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Tim

Good morning,

In the previous five year stretch that Lady M and I edited, produced and presented RVL we met an innumerable number of requests from people who wanted to be “real vampires”. Their reasons ranged through the whole spectrum of the imaginable, from having superhuman powers to being immortal, and everything in between.

Now, having re-opened the e-zine, we are expecting to meet more of the same. Indeed, one respected and very well informed contact we have recently been in contact with has told us that there is still a great deal of mis-, and dis-, information circulating about who, and what, modern living real vampyres are. Hence it is advisable, in the opinion of this writer, that we begin our new work by re-visiting a topic which has never been far below the surface of the contemporary sub-culture, namely, “I want to be a real vampire, please help…

In short, dear reader, the reason that not everybody can be a modern living vampire is the same reason that this writer can’t be a Long-billed dowitcher… I wasn’t born that way…!

It is generally accepted that modern living vampyres are just that because they were born with the traits, albeit possibly latent, that made them pre-disposed to becoming such later in life. Some, by genetic happenstance, may well be born with certain traits at the forefront from birth but the one thing that the majority agree upon is that if you’re not a modern living vampire you can’t be turned into one… you can’t be turned, you can’t be “embraced”, you can’t receive the “Dark Kiss” and you won’t contract the fabled V5 virus – if indeed such a thing exists.

What can happen, and does, however is that you can fall prey to charlatans, liars, cheats and predators. People who will offer to make you into a modern living vampire if you perform a spell, give them money for teachings, buy their books or bibles, give them sex or simply worship them in any number of strange and, mostly, unsavoury ways. These people hunt in cities, towns, clubs, bars, schools, playgrounds and, most importantly of all, on the internet.

Emily Meade as Pearl in ‘Mother, may I sleep with danger?’ – RabbitBandini Productions & Sony Pictures Television, 2016.

There are a number of articles already available in our “IMPORTANT INFORMATION for New Arrivals” section and perhaps the most notable of these are the 2012 article, “Safety First” and the 2015 article, “Warning signs and ‘Red Flags’”.

 

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, I’m too smart to be taken advantage of…” and I sincerely hope you are right, however, there are numerous accounts, sometimes tragic, about people – mostly young people, who have fallen victim to the unscrupulous predators that often frequent the subculture. People who don’t give a damn about your health and welfare or even, in extreme cases, your survival.

I recall, well, several people who wrote to us in the past offering anything they could give if we would help them become vampires, real vampires. Some even went so far as to say they would be willing to die to achieve this goal… unbelievable? True. It would have been so easy to take advantage of these people, ridiculously so and that is because there were, and are, people who believe that what the modern living vampire has is achievable to anyone. Unfortunately, dear reader, this is simply not the case.

We were also, I recall, called upon, on occasion, to help someone who was caught up in the webs of lies that were spun around them by these predators.

It has always been an opinion held by many in the subculture that it is a natural predilection of “the Vampire” to hunt and while this may be the case when considering the historical, mythological and archetypal vampire figure it is most certainly NOT the case in the modern subculture. Certain segments of the modern movement may incorporate elements of “role play” into their ritualised “hunt”, they may indulge in BDSM style practices to enhance or represent “the hunt” but these are acts between consenting persons of, hopefully, legal age.


The main things that everyone who comes to the subculture looking for something needs to know are;

Not everyone you come into contact with has your best interests at heart.

There are those who will take what they want from you, whatever it may be, under the guise of “turning” you into a vampire.

No amount of “Embracing”, “Dark Kissing” and/or spells/potions/pills/blood drinking will give you super powers or make you immortal.

In essence we hope that anyone reading this will take note of the warnings, we hope that you will realise that everything must be questioned, taken with a pinch of salt or, at the very least, researched. Unlike a great many out there John Reason’s Real Vampire Life is dedicated, and always has been, to presenting facts as they are currently understood and supported. We can’t guarantee to tell you what you want to hear, we can guarantee to answer your questions to the very best of our ability and if we can’t we can always find out for you or put you in contact with good, reputable and reliable people who can answer you.

Vampires exist in the world today, they are all around you, in the modern world but they are NOT vampires as Lord Byron, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice or Stephanie Meyer envisaged – learn to separate fact from fiction and, if you are having difficulty with that, please, ask someone BEFORE you get hurt.
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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.

