Chatting with Vampires – An Italian party

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Lady Ronin Costa – RVL Italy

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Chiaccherando con i vampiri – Un partito italiano

Good evening, and welcome.

Vampyres beyond borders, it’s our International information branch, it’s our way of keeping in touch with our friends outside the United States, it’s our way of showing our readers that the modern Vampyre culture extends far beyond where they are and a way of letting our readers know, when you talk about the modern culture, you’re not alone, insulated or insular.

I suppose the idea came to me from having spent periods of my life in both the U.K. and Australia, I tend to think global. I believe that RVL requires us to think global and I think that in recognising that we are all part of something bigger gives us a sense of our place and strength.

Where did the name come from? Why, television of course… *laughs*

Well, moving on… This evening we are joined by our dear friends from the Lega Italiana Real Vampires Associazione Nazionale. Many of you may recall, from our previous touch base with the Lega, that they were in the throes of organising a project to produce a television feature on real living Vampires, we thought we’d catch up with the latest news on this and find out what’s going on for Halloween there.

Without further ado it is with great pleasure that we bring you an interview with President Davide Santandrea and Vice-President Lady Maria Amico of LIRV, Italy.

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RVL: Good evening, we are very pleased, and honoured, to be able to welcome you back to RVL, how are you today?

DS: Aside from being a little tired for the lots of work that I am doing right now, everything is good. The pleasure to talk again with you it’s really reciprocated, brother.

MA: very good and I’m very happy to work with RVL!

img: courtesy of LIRV, Italy

RVL: If you would, Presidente Davide, Lady Maria, can we begin with a little of the background for the idea of the television show, when did it come about?

MA: The idea was born by Davide Santandrea and it was a great idea! Nobody had ever thought about it. The project is great and I fully support it!

DS: The birth of the cinematographic saga and the TV series on Real Vampires was born from the idea of talking about Real Vampires and no more about the usual movie/legendary vampires. We strongly wanted a TV series and movies for the movie theaters based on the objective reality of Real Vampires, so not connected to fantasy. Therefore I wrote three books that are the three chapters of the cinematographic saga on Real Vampires. “IL DIARIO DELLA BESTIA” (The Beast’s Diary) that will be made into a TV series here in Italy and that for other countries will be aired most certainly on Netflix and Sky. The first book and first season talks about one of my experiences of when I lived in New York in the year 2000, when I had to move there for work with an Italian TV show, and there I met a clan that in the TV series will be called DARK BLOOD (it’s not the real name, we changed it to protect the privacy of the community), where I had the chance to know the leader Steve Barnes that also became my partner for the next five years.

The TV series is very particular: every episode is cut in half, the first half talks about the Horus of the present (my name as a Real Vampire) in the city of Meldola in Italy where I live and my relationship with the town from the moment I declared myself as a vampire. The other half talks about the story I lived with the clan Darkblood and its leader Steve Barnes that, as I said, became my partner/lover for five years. The second chapter, therefore the second book I wrote that is called HORUS VAMPIRE SAGA and is transformed in three cinematographic international movies. Much of the story is connected to me, the reason why I chose the name Horus after came back to Italy from my experience in the States, my relationship with Egyptology and Ancient Egypt, and especially talks about how it was born the Italian vampire community with the birth of LIRV that is widely illustrated inside the three movies. In Horus Movies, I got to the point of talking about all the Italian vicissitudes that LIRV had to go through and even about some Italian Real Vampire families that exist here in Italy and that I have met in real life. The funny thing was to even recreate my death in the last movie of Horus Vampire Saga because I didn’t want to be in the third chapter of the saga, where I preferred there would be new characters. I thought that the presence of Horus on all three chapter could be too much and I was afraid to tire the public a little. The third chapter is called VALLERON SAGA and it tells the story of a young couple of real vampires that their love story is hampered by their families, real vampires also, in war and rivals of one another from many years that see the love between the two youngsters like a dishonor and an insult. A sort of Romeo and Juliet in real vampire style with a sprinkle of thriller. Valleron però, differently from the first two sagas that are more like drama-horror, is a beautiful love story. In Valleron Saga we recreated everything connected to reality. Clan Valleron is situated in a ranch – horse stable 7 kilometers near Meldola in Italy, and everything that is true about the ranch we put it in the movie in a way that now numerous fans come and visit the cinematographic set and they find exactly the locations correspondent to reality of the places, the families and the towns where the movie takes place. I must say that even though I’m not an actor, I play my own character’s part in two of the Sagas (beast’s diary and Horus Vampire Saga) and the funny part is that after this coming out as an international vampire, they stop me in the streets to ask me information about real vampires, they send me tens of hundreds emails, put letters of appreciation in my mail box, they know me practically everywhere, they ask me my autograph, pictures, they invite me to parties and I’m constantly filmed in tv interviews.

