Over the course of the last two decades we have been delivered non-fiction literature on the subject of vampyrism, the great bulk of it studying and re-studying the archetypes and the legends that gave birth to the vampire aesthetic that we know so well today.
We have read works by people who are part of the sub-culture and by academic sources outside the sub-culture. Each read takes us on a path that reflects, more than anything, the opinions and assertions that the author wishes to impart. The veracity of such works can’t be in doubt because they are, all-in-all, interpretations of observation and, in many cases, experience and accounts by people who claim to be members of the sub-culture.
Have any of these works provided a singular, and definitive, account of the REALITY of modern vampyres?
Books such as the 1996 “Vampires: The Occult Truth” by Konstantinos which, “explores the folklore surrounding the blood-drinking vampire and, more importantly, exposes the threat of 20th century vampires which feed on psychic energy.”
Or the 1997 volume, “Liquid Dreams of Vampires” by Martin V. Riccardo, which, “descends into the murky shadows of the subconscious to present dreams, nightmares and fantasies that reveal the true power of the vampire’s image,” and incorporates, “the mythic connections between sex and death, and their links to sleep and dreams. This study is drawn from the result of a five-year survey into people’s dreams and fantasies about vampires.”
And on to the 2009 book, “Allure of the Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead” by Corvis Nocturnum , wherein we, “join occult author Corvis Nocturnum as he reveals the fascinating evolution of this icon as it has lured and enticed us in folklore, film and books from the days of ancient civilization to the living breathing inhabitants of our modern subculture…”
We have, just this past week (14th) – just in time for Valentine’s Day no less, been presented with the newest publication about the reality of vampirism and vampires today. A book written about vampyres, for vampires, by real vampyres. Back on October 1st, 2015 we previewed the development of a book entitled “Blood’s Truth“, a book authored for real vampires by Lady Julia Darkrose and Ludavik Valentine.
We were honoured to be able to preview the work in an interview on October 1st last year and we are equally honoured to be able to share a little time with the authors at this time, at the time of the realisation of the dream.
Please welcome Lady Julia DarkRose and Ludavik Valentine.
RVL: Good evening Lady Julia, Ludavik, how are you this evening?
Lady J: I’m laughing at the mere thought of being alive! I’m fantastic! Thank you.
RVL: I suppose that the first question about any venture of this nature is, inevitably, what inspired you to write the book “Blood’s Truth”?
Lady J: I’ve had in the works, for a few years now, a book about the creation of the vampire sub-culture as well as what it means, for me, to be borne a living human vampire. So, after Ludavik and I became a couple, we would laugh a lot about all the misinformation floating around in the vampire community regarding living vampirism, we decided that it was time to write a book for living vampires and the mundane world, about living vampirism, it’s factual historical origins, the subsequent creation of and the current state of, the vampire community.
LV: Yep, it just seemed like the perfect time to create this book of much needed information.
RVL: …and the book itself, is it solely based on your own experiences and outlook of modern vampires?
Lady J: A large part of the book is based solely upon our life experience as living vampires, yes. However, a large part of that experience is experiencing and/or witnessing other living vampires throughout my life. Much of the book is also based on the intimate knowledge shared with me, from Prince Nicholas de Vere, regarding the Royal Dragon Court and the origins of the Draconian Bloodline (living human Vampires), of which I was officially indoctrinated into and given the title and duty of Lady Consoror, Charge d’Affaires, Royal Dragon Court-America, in 2003.
LV: My contributions are solely based upon my own life experience.
RVL: Lady Julia, you are most well known for your periodical work, how much of the work from magazine provided material for the book, or is the book meant to stand apart from the magazine?
Lady J: Excellent question. I used a few articles I had already written for my 2 decades old magazine, “The DarkRose Journal,” for a few chapters of our book. Still, even though the theme of “Blood’s Truth” is slightly different than most of the DRJ’s I’ve published, the overall message is the same. “Blood’s Truth” is a stand alone work of literary artistry, yes, but is is also full to the brim with the same message I have always shared with the world.
RVL: Who first came up with the idea of writing the book?
Lady J: We both came up with it at the same time. We both shared a mutual look between us of “By George that ‘s it!”
LV: I came up with the title.
RVL: …and what is the ‘message’ of the work? What is the main thrust, and content, of the book about?
Lady J: Above all, be true to who and what you are, even if your true self is not that which you initially thought or wanted it to be. Our past, especially that of the living human vampire, is important to know and understand, so that we may learn from it and use it to keep evolving in the most positive direction possible, both on a personal and universal level. Then once our origins are understood we need to focus on what we have become in the 21st century, how we can best live in our present and better evolve our future as living human vampires.
LV: What she said, Lol.
RVL: Are you, at this stage, planning a second book to follow “Blood’s Truth”?
Lady J: We have absolutely no clue, Lol.
LV: We have been bouncing around the idea of a weekly web series that would focus on the daily living of our kind. It would be entertaining, to say the least.
RVL: There will, quite naturally, be many who will be asking, “What history, experience or credentials do the authors have to write this book?”
Lady J: Many of my credentials are tangible and were photographed and included in the book. I have 2 decades worth of showing and “proving” to the world that I am the label that I choose to wear, through a myriad of world-wide media.
LV: My experience is simply my own life. Julia DarkRose corroborates all that I have ever known and experienced with her own life experiences. That’s good enough for me.
RVL: What was the easiest thing about writing the book? and, conversely, the hardest thing?
Lady J: The History of our species and everything after Chapter 2 (Vampire Community Time Line) and Chapter 3 (Psychic Vampirism). Those 2 chapters, for me, were a doozy. Trying to keep my bias out of the narrative, was for me, a tough mudder to accomplish.
LV: Watching Julia work her fingers to the bloody bone, night after night, so that she could meet the publication deadline. Yet, somehow, she seemed to rather enjoy the stress of creating under pressure.
RVL: …and probably of greatest importance, where can people find/ obtain the book?
Lady Julia: “Blood’s Truth,” may be purchased from Amazon.com or directly from our webpage: juliadarkrose.wix.com/bloodstruth
RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about the book?
Lady J: If you’re not a living vampire we still hope that you are able to glean the same message from our book that we hope living human vampires glean from it. Our book is meant to be educational, entertaining, humorous, insightful as hell, and above all, inspiring in whatever way the individual needs for it to be.
LV: Yep, what my Lady love said.
RVL: Thank you very much for your time this evening, both of you, we appreciate it and appreciate your hard work in writing and making the book, “Blood’s Truth”, available to the sub-culture. Congratulations on its completion and we hope it turns out very well indeed for you.
Lady J: As always, we are very grateful for the platform that RVL has always given me and now the one you have given us. We wish you all the best in all your endeavors, personal and universal. Goodnight.
“Above all, be true to who and what you are, even if your true self is not that which you initially thought or wanted it to be.” ~ Lady Julia DarkRose
I don’t think there can be any better advice, it touches, simultaneously, on the reality of what it means to be a real living vampire as well as what it means to keep an open mind about yourself and the gift you have been given. The book “Blood’s Truth” is a non-academic journey of discovery of the aesthetic, and the history, of the modern sub-culture and the best part of all it is written by people who ARE just that. What better place to derive and define the reality and the truth of any situation?
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