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#1    Merticus

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:56 PM

Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism
By Joseph Laycock


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Description:  Vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. This book explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety. Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, Vampires Today looks at the many expressions of vampirism: "lifestyle vampires," those who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend; "real vampires," those who believe they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being; or others who self-identify in some way as vampires. Is vampirism a religion? Is it a fantasy? Is it a medical condition? Is it a little bit of each?  

Throughout the world, untold numbers of people are self-identifying as "vampires" and following the ways of "vampirism." Over the years, but particularly in the past decade or so, vampirism has come under increased study, yet most scholarship has portrayed the vampire community at best as a cultural phenomenon and at worst as a religious cult. In this book, author Laycock explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety. Having interviewed many vampires across the country, both "lifestylers" and "real," even those "reluctants" who try not to be vampires, he argues that today's vampires are best understood as an identity group and that vampirism has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. As vampires come "out of the closet," either as followers of a "religion" or "lifestyle" or as people biologically distinct from other humans, their confrontation with mainstream society will raise questions about the definition of "normal" and what it means to be human. In this book the reader will meet "lifestyle" vampires, who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend; and "real" vampires, who believe that they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being. The reader will hear from members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and will learn about the Order of the Vampyre, the Ordo Strigoi Vii, and the Temple of the Vampire. Even before Dracula and Bella Lugosi, people have been fascinated with vampires, and this interest has continued, through Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and other novels, to HBO's new series True Blood and the recent big-screen hit Twilight. Readers will find the details of real vampire life--including vampire role-playing games, grimoires, "vampyre" balls, vampire houses like House Sahjaza and House Kheperu, the vampire "caste" system, and other details--utterly fascinating.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:07 PM

Merticus on Dec 29 2008, 04:56 PM, said:

Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism
By Joseph Laycock


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Description:  Vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. This book explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety. Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, Vampires Today looks at the many expressions of vampirism: "lifestyle vampires," those who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend; "real vampires," those who believe they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being; or others who self-identify in some way as vampires. Is vampirism a religion? Is it a fantasy? Is it a medical condition? Is it a little bit of each?  

Throughout the world, untold numbers of people are self-identifying as "vampires" and following the ways of "vampirism." Over the years, but particularly in the past decade or so, vampirism has come under increased study, yet most scholarship has portrayed the vampire community at best as a cultural phenomenon and at worst as a religious cult. In this book, author Laycock explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety. Having interviewed many vampires across the country, both "lifestylers" and "real," even those "reluctants" who try not to be vampires, he argues that today's vampires are best understood as an identity group and that vampirism has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. As vampires come "out of the closet," either as followers of a "religion" or "lifestyle" or as people biologically distinct from other humans, their confrontation with mainstream society will raise questions about the definition of "normal" and what it means to be human. In this book the reader will meet "lifestyle" vampires, who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend; and "real" vampires, who believe that they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being. The reader will hear from members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and will learn about the Order of the Vampyre, the Ordo Strigoi Vii, and the Temple of the Vampire. Even before Dracula and Bella Lugosi, people have been fascinated with vampires, and this interest has continued, through Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and other novels, to HBO's new series True Blood and the recent big-screen hit Twilight. Readers will find the details of real vampire life--including vampire role-playing games, grimoires, "vampyre" balls, vampire houses like House Sahjaza and House Kheperu, the vampire "caste" system, and other details--utterly fascinating.
This looks like a great book but when they find you out here, they will delete you..Im not tellin but someone will, cool book

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:11 PM

To my knowledge this is in the appropriate section and applicable subject matter.  Take care!

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:33 PM

Merticus on Dec 29 2008, 05:11 PM, said:

To my knowledge this is in the appropriate section and applicable subject matter.  Take care!
I dont mind, I know they are sometimes very funny about stuff here, like I said I'm not tellin...


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Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:21 AM

This looks like a best seller..

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 07:03 AM

Looks interesting. I've always found the people that "act" like Vampyre's to be interesting to say the least. wacko.gif  ALthough there is a large underground scene in Hollywood, CA. that has alot of people that would call themselves true Vampyres. And after being around them I know there are some that I take seriously. And everytime I have seen someone draw blood to drink the other participant was willing. And the procedure for drawing blood is more often than not done by a lancet if I'm not mistaken. Everything clean and sterile. Alot of them are normal (depending on ones defenition of normal) people with an interesting perk. Of course there are always some people to every minority that stand out due to personallity, actions, etc. but I digress.
It looks to be an interesting read.

I have always had a problem with psychic vampyres.  My personallity always tends to collide with these energy eaters.

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Looks like a well decent pearl sinker!!! Thanx for sharing!  thumbsup.gif
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:27 PM

Not a problem.  It will be released in about two weeks **EDIT**.  If you want to read a serious academic work on vampirism and the vampire subculture then this is something you'll want to pick up and add to your library.  He was also mentioned in an interview with the Washington Post and will be delivering another paper at the Association for the Sociology of Religion in August of this year.

Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism (Hardcover)
Joseph Laycock



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Edited by aquatus1, 15 May 2009 - 06:44 PM.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:13 PM

I have to ask. Why.

There is no such thing as a "vampire lifestyle". It's confused people pretending to be something they have no idea about. If they actually knew squat about vampires they wouldn't try mimicking them in the first place.


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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:52 PM

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This is 'de libre' so glad to see you've put some sense on this site tongue.gif

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:29 PM

Ebonykrow on May 15 2009, 11:13 PM, said:

I have to ask. Why.

There is no such thing as a "vampire lifestyle". It's confused people pretending to be something they have no idea about. If they actually knew squat about vampires they wouldn't try mimicking them in the first place.



mad.gif Ebony..are you really that close-minded of a person?  It seems to me like you are the one who doesn't know squat.  Why even bother responding?

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:37 PM

Olara_Nightshade on May 17 2009, 08:29 AM, said:

mad.gif Ebony..are you really that close-minded of a person?  It seems to me like you are the one who doesn't know squat.  Why even bother responding?


Obviously.

Go do half a years (plus) research on the vampire and then come back to me.

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Olara_Nightshade on May 17 2009, 01:29 PM, said:

mad.gif Ebony..are you really that close-minded of a person?  It seems to me like you are the one who doesn't know squat.  Why even bother responding?

Would me pointing out that 'true' vampires are nothing like Twilight help?

Because I wouldn't say that Ebony is a close-minded person, neither would I dare say that she doesn't know what's she's talking about when it comes to vampires.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:52 PM

Meh... Just another coming-out-of-the-coffin book.






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Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:46 PM

Olara_Nightshade on May 17 2009, 06:29 AM, said:

mad.gif Ebony..are you really that close-minded of a person?  It seems to me like you are the one who doesn't know squat.  Why even bother responding?



She responds because she has knowledge on the subject.

There are NO vampires.  There are people who run around and role play.

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