Up a dark alley: 1964 to 2016

Good morning,

So, we arrive at the latest, and up to date, section of our “alley walking”, we’ve woven our way through city by-ways from around 3200 B.C. and we’ve followed the threads of the history of the “Vampire” from its first recorded beginnings.

What have we seen? What have we read? What, if anything, have we learned and what, if anything, might we conclude?

So many questions…

As always we shall begin with a world Vampcentric timeline to get our heads into the game… Imagine that you are in a strange town and I am your guide…

A World Vampcentric Timeline 1964 to 2016

1965

Jeanne K. Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club.

1966

Anne de Molay purchases a building in Philadelphia and founds the first incarnation of the Order of Maidenfear. After investigating the archetype of the vampire Anne arrived at the conclusion that vampirism was a very real interaction with life energy that could benefit the practitioner. This makes the premises, arguably, the first Vampire “House” in the United States.

1967

The Vampire Research Society founded as a specialist unit within the much older British Occult Society. (Seán Manchester was responsible for the vampire research unit becoming a self-governing body on 2 February 1970.)

Also in 1967, Manchester, receives an account from a schoolgirl named Elizabeth Wojdyla and a friend of hers, whom claimed to have seen several graves opening in Highgate Cemetery, London; and the occupants rising from them. Elizabeth also reported having nightmares in which “something evil” tried to come into her bedroom.

Highgate Cemetery, London.
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1969

Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.

Also in 1969, Elizabeth Wojdyla’s nightmares returned but now the malevolent figure actually entered her bedroom. She had reportedly developed the symptoms of pernicious anaemia and her neck displayed two small wounds suggestive of the classical vampyre bite. Manchester, and her boyfriend, treated her as a victim of vampirism and filled her room with garlic, crucifixes and holy water; her condition and symptoms were reported to soon improve.

1970

On the Summer Solstice of 1970 the Order of Maidenfear declares its formal union and establishes, officially, House Maidenfear. It was the culmination of four years’ work beginning with Anne de Molay in 1966.

Before an assembled crowd of onlookers, Manchester and two companions entered a vault at Highgate where three empty coffins were found. They sprinkled the vaults with salt and holy water, lined the coffins with garlic and placed a crucifix in each.

In the summer (Northern) of 1970, David Farrant, another amateur vampyre hunter entered the field. He claimed to have seen the Highgate vampyre and went hunting it with a stake and crucifix but was arrested.

In August the body of a young woman was found at the cemetery. It appeared as though the woman had been treated as a vampyre by decapitating and attempting to burn the corpse. Before the end of the month, police arrested two men whom claimed to be vampyre hunters.

Also in 1970, Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.

1972

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True Vampires of History by Donald Glut is the first attempt to assemble the stories of all the historical vampire figures.

1973

Dracula Society; The – Founded by Bernard Davies and Bruce Wightman in U.K.

1975

The Order of The Vampyre was founded in 1975 by priests of the Church of Satan (founded in 1966) whom had decided to carry forward the serious work of the Church in a more historic, less anti-Christian context. The Temple of Set is configured as an “umbrella” organization that has a number of specialized “orders” whose members concentrate on specific areas of research and black magic applications of the results of that research.

June 3, 1976

Goddess Rosemary founds the Black Rose Coven in New York City.

1977

Martin V. Riccardo founds the Vampire Studies Society.

Sean Manchester begins an investigation of a mansion near Highgate Cemetery that had a reputation as being haunted. On several occasions Manchester and his associates entered the house. In the basement they allege to have found a coffin, which they dragged into the backyard. Opening the casket Manchester reportedly saw the same “vampire” he had seen seven years before in Highgate Cemetery. This time, it was reported, he performed an exorcism by staking the body which “turned into a slimy, foul smelling substance, and burned the coffin”.

Also in this year Richard Chase, dubbed “The Vampire Killer of Sacramento” commits the first of a series of murders. (The second murder in 1978 involved consuming the victim’s blood.)

1978

Eric Held and Dorothy Nixon found the Vampire Information Exchange.

1980

Further reports of dead animals found drained of blood from an area called Finchley. Manchester believed that a vampyre created by the bite of the Highgate Vampyre was the cause.

1982

The first vampire RPG, “Ravenloft”, was released as a “Dungeons and Dragons” module featuring the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich.

D&D Ravenloft
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1985

David Dolphin presented a paper to the American Association for the Advancement of Science outlining a theory that porphyria might underlie the reports of vampirism. He argued that since the treatment for porphyria was the injection of heme, it was possible that in the past people suffering porphyria might have attempted to drink blood as a method of relieving their symptoms.

Among those whom critiqued Dolphin’s hypothesis was Paul Barber. Firstly, Barber noted, there was no evidence to show that the consumption of blood had any effect on the disease itself and only held up as long as one did not look at the available data too closely and discounted the powers of observation of those making the reports. Such reports which did not support the theory that any of those reported exhibited the symptoms of Porphyria.

