2014

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Highlights of 2014:

“Psychology & the Vampire Community” survey by Glyndwr University, “The Culling”, satanic panic hysteria in South Africa, SA media begins to understand the dangers of SRA hysteria reporting and changes how it reports on perceived ‘occult-related’ crimes, coup in Dark Nations, SAVA Senate closes for early 2014 elections, vampophobic protesters in Rimini, Italy picket Italian VC events, SAVA’s Gathering of the Damned.

January 8: UK – Dr. Emyr Williams, a lecturer in Psychology at Glyndwr University launches a survey entitled “Psychology & The Vampire Community”. The survey is advertised within the international VC by VCN. Dr. Emyr Williams has a specialist interest in non-traditional religious beliefs and subcultures. The aim of this study is to broaden the psychological knowledge of the contemporary vampire community with the hope of publishing a series of academic publications that will help a wide audience understand the vampire community. The questionnaire looks at the issues of satisfaction with life, self-esteem and religious beliefs. (Article)

January 13: By this time the word “vampire”, while also being used to describe unscrupulous and corrupt politicians, begins to take on another new meaning. Medical staff including those at hospitals and blood drives and clinics who draw blood or work directly with blood products have begun to be referred to as “vampires”. The real VC finds this amusing.

January 14: USA – Jason Constantine makes his recollections of his awakening available on Google Drive in a piece headed “Where has all the history gone?”. It is well received. (Article)

January 15: South Africa – The SAVA Shadow Senate holds its first meeting for 2014.

January 15: South Africa – The second data collection season for the Vampyre & Vampyric Donor Focus Group Survey (VVDFGS) opens.

January 22: South Africa – The Shadow Senate discusses concerns of SAVA members about the safety of participation on the public group on Facebook, where new algorithms are referring all manner of people to the group, who may or may not be really sincere seekers. Over the past few months, indiscreet additions to the group have swollen it to in excess of 370 members, most of whom are inactive and unresponsive. A solution is proposed and accepted. Samael Anathan is placed in charge of “Project Ark”. A deadline is set for Monday 27 January at 8am.

January 27: South Africa – The public group on Facebook for the SA VC undergoes major changes. Several hundred inactive participants, mostly just curious outsiders and shinai who have not responded to a “roll-call” message up to a week in advance are deleted. A new private group is set up for SAVA members and those participants who did respond. The project is called “Project Ark” by the SAVA, but the general members humorously refer to it as “The Culling”. The public group is maintained as a way to filter out unsuitable individuals who seek out the VC online. The move is hailed as the start of a new phase of history in the local community.

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February 1: South Africa – House Valur hosts its annual main event, with the theme “A Victorian Affair”.

February 4: South Africa – The SAVA adds a new term to the SA VC lexicon. “Muttaliku”, a Sumerian word, is added as a synonym for Vampyre-kind. It’s original meaning is taken from a reference made in Montague Summers’ ‘Vampires, their Kith and Kin’, in which it was defined as a vampyric spirit, lost and wandering attempting to find its ‘home’ – feeding on the life-force and blood of the living, but without killing them. This is a striking contrast between most modern fiction, modern criminal-reporting trends in the media and the concept of a vampyric entity that goes about its business – but does it without killing. The reason the term receives so much favor, is because there is an obscure reference to it 100 yrs ago – an obscure reference by a notable writer in the field of vampirology and vampire myth and lore, which although obscure, means no pre-existing fictional images, ideas, ideals or ideals are coupled to the meaning of it. It is simply a wandering vampyric spirit. This provides a clean slate, short of inventing a new word or term altogether, a word and the concept that goes with it that can be molded to the needs of the local VC. (Article)

February 9: USA – The long awaited movie based on the “Vampire Academy” series of novels makes its debut – and is annihilated by poor reviews. Immediately afterwards, articles appear posing the question “have vampire shows run their course?” (Article 1. 2, 3)

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February 14: South Africa – Coven d’Eir hosts their “My Bloody Valentine” event with 10 attendees. This is the second successful event for the young group.

February 19:  Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa – A double killing in this poor area causes a spike in rampant Satanic Panic hysteria, exacerbated by media sensationalism which reports relatives of the victims statements and views virtually verbatim as fact, claiming that ‘satanism’ played a role in the deaths. The SAPS occult unit becomes involved and together, media and the local community spiral into a SRA hysteria feeding frenzy. The Occult community remarks on how suddenly a dead body, rebellious teenagers, a few candles and ordinary household items such as unused razor blades become “hallmarks of a Satanic killing”. Local Pagan body and the Alternative Religions Forum again begin to lobby the media for fair, accurate and objective reporting. (Article 1, 2)

February 20: South Africa – By the morning after the Dobsonville murders, the sensationalist local press has already slipped into 5th gear and the isolated incident of two teenage girls murdered in the bush has suddenly become a potential “occult crime epidemic” in the making,[1] with unsubstantiated claims from hysterical teenage school girls that the two victims had tried to join a “satanic cult” and had been “sacrificed” by that group and that they “fear being next”.[2] Comments from the SAPS Occult Unit that “occult crimes are on the rise” help to fuel the panic. No attempts are made by media or authorities to distinguish speculation from the supplied facts of the case – which are unsurprisingly ethereal. By mid-day on Thursday, media speculation appears to hit on something more concrete than the tired old “occult murder” conspiracy theory: that the two girls likely committed suicide. It would appear that the media may have been doing more thorough investigation than the ORC, who appear to still be fixated on the three black candles and unused razor blades while paying too much attention to hysterical teenage fantasies about satanic conspiracies at their school.[3] Not an hour later, another article appears pressing the “Satanism is killing our kids and even the teachers know about it” angle, while also reporting that two 16 year old boys from the same school had been arrested in connection with the case.[4] The ARF and SAPRA meanwhile have been monitoring and lobbying local media and press continuously through emails and posting on their Facebook pages.[5]

