Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Lifestyles: Interview With a Vampire
This is a new series on the blog about alternative lifestyles. You know how I'm always trying to get y'all to think outside the box? Well, sometimes, I want you to throw away the notion that boxes even exist! This is one of those times.
This series on alternative lifestyles is to keep us from doing the typically human cringing thing that says "bad/good" when we encounter things because basically that equates to "unfamiliar/familiar." We can't make gains without the brawn of our builders, the brains of our scientists, the sensitivity of our artists. Every person has a path and a calling, every person has a strength and a gift to the world. Every person has a way to live their life or their undead state. So, fears and insecurities aside, let's look at the first alternative lifestyle that I'm interviewing, that of vampires.
Autumnforest: Do you consider yourself a vampire or a vampire enthusiast?
Adam: I'm a Vampire. There is no question about it. I have friends who are as you say "vampire enthusiasts" but there is a big difference between the two.
AF: What is your earliest memory of being interesting vampires, what influences?
Adam: I never really obsessed over it, as a kid I played Dracula games and suchlike but I never dreamed of becoming a Vampire; it wasn't my all-consuming thought as I know it is for some. My first knowledge of real Vampires was at 16 when I met this woman, Nicola. She was beautiful: not the classic Vampiress at all, rather she had dark, almost black skin and it made her teeth and the whites of her eyes startlingly sharp. This made her look wild and continuously alert. I fell for her but she insisted, she told me that I loved her so often, in such an intoxicating manner that eventually I believed her. I'm not convinced about Vampire "powers" or influence as the media seem so fixated on, but Nicola would be the best way of convincing me otherwise. She was truly evil.
AF: As you see it, has the "Twilight" series created a popularity in vampirism that has corrupted the practice and brought in wannabe teen posers?
Adam: Without a doubt, yes. I'm actually writing this with a human friend of mine who's helping me (I'm not that fantastic with writing) and she loves Vampire fiction. I'm not even going to ask her to help my phrasing on this one because I'll get another 2 hour lecture on how since "Twilight" Vampire fiction has been cheapened. But on to the question. The amount of times I've had girls no more than 11 ask me to bite them. Really? You want to be pre-pubescent and stupid forever. I'm not going to fall in love with you if you wear tight jeans and call me Edward. Another thing, nibbling on your boyfriend does not make you a Vampire. You can't be part of our society just because you've read "Twilight" and think you're a hardcore fan. I've spoken to my mate (girlfriend) Victoria about this and she said it was the same with the Anne Rice novels, but at least they were more accurate. Stephanie Meyer's books were written for the majority and the majority adopted it.
AF: If you practice vampirism, is it a spiritual or sexual motivation or both?
Adam: I wouldn't say it's spiritual but sex comes into it a lot. The first time me and Victoria got together it was all about the blood. I can't explain the rush. I'm not a masochist, I don't get off on pain. But feeling the penetration of teeth through the skin of my neck, it's more intense than any drug. The only better thing in the world is feeling hot blood run down my throat. We seldom have sex without feeding, but sometimes we feed without having sex. I find it impossible not to get hard whilst feeding, seeing fresh blood sends shivers down my spine.
AF: Within a vampire community, are there "donors" and "feeders" or do most vampires perform both functions?
Adam: It's not really shared through a community, mainly in pairs. In my first relationship with a Vampire, it was incredibly abusive and I was the "donor" though it wasn't exactly willing. With Victoria it's much more equal but most pairs have a subservient one and a dominant one. If you're single you'd feed on a subservient partner of a friend or a human who wants in.
AF: Is there anything you'd like to clear up about the image of vampires carried by the public that frustrates you?
Adam: That's what my blog's for. My boss is making me tell everyone everything, though some will be fictional to disguise our community. Any questions you or your readers have please ask at fanged-facts because, with all the Vampire fiction out there, we don't really know what one person thinks from the next. But yeah one thing: we don't glitter.
Autumnforest: I'd like to thank Adam for being so candid and sharing his experience with us. As I like to emphasize, we all have our own worlds, our own realities, and our own ways of taking in the process of motivation, inspiration, connection and gratification. His confidence about being a vampire helps us all to be more confident in even the smallest things that set us apart, whether it's atheism or libertarian views.
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