Also in 1985, the founding members of the Black Rose Coven, under the guidance of Goddess Rosemary form the Z/n Society.

1988

The retail outlet “Siren” is founded by Grovella Blak. Located in Toronto, Canada it is the world’s oldest establishment catering to the enthusiasms of the overlapping communities devoted to the Goth and Vampyre genres.

The British Occult Society is formally disbanded by President Sean Manchester.

1989

The secretive; international, Temple of The Vampire (ToV) is founded.

1991

By far the most popular vampire (RPG) role-playing game is entitled “Vampire: The Masquerade” is created by Mark Rein-Hagen and published in 1991 by White Wolf Game Studio.

The Transylvanian Society of Dracula is founded in Bucharest by a group of leading Romanian historians, ethnographers, folklorists, tourist experts, writers and artists; as well as non-Romanian experts in the field.

1992

The live venue La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre opens in NYC. The scripts are based on interviews with existing vampire communities and occult groups conducted by playwright Tony Sokol.

1993

The Sanguinarium is founded by Father Sebastian Todd (a.k.a Aaron Todd Hoyt, Todd Sabertooth Father Todd, Father Sebastian, Father Todd Sebastian, Sebastiaan Van Houten) This leads to the establishment of the Ordo Strigoi Vii.

1994

Oprah Winfrey forms “prayer circle” outside the premiere of the film adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” to work against the forces of darkness she believes the film is calling down.

1995

Sean Manchester writes an account of his perspective on “The Highgate Vampire” (1995, rev, 1991)

1996

A female reporter named Susan Walsh disappears while writing a story on downtown Manhattan’s mysterious “vampire underground”.

1997

Sean Manchester expands on and releases “The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook”.

The remarkable Long Black Veil or “LBV” events truly hold a unique place in the history of New York City’s nightlife. LBV began in 1997 as “Long Black Veil & the Vampyre Lounge” on the second Wednesday of each month at the legendary MOTHER nightclub on 14th and Washington Streets in New York City. The Black Veil

The Black Veil represents a code of vampyre ethics and common sense widely accepted by the vampyre subculture. It is akin to the Strigoi Vii Covenant and although they are different documents they are, in essence, compatible.

Originally authored in 1997, by Father Sebastian of House Sahjaza, it was written as a code of conduct for patrons of the vampyre haven, Long Black Veil, in New York City.

The original ‘Black Veil’, now referred to as version 1, was derived from Renaissance Fair etiquette and from existing codes of conduct in the BDSM / fetish scene. There was, undoubtedly, some influence absorbed from the White Wolf Game Studio role playing game Vampire: the Masquerade as this afforded the only set of “terms” being used in the community at the time. The Black Veil was amended by ‘Lady Melanie’ in 1998 and 1999, and has been revised since then by Michelle Belanger of House Kheperu.

In the spring (Northern) of 1997 the first webpage of Sanguinarius.org appears.

1998

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Katherine Ramsland (clinical psychologist; journalist and bestselling biographer) made contact with Father Sebastian Todd and asked him to serve as a consultant for a book she was writing entitled “Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today .” Her intention was to follow in the last known footsteps of investigative reporter Susan Walsh (who disappeared around the same time as the historic Vampyre Ball at the Limelight in July 1996.) A release party for the book was held at LBV in 1998.

The Z/n Society, under Goddess Rosemary comes to its latest incarnation, Temple-House Sahjaza.

The original Iron Garden (1998-2003) is founded. The founding elders are, Lord Vahmp of House LIDEIM, Lord Kage of House Gangrel, Lord Ramirez of House Ramirez, Scorpio of House Draconus and Ronin Elders Lord Vailen Moon and Madame X.

1999

Sphynxcat’s Real Vampires Support Page established on the internet.

The website Vampire-church.com was first registered in April.

2000

COVICA, a council of collected elders from different traditions, again revised the Black Veil. It was at this time that the publication gained widespread popularity and was translated into Portuguese, German and Spanish. It was also distributed as the “13 Rules of the Community”.

2000 saw the closing of MOTHER but Father Sebastian chose to continue the event by relocating to True nightclub on 23rd Street near Broadway in Manhattan. LBV remained there for two more years.

The Vampire Codex is written by occultist and psychic vampire Michelle Belanger and published by Sanguinarium Press. The Vampire Codex has a significant impact on the worldwide community of psychic vampires, becoming the fundamental text used by numerous Houses, Orders, Covens, and Clans. It has influenced the teachings of vampire groups throughout the US, Canada, and Western Europe.

Also in 2000, Ronin Elders Madame X and Lord Vailen Moon conceived the House of the Dreaming and founded it along with Wulfsunus and Algernon.

2001

The Vampire Research Society Worldwide Organisation is founded.

