Vampirist: A Book About Real Vampires


Interview by Lady M. Bey

Edited and presented by Tim

Good evening,

One of the very best things, one of the things that I enjoy the most, about doing this is that I get to communicate with people from all over the world. It is always a refreshing, and welcome feeling to realise that the modern living Vampire culture, and those whom follow and are interested in it, is global… we get the chance to look over our own back fence, so to speak, and share information both back and forth with like-minded folk from all over.

Our guest of honour this evening is an author, hailing from Sweden and has, since coming to the modern culture in around 2014, produced her first piece of work in the genre, a non-fiction consideration of modern Vampires. Not simply from the point of view of said Vampires but also from the outside perspective of our culture.

Combining reading from both the culture itself as well as from academic publications she has wrought a new volume which aims for a wide perspective of the culture.

It is with the greatest pleasure, and honour, we present an interview with the author, an interview with Lady Cecelia Fredriksson.


RVL: Good afternoon Lady Cecilia it is a great pleasure for us to be able to spend some time with you. I believe this is the first time we have had the pleasure of talking with someone in Sweden?

CF: Thank you for having me, it’s an honour.

RVL: Is the subject of Vampires, in general, a popular one in Sweden?

CF: Yes, especially when it comes to fiction. However, maybe it’s on a downfall if you would to compare it to the “golden era”, when all the Twilight movies and books came out. Then it was truly sparkling!

Spike (James Marsters)
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.
Created by Joss Whedon
Produced by Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises,
Sandollar Television and
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RVL: …and if we were to press you, taking into account the research for your book, how many real living Vampires would you estimate there could be in Sweden?

CF: During my research for my book, I didn’t encounter any large groups of real vampires in Sweden at all. In fact, it seems to be a very limited number. Of course, we have a few so-called ‘vampire killers’, and there have been some Swedish tv-shows where a self-identified vampire participates and talks about their vampiric way of life. So, it’s a hard question to answer, due to the limited material there is. Also, it’s depending on which kinds of vampires you include. I would say that it´s probably a higher number of psi-feeders than blood drinking vampires.

RVL: …and obviously, judging by the title of your new book, you are aware that there is a large, international, body of those whom identify as ‘Real Modern Vampires, yes? Can you give us an idea of how you came decide to write a book for “Real” Vampires?

CF: I’ve always been interested in vampires, ever since I was a child. It all started with me watching the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 when I was around 7 years old. I watched it repeatedly, and I even fantasized about meeting the Count himself in my neighbourhood’s playground. In my fantasy, it would all play out exactly at midnight, by the slide. Then, an adolescence filled with vampire themed sleepovers followed. I used to throw many masquerades for my friends, and we would all dress up like it was Halloween and play games. My favourite one was “En kväll med Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, which translates to “A night with Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that I came to know about the subculture with real vampires.

Lady Cecelia Fredriksson

RVL: When did you first begin research for your book? And, what sources have you employed in putting your book together?

CF: It was shortly after I discovered that they existed, which was at the end of 2014. I got really intrigued with the subject and, very soon after, I decided to compile all my research into a book. I’ve been reading A LOT of scientific articles and a countless number of books and testimony’s. Since the start, my ambition has always been to broaden the perspective as much as possible. I didn’t want to explore just ONE angle, I wanted the whole perspective. Therefore, my sources have been everything from scientists exploring the subject from an outside perspective, to actual real vampires who can tell their story from within the community.

RVL: In approaching the subject of your book what was the basic definition of “real vampire” that was uppermost in your mind?

CF: In the beginning, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was deeply interested, and captivated, by the fact that it existed people who thought themselves to be real vampires. In the same time, I probably imagined that these people had to be a bit mental. You see, for me, until this point, the vampire had only been a fictional character – not something consisting of flesh and blood. But, as I went deeper into my investigations, my perception changed.

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RVL: Have you had the opportunity to read any of the available non-fiction material that deals with the modern, real vampire community?

CF: Yes, that was a big part of my research material. I’ve devoured scientific articles on the subject, as well as material that originates from the community itself.

RVL: Can you share a little about your own work with us? Without giving anything away of course…  Just a little plug for the book, a teaser…

CF: Well, it’s a nonfiction odyssey that is exploring the intriguing world of real vampires. The focus of the book is, of course, the subculture and the people that identifies with it, but the strength of the publication is that is also explores the surrounding areas – like psychiatry, religion, cults, myths and thrilling murders.

