As stated in the vampire / vampyre menu, we use the
term "vampyres" to refer to a real phenomenon involving
real people. We use "vampire" to refer to imaginary mythical
creatures who mainly inhabit horror movies and other works of imaginative
fiction. This notation is used by some in the vampyre/vampire community, but its
far from a consensus. In fact, some use the opposite definition. Still others
use both terms to refer to both types of vampires/vampyres -- a confusing usage.
The online presence of vampyrism is quite volatile. For example, one website
has a list of links to other Vampyre/Vampire sites which were valid in
2000-AUG. Of the first ten links tested five years later, eight were offline;
two were online but inactive.
A search for the phrase "real vampires" will often find current material.
The following information sources were active at the time that this section
was written. However, these hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today. You might want to rest your eyes before tackling some of these pages. They use very dark colors and are sometimes difficult to read.
The Reapers of Blood at:
http://reapersofblood.org/ This was another large vampyre support page. However, the domain name expired during 2010-DEC and is pending renewal and deletion as of early 2011-JAN.
House Kheperu at: http://www.kheperu.org/ This is the website of a vampyre organization started by Michelle Belanger,
author of "The Psychic Vampire Codex" and
co-author of the Black Veil. It has extensive coverage including some advanced
Vampires.co.uk at: http://www.vampyres.co.uk/ is a forum for Vampires and other Kin where you can: "Chat to individuals and share your story with others, how you came to be the person you are now. You will also find discussions of vampires and other Kin in popular literature, movies and television. Discuss music, fashion and culture amoung other things and generally enjoy our warm and welcoming community."
Michelle A. Belanger,
"Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work," Weiser Books (2004).
A book reviewer of Amazon.com writes:
"The Psychic Vampire Codex is the
first book to examine the phenomenon and experience of modern vampirism
completely from the vampireís perspective. Father Sebastian, a fellow
psychic vampire writes in the foreword that Michelle Belangerís system
'introduced a breath of fresh air into the vampire subculture. It freed us
to look at ourselves in a new light, and it also helped those outside our
community to view us differently. No longer were we parasites or predators .
. . we could use our inborn abilities to help people heal'."
"In The Psychic Vampire Codex, Michelle Belanger, author and psychic
vampire, introduces readers to the fascinating system of energy work used by
vampires themselves and provides the actual codex text widely used by the
vampire community for instruction in feeding and other techniques. Belanger
also examines the ethics of vampirism and offers readers methods of
protection from vampires."
"The Psychic Vampire Codex explodes all preconceptions and myths about
who and what psychic vampires really are and reveals a vital and profound
spiritual tradition based on balance, rebirth, and an integral relationship
with the spirit world."
Raven Kaldera, "The
Ethical Psychic Vampire," Xlibris Corp., (2005).
Michelle Belanger, herself an author on vampyre topics, reviewed this book,
"Kaldera, an author who has established himself as someone who does not
flinch away from touchy subjects and cultural taboos, brings his usual
clear, sensible, and sometimes blunt style to the table, offering practical
wisdom for those individuals who are struggling to come to terms with their
psychic vampirism. In a community that is often rife with politics, Kaldera
takes no sides, instead presenting the material simply as he has observed
and experienced it for himself. He supplements his own research and insights
into the vampiric condition with interviews with other psychic vampires --
several of them fairly well-known. An added bonus is that these are vampires
who themselves are known to have radically different approaches to the
topic, and so the reader gets a full-spectrum view on values, practices, and
"What I liked best about this work is the fact that Kaldera does not brush
under the rug topics like sexuality, blood-drinking, and even parenting. The
spiritual and magickal aspects of being a psychic vampire are adequately
served, but the practical day-to-day concerns are also given their due."
"In all, this is a balanced and coherent text, one I will be recommending to
my own readers as a must-have for their shelves."
Rosemary Ellen Guiley, "Vampires
among us," Pocket, (Reissued 1991).
Two anonymous readers wrote:
I really enjoyed this book and hard a hard time putting it down. The
stories are great and Ms. Guiley is a good story-teller. There are some
strange people out there, and this book is an interesting look at them.
Plus, I learned a lot about vampire folklore, which was really fascinating.
Vampires Among Us had a romantic quality to it which the person who
wrote a review for it previous to mine didn't seem to comprehend. Let me
also point out that almost anything melodramatic can be made to sound
foolish. Think about it - the line "Oh Romeo o Romeo where for art thou
Romeo" sounds utterly ridiculous when spoken alone. However, Romeo and
Juliet is a time-honored tragedy.
Vampires Among Us was written in a
factual if slightly dramatic voice - however, the intensity of the writing
was probably necessary to make something that sounds like such a foolish
thing into an alternative reality.
On the negative side, we have received one comment that the author treats
some of the characters as a bit unstable. One positive note is that, the last
time we looked, a use copy of the book can be purchased for $0.01 plus postage
Ramsland, "Piercing the darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today,"
Harper Prism, (1998).
Lisa Higgins of Amazon.com wrote the following review:
"Katherine Ramsland sets Piercing the Darkness up as a story about
Susan Walsh, a wannabe journalist who mysteriously disappeared while
researching "real" vampires. While that story line ultimately sees less
light than the vampires themselves, Ramsland's rambunctious, rambling tales
of nightclubbing, international travel, and meticulous wardrobe selection
among the creatures of the night provide ample entertainment. The book
traces her circuitous route through AOL chat rooms, Paris's underground
tunnels, and any number of goth and "vampyre" clubs, pursuing leads and
hunches that seem to materialize from thin air. What the story might lack in
integrity, it more than makes up for in sheer strangeness....."
Lady CG, "Practical
Vampyrisim for Modern Vampyres," Lulu Press, (2005).
A reviewer of libreriauniversitaria.it wrote:
"Practical Vampyrism for Modern Vampyres is the first handbook for
the modern vampyre communities. Filled with practical advice for those
learning to cope with the early stages of vampyrism, through to the second
awakening, it is written with humor and compassion, in hopes of providing a
light at the end of a dark tunnel for those of walking the dark path, often
alone. Practical Vampyrism is the culmination of over 10 years of
articles written for the online communities, in hope that a time will come
when NO ONE has to go through the stages of Vampyrism alone."