I believe I gave a big shake to the whole country on recognizing diversity. I have to say that they have been all respectful and welcoming towards me and this made me realize I took the right step declaring myself as a vampire. And then there are the great praises. The famous movie director Dario Argento, after reading the scripts of the real vampires saga commented saying with these exact words “it’s a shame I did not write this project…” this to tell you how this cinematographic project is really taking space  and having a lot of success even before being officially filmed. Imagine what will happen when we will begin filming it.

img. courtesy of Presidente Davide Santandrea

 

RVL: We were most interested to have learned of the idea when we conducted the “Chatting with Vampires – Beyond Borders” interview in June this year, why did you feel the need for such a television project?

DS: The necessity of this TV-cinematographic project (that you will be able to see in the states too thanks to the international cinematographic distributions that we will use), as I already said above, arrived from the necessity to talk about our reality, the one of real vampires, and to say stop to all the cinematographic fantasies on vampires. No more showing vampires as bloody monsters that we are not, it’s time to show that real vampires as real people, that respect the laws, that we help people, that we cooperate with law enforcement like the police to find the real criminals. I see it a little as our return game and redemption of our true image. In the tv series and also in the movies, real vampires will treat many different problems and themes; the acknowledgment of diversity (and by diversity we mean race, cultures, sexual orientation, subcultures, etc..), the problem of bullying and violence in schools between youngsters, the problem with the terrifying experiments of genetic mutation of human DNA that are really happening in China, mixing human and animal DNA to create hybrids or super humans violating mother nature, and also with the problem of microchip implanted under the skin of the public just like you do with your animals for mass control that in Italy is seen as an enormous violation of the privacy. These are only some of the social problems that the real vampires present in our TV series and our movies will go through with the law enforcement. Our image as real vampires is one of people, BUT DIFFERENT for their characteristics, that are not bloody monsters but they have in their heart the wellbeing of the community in which they live. They become a focal point for a whole town, talking and living beside common people, ready to intervene and help in case of need. We took away all the vampiric stereotypes found in movies and legends. No bites, no phantasmagoric transformations into vampires, no coffins, no crosses and stakes. No vampires that shines under the sunlight, or that fly to supersonic speeds. Only real vampires that answer to our reality and nature.

MA: [Yes] The desire of the project is to make it clear to all who are Real Vampires and thus to understand the difference between film vampires and real vampires.

 

RVL: …and what have been the major challenges in preparing for the filming of the project?

DS: Seems incredible, but all the challenges we had we are winning them all even before officially filming the TV series and the movies. The biggest challenge for us though, was to involve a town of 10 thousand people (very small) called “MELDOLA”. We were afraid that they wouldn’t understand our project and that my coming out would bring negative discussion in a town this small. Our mayor received me in a meeting in our town hall where in front of cameras and news reporter showed himself greeting hand in hand a real vampire. That was in fact me. I believe it was the first time in Italy that a town mayor officially receives a real vampire. Therefore everyone in Meldola, now knows that in town there’s the national headquarters of LIRV, and that in the woods just out of town or by the river it’s a meeting point for us real vampires. When the people saw the reaction of the mayor, that was one of incredible welcoming towards me and LIRV and towards the production of the movies, they opened up too, at first with much curiosity towards us, and after they began actively helping us in our cinematographic project. The funniest thing happened when we began our first casting for the extras for the movies and we saw arriving entire families of Meldola that asked to take part of the project. This has been my greatest victory. Making possible to get closer the reality of real vampires to a small Italian town like Meldola. With this experience we are ready, as Lirv, to have the same results in other Italian towns.

MA: In my opinion, the biggest challenge was to find the lenders.

Presidente Davide and Lady Maria at Film Commission Torino Piemonte

RVL: What do you see the major benefit of this project as being?

MA: The benefit is just to understand our reality and to prevent people from being afraid of us. TV series also deals with the issue of discrimination against gays and bullying. themes that are very heartfelt.

DS: The benefits of the TV-cinematographic project goes into two distinctive realities: the real vampires and the town of Meldola that we are trying to help doing all this. Let’s start with the real vampires; I believe that with this cinematographic project on our reality we are giving a good help to ourselves. Especially for those of us that still struggle to get out of the grave and declare themselves for what they simply are. I see what we do and the victories that we are achieving. I’m sure that when a vampire will look at the behind scenes of our movies and tv series, of how we have been able to involve the people, a whole town thanks also to our coming out, that they will get out of this stronger. All this work we went through should make us ponder that it’s not all that bad the fact of going out in the open and declare ourselves for what we truly are. And our project, and the reaction of an entire mountain town showed us, it’s the proof of this. There will always be who discriminates and that will hate us, but the important is that the majority of the people understand us and accept us.