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RVL: May we ask, do you cover all acknowledged types of modern living Vampires or does your book concentrate on one type?

CF: I’ve tried to include as many as possible. Blood drinking vampires and psychic vampires are both presented in my book, and I’ve tried to cover some of the sub-types within the two groups.

RVL: Okay, Lady Cecilia, we have to ask the question that our readers most want to know about our interview guests, do you identify as a modern, living, real Vampire?

CF: I’m sorry to say… but I don’t. Although, I really appreciate the subculture and I find it very fascinating.

RVL: …and can you recall the earliest time you became aware of the real Vampire world? How did that come about?

CF: As earlier mentioned, it was back in 2014, and I remember surfing the internet for something. Sadly, I have no detailed memory about what it was and how I finally found myself on a website that said that vampires existed. But nevertheless, from that moment, I was stoked. As the fictional vampire always has been a part of me, the feeling of discovering something new in the field created a particularly intense feeling inside me. It was like my childhood, with all the vampiric games and movies, came back to me. It gave me an opportunity to re-discover one of my life’s biggest fascinations.

RVL: Is your book currently in print or in preparation for print?

CF: Yes! I have just published the book in paperback, so now it’s available in both physical and digital form.

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RVL: Where can our readers find your work to obtain a copy?

CF: Vampirist is available on Amazon. and  

RVL: Who is your primary target audience for this book?

CF: Everyone with an interest in vampires, especially people who want to know more about the subculture with the real ones.

RVL: … and are you planning a follow up to the book, a single follow? A series?

CF: Maybe! I have been thinking about writing a sequel that explores the subject even further. I would love to dig even deeper and include detailed conversions with real vampires.

RVL: Ultimately, what made you decide to write this book? What was the catalyst that sparked you into the writing?

CF: It was the fact that I realised a book like this hadn’t been written. Most of the existing literature on the subject is focused on just one perspective. They seldom include both the voices of the community and the science.

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RVL: Do you have any general, or personal comments that you would like to make about the subject of vampires, especially the existence of real living modern self-identified vampires?

CF: Even though I do not myself identify as a vampire, many people do. So, they clearly exist, and I am very interested in following how the development of the subculture will look like in the future.

RVL: Dear Lady Cecelia, thank you very much indeed for your time today; we are honoured to be able to introduce your work to our readers and the culture in general. We wish you all success with the book and we would like to check back with you in the future and see how things have panned out for you, if that’s alright with you of course?

CF: Thank you for having me! It has been a pleasure. And of course, reach out to me in the future. I look forward to it!


Enquiring minds, fresh perspectives, material considered with fresh eyes we might say, these are the things that create growth out of stagnation, the things that bring new perspectives to replace “tunnel vision”.

When people take a long hard look at things that are, in many quarters, taken for granted then new ideas and new practices are very often developed and integrated and this is, we might suggest, the “lifeblood” of any culture, community or group.

With her first book Lady Cecelia has taken her first step in understanding, in accepting us for whom and what we are, has reached out with her mind and talent to find out about modern Vampires today. I recommend we don’t disappoint the lady.


Copyright RVL & Cecelia Fredriksson (unless otherwise noted) 2018

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Interview with the Leanan sídhe

Presented by


For those who may not know, or do not realise, the history of the modern living Vampire culture reaches back to at least 1966, one of the largest and most respected Vampire culture organisations came into being in June of 1976, the movement has been growing ever since.

Within this ‘Vampire world’ of ours people come and go, some frequently, some not. There are many who reinvent themselves periodically to leave some things behind or to move on to new things and amidst it all there are people who have dedicated themselves, quietly, consistently and with determination to the culture.


Our guest this evening is one such person. Having been involved in the vampire subculture, both online and offline, since 1994 this lady is a professional who has been a member of Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) since 2006, she has done various media interviews, including ABC’s 20/20 and a documentary for XYTV in the UK. In 2008 she spoke, as an expert panelist, at the American Criminal Justice Society’s conference.

Since 1998, she has been the head of the Real-Vampires Community Alliance (RVCA), the oldest Internet-based support group for the vampire community.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with the greatest of pleasure that we are able to bring you an RVL One-on-One Interview with Lady Sylvere Ap Leanan.

RVL: Good evening Lady Sylvere and thank you very much for sparing a little of your valuable time to be with us, and our readers, this evening.

LS: Thank you for having me. Our first interview was such a positive experience, I couldn’t turn down another opportunity to speak with you.

