10 Years – Stand up, Stand out, BE COUNTED…

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People say to me, “You’re not from around here, are you?”, usually followed by something along the lines of, “can tell by your clothes and your hair…”

I’ve always been… somewhat different, different in dress, different in style, different in outlook and perception – it came to me at a very early age that it was the ONLY way to be. Because of that certain things were, and probably are, bound to happen – and certain things will get to me.

A Definition of Alternative Subculture…

“Alternative Subculture means a discernible group that is characterized by a strong sense of collective identity and a set of group-specific values and tastes that typically centre on distinctive style/clothing, make- up, body art and music preferences.

Those involved usually stand out in the sense their distinctiveness is discernible both to fellow participants and to those outside the group. Groups that typically place themselves under the umbrella of “alternative” include Goths, emos, punks, metalllers and some variants of hippie and dance culture (although this list is not exhaustive).”

Sylvia Lancaster OBE, Professor Jon Garland & Dr Paul Hodkinson. March 2013

In 2007 Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, were attacked by a group of young men while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire in England. As a result of head injuries Sophie sustained in the attack, she lapsed into a coma from which she never awoke. She died of her injuries thirteen days later. Rob, also severely beaten, lapsed into a coma but he was fortunate in that he regained consciousness. The attackers set upon Robe initially but then turned their attention on Sophie when she tried to intervene and help her boyfriend.[1]

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I am quite sure that many of us, moving in the circles we have, and do, can recount tales of innocents being brutalised for simply ‘being different’ – I can.

It is this sort of heinous and barbaric behaviour that we must ALWAYS seek to thwart, to fight and to eliminate.

Sunday the 18th (U.K. Time) was the 10th anniversary of this tragedy, we should all take pause and reaffirm our resolve to stand up, stand out and be counted in memory of Sophie, Rob and all the others who have been victimised for being different.

Sylvia Lancaster O.B.E at ‘Download 2012’ with Jake and Jinxx from Black Veil Brides

BBC U.K. – “Murdered for being different”

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Like I said, some things REALLY get me…!

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Making friends, always good, always pleasurable, even more so when you are able to welcome them into your home…

It gives us the greatest pleasure, and honour, to announce that we have forged a new partnership that will enable us, in concert with our new partner, to bring a broader range of content and reader material to you.

Many of you may already know of our new partner, a man who is, and has been, an integral and invaluable part of the information network in the modern real vampire culture.

Without further ado, we proudly announce that John Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine has joined forces with Gordon Smith’s (a.k.a. Hesperus) CLAVIS.

We are deeply grateful to Gordon for placing his trust and faith in us and we look forward to working more closely with with him, now he is on staff at RVL as a full editor, and to further enhancing the highest levels of integrity and information that we, RVL and CLAVIS, are constantly striving to maintain.


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Welcome to 2016 – Indicative sub-culture survey results

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Good evening,
Welcome to Real Vampire Life E-Zine for 2016.

It is with a sense of renewed purpose, with anticipation and with an approach, as always, of a neutral stance that we come to you, dear reader, to provide once again the widest and hopefully best representation of informative editorials, interview pieces and general social news from around the living vampire sub-culture.

In opening 2016 we have the results of the poll that was run between November 1 last year and January 15th this year as compared to the results of the year long survey we conducted between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.

The results, we must stress, are NOT empirical… indeed, the studies were never designed to be empirical; rather they are indicative of social attitudes within the sub-culture and designed to show a general shift, if any, in attitudes over the span between the two events.


Comparison indicators: Living Vampire Survey, October 1st, 2012 to September 30, 2013 as shown against 3 month survey conducted November 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016.

NOTE: Studies are NOT empirical in results, simply indicative of social norms over the scope of the period of the two surveys.

The results, shared with our colleagues at CLAVIS, are sociological indicators that simply indicate the shifts, or not, of general attitudes toward certain concepts and questions that are commonly posed in sub-cultural context polls. We hope the indicators can be used in the research, planning and development of beneficial programs for the modern subculture.

Welcome back to all our readers and we hope that this new year has started well for all.
Deepest respects,
RVL Staff