2002

Michelle Belanger, along with input from Father Sebastian and others, presented The Black veil version 2 as a philosophy and tradition of ethics, not rules. This code is annotated as being voluntary and was designed to set an example for the community. This updated and simplified version of the Black Veil was not declared as a set of laws or rules and no longer carried the alternative title “13 Rules of the Community,” but was written as an example set of ethics and ideas.

The web/culture resource Smoke and Mirrors is created and opened by Lady CG.

2005

A&E’s Secret Lives of Vampires documentary is made with interviewees: Michelle Belanger and Lady CG.

2006

History Channel’s Vampire Secrets airs with interviewees The Madame Webb, Father Sebastiaan, Michelle Belanger, ‘Vlad’ and ‘Sky’. This is the documentary that deals with Dr. Slate’s research.

The Vampire & Energy Work Research Survey (VEWRS) with 379 Questions and the Advanced Vampirism & Energy Work Research Survey (AVEWRS) with 688 Questions are conducted. From 2006 to 2009 a combined response total (VEWRS & AVEWRS) reached over 1,450 surveys or over 670,000 individually answered questions; making it the largest and most in-depth research study ever conducted on the real vampire/vampyre community or subculture. The surveys are translated from English into French, Spanish, German and Russian. In all seventeen countries are represented: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

The group body, Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) is founded to develop friendly relations among the various Houses, Covens, Orders, organizations, and individual leaders of the vampire community.

Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey’s bid for Minnesota Governor is cut short when he is arrested by Minnesota police on an outstanding Indiana arrest warrant.

2007

History Channel’s Monster Quest (S2, E11) entitled ‘Vampires in America’ airs with interviewees: Joy Poulos and Michelle Belanger (http://sphynxcatvp.nocturna.org/media/documentaries.html)

Courau’s “Vampyres” (2007)
(Img. source: Internet Movie Database)

In film: Writer/Director Laurent Courau releases a documentary entitled “Vampyres” (Avalanche Productions) Narrated by Emmett Williamson the documentary stars Father Sebastian, Michelle Belanger, Don Henrie, Ice Pick, Lord Rex, Lukas Zpira and The Madame Webb.

In late 2007 “Dark Nations” is founded by Madame X of House of The Dreaming and Lord Khan, initially gathering over 2 dozen Houses and Orders into a collective effort designed to encourage communication and interactions through the Vampire, Therian and Otherkin society world-wide.

The first results of the VEWRS and AVEWRS surveys are released.

Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey threatens to impale George W. Bush and is investigated by the United States Secret Service

In literature: Michelle Belanger’s book “Vampires; In Their Own Words” is released.

2008

Pardubice, East Bohemia, July 11. Archaeologists believe they have uncovered a 4000-year-old grave in Mikulovice, eastern Bohemia, containing the remains of what might have been considered a vampire at the time. One of the graves, from the early Bronze Age burial site was situated somewhat aside from the others and the male skeleton in it was weighed down with two big stones, one on his chest and the other on his head.

“Remains treated in this way are now considered as vampiric. The dead man’s contemporaries were afraid that he might leave his grave and return to the world,” Radko Sedlacek from the East Bohemia Museum said.

2010

Real Vampire News is conceived and started by John Reason. The aim is to become a “newspaper” type resource for the online participants of the modern real vampire subculture.

The Atlanta Vampire Alliance and Suscitatio LLC commence a second series of studies to complement the 2006-2009 VEWR’s and AVEWR’s surveys. This effort will reportedly include involve the collection of medical testing and information.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued an alert after a 16-year-old girl from Faribault, Minnesota ran away with Jonathon Sharkey. The alert described the teenager as an “endangered runaway”.

2012

In Italy the Liga Italiana Real Vampires association was founded by (current) Presidente Davide Santandrea. June 2012

Two medieval “vampire” skeletons emerged near a monastery in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, local archaeologists announced. Dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages, the skeletons were unearthed with iron rods pierced through their chests — evidence of an exorcism against a vampire.

2012 also saw the discovery of a skeleton, dating from 550-700AD, buried in the ancient Minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, U.K. with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles.

(Img. source: Daily Mail newspaper U.K.)

 

October 1, 2012

John Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine begins a yearlong survey of the real vampire sub-culture entitled “The Living Vampire – A social survey”, aimed at gathering social and demographic information about the modern Vampire culture.

2013

The Liga Italiana Real Vampires becomes a legally recognised entity in Italy.

September 31, 2013

John Reason’s Real Vampire Life survey, “The Living Vampire – A social survey”, concludes.

November 3rd, 2013

I.C.E – A proposed International Council of Elders is formed by Stefan Resurrectus and a group of long time and active members of the modern vampire culture.

December 30, 2013

First publication of part one of the results of “The Living Vampire – A social survey” is published on John Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine (http://realvampirenews.com/)

2014

The (New Jersey) IRON GARDEN was resurrected in 2014 by Madame X, Traveler Asura-MacPhee, Finna Beruthiel DeElf, Herr Wulfsunus, Blueeyesoulof Ra Horakhty & Asif Murad.