RVL: Naturally, I suppose, I wrote the foreword with our readers, young and old, in mind, when did you first become aware of the modern living Vampire culture and where were you at the time?

LS: The answer to that is sort of nebulous. I became peripherally aware of the vampire culture in the early 1990s through ‘zines such as “Journal of the Dark” and the “Vampire Information Exchange Newsletter.” I grew up in a very small, rural town in the Midwest, so I didn’t have access to big club scenes like those found in New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans. Getting information about alternative cultures was a Herculean feat. I met the woman who would become known in the vampire culture as Sanguinarius shortly after I moved to Kansas City in 1992, although we didn’t get to know each other well until I moved into an apartment in the same building as hers in 1994. However, I didn’t gain access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection until 1997. That was when I became fully aware of and active in the greater vampire community.

RVL: …and what, do you recall, were your first thoughts about it?

LS: At first I didn’t take it seriously at all. Vampires were either fiction or, in the case of certain occult texts I’d found, unnatural leeches to be shunned. Between 1994 and 1997, I found a few IRC chat rooms that were supposedly about real vampires, but most of them were populated by role-players involved in Vampire: The Masquerade. I’ve been an avid RPG enthusiast since high school, so role-playing was something I could understand. But the people who were actually claiming to be vampires had to be either trolling or crazy.

Lady Sylvere ap Leanan


RVL: I’m going to have to put you on the spot now, many of our readers will be dying to know, do you identify as a modern living Vampire yourself?

LS: Yes and no? I identify as Otherkin, specifically Leanan Sidhe[1]. However, I experience many, if not all, of the same traits as people who identify as psychic vampires. I am a vampire in the sense that I need to feed to feel completely healthy and medical science has no idea why. I’ve undergone a battery of medical tests, including a CT scan, seen mental health professionals, and overall I’m pretty healthy for a middle-aged human being. But when I don’t feed, I feel craptastic. I got to a point where I had no choice but to accept my vampirism. So yes, I identify as a vampire, but it’s a very specific *type* of vampire.

by Markelli on DeviantArt


RVL: With respect to the Real-Vampires Community Alliance, what brought you to the leadership of that initiative?

LS: I became friends with the original founder through a Listserv email discussion list. When she decided she wanted to start a group for real vampires, she invited me to join. At that time, she was studying abroad so she asked me if I’d be willing to help her moderate, which I gladly did. Eventually, I was the one doing the bulk of the work on the back end, such as screening and approving potential members, while she was the “face” of the group. When the OneList account she used to create the list was hacked, I restarted Real-Vampires with my account. We agreed that it was safer to leave it that way rather than transferring the list back to her and risking another security breach.

After that, things ran smoothly until she decided to stop taking medication for her mental health issues. She became increasingly paranoid, delusional, and abusive toward the list members. By then we’d added several more moderators and it was decided among the team that she would be given the choice to either start taking her medication again or she would be put on moderation and all of her posts reviewed before being approved. She refused to accept that decision and left, which made me the owner in truth as well as in practice.

RVL: …and, may we ask, what are some of the positive/negative things you see when you look around at the whole?

LS: I think my feelings about both this can be summed up as “human nature.” Humans are selfish, insecure, and egotistical. We’re also generous, courageous, and altruistic. We have the capacity to be destructive or creative, healers or a blight on society. Everything that is good or bad about the vampire culture comes down to our personal strengths and weaknesses and how we deal with them.

RVL: …and what is your personal feeling about the overall direction/s that the modern culture seems to be moving in?

LS: It seems to be moving in circles, just like it has for the past 20 years. Very little has changed, although there are far more informational resources available now than when I started my journey. We’ve also made some progress in getting academic researchers interested in the culture. One day we may have the opportunity to engage medical researchers, but all of the research done to date has been from an anthropological perspective. I think that will continue to be the case for most future research.

RVL: Now, I know I gave away most of your secrets in the intro… sorry ‘bout that… would you like to elaborate on some of the work you have done both within, and outside of, the modern Culture to help strengthen and develop the movement?

LS: Besides running one of the oldest and largest Internet-based support groups for members of the vampire culture, I’ve also been a member of Voices of the Vampire Community since 2006. The VVC has done a lot of work with media, law enforcement, and mental health practitioners to help increase their understanding of the vampire culture instead of making unfounded assumptions about us.