February 21: South Africa – An article by The Star appears, providing objective reporting on the Dobsonville case, not mentioning the words “satanism” or “satanic” for the first time. [1] Most other newspapers appear to follow suit, with the exception of Independent On Line and tabloid the Daily Sun, which continue to follow the sensationalist route. This article by The Star represents a turning point in this case since it is the first – the FIRST – in mainstream newspapers to include a reference to and quote from the STAT Document [2] developed by the ARF, giving an objective contextual brief on the kind of hysteria which seems to be gripping the media AND the local community affected by the deaths. It also marks the first time that academic voices of reason are given an opportunity to comment on the dangers of this hysteria in South Africa, rather than relying solely on the unsubstantiated “facts” given by so-called “occult experts”.

February 22:  South Africa – Right in the middle of a mounting satanic-panic epidemic, as if on cue, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) includes vampirism in its election manifesto speech along with Satanism, mentioning “children drinking their mother’s blood” and “friends receiving blood from friends”. While it is possible that the speaker may be referring to perceived religious “ritual abuse”, it is quite likely, even probable that he and his party have focused, finally, on the existence of the local VC and our culture. At the launch of its election manifesto Saturday, the ACDP leader used the threat of Satanism and Vampirism in schools to fear-monger attendees to vote for “change”. He said these practices were occurring because of policies put in place by the ANC government. The “policies” they are referring to are clauses in the SA Constitution which guarantee freedom of religion, which the ACDP as a religious extremist Christian party opposes, with the intention of turning South Africa into a Christianist theocracy. From 17:30 minutes into the video. As expected, the tiny conservative party’s 20 minute rant has no visible effect on reality. (Video)

February 24: South Africa – Over the coming days, the majority of newspapers cease to use the word “satanism” in their headlines and articles about the case. [1] The same is visible in general. One exception is Independent On Line, which continues to do so steadfastly, despite it also having been included in the same advocacy scope of local activists (ARF, SAPRA etc). IOL still pushes the “Satanic” angle in their headlines, although the content of the articles do appear to be slightly more objective [2].

February 26: South Africa – The South African Police Service in a public briefing [1][2] states that SAPS teams have engaged with the South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) regarding an alleged increase in “harmful occult practices”. The SAPRA releases a statement [3]that at no time has any official in any formal capacity from the SAPS engaged in conversation with the SAPRA or responded to any correspondence submitted by the SAPRA. This situation has persisted despite repeated attempts to coerce the SAPS to engage with the SAPRA as well as the Alternative Religions Forum as well as other bodies in a formal capacity on matters relating to the SAPS continued proliferation of misinformation about Paganism and its portrayal as part of ‘mythical’ Satanism.

February 27: South Africa – The SAPS Occult Unit, perceiving a shift in media support away from promulgating hysteria about “increased risk of ‘satanism in schools'”, renews its attempts to frighten the public with the “dangers of satanism”. Cliche’d lists of “warning signs of occult activity in children” are circulated.[1] Articles by local activists which provide rational arguments against these hysterical accusatory lists are re-circulated.[2] The general South African population appears to lose interest, and even religious extremist support for the hysteria appears dampened. Activists for religious freedom and human rights perceive this apparent improvement with cautious optimism.

February 28: South Africa – Reports emerge via SAPRA that the first known case of a cross-cultural witch hunt has taken place. A white couple who identify as Pagans report having been forced from their home, losing their car and virtually everything they own, by hysterical local villagers accusing them of “being the Devil”. Threatened with death by fire should they return to collect their remaining possessions, they are at a loss for recourse. The SAPS appear to be unwilling to help the couple or to take the complaint seriously.

March 13: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, a Utah truck driver who kept sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time while he traveled the country, filing down their teeth, forcing them to alter their appearance and beating them until they nearly passed out, made an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., and is to be transferred to Utah for further proceedings. The charges against him include kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, and possession of child pornography, and could bring a life sentence if he is convicted. Vafeades was initially apprehended in 2013 when bruises on a teenage victim in his company raised suspicions of officials inspecting his truck. (Article)

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – A few hours later, a new twist in the case that has rocked both Salt Lake City and the vampire community (little overlap), emerges. A second woman comes forward and tells police that she too was forcibly held by Timothy Jay Vafeades, 53, and alleges that he beat and sexually abused her on a daily or weekly basis, called her his slave, made her do the paperwork for his company Twilight Express Trucking for no pay, took her ID’s, forced her to marry him, change her appearance, and threatened to kill her. VC participants express opinions that Vafeades is one of many “vampire roleplayers who lose touch with reality” being blamed for so-called “vampire related crimes” of late.(Article)