March 6, 2014

After a lengthy hiatus Lady CG announces the re-opening of Smoke and Mirrors as a resource and active website.

2015

Alexia Ashford establishes a blog site which goes on to become Sanguinarians.com

It will later develop to become “The Red Cellar” (March 2016)

August 5, 2015

Merticus Stevens of the VCN, VVC, Atlanta Vampire Alliance and Suscitatio Enterprises LLC posted advice of a tragic event that rocks the modern vampire world. The passing of Sanguinarius E. Sanguinarius, a.k.a. Sangi.

Her legacy, and contribution, to the modern vampire movement will never be forgotten nor will it ever be underestimated.

RIP Sanguinarius (1970-2015)

 

2016

Stemming from the web resource Sanguinarians.com “The Red Cellar” web resource is launched as a sister site in March. The new site quickly takes over as the primary website and becomes the base for the Med-Sang group.

October 2016

Following on from a widely distributed appeal for donations toward running costs Merticus Stevens announces the closure (Oct 31) of the web resource Vampire Community News (VCN) and foreshadows the closure of other web resources.

2017

June 2017, The “Unity Project” and web resource “Blood Nations” are established in the modern Vampire Culture.

Organised and developed by King (Heir Apparent to New Orleans) Maven Lore of The House of Lore, King Logan South of the Vampire Court of Austin and Queen of the Vampire Court of Memphis, Lady Gia Ahlia Bathory von Ecsed, Countess of Cachtrice. The combined projects aim at uniting, voluntarily, as many Houses, or ‘Courts’, as possible into one cooperative, unified, entity.

August 2017

John Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine tops 200,000 page views since rebuilding the site from a catastrophic server crash in 2012.

September 2017

The RVL E-Zine establishes a recorded readership in more than 100 countries around the world and, for the first time, holds to a page view standard of over 2500 page views per month.


There can be no doubt that the time frame, 1964 to 2016, has been one of the most fluid and ever changing periods in the history of modern man. In the 1960’s, under the banners of “Equal Rights”, “Gay Rights”, “Civil Rights” and the horrendously destructive Vietnam war the period became one of minority rights and anger. By the end of the decade, in many ways, community and consensus lay in tatters. The enduring legacy of the era, to this day, remains mixed and while it brought empowerment and polarization, resentment and liberation it became a permanent part of the world’s political and cultural life.

The 1970’s decade was, in many respects, a continuation of the 1960s. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, gays and lesbians and other marginalized people continued their fight for equality, and many people joined the protest against the ongoing war in Vietnam. A “New Right” political consciousness developed in defence of political conservatism and the traditional family.

With the 1980’s a whole new outlook, in many quarters, in much of the free world, led by American policies of the time, believed that the spread of communism threatened freedom everywhere and, as a result, the political administrations of this so-called “free-world” were eager to provide aid to anti-communist governments and insurgencies around the world. The “Cold War” made many people, around the world fearful. These times were also marked by the rise of “Yuppiedom”. The “yuppie”, a baby boomer with a college education, a well-paying job and expensive taste, at first, appearing self-centred and materialistic, became the major motivating force for economic and social growth trends.

Culturally, the 1990s were characterized by the rise of multiculturalism and alternative media. In the absence of “global” communism, which collapsed in the first two years of the decade, the 1990s was marked by a move towards right wing parties, including increase in support for far-right parties in Europe [1]

“A combination of factors, including the continued mass mobilization of capital markets through neo-liberalism, the thawing of the decades-long Cold War, the beginning of the widespread proliferation of new media such as the Internet from the middle of the decade onwards, increasing scepticism towards government, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union led to a realignment and reconsolidation of economic and political power across the world and within countries. The dot-com bubble of 1997–2000 brought wealth to some entrepreneurs before its crash between 2000 and 2001.”

The 1990s saw extreme advances in technology, and the rise of “ethnic” conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. Signs of any resolution of tensions between Israel and the Arab world remained elusive despite the progress of the Oslo Accords, though The Troubles in Northern Ireland came to a standstill in 1998. [2]
Where were the Vampires during all of this?

Against the backdrop of the social consciousness shifts of the 60’s the “Vampire” largely maintained a fictional and popular entertainment presence. The popular series of “Hammer Films” dealing with our good friend Count Dracula was, undoubtedly, the most visible sign of the Vampyre in mainstream consciousness but, in line with esoteric thinking and sub-cultural shifts of the period there came, at least in one important respect, an event that in many ways led on from the work of Pierart and Dion Fortune in the earlier part of the century and the latter 19th Century.

The first active move in the culture came in 1966 with the purchase and establishment of what is arguably, and quite literally, the first “Vampire” house in Philadelphia. Based on principal thinking of Psi Vampirism the establishment of the premises heralded a hitherto unseen “organisation” of groups of modern day Vampires.

