There are vampire role-players, otherwise called “fashion vamps”, differ distinctly from human vampires in that they are “serious vampire fans and those who dress up in vampire clothing, live a vampire lifestyle (e.g. sleep in coffins), and primarily participate in RPGs such as Vampire: The Masquerade.”
And there are people that have the belief of being actual vampires. These people follow the “vampire lifestyle”. The vampire lifestyle (or vampire subculture) is an alternative lifestyle, based on the modern perception of vampires in popular fiction. The vampire subculture has stemmed largely from the goth subculture, but also incorporates some elements of the sadomasochism subculture. The Internet provides a prevalent forum for the subculture along with other media such as glossy magazines devoted to the topic.
Active vampirism within the vampire subculture includes both sanguinarian vampirism, which involves blood consumption, and psychic vampirism, whose practitioners believe they are drawing spiritual nourishment from auric or pranic energy.
Like the fictional vampires some traditions of modern vampires drink blood either animal or human (although human is preferred.) They claim they need blood to make up for a deficiency of proper energy processing within the body. It also helps them gain energy and strength.
The members of the Vampire Subculture are :
Those that drink blood are called sanguinarians or “sanguine vampires”. They and psychic vampires address themselves as “real vampires” and usually have a collective community. They believe they have a physical and/or spiritual need to drink human blood to maintain their mental and physical health.
Commonly known as psi-vamps are another kind of human vampire that claim to attain nourishment from the aura, psychic energy, or pranic energy of others. They believe one must feed from this energy to balance a spiritual or psychological energy deficiency such as a damaged aura or chakra.
Often calling themselves by the namesake are highly spiritual and consider vampirism an action required for spiritual evolution and ascension, yet maintain a rigid ethical system in its practice. Living vampires are rarely, but sometimes, blood drinkers and are usually organized into initiatory orders such as Temple of the Vampire, Ordo Strigoi Vii, the Order of the Black Dragon and the NOVA (New Orleans Vampire Association )
The notion of the vampire having an imortal soul is the focal point of this Vampiric identity. Those who associate with this form of Vampiric identity such as the coven House Bennu hold the belief that their soul/psyche may travel into, and fuse with the soul/psyche and body of a younger Vampire with the goal of achieving immortality. Transcendental Vampires may be sanguinarian and/or psychic in nature.
And we shouldn’t forget the Blood Donors, THE people that willingly allow human vampires to drink their blood. Believe it or not, within the vampire society, human vampires and donors are considered equal, yet donors are expected to be subservient to the vampires. At the same time, donors are difficult to find, and because of that, human vampires have no reason to abuse their donors.
Angela and Nancy