What I live as a declared real vampire is indescribable: not having to hide anything, not being afraid of whom could discover my true nature, my quiet and relaxed living without any problem. Sure someone doesn’t accept me as a real vampire is still there but today I can say that it’s his problem, not mine anymore. Today I’m proud of the path I walked and of what I am as a person that is a real vampire, that is gay, but also many other things.

The second benefit is the one that goes to a town like Meldola, we decided to film everything here, not only because is my town, where I live and I find myself well, but also especially for its people. I felt I had to do something for this town. When I first came to live here, it was a place that was literally dying. The young were leaving because it couldn’t offer them anything. With the economic crisis many stores were closed. Something was needed to give a big shake to this town and bring here the lights of fame and attention on an international level. From when we decided to film the tv series and the movies on real vampires, the town is slowly coming back to life. The stores are creating new gadgets and products that for the first time are connected to real vampires really existing and not on the fantasy cinematographic vampires. There’s a tourist guide through the town for “Meldola city of the vampires” with a guide for tourists in the set where the tv series and movies will be filmed. The funny thing is that when the pizzeria situated in front of my house, that now everyone in Meldola calls the Vampire’s house, invented the “vampizza” and you have to see how many go to that pizzeria now! And what to say about when I go to the bread store, where I go buy bread every morning, that created the PAMPIRO THE BREAD OF THE VAMPIRE! These things really make me smile, but knowing how this town was suffering, I can say it’s well welcomed everything that can bring rebirth to a town to make it live again thanks to a tv series and movies. The thing that makes me more emotional is when I meet the people in the streets that stop me to thank me for what I’m doing for Meldola. They are not afraid of me and they appreciate me very much, they understand what I’m doing for the town and they help me. And what to say about the letters little kids and youngsters leave me in my mailbox? Thanking letters and of encouragement. Like the pizza maker in front of my house says, “in front of your house there’s a lot of people coming and going, of families and kids” you see for me this is absolutely rewarding makes me say to myself “good Davide, you are on the right path, keep going like this.” I inserted in the movie many places of this town because the fans will come to Meldola to see the places of the set and this could help this town.

 

RVL: …and how is the progress on the project going at this time?

MA: We are preparing the teaser [and] casting for actors and extras. We will start turning in February. From then on there will be an explosion of advertising because the TV series’ are very beautiful and well done

DS: The cinematographic and television project will see us engaged in the filming every year till 2021. Everything was born when I sent my three books that I wrote on real vampires to the BLUE SCREEN FILM and to the director Max Ferro. My initial idea was one to make a web series, but immediately both the director and the production said that the material that I wrote deserved to be used for a tv series and 7 cinematographic movies. It’s clear that I was left very surprised from what they told me; I had never worked for movies and neither I had studied to become an actor, but I had been shot inside this cinematographic world that for me it’s becoming a big life lesson. Therefore I told myself, “If I’m in this world, let’s see how to help real vampires starting from making the world change idea on vampires and to make finally real vampires talk!” I had been therefore hired as a producer and scene director and seeing that many of my stories are regarding my life as a real vampire I have also become one of the leading actors of the first two sagas.

In June 2017 we realized the first casting for the tv series of THE BEAST’S DIARY that has seen a participation of over 1200 actors in the first selection. At the casting that was taking part in Turin in the FILM COMMISSION where 400 actors participated and 81 of them have been approved. The approved extras are around 600. At the end of July we filmed the first teaser of the Beast’s Diary in Turin that has seen the presence of many of the approved actors. In the meantime the founding had arrived not only for the TV series but for the movies also, so all the project have been approved without elusion. The 16-17th of September we begun the casting for extras here in Meldola that has seen many participants, also whole families. Going further with the project on the 2nd and 3rd of October we have another casting for actors that will take place in Rimini. Then again in Meldola the 5th and 6th of October for the two teasers of the movies Horus vampire saga and Valleron saga. The 7th of Meldola we have the first official meeting between actors of the three sagas and the fans and people of the town. The incredible thing is that between the fans there’s the voice even outside our country and many foreigners will come too. Our next step is the one of building the cinematographic set in town, studying the cinematographic effect, preparing the costumes, and researching the history of Italian real vampires till the smallest detail.

From January 2018 we will begin filming officially. We start with the first 12 episodes of the TV series, the first season, to then immediately pass at the Television. After that we will begin filming the first movie of Horus Vampire Saga and the first movie of Valleron Saga., in a way that the first episodes of the TV series will come out at the same time that the movies will be in theaters in Italy and outside of it. All this will go on till 2021, filming every year 12 episodes, and one movie for each of the two saga.

img. courtesy of Presidente Davide Santandrea

RVL: Can you tell us, who are your partners, or fellow developers, in this project?