March 15: USA – Inquisitr.com posts an article about pop star Jared Leto, speculating whether the 40 year old singer-actor is a vampire. “Is Jared Leto A Vampire? Former Model Dishes On ‘Creepy’ Encounter”. The article explores reasons for the actors “creepy” youthful good looks, behavior at parties, and claims that he has a coffin in his home. “According to the New York Daily News, one former model who was recently asked to hang out with Jared Leto suggested that the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman is possibly a vampire. How else do you explain the guy’s peculiar behavior and age-defying good looks? “I think he’s a vampire,” the anonymous former model recently told the outlet. She continued, “He [said he] liked that I wasn’t a model anymore, but when I went to his after-party he was surrounded by a harem. All the other girls, he was liquoring them up and pouring them shots, but he wasn’t drinking so it looked kind of strange.” If Jared Leto survives by drinking blood, then this would certainly explain a lot. Not only does the actor appear to have discovered the secret of eternal youth, Jared also admitted that he keeps a coffin in his living room. However, Leto claims he doesn’t recall where the casket originated or when he acquired it. Jared told E! Online about the coffin: “It sounds a little bizarre, but I ended up with it I think from a film that I did. I can’t remember why I have it, but it’s basically got a bunch of books on it. I think it’s empty. There was a very strange odor wafting from the coffin at one point. Uh, but I don’t know, when you’re on tour as much as 30 Seconds To Mars your house just becomes a giant storage unit.” All joking aside, it’s highly unlikely that Jared Leto is a blood-sucking creature of the night. As odd as it may sound, the actor isn’t the only person contending with this very bizarre rumor these days. Time previously reported that Pharrell Williams has also faced reports that he drinks blood to stay young. Of course, he quickly denied those rumors. “No I am not. I’m willing to go on record as saying that I don’t drink people’s blood. How do I stay so young-looking for a 40-year-old? I wash my face,” the “Happy” singer explained. (Article)

March 18: South Africa –  At 13:00 on 18 March 2014, the Regency closes the Senate pending elections. There are only 2 remaining Senators following the resignation of Seraphim Lena Karayan and Jaco Lazarian von Draco Dravana from the Shadow Senate. Jaco Lazarian von Draco Dravana has also resigned from the SAVA. This situation has resulted from the recent departure of KemSekhmet Ba-enAset Nebethet-Heh and AnkhAmon DjehutiRaset Bishop from the SAVA the previous week. With circumstances perpetually threatening to drag SAVA into the Order Khepe Ra dispute with outside parties, it came to light on the 17th of March that the Senators were sharply divided on issues of loyalty to the SAVA, with some torn between SAVA and the Order of Khepe Ra. Despite assurances that these divided loyalties would not interfere with the SAVA’s ability to continue unhindered, and would not constitute a threat to Senate integrity, it subsequently emerged that information discussed within the Senate had reached the OKR. “We cannot conduct business in a Senate divided on the matter of simple loyalty to the SAVA, especially when we cannot discuss important and sensitive issues regarding our community – issues that can affect the safety of our members – while there is the possibility that every word we say can be copied and pasted to outside entities with less than honorable intent towards the SAVA. This kind of uncertainty sabotages the whole premise of having a Senate. In fact just the same sort of folly is what led to the dysfunction and subsequent dissolution of the High Council, the predecessor to this body. I give you my assurance, Members of the SAVA, that I will not allow this pattern to repeat itself.” – Lady Octarine Valur, Regent of the SAVA. The Regency thanks those still serving members of the Senate for their guidance and service and loyalty to the SAVA. The Senate is closed pending the holding of elections until the confirmation of a new Senate. The announcement for an election date will be made within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, SAVA members are asked to “prepare your thoughts for nominations to the Senate”.

March 19: South Africa – Nominations open for the SAVA Shadow Senate election, 2014 Session, several months premature. Elections were scheduled for September the same year.

April 11: South Africa – One founding member of the SAVA, Samael Anathan resigns, citing pressure from work and family matters.

April 14: Oderzo, Treviso, Italy – An alleged “expert in religious cults” claims that the northern Italian provinces of Veneto and Treviso are “full of vampires”, with aspiring members of the cult being required to “drink human blood”. An article in “The Local” an Italian publication, claims that Professor Giuseppe Bisetto told a conference in the Treviso town of Oderzo on Friday that the ‘vampire’ cult is a “real and alarming social phenomenon”, especially in northern Italy. Bisetto, who is also a member of an interior ministry working group for the prevention of religious cults, said that the group had “taken root” and, until recently, even had a “headquarters” in an abandoned building. Bisetto’s claims are based on confessions by young Italians, who admitted to taking part in the initiation ritual that required “drinking the blood of their master”. “It’s very difficult to study and monitor, but it certainly should not be underestimated,” Bisetto was quoted by Il Mattino di Padova as saying, adding that the capital of the cult in northern Italy is the city of Trieste. He said the “trend” originates from the United States, and finds “fertile ground” in places where there is family breakdown and social ill. The discovery of nine skinned rabbits in a cemetery in Vincenza is also blamed on “Satanic ritual”. (Article)

April 14: South Africa – An announcement is made that Psion Valur De Nocte and Kay Valkir Noctem have been welcomed as members of the VVC (Voices of the Vampire Community). They are the first South Africans after Octarine Valur to receive this honor. (Article)

May 12: South Africa – The first national SAVA gathering is announced across the SA VC. “Gathering of the Damned” is scheduled for November 1 in Durban and receives a positive response from community members. The arrangements for the event, managed by Coven d’Eir, are well co-ordinated and professional.

USA – Beginning of the “Dark Nations Coup”: The Dark Nations is plunged into crisis when one of its admins becomes embroiled in a personal dispute with one of the delegates, removes delegates seemingly without reason, and in a surprise move removes admin rights from all other admins and essentially hijacks both the Facebook group AND the Ning website. Imon Dark Nations informs a stunned membership that she will hand over control of the group after her return from a brief hiatus from the VC, presumably with the collusion of several other prominent staff members. These events spark a furor behind closed doors among DN delegates. Few appear willing to become embroiled in argument with Imon on the subject. Discussion among delegates from member Houses and other groups continues hotly behind the scenes and later becomes the subject of another outburst by Imon on the DN group.

