” is going to become apparent.

For any effort toward a unity state it’s not always necessary that groups, Houses, Havens or Courts formally come together under one banner, indeed one only need look to the recently formed Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition to realise that independent bodies are able to form a working coalition and it will be extremely interesting to watch how the Vampire Society grows and blossoms.

Any move toward uniting scattered groups must be a step in the right direction and once headed in that direction it will become easier for the larger formed bodies to enter into cooperative circles with one common goal in mind… but only so long as we realise, and recognise, that there are indeed two sides to every coin.

 

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Dayyyyyyy-oh, day-ay-ay-oh…

img. source: Official PSDs

Yup…Yup… some coarse language, maybe some drug references an’… y’know, stuff…

img. source: WishesQuotes

Heyyyy-ahhhhh… Hi Moms, all the Moms, Mothers everywhere… tomorrow is your day so lap it up…!!! When somebody asks you, “Where’s my…” Reply, “Day Off…!” or, when they ask, “What’s happening…” Reply, “Day Off…!” In fact whenever anyone asks, wants, needs or demands anything tomorrow… just say, “Day Off Buster…!”

Tell ’em I said…

Yep, right, so, yeah…Wow…! 6 days at work an’ I made it home on time tonight…!!! Wild right? Anybody else has punched six this week I feel for ya… so what’s been going on? Huh… what? Hell, Don’t ask me I just got here…! Lemme check with my beautiful assistant…

Uh huh, hmm, yep… right… okay, good, yeah, really??? Wow… okay, yep, righty-oh, yeah… good… okay then.

 

Img. source: Nitty Griddy

Oi, haha, sorry to keep you waiting, well the big news tickets this week just gone…

Why wait while you’re halfway there? Bad Things brings you Halloween in May! Performers and DJ’s TBA

COSTUME CONTEST!!

New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans… d’you guys EVER stop partying down there???

What else going around… ah, yes, the Chicago thing… that’s a biggun…

img. source: GCVC

Great strides since firing up, getting a lot of folks calling at the page to give it the thumbs up or say hi… all greatly appreciated. All the more so since a great many of you helped us to shrug off the nastiness with that Vampire Court thingy that appeared out the blue… seems to have disappeared back into the woodwork since the persona non grata declaration against its leader and his associates…

You can swing by the Coalition at 
The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition on Facebook

Okay, Okay… let’s throw some long forgotten atcha… this week I’ve been cutting some new CD’s for me motor… dug out some old faithfuls that remind of some happy times, definitely party music…

Wellllllllllll… don’t blame me, I warned ya…!!!

 

Well, and yes, some uber-news for Chicago… there are rumours rampant of a “Vamp-Con” in the Windy City next year…!!! Yesssss… we can all dress up and get fanged and freaky… Me? Costume? Oh, Yeah… I’m gonna get me a big box, wrap it colorful paper and then get one of those funny floppy things that you play with in swimming pools, what are they??? Oh, yeah, a noodle… and I’m going as a…

Costume design by Mr. T.

…and on the back it’s going to say, “PUCKER UP BABY…!”

Alrighty… away down in Texas… here we go, to the Lone Star State…

The Glass Coffin: Vampire Parlour

Now Carrying Vampire Tarot Cards.
Stop by the shop today and browse our new stuff.
Open till 7pm. 

#TheGlassCoffin #VampireParlour
#VampireTarot #Oddities
#Curiosities
#Vintage
#Antiques
#MacabreAdornments #Austin #AustinVampires #KeepAustinSpooky
#HauntedAustin

…and one for the readers out there, need a new item for the library? Well, check this one out… author Nick Groom’s new offering…

“Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori’s publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom’s detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature.”

The Vampire
A new History

 

Get them dancing shoes on and meet us on the dance floor.
MASS, leave your inhibitions behind and bring your lovely, mortal necks or immortal fangs. With DJ DINOPaul Klov, open set by DJ Jason and guest Carlos Menendez spinning all night long and sensuous striptease with Ruby TeslaLila Starlett, and Miss Marina Elaine, this will be a night you won’t soon forget. $8 door $5 Rsvp MASS presents Vampire Burlesque at Voltaire
$5 Advance tickets sold ↓here. Get there early catch 4 bands/ best sushi.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1693462
 — at Voltaire WPB.


Wellllll…. whooo…!!! There ya go you darling dark souls, plenty to sink your… ahhh… teeth into eh?

img. source: ScienceAlert

Nyuk.. nyuk…nyuk…!!!

Well, wherever you gonna party at this weekend,
make sure it doesn’t turn into a…


 

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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

 

Over the hump…

img. source: Wallpaper Abyss/ Alpha Coders

Created, Written, Edited, Trashed & Presented by

Tim

HEY…!!! Whoa…!!! Can you believe it’s gone past “Hump Day” again… seems like we’ll be getting ready for Christmas 2018 if we don’t watch out. Speaking of which, our neck of the woods, over the last few days, we’ve gone from somewhere around 48 to 88 on the OMG… is that heat? index…and now we’ve got thundery showers and 80% humidity… HELL-OHHHH, what happened to “time to acclimatise?”

But hey, “–it happens yeah?”, like th’ man said…

Samuel L. Jackson as Mitch Henessey in “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, 1996.
Forge & New Line Cinema
in assoc. with The Steve Tisch Company.