DS: Many are the Partners, Contributors, and Developers of the project. The productions are two: the BLUE SCREEN FILM and the LONG BLACK VEIL PRODUCTION. The interesting part is that the Long Black Veil Production, was born in LIRV after officially registering the name, after the famous rights of the song called like, this that gave name to the codex, expired. When we came to know that the rights were about to expire we ran as LIRV to register the new rights for it. Now we can really say that the name LONG BLACK VEIL really is in the hands of the international vampire community, because even though LIRV registered the name, we will give the use of the name to whoever in the community will have the pleasure to use it, because we think it’s property of the community as a whole. Between the various rights of registration there was also the right to use it in the productive sector of entertainment and movies. So I had a meeting with my council of LIRV and we took the decision to open a cinematographic production label of LIRV, the Long Black Veil Production. We told ourselves, who better than real vampires can make things about real vampires? So we hired the director Giuseppe lo Conti that will work together with Max Ferro the director of Blue Screen Film, and we hired the whole technical personal of video makers. The photography director is the famous Italian Demetrio Caracciolo. After that we passed at the research of an executive producer and we found a fantastic sponsor that founds the entire project for the tv series and the movies. Putting herself a big part of her pocket money. The precious contribution of this sponsor got united with the fundraising through crowdfunding that is still ongoing and that is giving optimal results with the help of our fans. In exchange for their contribution we give them a gadget of the tv series or of the movies. There’s also the town of Meldola that gave us the public spaces where we will be filming our scenes like the Rocca, or downtown and some downtown streets. Not less important are the private activities, stores, that cooperate with the production and that will get a lot of publicity and visibility through the tv series and the movies. For example the Ranch LE VIGNE of Castelnuovo, a fraction of Meldola, that has a beautiful stable for horses, and that will let us have the whole Ranch to film many scenes dedicated to a real vampire family “Clan Valleron”, and will also give us the horses that our actors that will interpret the Valleron Family will use for the scenes on horses. Right in this ranch we worked to make the reality come into the movie. The ranch organizes every month Country evenings with a large participation of young people. Therefore we put everything that goes around this ranch in the movies of Valleron beginning from their fantastic country parties. Sn the fans will come to visit the set in Meldola they will find the ranch with its reality exactly like in the movies. The funny part is that the owner, dear friend Daniele, decided to substitute the name “le vigne” into “clan Valleron” like it will be in the movies. And how can I forget about the important role our very good costumes designer Simona Mazzotti: this dearest friend is now realizing marvelous costumes for the two sagas of the movies with methodic care. And also our make-up artists, the production of special cinematographic effects, and not less important the distributions that will bring our movies outside of Italy. Including the States. The distributors are three that proposed themselves and we are considering their offers, which one of them can be the most convenient.

Anyway wait for us, the movies and the TV series will arrive in your theaters too!

RVL: When do you see the final product going to air?

DS: As I already said, the complete project will be finished in 2021, but already by the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 it will be possible to see in Italy and many other countries the first movie of Horus Vampire Saga that will be called “THE GENESIS” and the first movie of Valleron Saga that will be called “THE RIVAL’S ORIGINS” and also the first season of the TV series “THE BEAST’S DIARY”.

 

RVL: What, personally, do you hope to achieve out of the project?

DS: Sincerely, it’s enough for me having helped a town like Meldola and having helped making the reality of real vampires known. This is the reason that pushed me doing this project. Then it’s clear that I will have an economic comeback like everyone else that is working in the cinematographic-television project, none excluded.

MA: With this project we will open [the] minds of many obtuse, and [they] will understand that they must not fear us. We will also have the opportunity to grow our association and I hope many donors will come closer to us.

RVL: Do you anticipate that the television project will spike interest from the public in our culture?

MA: Of course Yes I’m sure!

DS: I think that both the movies and the tv series could interest a lot many real vampires, because it’s not the usual movie about the usual mythological vampires, but stories connected to Real Vampires. ¾ of the stories told in our project are things happened in real life. Many stories tell about my past, they’re real stories about real life. And with the TV series we talk about real and actual social themes. I believe that Real vampires, Italians and foreigners, can somehow also relate with the problems that we will face in the TV series and in the movies. That’s why I believe that it could be of interest, not only to the common public but also to the real vampires themselves.

Lady Maria Amico

RVL: If we may change focus a little now, we understand that LIRV is planning a major Halloween event this year, what sort of party will it be?

DS: For the Halloween event I will let Maria talk that she is our vice president and she is following herself this project. In LIRV, seeing that these projects are really important, we had to divide the task between us. Personally I follow all the development of the cinematographic project, while Maria follows the development of the events in program of LIRV. This is our way of working, to give space to everyone.

MA: Lirv will make a great Halloween party with other new friends. in Genoa this year this city will always be full of games and fun and our Long Black Veil ball !!! Then we will send you the photos of the event!

 

RVL: Is it an “invitation only” event or are tickets to be available to the public? And, do you expect a major turn out for the event?

DS: It will be invite only, anyway Maria can explain better.