In 2008, I was invited to speak as an expert panelist at the American Criminal Justice Society’s annual conference. I’m sure you’ll recall how law enforcement and the media handled the Columbine shooting, immediately describing the shooters as “Goths” because they happened to be wearing black coats, even though they had no ties to Goth culture. Similar things happen when there is any hint of “occult” practices being tied to criminal activity. My role as an expert panelist was to educate law enforcement personnel about what it means to identify as a modern vampire so that they didn’t jump to any mistaken conclusions.

I also work with a group called CLAVIS (Current and Longitudinal Analyses of the Vampire-Identifying Subculture) to build relationships with professional researchers and act as a consultant help improve the quality of their research. Throughout my tenure in the vampire culture, I have always attempted to encourage outsiders to look beyond the fake fangs and Goth clubwear and see that the vast majority of vampires are people who look and behave like anyone else. You could live next door to a vampire and never know it.

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RVL: There have been, as I also mentioned earlier, a quite large number of people whom have withdrawn from the “public” arena, or even completely, in the modern culture – many long for the return of “the Old Guard” as they have been called. Why do you think so many of “The Old Guard” have slipped away?

LS: Real-world responsibilities play a significant role, I’m sure. As people starting working on advancing in their careers or become parents, those responsibilities take precedence over message boards and Facebook groups. There’s also the burn-out factor – people get tired of the bickering and the cycle of “Vampirism 101” questions so they find more interesting things to do. You can only rehash the same tired topics for so long before people get bored and stop participating.

RVL: …and do you think that the “vacuum” left by the so-called “old guard” has been, and continues to be adequately filled?

LS: A lot of us “old timers” are still around so I wouldn’t say there’s a vacuum. A bigger issue is that the Facebook generation is too lazy to make use of the vast number of resources we’ve worked so hard to create. They expect to be patted on the head, told how special they are, and spoon fed easily-digestible sound bites rather than spend a few hours reading what we’ve spent years of our lives building. It’s more a matter of the veterans growing tired of wasting our breath on people who don’t care to listen than a hole left by veterans drifting away from the community.


RVL: I’m going to ask you a “crystal ball” question now, where do you see the modern living Vampyre culture in 10 years’ time, based on the growth and expansion you have witnessed over the last decade.

LS: Doing the same thing it’s been doing for the past 20 years. If we’re lucky, there will be more professional research done and more academic resources available.

RVL: I know when I first contacted you about doing this interview I asked if you would consider it as, “a true Elder and leader of the culture”… and, I believe, you accused me of calling you old…!!! Assuming, for the sake of argument, we take elder as being someone who has long tenure, high reputation, the respect of the culture and has served the culture for some length of time, would you concede that many would regard you as an Elder? How do you see yourself in relation to that concept?

LS: Considering the average of people in the vampire community, I *am* old. I’ve also been active in the culture for 20-something years. In terms of both the Internet and the vampire culture, that’s ancient. I suppose that makes me an “elder” but if I have to choose a term, I’ll pick “veteran.” To me, “Elder” feels like I’m trying to make myself out to be a tribal priestess or something equally pretentious. The term “veteran” calls to mind someone who has experience and has actively served their community. They may have even seen combat. That’s a pretty apt description of what it’s like to hold a long tenure as an organizer in the vampire culture.


RVL: Also, when I first contacted you, you told me that you are more typically, and I quote, “…like a stereotypical Volvo-driving soccer mom nine days out of ten and spends most of her time home-schooling her youngest…” The most obvious question is what do you do on the tenth day? And, more to the point, what does Lady Sylvere Ap Leanan do to relax, to kick back and lighten the load?

LS: If I’m honest, there’s no difference at all. I work from home, so I dress for comfort. My wardrobe is mostly t-shirts and jeans or sweatpants. I don’t even bother putting on makeup most days. On the rare occasions I get dressed up, my style tends toward an understated “corporate Goth” look. As far as recreation and relaxation are concerned, I have a variety of interests. I like to read and play video games including Mass Effect, The Sims 3, and Ark: Survival Evolved. Lately, I’ve been teaching myself to design fractal art using various freeware programs. I also enjoy watching movies (I have a serious Bollywood addiction) and I love the current television shows based on comic books. I’m also looking forward to the next season of Doctor Who. Overall, I’m a huge nerd.

“Alien Flowers”
Fractal Art –
Copyright Sylvere ap Leanan

RVL: …and, of your involvement in the culture, you have said, “I’ve spent most of it quietly working behind the scenes rather than in front of a camera or at a club, like most of the big names.” Do you believe that the modern culture is more about the regular, behind-the-scenes, everyday life things or does it need a little glam, a little pizazz, to keep it vibrant and interesting?

