1992

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Highlights of 1992:

Forest Strip Vampire trials, “Vampire: The Masquerade” gains popularity and notoriety,  “The Tale of the Body Thief” by Anne Rice, “La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre” begins in New York, TV series “Forever Knight” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” launch, founding of The Sanguinarium.

USA – The role playing game “Vampire: The Masquerade” wins the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Rules of 1991. (Article)

USA – “Vampire: The Masquerade” continues to increase in popularity, both with non-Vampyres and with some in the real Vampyre community, however this creates a problem for a community wishing to be taken seriously as an identity group rather than as a group of people being associated with a roleplaying fantasy game. Some in the USA VC believe that the advent of the “Vampire: The Masquerade” roleplaying game is what led to “a really big push in the community to distance ourselves from ‘Vampire: the Masquerade’, many groups opted for the word ‘House’ over the word ‘Clan’… So, yes. It is because of V:tM that the term ‘House’ is currently used in the VC/OVC.” Source: community figure Belfazaar Ashantison, 2014. Unfortunately, this attempt to distance itself from fiction is what again later led the VC into another similar situation in 2003 when the “Underworld” movie series emerged, also using the terms “House” and “coven” – perpetuating the notion that the VC was based upon fiction rather than vice versa.

April 14: Ukraine, USSR – Andrei Chikatilo, the “Forest Strip Vampire”, a serial killer who has got away with murders dating back to 1978, goes on trial, facing 52 charges of murder. Having been declared sane and fit to stand trial, Chikatilo is held in an iron cage designed to keep him apart from the relatives of his many victims throughout the trial. Referred to in the media as “The Maniac”, his behaviour in court ranges from bored to manic, singing and talking gibberish; at one point he is even reported as having dropped his trousers, waving his genitals at the assembled crowd. (Article)

USA – “The Tale of the Body Thief” by Anne Rice is published.

May: New York City, New York, USA – La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre (1992–1997) begins its run as a series of plays on the theme of vampires, in New York City. It is started by playwright Tony Sokol as an extension of his 1986 show “I was Thirsty and You Drowned Me,” a vampire ritual performance piece Sokol performed at the Anarchist’s Switchboard, Centerfold and other clubs. The first Vampyr Theatre performance is at Le Bar Bat in May 1992. Sokol had placed ads in the back pages of New York City newspapers asking, “Are you a vampire?” eventually interviewing hundreds of self-professed vampires. These interviews became the framework for the 13 plays he wrote for La Commedia del Sangue. La Commedia del Sangue: The Vampyr Theatre claimed to be a theater “run by vampires for vampires,” and actively encouraged the audience and the press to believe that there were vampires in the audience and among the cast. In the Cooper Pioneer, Denise Ng wrote “I was hesitant about going, fearing that the play was all a hoax aimed at luring people into the theater to be sucked dry.” There was also rumors at the time that local vampires were used by the troupe to harass and discourage competition. A group of interviewees who gathered for the Le Bar Bat shows would create the “vampire access line,” a club that assembled information on vampire happenings around the city. The club began throwing its own vampire events and would eventually be taken over by prosthetic fang specialist Father Todd (later Father Sebastiaan) and become Sabretooth, the premier booking agent at the time of the city’s vampire community. (Article) 

May 5: Canada – “Forever Knight” (1992-95) a vampire TV Series launches in the USA, runs for 3 seasons. It coincides with the rise in popularity of Goth and vampire culture in Toronto. It is still viewed as an important advance in at least some aspects of realism in how vampires are portrayed in fiction, and one of the first to cast a vampire as a “good guy” cop.

July 31: USA – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” appears on the movie circuit to a luke-warm reception. 

USA – The Sanguinarium is founded by Father Sebastian (a.k.a Aaron Todd Hoyt, Todd Sabertooth, Father Todd, Father Sebastian, Father Todd Sebastian, Sebastiaan Van Houten) This later leads to the establishment of the Ordo Strigoi Vii, a group founded on the back of the VC and later to distance itself from real Vampyre subculture altogether as a fang-making and entertainment syndication franchise with cult-like overtones.

October 15:  Two months after the end of his trial, when Andrei Chikatilo the “Forest Strip Vampire” was found guilty on 52 of the 53 murder charges, he is sentenced to death for each of the murders. Chikatilo’s launches an appeal centered around the claim that the psychiatric evaluation which had found him fit to stand trial was biased, but this process is unsuccessful. (Article)

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