MA: Only with invite, we [have] more people…

RVL: Is Halloween a major focus of the year in Italy in general?

MA: In the last few years Halloween is a very well-liked party here in Italy as well. Especially for fun and different parties every year. We always have a lot of fun!

DS: Yes, it is, very much, especially in the Goth and many other various subcultures scenes, it’s taking up space in Italy too.

RVL: So, without giving anything away, what can the people who attend expect from your Halloween event?

MA: Our Long Black veil ball our dance in themed costumes, with always different shows and games that capture participants from the beginning to the end!

DS: Many news and a lot of fun, this for sure.

 

RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers at this time about either the television project or your Halloween event?

MA: There will be pleasant, scary, and unforgettable surprises !!!

DS: More than what I already shared with you, there’s only to wait to see the TV series and judge by yourselves *winks*

 

RVL: It has been a great pleasure to catch up with you, we wish you every success with the television project and we would like to keep in touch and help with promotion as the time draws near. We also wish you every success for your Halloween event, we hope it is a spectacular night for all involved.

MA: Thanx very much!

DS: It has been a great pleasure for us to share with RVL and its readers our news, we thank you also for the chance that you gave us to make us known also abroad and for the help that you keep offering us in our projects. We will surely share with you the pictures of our Halloween night so to make you participants even though you will not be able to come personally. And I wish in the future to be able to meet you in person, maybe as guest in one of our events.

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It is, dear reader, always a pleasure to catch up with our friends overseas, to be able to support, and inform about, active projects in the global modern culture. There is much that can be done, no matter what country, state, county, municipality or city you may be in to support and enhance our culture and, without doubt, LIRV stands as a beacon of creativity in giving a strength to the presence of modern living Vampires everywhere.

 

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‘Tis the season to be spooky…

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Okay all you gorgeous creatures that go bump in the night, ‘tis the season to be spooky and show them that “something wicked this way comes”… that’s right it’s Halloween season, that one night of the year when the veil thins and we cavort in the company of ghouls, ghosties, witches and, of course, our favourites, VAMPYRES…!!!

We’ve got some seasonal information mixed with a little entertainment for you, grab a coffee, tea, soda, absinthe or whatever and kick back for a few.

Firstly, what’s hot around here;

Starting in the home town, the Windy City is going to be seeing,

Yup, that’s right folks, we’ve got big balls too…!!!

Bouncing east from here, more or less, we find that the Iron Garden has a splendid event planned, you can find all the details at the Facebook event page;

Iron Garden Celebration of Mexican Traditions & Day of the Dead!

The highlight will be a costume contest that we have joined the sponsors for, we’re looking forward eagerly to the pics…!!!
Off to our dearly beloved New Orleans now and the big news is, of course,

The Bloodlust Vampire Ball – The Old World

The Blood Lust Ball 2017

Now, if you’re planning to get down that way perhaps you might need a little something to really carry the night, how about making a date with the extraordinary Dnash


…but I wouldn’t dally, I’m pretty darn sure that the bookings will be filling fast for one of the best.

Psivamp

Now, any party requires three things, food, drink and dancing…. Hmm dancing, *snaps fingers* I know, let’s go get our dear friend Psivamp… an eclectic mix of Techno/Electronica and Trance to put you right in that zone. The artiste kindly received a little something I put together to go with a track from his 2004 album “Doppelganger”, even had some kind words for about the presentation and thus, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my interpretation of, “The Shield”…

Off to the haunts of lost boys, and ghouls, the Wyld West now and we hear that Lady Shannon McCabe is throwing quite a bash out that way…Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball

Speaking of which, in 1987 Warner Bros. brought out a wonderfully youthful tale of dastardly deeds in a west coast town and to go with it a wonderful soundtrack, this song, originally penned in 1967 by Morrison and Krieger, was an integral part of that soundtrack and here it is given a wonderfully wistful and melancholic makeover by an outfit named “Johnny Hollow

 

We’ve also patched in, and touched base, with some of our International friends to find out what’s happening in some faraway locations…

Courtesy of the London Vampire Magazine and the self-described “Dastardly DandyDarren Demondaz, what’s goin’ down in ol’ London Town…

“An Alternative Halloween in London

It’s the Night when the Pagans herald in the New Year and the boundary between this world and the next comes down. The Souls of the Departed are allowed back, for one night only, and they will wish to visit their old homes and hearths and will expect to be remembered and will wreak havoc if they are not. This is most likely the origin of the practice of ‘Trick or Treat’ or ‘Begging’ as most people now call it now. Halloween is mid-week too this year which means there will be two weekends or more of fabulous, fetishy, macabre and bizarre amusement to be had in London for those that wish to embrace the coming of the darker seasons and in the following weeks the skies will be lit with fireworks.