LS: I think the culture *should* be about the everyday life things, because that’s where education takes place and where the human connection comes from. However, I think we have a tendency to focus on the flashy side precisely because it’s more glamorous. Everyone wants to see their name in lights, but very few people want to do the sometimes tedious work that keeps things running.

RVL: We see, very often still, young people approaching the culture with a fixation on the idea of being tuned into a Vampire, why do you think this still happening after all the work to change the thinking in that arena?

LS: People always want an easy answer to their problems. Fictional vampirism offers an extended life filled with youth, beauty, and effortless power. Vampire lifestylers and their make-believe courts portray the vampire culture as a huge party that never ends. Sleep all day, party all night among the glitterati – who wouldn’t want that? No one stops to think about how the bills are going to get paid or who’s going to clean up after the club kids go to bed.

RVL: …and what do you think is the very best way to keep these young people safe from potential predators that attach themselves to our culture?

LS: I don’t think it’s the responsibility of the vampire culture, as a group, to protect young people from predators. We are not nannies. We can provide high-quality educational resources, including information about the warning signs of a cult or domestic violence, so that young people are aware of potential hazards and can make informed decisions. We can also offer supportive listening or advice if we’re asked, but that’s all we can reasonably be expected to do. It’s up to them to make use of the resources we provide. We certainly can’t make their life choices for them.

RVL: What do you find, these days, to be your main area of engagement and interest in the modern real Vampire culture, your “major”, if you will?

LS: I’m one of those people who always has a dozen projects on my plate at any given moment. I’m terrible about overextending myself. It’s a real problem.


RVL: So, if I were to ask you to offer one piece of amazing wisdom and sage advice to our readers, based on your years of experience and your professional perception of the modern culture,  what would it be?

LS: Do your homework. There are many informative and educational resources available, use them. No one can give you definite, one-size-fits-all answers so you’re going to have to put in the effort to learn as much as you can and figure out what fits for yourself.


RVL: Lady Sylvere, thank you so much for lending us a little of your time, we are very proud to be able to bring this to our readers. We wish you every success in your endeavours for 2018 and we would like, very much, to be able to keep in touch and see what’s what from time to time if that’s okay with you?

LS: Thank you for having me. Of course, I’d love to keep in touch.

A voice of reason, a voice of wisdom, a voice for calm, continuous and productive effort and results – it’s something we rarely hear, or see but to know that these are many of the people that are behind the modern living Vampire culture should, and quite rightly so, give us a sense of comfort in those moments when we feel all is lost and all we want to do is go stand in front of a wall banging our heads repeatedly against it while muttering, I’m a widdle Vampyre!”

One of the commonly read comments these days is, “Oh, it’s not like it was in the old days!

…and that, dear reader, is exactly part of the problem. The “working” Vampires, those who build, strengthen and develop are the very people that keep the whole from exploding, or imploding, as the case may be and I would go so far as to suggest that among these strong, reliable and calming influences you would have to go a long way to find one better than Lady Sylvere ap Leanan.

Copyright RVL & Lady Sylvere ap Leanan, 2018

  1. Leanan sídhe – In Celtic folklore, the leannán sí is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí who takes a human lover. Lovers of the leannán sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives. The name comes from the Gaelic words for a sweetheart, lover, or concubine and the term for a tumulus or burial mound.
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(Don’t) shoot the messenger?

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

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I’ve been away, mostly, for a time but thanks to my splendid support staff at RVL I have been aware of things that have been going on around the place… I must admit, in large part I find myself somewhat bemused.

Allow me to share some thoughts that might just put some things in perspective.
“The Messenger”… an interesting concept. Hardly unique but interesting nonetheless.

A blog setup with the express intent of delivering, we presume, “The Message” to the modern Vampire culture, perhaps even to people outside the culture whom, naturally, won’t understand what’s going on but will see a bunch of nasty, snippy, outrageous and insulting words pouring from a particular bunch of people whom most will already regard as being “crazy as a loon” anyway – trying to find something positive in that perspective is an exercise in futility I would suggest and to be perfectly honest I always thought the “Message” was what you found in religious pamphlets.

The intent, in this action, is quite transparent… it’s a way to start arguments… in effect, “let the llama’s run free” but, as always, there’s more than one way to look at any event.

