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18 April 2013 @ 07:01 pm
Global Vampire & Donor Community Directory
Hosted by Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC)


Please Complete & Submit The Form Located @ The Link Below

http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

All self-identified vampi(y)res (sanguinarian/psychic/etc.), donors, and other interested parties 18 years of age or older are encouraged to participate by completing the form linked above. This will aid the vampire community and individuals in bridging communication gaps and encourage social networking within local geographic areas -- connecting vampi(y)res and donors in the social media and mobile peer-to-peer era. For additional information regarding this initiative please refer below the form.

We would like to thank the 600+ individuals who have completed the form thus far and we are asking those willing to assist this project by notifying the vampires and donors local to your area that you know via your Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Blog, community forums, and other social media websites. We are seeking an exponential increase in the availability of vampire and donor contacts and in order for this to be successful we need broad-based cooperation and support. Thank you!

Directory Registration Geographic Breakdown As Of April 17, 2013:

452 – United States of America (~47/50 States)
36 – United Kingdom
25 – Canada
18 – Germany
17 – Russia
13 – South Africa
12 – Italy
10 – Denmark
9 – Australia
8 – India
6 – New Zealand
5 – Austria
5 – Netherlands
4 – France
4 – Norway
3 – Brazil
3 – Greece
3 – Mexico
2 – Iraq
1 – Iran
1 – Egypt
49 – Other Countries*

34.1% Non-U.S. (234)
65.9% U.S. (452)

INFORMATION:

- The Global Vampire & Donor Community Directory will officially launch May 1, 2013 (it may take up to one week+ to initially contact everyone, but if you’ve completed the FORM LINKED ABOVE you will be contacted during the month of May, this is a massive undertaking so thank you for your patience! To date we’ve received responses from more than 685 individuals in over two dozen countries).

- If you have already completed the registration form please do *NOT* complete it a second time – this only creates more work for us and slows the process.

- Therians/Otherkin: We’ve been asked if Therians and Otherkin may participate in this Directory and the answer is *YES* – we knew this might come up so we provided for that option from the beginning. The primary aim of this Directory is Vampires and/or Donors, however, we will also place Therians and Otherkin in contact with one another per their geographic area and/or with Vampires, Donors, etc. as desired.

- IMPORTANT: Please assist this effort by notifying the vampires and donors you know via your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blog, Fetlife, community forums, other social media websites, and especially LOCAL TO YOUR AREA — do not simply assume they have already joined because they may have missed seeing the notices or had questions but did not take the time to seek answers (if you have any questions e-mail us at VVCNotification [at] gmail [dot] com). We are aiming for an exponential increase in the availability of vampire and donor contacts and in order for this to be successful we need broad-based cooperation and support. It does not matter to us if someone is a blood drinker or an energy feeder, TOV, OSV, Aset Ka, etc., or loathes the “vampire community” — this is not about vampire allegiances or politics — it’s about connecting individuals who identify as “real vampi(y)res” along with donors and allies in their own localities.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for encouraging all applicable parties to register for the Directory:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
 
 
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Collection Of Articles & Video(s):

http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/forum/index.php?topic=1854.0

Teen Wolves Descend Upon San Antonio High Schools
By Joe Conger / KENS 5
May 17, 2010
http://www.kens5.com/news/Teen-wolves-in-San-Antonio-94015234.html
Warning: Teen Werewolves Spotted In San Antonio
By Allie Townsend
May 24, 2010
http://techland.com/2010/05/24/warning-teen-werewolves-spotted-in-san-antonio/?artId=28154%3FcontType%3Dblog_techland%3Fchn%3Dus
Self-Described Wolf Woman Severed Lost Dog's Head
By Brian Chasnoff - Express-News
January 27, 2010
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Self-described_wolf_woman_severed_lost_dogs_head.html?showFullArticle=y
 
 
Therian/Otherkin/Vamp Community Research Study
Collection Of Articles & Video(s):

http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/forum/index.php?topic=1854.0


Teen Wolves Descend Upon San Antonio High Schools
By Joe Conger / KENS 5
May 17, 2010
http://www.kens5.com/news/Teen-wolves-in-San-Antonio-94015234.html
Warning: Teen Werewolves Spotted In San Antonio
By Allie Townsend
May 24, 2010
http://techland.com/2010/05/24/warning-teen-werewolves-spotted-in-san-antonio/?artId=28154%3FcontType%3Dblog_techland%3Fchn%3Dus
Self-Described Wolf Woman Severed Lost Dog's Head
By Brian Chasnoff - Express-News
January 27, 2010
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Self-described_wolf_woman_severed_lost_dogs_head.html?showFullArticle=y
 
 
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Tonight (10.18.09) at 8 PM EST members of the therian community will be interviewed on KAPS Paranormal Radio.