May 14: South Africa – The Dark Nations issue deepens when a public dialog between Admin-hijacker Imon and SAVA delegates Octarine Valur and Psion Valur De Nocte fails to achieve anything positive. The Regency posts an internal notice within the SAVA about the situation to bring the SAVA membership up to speed. All indications at this time are that the DN will continue despite the drama, although it seems likely that a new forum and FB group will be set up. Discussions at high level continue in private during which fears become apparent that Imon may delete all material and destroy the forum and FB group altogether instead of handing them over as stated. The SAVA Regency advises DN founder MadameX on alternative courses of action. Before the end of the day, MadameX opens the new official DN group to replace the previous one which had been hijacked. Serving embassy staff begin the arduous task of transferring delegates from the old group to the new one. Later that day, Herr Wulfsunus, a member of House Dreaming announces: “Please note that Imon has been stripped of her Black Swan Status with our House and her access to our House forums has been revoked. After many years of service as a facilitator for Dark Nations, even more years of friendship with Khan, she has now violated this trust. As of this past weekend, and without any warning, Imon instated herself as the sole decision maker for Dark Nations. Removed Khan’s administrative rights, Madame X’s administrative rights, as well as the rights of all the other facilitators. She has also removed those Delegates she did not like, and instilled new censorship rules. This behavior is in direct opposition to the Round Table intention behind our creation of Dark Nations. The title of Black Swan is an honorable distinction implying trust, friendship and mutual high regard. Unfortunately, Imon’s sudden poor-form has earned our distrust. Our House will not demand, expect or enforce that any of our members abstain from talking and socializing with Imon; but we do recommend that each of you gauge for yourselves your level of personal contact with such an untrustworthy individual.” Regardless of good intentions of members of the DN, activity levels on the DN drop markedly afterwards for a time.

May 19: South Africa – the SA Vampyre News site receives notice of suspension by the WordPress admin, although reasons for this are withheld pending a response from the WP admin.

May 20: South Africa – the SAVA completely withdraws from the Fb group hijacked by rogue Dark Nations admin Imon, since Imon has during the night proposed renaming the group and setting up a rival entity perceived to be in competition with the DN. Imon makes spirited denials of this in the face of transcripts of chats in which these events played out, being made public by Octarine Valur. Worthy of mention is the departure of several groups from the hijacked DN group to the new official DN group, and the resignation of House Kheperu from both groups in toto.

South Africa – the SAVA becomes aware of the existence of a rival social group in South Africa’s VC called the “Open South African Vampire Community”, set up in March 2014 by Nyx Rebellion and consisting up to that time solely of former SAVA members Jaco Lazarian Von Draco Dravana and Samael Anathan as well as a fake profile (Vladmimmer Dracul). Anathan had also in recent times begun setting up information resources online relating to Otherkin and Weres and lycanthropy, sparking suspicions that there is more to this than mere coincidence.

May 28: UK – An article in the Mirror reports that a top academic claims there is an “underground network” of 15,000 vampires in the UK who regularly meet up to drink blood. Dr Emyr Williams is sinking his teeth into studying Britain’s real-life Draculas and wants them to come out of the dark and talk about their blood-sucking habits. The psychology lecturer has created an online survey he hopes vampires will complete as he insists this alternative section of society are ‘not mad or mentally ill.’ Dr Williams said: “This is a subculture that exists in every country, especially in the West. (Article)

June 12: South Africa – The SAVA announces that of immediate effect, all members of the Shadow Senate will hold portfolios which allocate to them clearly defined responsibilities connected to the running of the SAVA. Coupled to these responsibilities will be the compilation and submission of monthly reports to the Senate on these portfolios, as well as to notify other members timeously of events or information which overlap or affect their portfolio of responsibilities. According to the new system, each Senator may be entrusted with more than one portfolio by the Regency, but the ideal is to have the workload distributed evenly, and with one portfolio per Senator. Each month, a special session of the Senate will be held independently from the usual monthly Senate meeting in order to present, review and discuss these reports.

June 16: Russia – A 35-year-old man from the Bryansk region has been committed to a mental asylum for compulsory treatment after killing a 63-year-old drinking buddy he believed to be a vampire. Last September, the two fellow villagers decided to enjoy a few drinks together, according to a statement issued by the Investigative Committee’s Bryansk branch. At some point, the younger man became agitated, and — as he later told investigators — the older man then grew fangs and transformed into a vampire. The younger man then attacked the “vampire”, first using his fists and then working his way up to a crow bar and a screwdriver, which he used to stab the victim. A psychiatric evaluation of the suspect found that he suffered from a mental illness and was not aware of his actions at the time of the killing. A court has thus sentenced him to mandatory treatment at a mental health facility. (Article)

June 24: South Africa – For reasons unknown, Facebook removes the Friends of the South African Vampire group. An article on SA Vampyre News reads: “FOSAV Removed From Facebook – SAVA “Undeterred” At 2:17pm South African time today, the Facebook group “Friends of the South African Vampire” was removed by Facebook. According to the message from Facebook, this was because “it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service.” There were at the time of removal, no posts in the group in which any social group or individual was threatened or the subject of abusive language of any kind. In fact, there was nothing out of the ordinary that hadn’t been done or seen in that group since it was started in 2011. Currently however, there are no indications whether FOSAV was reported by someone in the group out of spite, or because Facebook admins simply decided to start removing VC groups they didn’t like. It is the official view of the SAVA that wherever gateways into our community exist, where serious and “seeker” elements co-mingle in a third party environment, there also exists the danger that there will be hostile individuals among those who interact with us. However, given the importance to our community of maintaining such portals, we are determined that the spiteful acts of petty and shortsighted individuals will not deter us.” The incident is reported across the OVC and generates responses of shock and outrage from many. (Article)

June 25: South Africa – By the morning of the 25th June, a replacement group for the FOSAV is already fully operational with most of the regular members re-added.

