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DrkAngl
Posted on Sang's request, and article
Sat Oct 17 22:32:19 1998


On Sang's request, I am posting a copy of an email I was sent about something that was posted in the LA Times. The email read as follows:

This was posted in Friday's Los Angeles Times, at the end of an article that discusses the Vampire Research Center. According to the article, the VRC claims that there are 1000 verified vampires in the world, and that 400 of them live in Canada, Mexico and the United States, mostly in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC.

Anyway, this is the Times' questionnaire on how to tell if you are a vampire:

1-Are you a nocturnal person and dislike daylight?

2-Are you a loner and tend to be secretive?

3-Do you naturally look younger than you are?

4-Are you supermodel thin and pale?

5-Do you have elongated canine teeth?

6-Do you have the need to drink blood -- anywhere from two drops to a couple of ounces daily (which usually comes from a cooperative giver)?

7-Do you have legal access to blood via a job at a hospital or a blood bank?

8-Do you have a strong interest in vampirology?

9-Do you have a voracious appetite for rare meat and an aversion to garlic?

10-Do you almost always dress in black?

Like I said, this comes from the LA Times. Don't blame me. :-)


"Ohh well the good news is that MOST people will probably think that it is a joke *hopefull tone**" -- Virgil


Sanguinarius's response:

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm........I'll break my response down into two parts. "People" meaning "people who don't know differently", I am assuming (correct me if I am wrong, oh Author of the Post to Which I Am Replying).

Part one concerns the "most people": The "most people" who do just think it's a joke, or a bit of weirdness, it will serve to reinforce in their minds the stereotype of the vampire, in addition to screwing up what most people think of the Gothic subculture. Yes, vampires and vampirism fall under the Gothic category, but many Goths are not overly into vampires than, say, werewolves, zombies, witches, etc. In fact, there are a lot of Goths out there who resent the comparisons and associations that are made between them and vampires. Yes, many Goths are attracted to vampires and vampirism; and likewise, there are vampires who are (therefore?) attracted to the Gothic subculture. But, as a whole, Goths aren't vampires, and vampires aren't Goths.

Part two concerns those that don't fall under the category of "most people" [who do not know any different]: I am certain that we can figure out who these people are...it's those who want to be vampires, who seek to be, and who are not. Can we say "itching ears", boys 'n' girls? Feeding them what they most want to hear: generic affirmations that they are, indeed, vampires, or vampiric. -- Just because they are Gothic? And I get the dirty little job of breaking their hearts. :-/ :-{ Joy. These people are going to read that, and it's only going to lead them on more. Society is already doing that and this type of thing just fuels the fire. And most likely, they will still know way down deep inside somewhere that they aren't vampires, and that will only serve to make them more desperate to become.

As long as the media views real vampires as something of a toy to play with, then it will cause people to view vampires -- whether they even "believe in them" or not -- as something ... not as we are. As long as the media perpetuates misunderstanding and misconceptions, it makes what I and others are trying to accomplish harder. And things are going to continue to be that way, unless those who DO know differently start begging to differ with those in the media who are propagating such crap.

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