Listen: http://psychiconair.com/pages/4008173.php
Chat: http://www.kentuckyareaparanormalsociety.info/chat.html
 
 
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If you're interested in the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS/AVEWRS), sanguinarian and/or psychic vampirism, or the vampire community in general you will want to purchase a copy of this book.  There hasn't been anything quite like this published before... a very different kind of text/approach than that of Ramsland, Guiley, Guinn, and others.

The academic and sociological significance of this work can't be underscored enough.  Laycock offers a sweeping scholarly examination of the vampire community and the process of self-identification as a vampire.  He counters many of the negative stereotypes of the vampire community and posits thought-provoking arguments regarding ontological diversity.  I strongly encourage everyone to obtain a copy of this book and link to it as a resource for vampirism and the vampire community.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vampires-Today-Truth-Modern-Vampirism/dp/0313364729/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230149021&sr=1-1

Praeger Publishers:  http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/C36472.aspx

Religion Dispatches Article:  http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/rdbook/1438/modern_vampires%3A_your_neighbors_and_spouses/?page=1

Vampires Today:  The Truth About Modern Vampirism
Joseph Laycock


Chapter 1:  What Is a Vampire? or, The Varieties of Vampiric Experience
Chapter 2:  Why Vampires?
Chapter 3:  The Vampire Milieu
Chapter 4:  Initiatory Vampire Groups:  Vampirism as Apotheosis
Chapter 5:  The Vampire Community
Chapter 6:  Vampirism and Religion, a Dialogue
Chapter 7:  Out of the Shadows
Chapter 8:  Vampires and the Modern
Bibliography & Index

Names You May Recognize (Mentioned and/or Contributed Material):

Atlanta Vampire Alliance, Corvis Nocturnum, Daemonox, D'Drennan, Don Henrie, Dozens of Groups/Houses/etc. (House Dark Haven, House Eclipse, House Kheperu, House of the Dreaming, House Pantheon, House Quinotaur, House Sahjaza, Temple of the Vampire, Order of the Vampyre, Ordo Strigoi Vii, etc.), Eclecta, Father Sebastiaan, Father Vincent, Goddess Rosemary, J. Gordon Melton, Kiera, Lady CG, Lady Dark Rose, Lord Alistair, Madame X, Maloryn, Martin Riccardo, Merticus, Michelle Belanger, Nicholas, Sanguinarius, Sarah Dorrance, Shadowlore, SoulSplat, SphynxCatVP, Stephen O'Mallie, Vlad & Sky, Voices of the Vampire Community, Vyrdolak, & Zilchy

Inside Cover: 

Vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. This book explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety.

Around the globe, untold numbers of people are identifying as "vampires" and following the ways of "vampirism."  But what does it mean to be a vampire?  Is vampirism a religion? Is it a fantasy? Is it a medical condition?  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.

In the past two decades, modern vampirism has come under increased study, yet most scholarship has portrayed the vampire community as a cultural phenomenon or, at worst, as a religious cult. Having interviewed many vampires across the country, both "lifestylers" and "real," even those "reluctants" who try not to be vampires, Laycock 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, readers will meet "lifestyle vampires," who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend.  They will be introduced to "real" vampires, who feel that they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being.  They will hear from members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, and they will learn about the Order of the Vampyre, the Ordo Strigoi Vii, and the Temple of the Vampire.

There is no doubt that anyone who reads this book 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.

Additional Notes:  The author holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, a recipient of a grant from the Pluralism Project, and currently enrolled in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University where he's working on his PhD.  He has presented on the topic of vampirism at the American Academy of Religion Conference in San Diego where he argued that "vampirism" should not be classified as a new religious movement (NRM) and to faculty at the University of Michigan and other institutional bodies on the sociological and emergent scientific aspects of vampirism.  He will be delivering a paper on Otherkin in August (2009) at the Association for the Sociology of Religion's annual conference in San Francisco, CA.  Laycock is well versed in the structure of the vampire community, has interviewed many individuals from diverse paths, and attended multiple gatherings.
 
 
 
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Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study w/Secondary Focus On Otherkin, Therianthropy, & Awakened Individuals


We have consolidated our contact and information sharing network on Ning into one central location and invite everyone who has already participated, in the process of participating, or is interested in this study to join the following Ning group.  This network will only be used for internal community informational purposes whereas the existing http://www.suscitatio.com web site will remain the primary research hub.  This will greatly reduce the time it takes to notify those who are interested without the need to post future minor updates across 30+ Ning groups, 100+ MySpace groups, 20+ LiveJournal communities, etc.  Additionally, any important breaking community related news will be available via this network; see VVC RSS Feed.

