Edited and presented by Tim
One of the very best things, one of the things that I enjoy the most, about doing this is that I get to communicate with people from all over the world. It is always a refreshing, and welcome feeling to realise that the modern living Vampire culture, and those whom follow and are interested in it, is global… we get the chance to look over our own back fence, so to speak, and share information both back and forth with like-minded folk from all over.
Our guest of honour this evening is an author, hailing from Sweden and has, since coming to the modern culture in around 2014, produced her first piece of work in the genre, a non-fiction consideration of modern Vampires. Not simply from the point of view of said Vampires but also from the outside perspective of our culture.
Combining reading from both the culture itself as well as from academic publications she has wrought a new volume which aims for a wide perspective of the culture.
It is with the greatest pleasure, and honour, we present an interview with the author, an interview with Lady Cecelia Fredriksson.
RVL: Good afternoon Lady Cecilia it is a great pleasure for us to be able to spend some time with you. I believe this is the first time we have had the pleasure of talking with someone in Sweden?
CF: Thank you for having me, it’s an honour.
RVL: Is the subject of Vampires, in general, a popular one in Sweden?
CF: Yes, especially when it comes to fiction. However, maybe it’s on a downfall if you would to compare it to the “golden era”, when all the Twilight movies and books came out. Then it was truly sparkling!
RVL: …and if we were to press you, taking into account the research for your book, how many real living Vampires would you estimate there could be in Sweden?
CF: During my research for my book, I didn’t encounter any large groups of real vampires in Sweden at all. In fact, it seems to be a very limited number. Of course, we have a few so-called ‘vampire killers’, and there have been some Swedish tv-shows where a self-identified vampire participates and talks about their vampiric way of life. So, it’s a hard question to answer, due to the limited material there is. Also, it’s depending on which kinds of vampires you include. I would say that it´s probably a higher number of psi-feeders than blood drinking vampires.
RVL: …and obviously, judging by the title of your new book, you are aware that there is a large, international, body of those whom identify as ‘Real Modern Vampires, yes? Can you give us an idea of how you came decide to write a book for “Real” Vampires?
CF: I’ve always been interested in vampires, ever since I was a child. It all started with me watching the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 when I was around 7 years old. I watched it repeatedly, and I even fantasized about meeting the Count himself in my neighbourhood’s playground. In my fantasy, it would all play out exactly at midnight, by the slide. Then, an adolescence filled with vampire themed sleepovers followed. I used to throw many masquerades for my friends, and we would all dress up like it was Halloween and play games. My favourite one was “En kväll med Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, which translates to “A night with Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that I came to know about the subculture with real vampires.
RVL: When did you first begin research for your book? And, what sources have you employed in putting your book together?
CF: It was shortly after I discovered that they existed, which was at the end of 2014. I got really intrigued with the subject and, very soon after, I decided to compile all my research into a book. I’ve been reading A LOT of scientific articles and a countless number of books and testimony’s. Since the start, my ambition has always been to broaden the perspective as much as possible. I didn’t want to explore just ONE angle, I wanted the whole perspective. Therefore, my sources have been everything from scientists exploring the subject from an outside perspective, to actual real vampires who can tell their story from within the community.
RVL: In approaching the subject of your book what was the basic definition of “real vampire” that was uppermost in your mind?
CF: In the beginning, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was deeply interested, and captivated, by the fact that it existed people who thought themselves to be real vampires. In the same time, I probably imagined that these people had to be a bit mental. You see, for me, until this point, the vampire had only been a fictional character – not something consisting of flesh and blood. But, as I went deeper into my investigations, my perception changed.
RVL: Have you had the opportunity to read any of the available non-fiction material that deals with the modern, real vampire community?
CF: Yes, that was a big part of my research material. I’ve devoured scientific articles on the subject, as well as material that originates from the community itself.
RVL: Can you share a little about your own work with us? Without giving anything away of course… Just a little plug for the book, a teaser…
CF: Well, it’s a nonfiction odyssey that is exploring the intriguing world of real vampires. The focus of the book is, of course, the subculture and the people that identifies with it, but the strength of the publication is that is also explores the surrounding areas – like psychiatry, religion, cults, myths and thrilling murders.
RVL: May we ask, do you cover all acknowledged types of modern living Vampires or does your book concentrate on one type?
CF: I’ve tried to include as many as possible. Blood drinking vampires and psychic vampires are both presented in my book, and I’ve tried to cover some of the sub-types within the two groups.
RVL: Okay, Lady Cecilia, we have to ask the question that our readers most want to know about our interview guests, do you identify as a modern, living, real Vampire?
CF: I’m sorry to say… but I don’t. Although, I really appreciate the subculture and I find it very fascinating.
RVL: …and can you recall the earliest time you became aware of the real Vampire world? How did that come about?
CF: As earlier mentioned, it was back in 2014, and I remember surfing the internet for something. Sadly, I have no detailed memory about what it was and how I finally found myself on a website that said that vampires existed. But nevertheless, from that moment, I was stoked. As the fictional vampire always has been a part of me, the feeling of discovering something new in the field created a particularly intense feeling inside me. It was like my childhood, with all the vampiric games and movies, came back to me. It gave me an opportunity to re-discover one of my life’s biggest fascinations.
RVL: Is your book currently in print or in preparation for print?
CF: Yes! I have just published the book in paperback, so now it’s available in both physical and digital form.
RVL: Where can our readers find your work to obtain a copy?
CF: Vampirist is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Vampirist-book-about-real-vampires-ebook/dp/B078H8YL6W/ and https://www.amazon.com/Vampirist-book-about-real-vampires/dp/9177734483/
RVL: Who is your primary target audience for this book?
CF: Everyone with an interest in vampires, especially people who want to know more about the subculture with the real ones.
RVL: … and are you planning a follow up to the book, a single follow? A series?
CF: Maybe! I have been thinking about writing a sequel that explores the subject even further. I would love to dig even deeper and include detailed conversions with real vampires.
RVL: Ultimately, what made you decide to write this book? What was the catalyst that sparked you into the writing?
CF: It was the fact that I realised a book like this hadn’t been written. Most of the existing literature on the subject is focused on just one perspective. They seldom include both the voices of the community and the science.
RVL: Do you have any general, or personal comments that you would like to make about the subject of vampires, especially the existence of real living modern self-identified vampires?
CF: Even though I do not myself identify as a vampire, many people do. So, they clearly exist, and I am very interested in following how the development of the subculture will look like in the future.
RVL: Dear Lady Cecelia, thank you very much indeed for your time today; we are honoured to be able to introduce your work to our readers and the culture in general. We wish you all success with the book and we would like to check back with you in the future and see how things have panned out for you, if that’s alright with you of course?
CF: Thank you for having me! It has been a pleasure. And of course, reach out to me in the future. I look forward to it!
Enquiring minds, fresh perspectives, material considered with fresh eyes we might say, these are the things that create growth out of stagnation, the things that bring new perspectives to replace “tunnel vision”.
When people take a long hard look at things that are, in many quarters, taken for granted then new ideas and new practices are very often developed and integrated and this is, we might suggest, the “lifeblood” of any culture, community or group.
With her first book Lady Cecelia has taken her first step in understanding, in accepting us for whom and what we are, has reached out with her mind and talent to find out about modern Vampires today. I recommend we don’t disappoint the lady.
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