Yeah, so, I was thinking the other week, while I was writing up a l’il something for Lady Sylvere’s Grumpy Vamp’s Guide to the GVC, wouldn’t it be a hoot if we painted a target on our back and invited people to throw questions at us? Yep, probably the craziest idea in a long line of crazy ideas by Moi…

I figured that with around 4,000 site visits last month, over 1200 Twitterers following us and visits to our Facebook portal there must be some folks out there who have questions about what we do, how we do it and, more importantly, why. So, I’m going to preempt the first, most obvious question that people would probably throw at me, as the Editor-in-Chief, and it comes from Seymour Butz in Soggy Bottom Holler, Seymour would like to know…

img. source: Redneck Romance Writer on WordPress

Welllll… for the answer to that we’d have to go back to the early sixties in working class England…

So, with that one out of the way I would like to invite 10 people, first come first served, to send us answers to these…

  • If you could ask the Editor-in-Chief 1 question what would it be? (Be as forthcoming, straight shooting, intelligent, mildly obstreperous even lightly (intelligently) confrontational if you like)

and, tell us, if you would be so kind, What do you think of RVL E-Zine overall?

Send your entries to our email at giltine51@gmail.com,
send me a Facebook PM (it’ll go to my ‘Other’ folder) at https://www.facebook.com/CaptainNorthstar or,
alternatively, send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RealVampireLife/

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So, apart from crazy, where are we going today? Been thinking just lately, about history and about origins and about where things come from and I’ve decided we’re gonna have a bit of a time warp… NO, not more of the sublime “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, go to your movie channel or rent the DVD… but, ummm, a bit of this…

Yup, going to throw a bit of Australiana at you today…

What’s news this last week… or so…

Well, one thing we have to report is that technical difficulties will prevent us from bringing you the second part of an interview we ran at the end of March, “Interview with The Goddess” – things change and “–it happens” yah?

However, in some sparkly good news we have become entangled with a new organisation in our very own, beloved, “Windy” City – now, I gotta explain something here… it’s a question that comes up frequently… The “Windy” City, Chicago, has nothing to do with those howling Canadian Nor-Westers that we get, it’s the politics, the politics in Illinois are definitely blow-hard… in fact, I was watching the last Governor Election debate on television, for about 1.5 minutes and the three candidates were yelling over each other simultaneously while the debate master was yelling for order and “one at a time please”… couldn’t make out a darn word…!!! Sooooo glad I don’t have to vote for one of the apes…

Hmmmm… reminds me of some other folks I know…

Alright, I digress, sorry…

img. courtesy of: The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition

The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition has opened it’s doors. Yes – RVL is fully and wholeheartedly supporting the Coalition, yes – the inaugural meeting of the founding members (charter members) was held remotely this past weekend. Yes, they have a website/group which is growing rapidly, even as we speak. I’m not going to let any cats out of bags except to say that we have put forward an invitation to the organisation to give us the lowdown on what’s goin’ down in Windy Town…

…anybody from Australia can tell you about this fella, and the band Cold Chisel… iconic in Australia, always find a song or two played at weddings, it’s mandatory at parties and pretty much mandatory that every red-blooded Aussie knows ALL the lyrics – and if you ever saw him live (raises hand – multiple times) you would really know what ‘goose bumps’ are… seriously…!!!

Incidentally, the guitarist in the blue shirt is Jimmy’s brother in law who goes by the stage name “Diesel”… so, if ya go see Jimmy you actually get two for the price of one…

img. source: Map Collection – WordPress.com

Back in the day… what a curious phrase, don’t you think? Well, back in someday past we used to hang out at the Uni Bars, and in the early part of their career these guys were regularly on the rounds…

Now, I got an invite and picked up on a developing trend this last week… anybody heard about Discord?

I got invited to a “channel” and I thought I’d take a peek. In essence the ‘Discord’ is similar to the older IRC Channels, it provides real-time online chat and from what I can see was primarily designed for gamers to natter back and forth while playing computer games… a social hub, so to speak. Like all things these days, however, it is readily adaptable to all sorts of fun shenanigans.

Privacy looks good, you have the capability of choosing who you want to be connected to, you can make a “friend list” if you want, you can upload links to favourite stuff and all the usual. The only drawback that I can see at this present time is “time zones” and schedules… trying to get to be there when your peeps are is somewhat problematic but no more so than any other place and you can leave messages for folks anyway.

Like I said, it looks fun and can be adapted to be useful in a variety of ways and its biggest hook? It’s free.

img. source: adapted from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”
R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey

Here’s another song that you may have heard from the “old country”…

Some of you might even empathise with the lyrical content…!!!

…and with that I’m going to wander off and think up some more crazy stuff… coz that’s one of the things I do ’round here… much to Lady M’s frustration sometimes I think…

img. source: domica.info

 

Leaving ya with this one… when folks think of Australia they think of Koala’s (They’re not bears btw, they’re marsupials) Possums and Kangaroos… oh, and Great White Sharks… but they also think of beaches and surfing an’ stuff…

Back from 1978… it’s Radio Birdman…

img. source: Radio Birdman/ YouTube

Aloha Steve and Danno

 

ALOHA dudes and dudettes…!!!

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NB: Where used, quoted portions of other works are reproduced by permission, or under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, wherein allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

This article may be linked to but may not be copied or reproduced, nor redistributed in any manner, including electronic without the express permission of the copyright owners.

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