1995

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Highlights of 1995:

January 19-29: Park City, Utah, USA – “The Addiction”, a movie directed by Abel Ferrara, is premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. With Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco. A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after being bitten. It was written by Ferrara’s regular screenwriter, Nicholas St John, filmed in black-and-white and released simultaneously with Ferrara’s period gangster film, The Funeral. The film is considered an allegory about drug addiction for some, particularly by real Vampyres, and an allegory of the theological concept of sin by others. It contains philosophical, theological and other intellectual content, including references to Husserl, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, and Descartes. The film also features a vampire quoting the highly conservative Reformed Theologian R.C. Sproul, who is a critic of Roman Catholicism. This is ironic, considering the Catholic overtones of the films final scenes. (Article) 

Formation of the vampire-themed, black metal, gothic rock and industrial band “Coffin For Mary”.

London, England, UK – Sean Manchester of the Vampire Research Society publishes an account of his perspective on the “Highgate Vampire” hysteria.

USA – Pam Keesey edits Dark Angels, an anthology of lesbian vampire fiction. 

Canada – The Canadian Chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula is formed in 1995 following the first World Dracula Congress in Romania, as a non-profit corporation. The Canadian chapter is run by Prof. Elizabeth Miller, Professor of English (retired) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, author, among others, of “Dracula, Sense & Nonsense” and a facsimile edition of Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula. The Canadian chapter also publishes the MLA indexed Journal of Dracula Studies. The Canadian TSD chapter is responsible for English speaking members, as well as anyone outside of the German and Russian chapters. The Canadian Chapter publishes a newsletter, The Borgo Post, four times a year, and the Italian Chapter archives Letter from Castle Dracula newsletter sent out by the Romanian chapter. Upon joining, new members receive a leather membership card, issued by the central office of the society in Romania. (Article)

April 4: Berlin, Germany – A man of 75, walking “Jockel”, his Dachshund, is attacked by a 43-year-old man who bites him on the neck, shouting “I am Dracula!” Passersby overpower the attacker and hand him over to police. Police say the man had been drinking. The victim goes home and dies an hour later from a heart attack. 

June 6: Club Des Vampires International founded by Damian Sebastian Nightwalker. This group is very discreet but begins to come more out into the open in 2009-10 with the advent of Meetup.com and MySpace. Membership is open to all vampire types and swan types on friendly terms but considers itself independent of any other groups within the Vampyre Community. 

September 10: Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA – Lisa Manderach and her 19 month old daughter Devon disappear while shopping. Police arrest Caleb Fairley, 21, who had been managing the store alone for his mother at the time. His face is covered with fresh scratches.  He claims he’d suffered them in the scramble of a “mosh pit” at a local club called “the Asylum”, but a doctor’s examination indicates they are from fingernails. By that time, Devon’s body had already been found by hikers, strangled and dumped on a hill at the Valley Forge National Park, but Lisa was not with her. Fairley shows police where he had placed the body behind an abandoned industrial building in a wooded area of King of Prussia. From the exposed position, it is assumed that Lisa had been sexually assaulted. The media, quick to learn about Fairley’s dark background, makes a big deal about his history and cast a bad light on the real Vampyre Community. According to them, Fairley played Dungeons & Dragons, had groped or propositioned women, was known to read pornography avidly, and collected vampire paraphernalia. He’d also joined “the Asylum”, a members-only nightclub that resembled a padded cell and catered to people who dressed in Goth-style clothing and sported dramatic make-up as part of the vampire subculture. The club regularly hosted vampire live action role-playing games, such as Vampire: The Masquerade (club members interviewed by the media pointed out that they were being unfairly stigmatized because of one person’s actions). Overweight, Fairley had often been a target of ridicule, especially from girls at school, and tended to keep to himself. Fairley is tried in April 1996 and convicted on two counts of first-degree murder. He receives two life terms. Those acquainted with Fairley could hardly believe that he could have been capable of such violence, but the media and prosecution blame his behavior on his indulgence in pornography and vampire fantasies, coupled with his frustration over his helplessness around women.

October 27: USA – “Vampire in Brooklyn” a horror-comedy starring Eddie Murphy is released. (Article)

December 22: “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” a comedy movie starring Leslie Nielsen is released. (Article)

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