What they do in the shadows: my encounters with the real vampires of New Orleans
You could get hepatitis or HIV or other infections doing that,” I said. She went on “There are websites for real vampires to find donors. There is. I've spent five years conducting ethnographic studies of the real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo. They are not easy to find, but. If you have a thirst for vampire tourism, there are countless undead spots teeth into -- we've dug up the top 10 vampire destinations to get your spook on. Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle, all of which claim to be the “real” Dracula's Castle. in Exeter, RI, is the grave of Mercy Brown, aka “New England's Last Vampire.
Yet, those vampires who have tried to stop drinking blood have met scary consequences. When Kinesia went four months without feeding, she found herself in the emergency room with a low heart rate that would shoot up to when she stood up or walked around. This would be followed by a massive migraine, and sometimes a loss of consciousness.
Browning said he knows of a woman who found herself unable to go to work or even walk after a period of not ingesting blood. When her husband came to see her in the hospital, she fed from him in her room and immediately felt better.
Though the habits of modern vampires may seem frightening to most, Browning insisted that the ones he met in New Orleans were incredibly friendly. They ranged in age from 18 to 50, identified with a range of sexualities and religions and were split almost evenly between men and women.
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In his studies, Williams has found no evidence of psychiatric issues in self-identified vampires. They had spouses, friends and jobs; many of them had children from whom they hid their practice. While some have taken to wearing Gothic attire and prosthetic fangs, others have no physical markers to indicate their vampirism.
What follows is not the full scope of their story. And perhaps, from some of us, even to spur self-reflection. Vampire fiction aside, there are in this world people who actually do drink blood —from humans and animals alike—or drain from others what they call psychic energy. This need, according to them, arises from the lack of natural energies their bodies produce.
It all started for me about nine years ago, shortly before I transferred from a doctoral program in English in Southern Louisiana to one in American Studies in Western New York. Shop owner was happy to oblige me in every respect and went out of his way to volunteer information. In the initial five minutes of my speaking with him, he gestured towards the other end of the store to a lady in her 40ss inspecting some clothing.
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So, I continued by introducing myself and my reason for being in the store. I then proceeded to give her my contact info, and politely asked if I might continue to speak with her at another time.
While I did not ask for her own contact info—as I felt this would be too intrusive—I did ask for her name. And at the time, I was sure she would be my last.
How very mistaken I was. After I penned the above passage, mere days would pass before another similar experience propelled me to record in my notes again, this time my prose hardly masking my exhilaration: Theirs—the play of steel, gas, and faint orange light—has become by now a familiar sight to me in the hours just after midnight as I leave behind New Orleans and the French Quarter, a ritual I have repeated nearly every week for two months.
The feeling is almost always the same: Messenger Vampires walk among us. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite friendly.
These are just some of the cultural markers real vampires adopt to express a shared and, according to them, biological essence — they need blood human or animal or psychic energy from donors in order to feel healthy. Their self-described nature begins to manifest around or just after puberty. It derives, according to them, from the lack of subtle energies their bodies produce — energies other people take for granted. So, they embrace it.Ten Ways Shorts: Do Vampires Live Forever?
The real vampire community, like the legendary figure it emulates, knows few national boundaries, from Russia and South Africa to England and the United States. Particularly in the internet age, vampires are often well attuned to community issues.
This is more true for some than others though. I found the vampires of Buffalo to be keen to keep up to date with the global community, while those in New Orleans were often more interested in the activities of their local vampire houses an affiliated group of vampires usually led by a vampire elder who helps his or her house members to acclimate to their vampiric nature.