Obviously all London clubs will wish to host something if the extended dates fit with their event or nightclub. There will be more Halloween themed events than you can brandish a bloodied machete at and Goths everywhere will be quite forlorn for the period as they won’t stand out anymore! I will, most certainly, be slapping the ‘Halloween Special’ tagline on my own Retro Club-night Yesterday’s Shadow and that’s on the 21st October but it’s a Goth Club anyway so most wouldn’t note any great difference there.

Here are a few noteworthy events in London that you might be interested in if you are looking for something other than a goryfied fancy-dress party.

If you wish to learn something new about Gothic and Macabre London you would do well to look at the epic series of events from ‘A Curious Invitation – The London Month of the Dead’. They will be hosting various events over the period ranging from talks about the Necropolis Railway and the Crypts and Catacombs of the City. There are even workshops to learn Mouse or Insect Taxidermy and many of these events, night-time tours, talks and tales are actually hosted within the prime locations of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries. They are also hosting a Halloween Ball ‘A Theatre of Blood’ on the 27th October at London’s ‘Coronet’. Look for the full listing for all of the events here http://londonmonthofthedead.com/

Without a doubt one of the largest Halloween events will be ‘The Festival of the Dead’ on the 21st October at London’s Troxy. FotD are a huge international affair and are setting up events all over the UK and Europe with circus, theatre and carnival themes to be seen on a very big scale.

Also on the 21st October will be ‘Deep Trash in the Underworld’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. A devilishly deviant occult-themed night of visuals, installations, live art and gothic-techno tunes from DJs Patricia MacCormack and Kasey Riot (aka Cellardoor). For this Night Witchcraft, Voodoo, Teratology and magic are featured heavily with work submitted and performed by over 40 artists.

Perhaps you might like to find out more about Haunted London and there are, if you believe, one hell of a lot of Ghosts in London who presumably prefer London to Hell! ‘London’s Ghouls & Ghosts (aka Spooky London) have a guided tour and talk just outside central ‘Feltham Halloween Guided Ghost Walk’ on the 22nd October – look them up if you want to know more about the Ghosts of London as they host regular events.

 

For a Night of Medieval Enchantments do consider ‘The Serpent’s Lair’ on 29th October hosted by Serpentyne (mediaeval/symphonic/metal band) at Nambucca, with suitable support acts and DJs for this most Ye Olde styled magical and musical night.

London’s Largest Alternative Fetish Club – Antichrist – will be having their Halloween Extravaganza on the 3rd of November with a Mad Max Themed Night of Mayhem at their new labyrinthine venue ‘Fire’ in Vauxhall.

Farrukh Hyder (a noteworthy photographer of London’s Alternative Scene who submitted the photos to accompany this article) and Daniela Fanetti will also present a Free Night of photography, fashion and cabaret at the Resistance Gallery on 9th November featuring works with fetish, erotic and punk themes.

After that Halloween is officially over and you may respectfully commence with Christmas shopping.”

Thanks to Darren, yeah, uhhh Christmas, right…!!!

Okay, keeping up with the old “frequent flyer” thing again we zoomed off to Italy to pay our good friends at Lega Italiana Real Vampires a quick visit and find out what’s cooking in their neck of the woods for Halloween, courtesy of the delightful Vice-President Of LIRV, Lady Maria, we learn that…
RVL: We understand that LIRV is planning a major Halloween event this year, what sort of party will it be?

MA: Lirv will make a great Halloween party with other new friends. In Genoa this year this city will always be full of games and fun and our long black veil ball !!! then we will send you the photos of the event!

RVL: Is it an “invitation only” event or are tickets to be available to the public? And, do you expect a major turn out for the event?

MA: Only with invite, we are more people…

RVL: Is Halloween a major focus of the year in Italy in general?

MA: In the last few years halloween is a very well-liked party here in Italy as well. Especially for fun and different parties every year. We always have a lot of fun!

RVL: So, without giving anything away what can the people who attend expect from your Halloween event?

MA: our Long Black veil ball our dance in themed costumes, with always different shows and games that capture participants from the beginning to the end!

RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers at this time about either the television project or your Halloween event?

MA: There will be pleasant scary and unforgettable surprises !!!

On the way back we swung by Sao Paulo, Brazilas you do… and courtesy of noted local identity and author, Prince-Lord Axikerzus, we’ve got a line on the hottest parties in town for the Halloween in a place noted for its parties…

Prince-Lord Axikerzus gave us a little low-down on the business there, apart from being the speaker for October’s Wiccan and Pagan events, World Dragon Day and  World Pagan Pride Day he is also the speaker for two big festivals there, the Festival of Halloween Bosque dos Gnomos and the Festival de Halloween Casa de Bruxa.

I commented to Prince-Lord A,
“I see, wow, are you going to be busy…! *Laugh* When do the Festival of Halloween happen, October 31st?”