From there, through the 70’s and 80’s, the appearance of the older Vampire “houses” grew from the concept, and existence of “Covens” until the mid-seventies and the eighties brought about a more widespread embrace of the archetype.

Naturally, with the advent of the new forms of “mass media” and the explosion of ‘block buster’ movies during the 80’s, the way was well and truly paved for people to represent and re-define themselves in unprecedented ways and through hitherto inaccessible channels.

It is always tempting to ask, “Did popular entertainment have a big role in the development of the modern Vampyre image?” The simple answer is, no more than any other time period of history.

Fact: 3200 B.C. Cuneiform writings in Sumeria exist in which Lilith appears as one of a group of Sumerian vampire/cannibal demons that included Lillu, Ardat Lili and Irdu Lili.

Fact: The first mention of the word “vampir” was discovered in a Slavic document that was Russian in origin. The Book of Prophecy written in 1047 AD.

Fact: William of Newburgh’s Historia Rerum Anglicarum relates, in Chapters 32 to 34, relate to a number of stories of contemporary revenants. Accounts such as that of Alnwick and Melrose Abbey have been repeatedly cited as evidence of a vampyre lore existing in the British Isles in ancient times.

Fact: 1190 Publication. Walter Map’s De Nagis Curialium includes accounts of vampire-like beings in England.

Fact: 1591 Reports. The accounts of the Shoemaker of Breslau, a man who, after having committed suicide was buried in a hurry by his family after they concealed the manner of his death. A short time after burial it was reported that a “ghostly likeness” of the man was harassing people around the town and the harassments became worse including, reported injuries to some of those visited. The decision was taken to exhume the body which exhibited no sign of decay but was reportedly found to be in excellent condition, even down to the growth of new skin on the feet. Neither exhumation, nor re-burying the corpse under a gallows, helped with the problem and so it was ordered that the corpse should have its head and feet cut off. (Barber, Paul: Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality)

Fact: 1597 Reports. The accounts of the matter of Clara Geisslerin, a 69-year-old widow in the town of Gelnhausen, Germany. Geisslerin was accused of witchcraft. Among other charges that she reportedly confessed to, under torture, was included drinking the blood of sixty children that she had killed.

Fact: The death of Jure Grando, an Istrian (Croatian) peasant, who lived in Kringa, a small place in the interior of the Istrian peninsula. Although he died in 1656 he was disinterred and was decapitated as a vampire in 1672. Upon disinterment those present reported to have found what was said to be a perfectly preserved corpse with a smile on its face. One of the men there, Stipan Milašić, took a saw and decapitated the corpse resulting in an articulated noise and the free flow of “fresh” blood.

Fact: 1727 Reports. The case of Arnold Paole (Arnont Paule in the original documents; early German) a Serbian hajduk, was reported. On the fortieth day after his burial, with two military surgeons present, the coffin was exhumed and opened. Inside they found a body that appeared as if it had just recently died. What appeared to be new skin was present under a layer of dead skin and the nails had continued to grow. Upon being pierced the body poured blood from the wound. Those present judged Paule to be a vampyre and the corpse was staked; reportedly uttering a loud groan at this

Fact: 1728 Reports. One Peter Plogojowitz (also given as; Petar Blagojevich) dies in a village named Kisilova in Austrian occupied Serbia, not far from the site of the Paole case. Reportedly, three days after his burial, in the middle of the night, he entered his house and asked his son for food. He ate and then left. Two evenings later he is said to have reappeared and again asked for food. His son refused and was found dead the following day. Shortly after this several villagers fell ill from exhaustion which was diagnosed as caused by an excessive loss of blood.

Fact: 1731 Reports. In the same area as the case of Arnold Paole (1727) 17 people died in the space of three months, of symptoms believed to be those of vampirism. Reportedly, the townspeople were, at first, slow to react until one girl complained of being attacked by a man, recently deceased, named Milo.

Fact: 1797. The first mention of vampires in English literature appears in Robert Southey’s monumental oriental epic poem “Thalaba the Destroyer“.

 

Almost 2600 years of history prior to the first “popular entertainment” mention of the name Vampire.

Whether you choose to write off this history as superstition and folklore; including the written reports of professional military medical men and physicians who were witnesses, I would suggest that in choosing to use the name Vampire one is unavoidably associating themselves with the age old archetype.

Now, unfortunately, beginning in the 19th Century this “archetype” became the guide for heinous acts by disturbed individuals, that is one of the, forgive me, “crosses” that all modern Vampires have to bear. As with everything, it is a personal choice, if you call yourself Vampire you own, in part, the heritage and lineage of the name.

This story is not over, this history is not over, we are writing the next chapter – creating the next part of the history of Vampires and, whether we like it or not, sometime in the year 2094 or so modern living Vampires are going to look back and ask, “What did they do back then?”, what are they going to find? They’ll find a line, a lineage, a heritage that stretches back into the farthest reaches of recorded human history, they’ll find a history that is as old as mankind’s and which will resonate with each succeeding generation from here on out. Question is, What shall WE leave them?