Please Join:  http://suscitatio.ning.com

The latest information concerning the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS Surveys) will be posted via this network.  All charts are available and posted in the photos section for data sets one through four.  2009 is going to be a busy year for us with analysis, the completion of additional data sets, and a couple important publications released that involve our research.  Thank you for your continued interest and support!

- Suscitatio Research Staff
 
 
Therian/Otherkin/Vamp Community Research Study

The long-term importance of the VEWRS & AVEWRS surveys can't be stressed enough and this will come into focus on a larger scale in May of 2009 with the publication of an academic book involving some of the information gathered thus far. This independent publication in May ‘09 necessitates that we stop accepting surveys and move full time into analysis and writing if we ever hope to finish this decade (over 130 additional surveys have been e-mailed to us after the initial Oct. ’07 deadline bring the response total to over 750+).  If you have not already completed these surveys (preferably both parts) PLEASE take an hour or so tonight or this weekend/over the holidays to sit down and complete at least the VEWRS (Part 1 - Survey). PLEASE encourage others you know to complete these surveys as well - we rely on your assistance to reach as many individuals online and offline as possible.
 
http://www.suscitatio.com

THESE SURVEYS ARE APPLICABLE IN PART TO THE THERIAN & OTHERKIN COMMUNITY - YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VALUED & IMPORTANT!  Nearly 200 Otherkin & Therians have already participated in this study and a year later we are extending the offer to participation one last time before initial publication of aspects of this study.  We intend to share the data with these groups so that both may benefit by having a clearer understanding of the demographics, experiences, and beliefs held by our different but often interlinked groups.  If there are questions located on the VEWRS (Part 1) & AVEWRS (Part 2) survey that are not applicable to you, simply answer "Not Applicable", leave blank, or where appropriate if a substitution of "vampire" or "energy worker" for "therian" or "otherkin" is applicable to you please feel free to answer and your response will be treated under the category you identify yourself as outlined on question #172 and #285 (Other - Write In) of the VEWRS and #383/384 and #982 of the AVEWRS.  The data will be divided into the follow classification based on your own self-identity.  Please encourage others from the Otherkin & Therian community to participate ASAP in this study!

V:ampire; V - VE - VO - VT - VEO - VET - VOT - VEOT
E:nergy Worker; E - EO - ET - EOT
O:therkin; O - OT
T:herian; T
 
How To Participate:

PLEASE download and complete the following survey(s) - if you don't have the time to complete both of these surveys please at least complete the 1st (VEWRS). Your input is more valuable than you realize and will help aid in the understanding of real vampirism, energy work, psychic phenomena, otherkin, therianthropy, etc.

Return the surveys to
response@suscitatio.com

SURVEYS: (Click Links To Download)

Part 1 - VEWRS (MS Word Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/VEWRS_Online_Survey.doc
Part 2 - AVEWRS (MS Word Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/AVEWRS_Online_Survey.doc

TROUBLESHOOTING: (If You Are Unable To Read The File) - Simply Copy/Paste From The Web Sites Below Into rtf/doc/pdf/text File Format or Direct E-mail, "X" Your Choices or Delete Any Non-Applicable Choice, Send As Attachment:

Part 1 - VEWRS (Text Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/VEWRS.htm
Part 2 - AVEWRS (Text Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/AVEWRS.htm

Sincerely,

- Suscitatio Research Staff

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study

A Detailed Sociological & Phenomenological Examination Of The Real Vampire & Energy Worker Community With Secondary Focus On Therianthropy, Otherkin, & "Awakened" Individuals
Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
http://www.suscitatio.com
research@suscitatio.com

 
 
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02 November 2008 @ 01:12 pm
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Story?id=6154446&page=1

Real-Life Vampires: Who Are They?
Around the World, Subcultures Coalesce Around the Vampire Image

By KI MAE HEUSSNER
ABC News - Technology & Science
Oct. 31, 2008

Interviews with Anshar of House Lost Haven and Merticus of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance.  Both members of Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC).
 
 
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This event is also available to those from the therian, energy worker, shamanic, and other related communities who share peaceful interest, open mindedness, and/or commonality with vampirism or those from our community.  This is an invitation to all those who maintain a serious desire to learn more about the real vampire community and who are able to attend current or future gatherings.


TWILIGHT III - Seattle, WA - September 26-28, 2008
A Formal Gathering of the Real Vampire Community
http://vampires.meetup.com/914/ 


TWILIGHT is a formal gathering of individuals involved in vampirism (practical and academic), coordinated by Merticus (http://www.myspace.com/merticus) (of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC (http://www.suscitatio.com) and the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com) and Daemonox (http://www.myspace.com/daemonox) (of the Vampirism Community eList (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vampirism). The goal of this gathering is to bring together the community's serious and sane for discussion, knowledge exchange, networking, and social engagement. This is an invitational event that screens attendees, and we reserve the right to refuse access to anyone.