Lord A told me, “No no… All events running this weekend and on the next weeks”

So, starting the weekend of October 7 it seems there’s going to be back-to-back parties around there for the rest of the month… how’s that grab the “party animal” in you?

Sao Paulo at night
by Julio Boaro

Now, I have to admit something here, a serious confession… I have a particular Halloween favourite, bit of a predilection actually, something sublime that just takes your breath away and leave it to a Texas band to put it into words right? What would Halloween be without a little…

 

Going to leave you with a bit of tribute here… TO US…!

Bela Lugosi in ‘Dracula’ (1931)

A little thing I put together celebrating the cinematic culture and, strangely enough, demonstrating that Hollywood has had a long, deep and meaningful affair with us, so much so in fact that they have repeatedly demonstrated a predisposition to having mesmeric, definitely Sanguinarian, Hybrid Vamps around… curious eh?

 

So, hey, there’s a bit of news for all the ‘Weeners’ out there, and rest assured we’ll keep updating the information at our Facebook page right up until the last moment. If you have a Halloween event going on that you would like people to know about please feel free to send us the information in a message to our John Reason’s Real Vampire Life Facebook page.

Heading toward the evening in question, this is well worth a catch-up…

Quest Documentaries – History Of Real Life Witches Documentary

We wish you a very happy creepy night and whatever you’re going to get up to, or down to, be safe, consume responsibly and we’ll catch you, all safe and sound, on the other side, yes?

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Vampire Deities – The “ultimate” design?

“Assumption of the Virgin” by Francesco Botticini at the National Gallery London
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Written, Edited and Presented by

Tim

Yes, this could get bigger than Ben Hur, Star Wars and Friday the 13th all rolled into one but hey, it’s fun ain’t it?

The next step in considering the matter of Vampire Deities is to consider the fact that modern Religion has, like all things, come from something far simpler that was born far earlier than this time. In this model I am going to default to a predominantly Christian model, I’m doing this because I was born into a Christian household and I was baptised into a mainstream religion (which I rescinded in fairly short order I might add)

By the way, speaking of religion, “Christian”, “Christianity”… From my recollection The Bible is the Word of God right? It’s way older a story that didn’t just “start”, according to the authors and contributors, with the life of the personage referred to as Jesus of Gallilee.

So, given that, why isn’t Christianity called Godianity? Why aren’t its adherents called Godians? Why, if we neo-pagans are called “Godless heathens” aren’t Christian folk called “Godful folk” Curious eh?

Hmmm, questions for another time p’raps…

img. source: AliExpress.com

Evolution of cultural worship

Wanna take a look at what we have given ourselves to work with thus far?

From the article Vampire Deities 2017 we have a workable pantheon of deities that we can say govern the physical world in a pagan-like sense, perhaps, as is often demonstrated in the modern Vampire culture, this is the preferred way but if it becomes untenable, or irreconcilable, with evolving spiritual beliefs then we can easily make a case for the development of the sole God-figure, the “ultimate power” and assign our other deities to roles of “significant others” or “angels”.

img. source: Mark Manson @ markmanson.net

Let’s assume we are, as the mainstream Christian religions manifest, a Patriarchal society, we may assign Bohduhn, (Sanguine) Supreme-Father, King/Father of The Gods, Embodiment of The Earth to the role of “THE God”, the ONE TRUE God. Then we need find places for all the others, they will become transmuted into “angelic”, or rather “Vampgelic” beings created by the “one true God” to serve and worship him. The roles don’t necessarily change but the definition of roles becomes of wider scope.

We can progress to a development of our ‘hierarchy’…

Let us say that the “Vampgels” are arranged ranked by importance of function, we can develop the upper echelon (let’s call them Seravam for sh*** n giggles) and place the following deities therein;

The Seravam – These are the 7 uppermost Vampgels.

Abandaid, (Sanguine) Angel of healing and prophecy

Basplash, (PsyVamp) Angel of Seas and Straits

Antipastus, (Sanguine) Angel/Protector of Home and Hearth

Amthoranas, (PsyVamp) Angel of Weather (Storms, Thunder and Lightning, Sky God, God of Wind, Rain & Hail etc. etc. etc.)

Belaslap, (Sanguine) Angel of War – God’s second in command

Intarabus, (Sanguine) Angel of Sexuality (NOTE PLEASE: non-gender or orientation specific)

and

Rockariah, (PsyVamp) Angel of Music

 

So far, so good… don’t forget, we are undergoing a Patriarchal evolution in line with the tenets laid down in the world’s major religions thus the upper echelon is all male angels.