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Within a single and focused resource drama can be freely created and disseminated attracting more and more pundits to become embroiled in the vortex. Very clever, a good way for someone with a personality disorder in which they have too much admiration for him, or herself and too much concern with his, or her, own importance to get the giggles. Not to mention that it would be the ideal way for a predatory empathic Vampire to get what they need while sitting back with a bucket of popcorn and watching the show… An arena you might say…sorta brings to mind a movie doesn’t it?

DreamWorks & Universal Pictures (presents) in assoc. with Scott Free Prod. Mill Film, C&L, Dawliz and Red Wagon Entertainment, 2000.
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People will, and I presume this is what is being hoped for here, to express their outrage/ indignation/ disgust/ hate speeches and rail against the people they perceive as being the cause of all their ills… one thing we should keep in mind, 10 out of 10 wise people will tell you that the only person who gives other people power over you is YOU.

The other thing that, if we are rational and intelligent, is that anything bad you write about other people is committed to cyberspace, it’s in the public realm… even if it is defamatory, libellous or slanderous…right? I mean, who WANTS to go out and set themselves up for a lawsuit right?

Ohhhhh… yes, that’s right, the “Anonymous” author can do it too… classic move… people who are NOT in control of themselves, who are not certain or sure of their position and who can’t defend their slanderous diatribe with facts, people who are, in effect, the quintessential, hidden “keyboard warriors”.

Personally I don’t much like cowards, people who won’t stand by their convictions and man, or woman, up and be counted. A much better way to clear the air than being an “uber-troll”. This might, if we are to be comletely honest, extend to all those people who suddenly “Know” the identity of “The Messenger”, or “Anonymous” BUT they are not going to share whom it is because A) It could well be them, or B) They wish to demonstrate that they are soooooooooo much smarter than the rest of what they see as the dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks plebs.

In all respects one must first set their own “Care Factor” level, I assessed the situation and mine’s set at minus 50. I truly don’t give a tinker’s damn who, or what, is doing this, my concern is ONLY for the effect it may have for the culture if it gets too popular.

img. source: Public Domain Pictures (and one of our talented RVL artists…)

So, there, that’s Perspective A. considering that perspective can we find anything positive in the rediscovery of this particular wheel? The answer is… Yes.

Consider, if you would be so kind,

2016 – Egyptian Bookstore’s ‘Scream Room’ Lets Customers Yell All They Want
2016 – Scream Rooms, Pallav Gogoi on LinkdIn,
2015 – Crying rooms in Japan are real and they’re spectacular

I first learned of the “Scream Room” theory in a report on “60 Minutes”, in Australia somewhere about the mid-eighties. I remember it vividly because I rushed into work the next day, bounded into my boss’s office and declared, excitedly, “Boss…! We need a scream room for those times when you drive me crazy…!” – (Yeah, the workplace culture in Australia is a lot friendlier than y’all got ‘round these parts…trust me)

What happened?”, you gasp.

He laughed and said, “Plenty of room out the back of the big shed, take it there.

That closed the discussion but there were a few days when I went out there and yelled, or stood bonking my head against the concrete wall repeatedly while having a smoke.

“The Scream”
~ Edvard Munch

In the great cultural resource “Smoke and Mirrors” Lady CG recognised that sometimes people need to vent and so she opened a “Rants and Flames” forum. Two things happened, “What happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas” and didn’t drag any of the other forums down with needless rants, the other thing that happened is that the people who used the forum felt, I believe, a sense of relief and felt some lessening of anger.

Scream Rooms” have also been investigated in school settings in several U.S. states BUT mostly with negative results for everyone concerned.
2015 – “Misbehaving student, 7, got PTSD after school stuck her in ‘scream room,’ $300k suit says.” ~ Aimee Green, The Oregonian/Oregonian Live

So, what do we really have in front of us with “The Messenger”? – certainly not Alan Rickman in the movie Dogma, that’s for sure…

Alan Rickman as “The Metatron” in “Dogma”
View Askew Productions & STK, 1999

Is it someone setting themselves up as THE voice of the Vampire culture? Is it a narcissistic and predatory empath? Is it a helper who is trying to give EVERYONE a soapbox to air their grievances from?

Fact remains we can only judge it by what we see and from what we’ve seen so far… hmmmmmm

My advice, in my ever so humble opinion, is take it for what it looks like and don’t read anything more into it than what’s there. A wise psychologist once said to me, “In your mind, if you have a molehill, the more attention you give to that molehill the quicker it will become an insurmountable, soul-destroying and life sapping mountain”.

Copyright TB, 2018

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