June 26: South Africa – One of the SAVA’s earlier community-building projects, the Young Communities Working Group – an inter-VC think-tank where community-builders from VC’s around the world coach each other by sharing information and experiences useful to growing communities – receives a reboot. Hosted by the SAVA with India, Norway, Canada and the Philippines already featuring, it is joined by community-builders from Italy, the UK, Holland, Austin (Texas) and Australia.

June 27: South Africa – The Stygian Court, the outer circle of House Valur meets for a ‘meet-and-greet’ social in the form of a movie night. Attended by 5, the event is viewed as a great success. The movies watched and discussed by those present are: “Vampire Academy” and “Queen of the Damned”.

July 01: London, UK – July sees the founding of the BRAVO – British Republic Alliance of Vampires & Otherkin, first announced in the Young Communities Working Group. Formerly the British Vampire Association established by Circe Arcanum, a British ex-pat from South Africa, the new organization takes off on a local UK community-building spree under joint leadership of Arcanum and Calian.

South Africa – the SAVA recruiting session for June 2014 delivers no results. Members state that there are simply no new likely candidates worthy of nomination to the SAVA at the current time.

July 02: China – The opening of a new vampire-themed restaurant in China where drinks are served in blood bags gains worldwide headlines. The by-lines read “…all that’s missing is Sookie Stackhouse. (Article 1, 2)

July 03: Canada – The Canadian Vampire Community’s first Facebook page is launched by Canadian community-builder Davis Campbell, assisted by Octarine Valur. (Page)

July 6: South Africa – Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance party writes on how Ses’Khona profits off the misery of the residents of Lwandle and Kosovo, naming a governmental body a “vampire squad”. The article “The ANC’s political vampire squad – Let’s investigate the political vampires that feed off South Africa’s housing crisis” dissects the inquiry established recently by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu into the demolition of 234 shacks on land in Lwandle (Strand) owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) will begin work later in the same month. (Article)

July 07: India – “Fanaah – An Impossible Love Story”, is MTV’s fantasy fiction show hitting small screen very soon and the first look has a very “Twilight”, “Vampire Diaries”, “Supernatural” and “True Blood” feel to it. The show starring Karan Kundra, Rithvik Dhanjani, Ratan Rajput, Anita Hassanandani and Chetna Pande will be going on air from 21st July. (Article)

London, UK – The BRAVO makes its new website public, using some material sourced from the South African VC. The use of items such as the Totum Lex Vampyrica (also used in Spain, India and Canada) appears to indicate a shift away from the older Black Veil instrument more widely used in parts of England, North America and parts of Europe still under the influence of the OSV franchise. (Website)

July 08: Australia – Three men on trial for the murder of self-described “vampire gigolo”, Shane Chartres-Abbott have been found not guilty more than a decade after the male prostitute was slain outside his home in Melbourne’s north. From outside, the finale of the nearly year-long trial, seems to have ended in a series of blunders, threats against jurors and allegations of police involvement and cover-up. This is the outcome despite one of the accused being on the run and in hiding for a decade. Claims surface at the close of trial that law enforcement officers conspired to kill Chartres-Abbot, although it appears nobody in the Shinai justice system really wants to get at the truth of the murder, and for all intents and purposes, Chartres-Abbot might as well have shot himself for all the difference it makes. (Article)

New York, USA – Nassau News proclaims “Endless Night Festival in New Orleans Nov. 1-2 is a Must for Ultimate Fans of Vampire Culture”. The article states: “Hosted by the legendary Father Sebastiaan, a leading expert on the occult and vampire subculture, the Endless Night Festival is heralded as “the No. 1 Halloween party in the world” by TripAdvisor. It has been described as “a Venetian masquerade ball meets a vampire court with the energy of a rock concert and the elegance of a 19th century burlesque cabaret.”” This dramatic announcement belies the fact that “Father Sebastiaan” is no expert in either the occult or the Vampyre subculture – in fact, he has gone on record denigrating real Vampyres and the subculture, stating that his business franchise of customers are a separate entity who believe that anyone can choose to “become” a vampire if they buy his books, jewelry and attend his events. (Article)

July 09: UK – A mediation between the BRAVO and the Manchester Vampire Guild on issues causing friction between the two is held, with Octarine Valur acting as Mediator. After 4 hours of debate, a consensus is found enabling both factions to co-operate on matters relating to building the UK VC without stepping on each other’s toes. This does not amount to a “burying of the hatchet” on an individual level, however it is a step forward for the UK VC, resulting in a jointly-managed group creating essentially a level-playing field between the two factions. The result is a win for the UK VC.