I would like to express grateful acknowledgement to;

My beautiful lady wife, and Assistant Manager, Lady M for putting up with this project, and me…

Also;

Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza, High Elder Priestess Liath Sahjaza, Elder Nicolette Michelle LaFleur and Elder Tony Sokol of Temple-House Sahjaza, Madame X of House of The Dreaming – NJ Iron Garden and Dark Nations, Lady Emilie of Ophiucus Vampires International/Order of Maidenfear, Vice-President Lady Maria Amico of Lega Italiana Real Vampires Italy and Lady Alexia Ashford of The Red Cellar.

 

References:

1)            Merkl, Peter; LEONARD, Weinberg (2 August 2004). “Right-wing Extremism in the   Twenty-first Century”. Routledge

2)            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990s

Further references:

http://www.history.com

 

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Communication, Prognostication and Unique solutions

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Written, Edited and Presented by

Tim

In movieland we have come across Vampires that speak their own dialects, in some fiction too but where do these languages come from.

In the Movie “Blade”, for example, at one point in the movie Jared Nomak turns to camera and delivers a portion of dialogue – what language was it?

In the book ‘Encyclopedia Fictional and Fantastic Languages’, J. Matthew Pearson explains;
“As the vampires are an ancient race, they have their own language, and for this film, UCLA Linguistics professor Victoria Fromkin was hired to design a Vampire language (Fromkin is also the creator of the Paku language from Land of the Lost

Not enough of the language is provided in the film to construct a grammar or morphology, but phonetically the Vampire language sounds Slavic and is often mixed with Czech and Russian by the film’s director, suggesting that the Vampire race is Eastern European in origin (perhaps Transylvanian?)[1]”

img. source: porges.net

One would tend to suppose that since the majority of the tales of historical Vampires originated in, and near, the Balkan States that we should rationally expect the same sort of scenario and, if we are going to go “by the book” that started it all, in modern parlance, then we would have to expect that the “official” language of Vampyres would be some form of early Romanian.

What about Modern Living Vampires? What language should we employ, as a symbol of our unique identity and our… if I may use the term, unity?

Now this is gonna be a bit of a trip, just like the article Vampire Deities 2017, okay, maybe a bit less ‘tongue-in-cheek’ but if you would care to accompany me let’s take a look at the possibilities, maybe learn some shit along the way…

Written communication – development of

The earliest writing systems, dated to the Bronze Age, did not just fall out of the sky, nor were they the product of an ‘epiphany’… they were based on earlier systems of symbol usage that can’t be properly described as writing. These systems are most usually named “proto-writing”. Such “symbol” systems emerged in the early Neolithic period, as early as the 7th millennium BC, of which the oldest known examples are the “Jiahu symbols” from China.

Example of the Jiahu symbols;
img. source: wikipedia.com

Similarly, the Vinča signs exhibit an evolution beginning with simple symbol sets that gradually increased in complexity until they achieved the highest development represented in the Tărtăria tablets of c. 5300 BC[2]

The hieroglyphic scripts of the Ancient Near East (inc. Egyptian, Sumerian proto-Cuneiform, and Cretan) emerged from these earlier systems so that it becomes impossible to discern at what point “writing” actually became recognisable, or able to be classified, as writing. “Slavic runes” (7th and 8th centuries AD) and the “quipu” of the Incas (15th century AD) may well be classified as being of a similar nature.

Writing, as it is now generally classified, emerged in a number of Bronze Age cultures, most notably, the cuneiform system of Sumeria, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Cretan hieroglyphs, Chinese logographs, Indus script, and Olmec scripts of Mesoamerica.

img. source: Ancient Scripts.com

So, now, a big jump forward to the “Ogham Alphabet

Ogham (/ˈɒɡəm/; Modern Irish [ˈoːmˠ] or [ˈoːəmˠ]; Old Irish: ogam [ˈɔɣamˠ])

The Ogham Alphabet.
img. source: Staigue Fort House

Early Medieval – An alphabet used to write the early Irish language (in the “orthodox” inscriptions, 1st to 6th centuries AD), and later the Old Irish language (scholastic ogham, 6th to 9th centuries).

Although the majority of the inscriptions in the ‘language’ consist of personal names according to the High Medieval Bríatharogam, names of various trees can be ascribed to individual letters.

There is some argument that the earliest known Ogham inscriptions date to about the 4th century AD, [3] but James Carney believes its origin is rather within the 1st century BC. [6] The actual use of “classical” ogham seems to have been, according to experts, most prolific in the 5th and 6th centuries around the Irish Sea, however, considering it phonetically it is clear that the alphabet predates the 5th century.

