This a piece that I have wanted to write for a couple of weeks and the reason that I haven’t, until now, is that I needed to make sure of my own feelings and thoughts in the matter before committing anything to print. I also believe that this represents one of the single most important issues that our sub-culture has ever, and will continue to have to, recognize.
In the King James Version of the Christian Bible, Matthew, Chapter 19, it was written:
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Recently a picture, a hand-drawn piece of art, was displayed fairly prominently, that depicted a vampire (who bore an uncanny resemblance to a friend of ours) about to bite into the neck of a child. The child was obviously, by facial expression, in some distress and appeared to be of an age of around 6 to 8 years old.
I’m going to come right out and give you my personal opinion on the piece – I was distressed at the image of a young child about to become the victim of a “predator”. It offended me because I am a parent and on the basest of levels it made me recall the vulnerability of my own children at such an age. That was my response at seeing the picture.
They say you should never judge a book by its cover so I decided to calm down and think it over before writing about it ~ I have calmed down…
There is, as many of you will already know, historical and mythical precedents for the involvement of children in the vampiric mythos. Many of the earliest tales of the folklore and mythology of the vampire, centre around the act of the taking of “babies”
Hollywood has utilized the image in the movie industry, many will recall the “implied” delivery of the baby to the wives of Draculea during Jonathan Harker’s incarceration from the 1992 film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and, further, the images of the “undead” Lucy Westenra carrying a small child down into her sepulcher from the same movie, you may even remember “Laddie” from the hit film “The Lost Boys” and almost certainly recall Brad Pitt’s character “saving” Claudia from an implied death from “plague” in “Interview with the Vampire”.
Again, the prominent featuring of the “young and innocent” in our modern vampire folklore interpretations.
BUT… WHERE IS THE LINE?
I’m not throwing this out as an argument, not attempting to “force” my morality on anyone nor yet shame anyone for expressing themselves artistically so don’t even bother throwing such accusations at me… what I want to do is have YOU ask yourselves, and your own conscience, where does it stop? When is the line crossed? What are YOU willing accept as being “reasonable and acceptable”?… At RVL we have drawn OUR LINE.
Some years ago there was an online organization known as D.A.C.A. (Darkness Against Child Abuse) and our enquiries have revealed that, it appears, D.A.C.A. was “forced” to close down, due to lack of participation and support, around 5 years ago. That is a shame… a real shame.
So, it falls to each and every one of us in the sub-culture – especially those of us who ARE parents to create the line of acceptability.
Perhaps there will be a number of you that might consider this as nothing more than an attack on the freedom of “artistic expression”, if so then perhaps it would be better if the material were restricted to certain “sites” that are more liberal, or have a certain “niche audience” than might otherwise be considered acceptable.
This very same host clearly states, however, that:
“Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.
When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.”
The inherent implications, and intent behind, in these terms were not completely complied with, in our opinion so we sought reactions from a selected number of individual, private, friends and the consensus was unanimous – the negative reactions to the image, and condemnation of it, were unanimous.
WE are not monsters, we do NOT threaten children, we condemn any amongst our sub-culture who do speak of such activities and most, if not ALL of our enclaves have strict policies about contacting law enforcement if such a thing is suspected.
That is the message that the sub-culture, in its quest for “acceptance” needs to put out, and put it out there in a strong fashion.
As far back as the publication of The Black Veil (version 1) there have existed, both written and unwritten, observances regarding minors within the sub-culture. The Black Veil (vers. 1) states:
“Bloodletting and or blood drinking is not considered proper in a haven or publicly, nor is drinking from unwilling individuals.” 
Now, at this point, if you wish to simply throw up your hands and say, “this guy is trying to ram his morality down our throats” try taking a deep breath, see? There’s nothing in your throat… I am NOT trying to TELL anyone how to think, how to express themselves nor am I trying to curtail the rights of anyone at all, I am simply asking YOU, the reader, to look inside yourself and decide where YOUR line is when it comes to the depiction of children in the art, the literature and the viewing of such material within our sub-culture.
You may even say, “If you don’t like it, don’t look…” – fair comment, unfortunately, because of the setup of “friends” and “friends of friends” accessibility to our timelines within the hosts operating structure we had no choice in the matter and perhaps that, in itself, was a violation of OUR rights.
It is of VITAL importance to the sub-culture as a whole in its mission to become “publicly accepted” and of VITAL importance to each and every one of us to recognize when something needs to be addressed on a broad basis of discussion and consensus, we have, and continue to see, much division and conflict within the “nation” as a whole but there are some things that, as conscious, thinking and moral creatures we MUST address… if only within ourselves.
As, the Baroness Margaret H. Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS wrote, “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
Copyright T.H.Hawkmoor/ RVL 2014
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