Vampyre music

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Between October 2012 and October 2013 RVL conducted a series of four “social surveys” of members of the Vampire culture. We employed an entire, a wide, range of questions aimed at gathering general and anonymous information about the ways of the folks who inhabited the culture, or more specifically, the online culture since that was the arena we carried out the survey in.

We received a number of queries along the lines of, “Ummm what does that have to do with modern vampires?”..

The answer was a lot simpler than one might have thought,

“You are a modern vampire, yes?”
“You do (question content/subject) don’t you?”
“Umm yes.”
” If you are a modern Vampire and you do this thing it is a relevant question to ask modern vampires, no?”
“Oh, well, yes. I see your point.”

The point is that being a modern Vampire doesn’t mean you have to do, say, feel or act in any specific way. The point is that being a Modern Vampyre is just like being a modern human being.

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One of the questions that demonstrated this in a big way was a question that asked, “Who’s your favourite music band or artist?”, in fact you wouldn’t believe the number of people who came and asked, “Oh, do you mean Vampire band?”, to which we replied, quite gently, “Not necessarily unless your favourite band happens to be a Vampire rock band”. Well, once we had that cleared up, here they came, everything from Mozart and Beethoven to Cradle of Filth and everything in between and all around of that. At the end of the project we concluded, and rightly so, that Vampire music is music that Vampires listen to. Easy.

So, to throw a little light-hearted in here’s some Vampire music, that is music that Vampires listen to, well… one vampire anyway…

Who would you want at your back?

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Anyone who has been around the Real Vampire culture and associated cultures, for more than a few months will have, almost undoubtedly, come across some sort of discussion about the relative “powers”, “abilities” and “traits” of modern living vampyres and their Therian/Were counterparts. Almost certainly the majority of us will have seen some sort of entertainment representation of the two, either going head to head or acting individually, thereby displaying the awe inspiring powers of which ever one we happen to be “cheering on” at the time.

So, the question is – “If you were in a jam who would you want at your back, Therian/Were, Vampire, or….your mom?”

Yes, seriously…! Let’s look at this from a perspective of individual powers…

Superhero movies, the DC Universe, the Marvelverse… we’ve probably all witnessed the heroic acts of derring-do, sacrifice and battleground honour but how do we choose our “rear-guard”? The one who’s going to, at some point, save you.

Jaime Murray as Gerri Dandridge in
“Fright Night 2”
Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films, 2013

Beginning with Vampires… not being egocentric or anything but because I am most closely aligned with these fine, upstanding citizens –

It is common in fiction for vampires to gain additional, uncommon powers as they age. Certain vampires may have abilities that are unique to them or a small group of others. These have been noted as ‘Gifted’.

In the context of the older European Folklore we commonly find that Vampires possess some, or all, of the following attributes. They can be immortal though this is not such a strong distinction among modern real living Vamps, some of the more common traits are held to be enhanced strength, enhanced senses, enhanced speed, psychic powers to one degree or another, and somewhat unnaturally speedy healing.

Some of the lesser acknowledged, and dubiously claimed, attributes may also include flight shapeshifting/absorption, Psychokinesis and Pyrokinesis. It has been reported in the past (historically) that Vampyres may also display, some poltergeist-like activity and/or various other powers based upon region such as control over nocturnal animals or the ability to spread plagues.

All in all, if the majority are true, this makes the Vampire, with their legendary remorselessness, a formidable “wingman/woman” for those “jammed up”.

Okay, so much for the Vampire cadre, perhaps you might like to have a little more muscle and brute force, “The Wolf”, at your back in a tussle? By all accounts the modern living “Wolf” has the unerring ability to, “be humble while remembering, at the same time, that they are a wolf. Loyalty, above all else, and the capacity to learn, and the willingness that accompanies it.”

Other attributes that are awarded the “Wolf” include, “Extrasensory perception, surprising strength, and more than a few things they inherit from their parents.”

Commonly, in history, folklore and mythology the Vargulf, or Werewolf, has been reported as having certain other wide-ranging abilities and traits, such as, Shapeshifting, Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Durability, Heightened Senses not to mention big claws and teeth, an infectious bite an uncanny sense of lie detection and empathy.

Alpha’s, more so than other pack members, are held to have the power of Telepathy while most nearly all enjoy great longevity. Like Vampyres, Were’s have a heightened healing factor that enables them to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of their body with much greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human.

So, perhaps you might like a “wing person” of this variety?

Karen Black in
Trilogy of Terror
ABC Circle Films &
Dan Curtis Productions,

This brings us to our final but by no means least important, candidate… your Mom. Much has been said, reported and written about “Mom power”, in fact I’ll wager that nearly everyone reading this has witnessed the legendary powers of Mom at some point in their lives, such powers as;

Super-Sonic-Selective-Hearing: You could be standing beside your mother screaming the most vile and horrible oaths and battle curses and she won’t even blink. But then stand at the other end of the house and whisper that you are bored into a pile of pillows and you will be rewarded with enough tasks to dispel any boredom for the foreseeable future.

360 Deg.-Sphere-Vision: Enables Moms, no matter where, or at what position, they are situated, to look round, through, over and past any obstacle in the vicinity and ‘KNOW’ exactly what is going on.

Something-Bad-Has/Is-About-To-Happened/Happen-Sense: A sixth sense warning of either impending, imminent or “already hit the fan” situations.

The “Mom Voice”: (a.k.a. Razor Tongue) this super power has the ability to send you, or any perceived wrongdoer, shrinking back into your own skin. The “Voice” that has the power to turn any evildoer to freezing stone instantly.

Freeze-smile/glare: This is perhaps the most potent, and fast acting of the “Mom Powers”, where a smile, of a certain nature, or a “look” has the Gorgon-like power to render the target frozen in space and time, unable to move or speak.

Embarrassing-Child-Belief: This power spurs their children past their initial inhibitions and creates within the offspring a great desire to achieve mighty, masterful and sometimes hazardous goals. However, it can result in children pursuing things they are less than suited for in an effort to please their proud mothers.

Projectile-Auto-Targeting-Mode: This seems to be a default setting, where the mom is capable of propelling inanimate objects, by sheer force of will we believe, with unerring accuracy over the length of the living quarters, or yard, to strike those of naughty or recalcitrant nature.


Consider, if you will, the presentation of these “superheroes” of life and then make a sound and wise decision… who would you rather have at your back in a jam, a Vampyre, a Were, or… Yo Momma!!!

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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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