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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

 

“After Ninety Years” ~ A Vampire from the old country

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Tim & Lady M

We are being, and have been, literally bombarded with Vampire literature over many, many years. The popular literature has spawned television series’, movies, sequels and serialised novels untold. Each has its place, each has its pros and each its cons; each has its fans and its detractors but one of the things that has, in the main, been missing from the field is the representation of literature from the very cradle of the folklore of the vampire.

If you look up the history of Vampire literature you will find references to one of the first works of art to touch upon the subject, the short German poem The Vampire (1748) by Heinrich August Ossenfelder, the narrative poem Lenore (1773) by Gottfried August Bürger being a notable 18th century example even though the returned lover is actually revealed to be death himself, a later German poem exploring the same subject with a prominent vampiric element was The Bride of Corinth (1797) by Goethe. Naturally, looking further you will come across Southey, Polidori and Bram Stoker ~ a stellar cast, no doubt, however, all representing the tale in pure fiction and in a ‘westernised’ fashion to appeal to their selected audience.

The actual folklore, and the telling of that folklore, is only now beginning to be a field of increasing interest. We were both pleased, and privileged, to be contacted recently by our friend, associate, author and resident Balkan History expert Dr. James Lyon who has just recently completed, and published, the translation of a vampire tale that pre-dates Bram Stoker’s famous novel by 17 years.

Milovan Glišić

Milovan Glišić

The book is called “After Ninety Years”, originally authored by Serbian writer, dramatist, translator, and literary theorist Milovan Glišić , Dr. Lyon, with help, as he puts it, from “My long suffering wife…” and his mother-in-law, along with a number of proof readers and helpers, has brought the story of Sava Savanović to life for everyone who has an interest in the origins of Vampire folklore.
My lady wife, Lady M, prepared the following review for you, dear reader and, in her turn, put up with strange Editorial questions that I am wont to throw around the place. Here then are her words of the story.

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After Ninety Years
by Milovan Glisic
translated by Dr. James Lyon PhD

Strahinja (Strakh-in-ya) and Radojka (Radojka) were in love … a love that was forbidden by her father Zivan (Zhi-van). This almost sounds like the opening for many vampire stories that have been written over the years.
This story, however, was written in 1880 and although we see the young couple live happily ever after, it is the course of events which, as you will read, leads to the discovery of the vampire, Sava Savanović (Sah-vah Sah-vam-o-vich) by Strahinja. The young suitor risks his life to help the people of Zarozje grind their wheat into flour knowing each miller before him had been the victim of a night stalker.
The tale is told about the “vampire”, Sava Savanović, who frequented the watermill each night for some 90 years to feed on the millers who worked there, and the search by the villagers to find and destroy him.
It is important to note that in order to understand the time and circumstances that this story takes place in, reading the Translator’s Notes and the Foreword are necessary as it will give you a greater understanding of the tradition and cultural flavor of the Serbian backdrop of the Village of Zarozje (Za-rozh-ye).

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I must admit, having read many books with regard to vampire legend, I wondered whether this tale would take the same road as others have in the description of how the vampire happened on his victims and if the feeding method the vampire used was of a sanguinary nature. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sava, the vampire, did not feed on the blood of his victims but through forceful touch, sucked out their life essence culminating in the death, by strangulation, of each of his victims.

There are several elements that every reader will recognize almost immediately, the presence of a priest, the use of Holy Water and a wooden stake made of Hawthorn; what you may not recognize is the attitude of the villagers toward the scourge of Savanović, the almost ‘matter of fact’ acceptance that the Vampire is simply an accepted part of the natural world that they inhabit. In fact the preparations for hunting, finding and dispatching the vampire are quite methodical and calmly executed.

Thank you, James, for taking the time to translate this wonderful piece of vampire lore. A piece of lore from the very cradle of Vampire legends that belies the popular notion of vampires biting necks and drinking the blood of their prey.

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Translations of foreign originated works are always fraught with their own difficulties and it is often heard that many stories “lose something” in the translation, while the tale may not invoke the abject terror and atmospheric dramatics of the purely fictional imagination it does provide a most intriguing and fascinating insight into the “reality”, if we can use the term, of the Vampire’s place in the world from whence it was born. This book is a must have for the library of any serious student, or afficianado, of Vampire history and folklore.

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