Oh, one thing, very important, we need have a protagonist, an “anti-God”, if you will so we’re going to take a bit of a liberty and roll the following into one…

Ankloventis, (PsyVamp) God of death, Disdaway, (Sanguine) God of the Underworld and Cemetery’s and Verbatias, (PsyVamp) Goddess of Death and The Underworld and we’re going to call this “negative” Vampgelic force, The Angel Andiver, “The Fallen”, “The Cast Down”, “The Unclean”, “Prince of Lies”, “Ruler of Hell” ~ Okay, okay…The Devil sheesh, colour us provincial why dontcha…!!!

 

img. source: Magickal Graphics

Right, we have our “One True God”, our “Seravam” and our “Devil”, next comes the rest of the Heavenly Host, they encompass all the other duties that our original deities carried. They will, naturally, need to be sub-divided by type because… well… because “Nirvana” is reached through ascendance so we have to have “levels” to ascend through to achieve “True Bliss” right?

Anyway, here we go…

Second Tier Vampgelics;

Ceenalot, (PsyVamp) Angel of Fertility and Procreation,

Bleafnia, (PsyVamp) and Arborea, (PsyVamp) Angel of Trees, Forests. Jungles and Rainforests,

Annasplash, (Sanguine) Angel of the Seas and Straits,

Arnema, (PsyVamp) Angel of Healing and Physicians,

Avethemom, (PsyVamp) Angel of Mothers and Childbirth,

Cumblessus, (PsyVamp) Angel of Temples, Churches and Sacred places,

Agroh, (PsyVamp) Angel of war and Protector of Warriors,

Erehot, (Sanguine) Angel of The Sun,

Mairiae, (PsyVamp) Angel of The Moon,

Namataloss, (Sanguine) Angel of Learning and Education,

Sinonu, (Sanguine) Angel of Sexuality and Procreation (NOTE PLEASE: non-gender or orientation Specific)

Scalene, (PsyVamp) Angel of Law and Justice,

Septulis, (Sanguine) Angel Protector against Sickness and Accidents

and

Sabrina, (PsyVamp) Angel of Rituals (please understand, there’s no such thing as Magick now, it’s all a metaphor for “God’s Will”)

 

Third Tier (Minor Host) Vampgelics;

Abanwet, (PsyVamp) and Assobah, (PsyVamp) Angels of Rivers, Streams and inland Waterways,

Asteponup, (Sanguine) and Esumsus, (PsyVamp) Angels of horses, donkeys, mules and their riders,

Blaziaas, (PsyVamp) and Conventus, (Sanguine) Angels of Wells and Mineral and Hot springs,

 Caneton, (Sanguine) and Luxoomis, (PsyVamp) Angels of City Water supplies, Sewage and Refuse,

Cickallass, (Sanguine) Angel of Warriors, Soldiers and Services members,

Cissonthis, (PsyVamp) Angel of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Retail services,

Esausus, (PsyVamp) and Aufwattup, (Sanguine) Angels of Garden, Crop and Culinary vegetation,

Ivanturus, (PsyVamp) Angel, and protector of, youth (People under 18 summers of age)

Lascraftaran, (Sanguine) Angel of Crafts and Learning,

Mohguns (a.k.a. Morguns) (Sanguine) Angel of The Hunt,

Nodbarkens, (Sanguine) Angel of Dogs, domestic and wild,

Trixdamit, (PsyVamp) and Rusmeada, (Sanguine) Angels of Animal reproduction and Crop/Food abundance,

Belishot, (Sanguine) Angel of Fire, Crafts and Light

Eclipsus, (Psyvamp) Angel of Stars

Ritalinona, (PsyVamp) Angel of Birds and Flying creatures

Shepirona, (PsyVamp) Angel of The Hunt and Wild animals

 

So, there is the ‘Heavenly Host’ahhhh, forgot someone…

Bragatoviah, (PsyVamp) Supreme-Mother, Queen/Mother of The Gods, Embodiment of The Earth.

Hmmmmm… tricky, salient points, she WAS a ‘person of interest in the old days’, some people, a lot of people might be upset with me if I just “lose” her but we’re patriarchal…we can’t have a senior “female angel” in the Heavenly Host… what to do, what to do?

“Mary” by Fra Angelico ca. 1437-1446
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*Snaps fingers* Got It…! She can be our “Immaculate Virgin” , an honorary angel and ascend to heaven at such time as she is employed for some really important job… That will suit our purposes as far as possibly needing something along those lines in the near, or distant future… there ya go, all good…!

 

Okay, have I pissed anyone off yet? That was most definitely NOT my intention, as in the editorial “Vampire Deities 2017”, I sought only to demonstrate how the religious evolution occurs. Normally it is spurred on by the formation, and growth of, religious belief systems but in this instance all I have done is brought our Neo-pagan Pantheon into the modern world by using the time-tested processes of contemporary religion.

Cernunnos Plaque
img. source: Eclectic Artisans – eartisans.net

Yeah, personally that’s why I am a Neo-pagan and proud of it. It’s damn hard to “evolve” religion and still keep the best interests of EVERYONE in sight – right?

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