TWILIGHT III will be held on the weekend of September 26-28th in Seattle, WA. This gathering will be officially hosted by Eric Bloodstorm (http://www.myspace.com/eric_bloodstorm_pdx) from Portland, OR, and Lady Slinky (http://www.myspace.com/ladyslinky) (of the VCMB (http://www.vcmb.org) from Seattle, WA, along with the Vampirism Community eList, which will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary as of September 28th.

- Gathering Itinerary -

For this gathering, we have the following presentations and guest speakers planned, as well as several more that we look forward to committing to the conference shortly:

  - "The Vampire Archetype in Media, Culture, & the Real Vampire Community" by Michelle Belanger (of House Kheperu & author of "The Psychic Vampire Codex", "The Psychic Energy Codex", as well as author/compiler of "Vampires In Their Own Words")

  - "The Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study" by Merticus (of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA), & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC - authors of the study)

  - "Energy Work Within the Void: Integration of the Individual as a Whole" by Soma (of the Los Angeles shamanic & vampiric communities)

  - "Law As It Relates to the Real Vampire & BDSM Communities, & the Practical Reality of the Donor Contract" by J.G.C. (of the Los Angeles, CA legal field & vampiric community)

In addition to the presentations, there will be open group discussion, and discussions panels that will involve the aformentioned presenters along with the following special guests: Eric Bloodstorm (Portland, OR), Lady Slinky (Seattle, WA - VCMB), Cole (San Francisco, CA - Carpe Noctum), Zilchy (San Diego, CA - Vampire Q&A on YouTube), Daemonox (Los Angeles, CA - Vampirism Community eList), and as a delightful twist, Case (Seattle, WA - Seattle Skeptics). We look forward to adding more finalized details, such as topics and additional presentations shortly. Thank you for your patience.

- RSVP'ing For Gathering & Hotel Booking -

As of Tuesday, August 19th, TWILIGHT III is currently just over halfway booked, with a capacity limit of 60 people, maximum. Discount hotel rates for the location of this gathering will ONLY be available until September 1st! For this reason, early RSVP'ing and hotel registration is highly encouraged (you will not be charged until check-out). Please RSVP NOW (http://vampires.meetup.com/914/) to secure your ability to attend this gathering, and to receive your hotel booking information.

At this time we are also interested in hearing topic suggestions for group discussion and the panels, along with any questions or comments that you may have. Please contact either Merticus or Daemonox by way of Meetup.com, or make your topic suggestions in the TWILIGHT Meetup message board (http://vampires.meetup.com/914/messages/boards/).

Attendance is restricted to members of TWILIGHT only.

For more information, to join meetup.com, or to RSVP for this event, please visit:
http://vampires.meetup.com/914/

___________________________________________________

- TWILIGHT Gathering History -

TWILIGHT I was held in Los Angeles, CA on October 30, 2007, and officially hosted by The Wretched eList (California Vampires), and the Los Angeles Vampire Meetup Group. Originally intended as a one-off occurrence, the evening began with a formal banquet dinner on one level, and progressed to presentations and discussions on a second level. Presenting at this gathering was Michelle Belanger (of House Kheperu and author of The Psychic Vampire Codex), along with Merticus and Zero (of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA), and Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC - authors of Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study). With an attendance of 50 individuals, representative of many notable and active community members from the Southern Californian region, as well as attendees from as far away as South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and Northern California, this memorable gathering was heralded as a success and quickly demanded encore.

TWILIGHT II was held in Atlanta, Georgia on the weekend of March 7-9th, 2008, and was officially hosted by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and Atlanta Vampire & Non-Conformists Meetup Group. Presentations were held by Jason Crutchfield and Michelle Belanger of House Kheperu, Merticus, Zero, and SethNunMin of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, Alistair of House DarkHaven, Tau Peristera De Magdalene and Tau Heosphoros Iacchus of Liberi Sanguinis Luciferi, RavenHarte of Clan Caladvwlch, Stephen O'Mallie of Clan O'Mallie and House Vengeance, along with discussions involving Aislin Ni MorRhiaghan, Khan, Lady Onyx Ravyn, Allen Greenfield, and Daemonox, and group discussion of the much debated documentary, Vampyres: When Reality Goes Beyond Fiction. With an outstanding attendance of 75 people, this gathering brought together attendees as far away as California, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North & South Carolina, Alabama, along with the greater Atlanta region, and set an even higher standard for future TWILIGHT gatherings.

 
 
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17 February 2008 @ 03:25 pm