Some scholars consider it a mere cipher of its template script (Düwel 1968: [4] points out similarity with ciphers of Germanic runes). The majority of scholars favour the Latin alphabet as the template, [5][6] although the Elder Futhark and even the Greek alphabet have been touted as progenitors. [7] A “Runic” origin, it has been pointed out, would explain the presence of “H” and “Z” (letters unused in Irish) as well as the presence of vocalic and consonantal variants “U” vs. “W” (unknown to Latin writing and lost in Greek.)

We can see, from this VERY brief history, the mention of both Slavic and Germanic Runic systems and thus we might well look upon Runes as the ‘not altogether missing’ link between ancient and modern languages.

Runes (Proto-Norse: ᚱᚢᚾᛟ (runo), Old Norse: rún)

“The letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. The Scandinavian variants are also known as futhark or fuþark (derived from their first six letters of the alphabet: F, U, Þ, A, R, and K); the Anglo-Saxon variant is futhorc or fuþorc (due to sound changes undergone in Old English by the names of those six letters). [ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes]

The three best-known runic alphabets are as follows;

The Elder Futhark (around 150–800 AD)

The Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400–1100 AD)

The Younger Futhark (800–1100 AD).

Nb: The Younger Futhark is divided further into the long-branch runes (also called Danish, although they were also used in Norway, Sweden and Frisia); short-branch or Rök runes (also called Swedish-Norwegian, although they were also used in Denmark); and the stavlösa or Hälsinge runes (staveless runes). The Younger Futhark developed further into the Medieval runes (1100–1500 AD), and the Dalecarlian runes (c. 1500–1800 AD).

The “Elder Futhark”
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The process by which Runic script became dispersed is contentious but it is worthwhile noting that the oldest known Runic inscriptions are found in Denmark and northern Germany, not near Italy. A “West Germanic hypothesis” suggests that the runic systems were spread by movements of the Elbe Germanic groups, while a “Gothic hypothesis” presumes that it was a product of East Germanic expansion.

“The word ‘Rune’ comes from the Germanic root run- (Gothic runa), meaning “secret” or “whisper”, while in Old Irish Gaelic, the word rún means “mystery”, “secret”, “intention” or “affectionate love.” Similarly in Welsh and Old English, the word rhin and rūn respectively means “mystery”, “secret”, “secret writing”, or sometimes in the extreme sense of the word, “miracle” (gwyrth).” [ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes]

Now, I can see the question that is forming among you dear readers, the obvious question, “What in the name of all the gods does this have to do with Vampires, and more especially Modern Living Vampires?”

A great number of “modern” Vampires that I know, and that I have been in communication with, favour worshiping in age old manners, in recognising the “ancient” deities and historical methodologies of worship; indeed, as an energy worker I have conducted rituals along similar lines, also, a great number of the modern Vampire culture describe themselves as Pagan, synonymous with neo-pagan, practitioners.

Paganism is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christianity for populations of the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism, either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population or because they were not Milites Christi (soldiers of Christ). [8][9] In the 19th century, paganism was adopted as a self-descriptor by members of various artistic groups inspired by the ancient world. In the 20th century, it came to be applied as a self-description by practitioners of Modern Paganism or neopagan movements who incorporate beliefs or practices different than those in the main world religions.

Contemporary knowledge of old pagan religions comes from several sources, including anthropological field research records, the evidence of archaeological artifacts, and the historical accounts of ancient writers regarding cultures known to classical antiquity. Forms of these religions, influenced by various historical pagan beliefs of premodern Europe, exist today and are known as contemporary or modern paganism, also referred to as neopaganism.”[10][11]

In Pagan practices and traditions the Ogham alphabet and the Rune systems were the province of a few “learned” persons and the systems were used to pass along information and messages in a secretive manner, a hidden manner. Indeed, this is one of the very tenets by which modern groups, covens, Houses and other organisations operate.

Runes, one method for both communication and divination, perhaps, given these two factors, a system of secular practice as well. One of the questions that has always been on my mind is; given that the majority of modern living Vampires subscribe to the belief that we, as modern Vampyres, owe little or nothing to the historical namesake by which we describe ourselves why is it that we embrace, so widely, ancient religious and spiritual concepts?

Several years ago a noted member of our culture developed a “Vampire” alphabet and language from scratch, this as opposed to the adoption of terms to describe ourselves. The language was, as all languages are, based in a currently understood alphabetic sequence and it presented extremely well, indeed, the script developed by the designer was something of beauty. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have taken a similar concept but wound the ol’ timeclock back several millennia and, taking a page out of Professor Fromkin’s book, I set to work…

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The instrument I have named “The Vampyr Futharc” (after the traditional method of naming the system for its first 6 letters) is a Rune system based on the “Engliscan Gesithas“, or Anglo-Saxon system, that satisfies the requirements, in the main, for both base communication and divination purposes. As I pointed out in the article Vampire Deities 2017 it wasn’t extraordinarily difficult to achieve, it simply took a little time (around a day in reading material then another day, approx. in the graphical and transliteration) and some attention to the detail (after all, the devil’s in the details you know) and I am able to present it to you here.