UK meetup

USA: The recent barrage of news articles covering the story about China’s “Vampire Cafe” serving beverages in “blood bags” sparked so much interest within the VC that news resource “Vamped.com” posts an in-depth examination of the phenomenon. (Article)

July 13: Melbourne, Australia – In a Herald Sun article bearing the sentationalist title ‘Vampire girlfriend speaks’, the girlfriend of murder victim Shane Cartres-Abott dubbed the ‘vampire gigolo’ by news media describes events from her point of view. Kathleen Price says the memory of the man she loved would live on through her son, now aged 10. “Of course I tell him stories. I tell him about the good memories — that’s between me and my son. We have special moments together and it’s definitely important. I don’t try and sugar coat things but it’s hard when things get sensationalised.” She says she wanted Shane Chartres-Abbott to be remembered as a likable guy and not the dark character he had been cast as publicly. “He was a real person, he had a family. He had children. He had a mother. He had siblings. He wasn’t crazy.” (Article)

July 15: China – China’s food safety authority bans eye-catching beverages reportedly due its distinctive packaging, which looks like a medical blood bag, attracted many young consumers. The red fruit punch, made to look like human blood through its creative plastic packaging, sold by novelty-drinks vendors and online shops is banned allegedly because of a lack of permits or labeling information. In a statement released on its website, the CFDA said the products lacked any official manufacturing permits and the packages did not state production dates, safety certificates or the names of producers. The vampire drinks’ names and labels appear to resemble that of Blood Energy Potion, a beverage produced by California, United States-based company Harcos. (Article)

August 02: London, UK – Official visit to the UK VC by MadameX and Wulfsunus of House of the Dreaming and the Dark Nations. Present are UK VC leaders Circe Arcanum (BRAVO), Ethereal & Vanian Dark (Manchester Vampire Guild).

August 15: South Africa – the Stygian Court hosts its August Movie Night.

August 13: Mount Sinjar, Dohuk province, Iraq – Reports circulate of horror stories emerging from those who were trapped on a mountain by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq. As 30,000 people remain trapped by Islamic State fighters on an Iraqi mountain, those who’ve escaped reveal “horrifying stories”. Parents have reportedly been cutting themselves so that thirsty children can drink their blood. Many have died from dehydration and have been buried under rocks.  (Article)

August 14: USA – Articles emerge on media and gossip sites telling how Jim Parrack, an actor from the series True Blood consumes real human blood and considers himself a real Vampyre. “In a recent interview with Vulture, the 33-year-old actor revealed that he has uncontrollable craving for real human blood. Parrack told interviewers that his previous mentions of slurping down the red stuff weren’t jokes about his role as Hoyt Fortenberry on True Blood, but deadly serious. When asked if he was larking around, Parrack told interviewers that; ‘No, that’s not what it was. I was being literal. I like the real deal’. When pressed on why he likes to drink blood, the actor answered; ‘Um, I guess for the same reason some people want alcohol? Or for the same reason some people want, I don’t know … milk? Or Kool-Aid?’ Obviously intrigued by these unconventional revelations of the vampiric kind, the interviewer question Parrack on how often he partakes in slurping the vital fluid. Thankfully, we don’t have a blood bath on our hands here, Parrack answered; ‘I don’t know. Maybe a couple times a year? It’s more like on an impulse. When you make me spell it out like this, it sounds strange, but I just want to be clear — that night, I was being literal. There was something about that night where I had that impulse. I guess the best way to put it is sometimes I just like the way it tastes.’ He then went on to explain that the blood he sips upon comes from his ‘girl’ as opposed to grisly gallon jugs of pigs blood from the butcher’s store. Parrack clarified that; ‘No, I don’t mean copious amounts of blood. I’m not getting a glass of it or something. But if you drink it, it does something to you emotionally. It’s hard to describe. It’s kind of like you’re in the moment, and the impulse comes, and … I like it.’ I would say that I think somebody might have got a little bit too into method acting, but Hoyt wasn’t even a vampire!” (Article2)

August 19: South Africa – The first writing competition for the local SA VC closes. The winner of the “Vampyre Erotica Write-Off” was Nadine My-Addiction with her entry “Selfish Gift”. The competition is to become a regular event. (Article)

August 20: USA – Scientists at Stanford University prepare to conduct trials in which alzheimer patients receive blood transfusions from younger donors. The announcement receives much attention from the VC, particularly the sanguine portion of the community. It seems that science is about to confirm what Vampyres have known all along. “It’s not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse aging. So now we’re moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer’s patients. The first very human trials testing the effect of young blood will start in October at the Stanford School of Medicine. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s will receive blood plasma donated by volunteers 30 or younger. Despite vampiric-sounding premise, approval for human trials were quite easy to get, the study’s head Tony Wyss-Coray tells New Scientist. After all, we’ve been giving blood transfusions for long time—just without studying all the health effects.” (Article)

August 27: South Africa –  Jezebel Strigoi Saet-Khefer resigns from the SAVA Shadow Senate citing personal difficulties preventing her from participating. She remains a SAVA member.

USA – Announcements are circulated on entertainment news sites on the interweb giving details about the planned “reboot” of the Underworld movie franchise, described as “Hollywood is rebooting one of its biggest vampire franchises”. The apparent motive is profit since the current series of movies has grossed far less in the USA than around the world, and despite the fourth movie being the biggest grossing of the series, a complete redraft has been ordered by the bosses. Polls on most of the sites appear to indicate dissatisfaction on the part of the viewing public, the far majority of whom express the opinion that “they should have just continued the series”. (Article)

September 10: Turkey – Archaeologists in Turkey announce the discovery of a secret tunnel, storage rooms, a military shelter, and two dungeons during restoration work on Tokat Castle, where Vlad III the Impaler, who served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula, is believed to have been held captive in the early 15th century. In 1442, Vlad and his brother Radu, who were only children at the time, were taken as hostages by the Ottomans to ensure the loyalty of their father. It is during this time that historians say the young Princes were held in Tokat Castle. Çetin said that Vlad was probably kept inside one of the newly-discovered dungeons. “It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here,” he said.  It is during his childhood years in captivity, that Vlad was said to have developed an intense hatred for the Ottomans, leading to his later brutality against them.  It is said that as Vlad retreated from a battle against the Ottomans in 1462, he impaled and put on display some 20,000 people outside the city of Targoviste as a deterrent to the pursuing Ottoman forces. This psychological attack worked, as it is claimed that the sight was so repulsive that the Ottomans, after seeing the scale of Vlad’s carnage and the thousands of decaying bodies being picked apart by crows, turned back and retreated to Constantinople. (Article)

September 15: Beverley Hills, California, USA — Hustler Video has unveiled the first look at its new erotic thriller, “Lesbian Vampire Academy,” with an SFW trailer. August Ames, Karmen Karma, Natasha Voya, Carter Cruise, Zoey Foxxx and Zoey Monroe shine (glisten?) as pupils at an all-girls college that is slowly being taken over by the prodigious sexual appetite of Raven Rockette. One by one, the “good girls” succumb to the sensual seductions of “bad girl” lesbian vampires. The trailer, now available to watch on YouTube , shows glimpses of a fast-paced action thriller fueled by retractable fangs, pleated skirts, intense sex and lots of blood. The preppy girls in pink shirts and blue pleated skirts try to stave off the advances of Rockette’s troop of lesbians decked in black and red — to no avail. Directed by Dave Edwards, the original feature is slated to street Sept. 23 and release online at Hustler.com . (Article)

Batwoman

September 16: USA – USA TODAY runs a feature on the action hero character of Batwoman who has “gone full vampire”. ‘Batwoman is looking positively fangtastic. Out Wednesday, the DC Comics one-shot Batwoman: Futures End catches up with Gotham City superheroine Kate Kane five years after she was bitten by her vampiric foe Nocturna in Batwoman No. 34, and in the future of Batman’s hometown, she has gone full bloodsucker.’ (Article)

South Africa – The winner of the Writer’s Challenge is announced by Dagan Nightalon. Chris van der Merwe wins the competition for his short piece titled “Royal Curse” on the topic of vampires and werewolves, and receives prizes sent in the mail. (Article)

South Africa – Nadine My-Addiction interviews multi-talented Sonja Ruppersberg and Paul Blom of the band Terminatryx for SAVN. They are also organizers of HorrorFest, and make heavy use of the vampire aesthetic in their work and image. (Article)

September 17: Palestine – ‘The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has shocked the world with its beheadings and mass killings – and now an alleged member has declared that the group relishes “drinking blood.” Self-claimed ISIS militant Rabie Shehada, known as “the Palestinian slayer,” made the chilling statement in a video recently posted online. “I swear we are a people who love death for the sake of God just as you love to live. I swear we are a people who love drinking blood. We came to slaughter you,” he said in the video. “We love dying for God as much as you love life,” he also said in the brief footage. The 26-year-old militant is believed to be from Nazareth, a city in northern Israel with a predominantly Arab population, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent. Al Arabiya’s correspondent said his family – he has a wife and a son – remain shocked and are hesitant to talk openly about him.’ This statement is yet another example of bad press for real Vampyres unfairly associated with the real Vampi(y)re community and subculture. (Article)

September 18: The media has picked up on the disturbing ISIS news report, in this case it is Al Arabiya, focusing again on the ‘v-word’, saying “a disturbing new development in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): they’ve recruited a vampire to their cause.” (Article1, 2)

September 22: South Africa – The SAVA announces various ways to increase social participation in the local community, and the creation of some new social groups inside the SAVA itself – groups centered around certain interests. The solution is seven groups, all called Orders, but centered around subjects like art & creativity, charity, counseling & support and problem solving. Recruiting for the new groups within the SAVA membership begins the same day. (Article)

September 24: South Africa – The Regent of the SAVA, Octarine Valur, posts her Heritage Day message on SAVN. (Article)

October 01: OVC – By this time, the raging issue on Facebook’s policy denying LGBT users the use of “stage names” and other needs for anonymity appears settled, with Facebook issuing public apologies and reversing the policy – as far as LGBT people are concerned. Meanwhile, Facebook appears to have no qualms of enforcing the same policy on Pagans, Witches, and Vampyres. By this time, many notable VC participants have begun to interact in closed groups under their dayside names under duress. The policy has nothing to do with “integrity” as Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg alleges, but to do with affecting the company’s main business – selling user’s contact details and interest statistic data to advertisers. As before, VC (and other minorities requiring the protection afforded by anonymity) begin to abandon the social media platform – or risk the dangers of being exposed.

October 03: OVC – Tim (aka Hawkmoor) publishes an article “Sang vs Psi: Making A Case For Separation – By Lady CG” promoting the idea of segregating the community along psi vs sang lines. Although this article seems to pass without comment in the community, more drama is to follow shortly on this very topic when Jason Constantine, another associate of theirs, posts derisive comments about psi-vamps and omnivores ‘hybrids’, as well as an article of his own on the topic in which he describes them as “vaginas” and berates them as ‘not being real vampires’. (Article)

October 4: South Africa – An article appears in the Sowetan titled “Satanists (+ Vampires) Call For Rights – Groups Want To Work In Schools” and unleashes a storm of protest and anger in all three Vampyre, Pagan and Satanist community forums. (Article)

October 05: South Africa – The SAVA releases a statement in reaction to the Sowetan article published on Saturday October 4, “Satanists call for rights – Groups want to work in schools” in which the newspaper claimed “Sowetan understands that the groups who go by the names of Pagans and Vampires also approached the previous MEC for education Barbara Creecy with the same request”. “At no time did the SA Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) contact the MEC for Eduction, Barbara Creecy, or the Sowetan with the intent of “working in schools”. The SAVA views the article not just as “weak” journalism, but more likely as propaganda aimed at provoking a fear-response to the notion of religious equality at schools. (Article 1, Article 2)