In this day and age we need to “communicate” some quite complex and extensive concepts and that is where our modern languages have been developed to, however, in ritual practices and in short communication of basic ideas we need only a limited range of “conceptual instruments”. Be that as it may you will note several peculiarities in this Runic instrument as compared to others you may have come across.

1) Replicated vowels – one of the things that is of considerable importance in any “secret” language is the repetition, throughout a message, of the common vowels, A, E, I, O & U. In this system those letters have dual representation that no matter how and where they are used will break the pattern of repetitiveness and thus confuse attempts to, at base level, decipher the written message.

2) The interrogative symbol – At the end of the Futharc stands the symbol for a question mark. As the lead character in the movie “The Arrival” pointed out, the ability of someone to get an answer to a question depends very much on the recipient’s understanding of what a question is.
By way of examples, dear reader;

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A most simplistic exchange in which Fred asks Lydia if she is going to harvest in the current month, to which Lydia replies, in the next sunny week.

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A warning that “An angry man (singular) with weapons (plurality established by the use of ~ ) travelling (by) horse (passed by – established by the interrogator) 2 (utilising the basic tally system of numbering) days” (Plurality established by ~ symbol and time frame established by interrogator)

As a final example, a simple message that utilises the alphabetic connections,

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In the end analysis a fairly simple system.

 

In the online resource Crystalinks it is written that;

Rune stones, (sometimes cards), are used as tools of divination – a way to predict one’s future. Rune Stones come in a set of 24 ancient alphabetic symbols. They can be made of different materials – wood or glass most common and attractive – and usually kept in a pouch or box.

The author goes on to describe a basic method for “casting” the Runes;

Ideally ruins are cast on an East-West axis or facing the sun. A white cloth is laid down and used to determine the direction of the casting. From here the focus should lie with the pressing question. After casting the stones onto the cloth the ones which have fallen the right side up are read and depending upon whether the rune is reversed or not will have a bearing upon its meaning and the reading as a whole.

Then goes further to offer an alternative to fully casting the Runes,

Pick a rune stone randomly for a day reading; you can also do what is known as a 3 rune spread. Some feel that the day rune is a good way to get an answer to a single question. The 3 Rune Spread is used for asking broader questions whereas the single rune can be drawn on a daily basis.

So, let’s go ahead and cast…

Let’s assume we cast the runes and we get the following runes come upward, not reversed;

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A simple interpretation might well be: “A man/ woman (perhaps representing you or you with a companion of the opposite sex) will be travelling to a ‘place of fire’ in your country/homeland in a month.”

In conclusion:

We, in the modern living Vampyre culture, like to speak often of our unique identity, our “difference”, our “place” in the ‘grand scheme’ of things but a great many of us, to one extent or another, operate with basic principles and concepts that have their roots in the most ancient of times. Any culture, any society, any population needs – to one extent or another – a method of expressing its unique identity and its “special” aspects and in this the most common tools are its art and language… look around, we’ve definitely got the “art” covered, you only need to look back at our editorials with Lady Kate Gallwey and Goddess Rosemary, amongst the many other fine artists out there. What we don’t have is a unique language or, with the exception of prosthetic fangs and variations on the Ancient Egyptian Ankh, unique tools of worship…

Do I want you to start dancing around bonfires chanting, “ædac Rusmeada osur orth, ædac Trixdamit osur eohx…!” while tossing corn dollies into the flames as offerings? Ummm… well, hey, sure, if you want but even if not I would suggest that we do owe it to ourselves to come up with something, something that highlights and celebrates OUR culture – just like everyone else in history has.

 

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  1. https://scifi.stackexchange.com/
  2. Haarmann, Harald: “Geschichte der Schrift”, C.H. Beck, 2002, ISBN 3-406-47998-7, p. 20
  3. O’Kelly 1989, p. 250
  4. Düwel, Klaus. “Runenkunde” (runic studies). Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 1968. OCLC 183700
  5. Ross, Anne (1972). Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts. London: Carousel. p. 168. ISBN 0 552 54021 8.
  6. Dillon, Myles; Chadwick, Nora (1973). The Celtic Realms. London: Cardinal. p. 258. ISBN 0 351 15808 1.
  7. Macalister, R. A. Stewart, The Secret Languages of Ireland reprinted by Craobh Rua Books, Armagh 1997.
  8. J. O’Donnell (1977), “Paganus: Evolution and Use”, Classical Folia, 31: 163–69.
  9. Augustine, Divers. Quaest. 83.
  10. Lewis, James R. (2004). The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Oxford University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-19-514986-6.
  11. Hanegraff, Wouter J. (1006). New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 84. ISBN 90-04-10696-0.

 

Other references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogham

http://www.crystalinks.com/runes.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_writing#Proto-writing

Further reading on Theories of the origin of Ogham script;

Fol. 170r of the Book of Ballymote (1390), the Auraicept na n-Éces explaining the ogham script.

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