October 06: OVC – Drama erupts publicly in the international community, following posts by recently returned VC lurker, Jason Constantine. There seems to be a lingering misunderstanding among some participants who failed to understand that Constantine was not suggesting that Sagnuines and Psi-vamps need separate safe spaces to learn or discuss feeding methods (to which they agree initially), but he is demanding a TOTAL separation of the VC into two completely separate communities, on and offline (at which point, the debate became heated, and turned rather ugly). A recent article written by Constantine, in which he berates omnivorous/adaptive or “hybrid” feeders as “vaginas” and “not real vampires” is also brought into the discussion. Constantine’s ideas are met with stiff resistance by several capable individuals, who essentially debate him into a corner, to the point where he storms off with the unforgettable parting words “fuck you all!”

Norfolk Street, Brighton, Sussex, UK – Two police officers on patrol in Norfolk Street, Brighton, are receiving medical treatment after being bitten by a man with HIV. “According to Sussex Police, they stopped to help an ambulance crew trying to deal with a man who appeared to be on drugs. In an attempt to stop the man, the male officer was punched in the head, scratched and suffered other cuts and bruises, while the female officer had her wrist twisted, was bitten on the arm and scratched on the face and arm. The man involved is HIV-positive so both officers have been prescribed medication for four weeks to try to prevent them from contacting the virus.” The article is accompanied by a grotesque, violent and over-the-top image from a vampire or zombie movie. (Article)

October 07: South Africa – SAVN posts “Lessons From Apartheid – A cautionary tale of segregation” by Cian Ashling. The article discusses the drama in the international community following posts by Jason Constantine, who advocated separating psi and sang Vampyres into completely separate communities, not just asking that they be granted safe spaces about feeding. He also was rather insulting about those who feed via multiple methods, and is reported to have been removing “hybrids”/’adaptives’ from forums under his control. Cian Ashling compares this advocacy for Vampyres to separate and discriminate against each other based on feeding methods, to the South African “Apartheid” system. The article is very well received locally, and also receives praise from several participants in the OVC regarded by “elders”, who seem to be about as tired of the psi-vs-sang-vs-hybrid nonsense as the rest of the community – except of course, for a few malcontented old-timers who still have chips on their shoulders from the Psi-Sang War. (Article)

South Africa – The South Coast Herald publishes an article following on to the Sowetan article entitled “Vampires and Pagans want permission to practise at schools”. “Alternative religions have apparently ask (sic) to be allowed to practise and recruit pupils in schools.” Like the Sowetan article, this article is an example of propaganda and fear-mongering from a perspective that panders to SRA hysteria. (Article)

October 09: USA – Merticus launches a broader community poll on “Real Vampirism Through The Lens Of Trichotomic Classification” – A personally subjective exploration of current attitudes towards three primary modes of ‘real’ vampiric feeding nearly seventeen (17) years after the beginning of the ‘Psi-Sang Wars’ of Real Vampire Community infamy. With respect to FEEDING METHOD ONLY (not personal or other individual attributes). (Site)

October 10: Oregon, USA – ‘Group Slams House Candidate For Writing Vampire Erotica’. “The Oregon Family Council is condemning Paul Evans, the Democratic candidate for House District 20, for co-writing a novel it described as misogynistic. “The glorification of sexual and physical violence and abuse of women is unacceptable in any form,” council spokeswoman Teresa Harke said in a statement. “The horrific abuse in Paul Evans’ novel is hurtful and sends the wrong message to the members of this community. Today, I ask the organizations supporting his candidacy to send the right message to the community by denouncing the despicable content in this book.” The book is called Springtime in Babylon. It tells the story of a civil war soldier named David Alexander who discovers he is destined to fight an army of demon vampires led by Judas Iscariot. The activities of those vampires are described in explicit detail throughout the book and include violent sexual acts, rape, orgies, incest and murder. The Statesman Journal obtained excerpts from the novel, which can be viewed here. (Please be aware these passages contain violent and sexually graphic content.)” (Article 1, 2)

October 11: Rimini, Italy – Night Of The Darkness – Italian Vampyre Masquerade Ball. (Link)

October 12: Lagos, Nigeria – A 19-year-old Chadian cross-border robbery suspect, Jamal Nasiru, arrested by the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) has confessed that he drinks cow blood for spiritual powers before any robbery operation. Apparently the suspect, Nasiru’s cow blood ritual failed him as he was arrested by the police alongside with other members of his gang, according to PM News. The suspects were arrested after the killing of a security guard on 11 May 2014 at No 7 Jamiu Olotu Street, Isheri Magodo area of Lagos. Nasiru, a Chadian citizen and cross-border robber who said he was surprised how he did not escape and was caught said: “I drink raw cow blood which enhances my morale and gives me confidence and spiritual power, any time I want to go for any robbery operation.” (Article)

October 13: Melbourne, Australia – A former Melbourne private school student who killed a homeless man believed he was fighting a battle against werewolves and spoke of injecting printer ink to make himself immortal, a court has heard. Easton George Woodhead, 19, repeatedly stabbed Morgan Wayne “Mousey” Perry as he lay on his mattress with a group of homeless people living on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River. Prosecutor Michele Williams SC said Woodhead believed someone from the group stole his motorbike and took a combat knife to them in the early hours of January 4. Before attacking Mr Perry, Woodhead stood on a milk crate to address the group, telling them he had discovered his father was a werewolf, Ms Williams told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday. Friends reported Woodhead abusing marijuana and behaving erratically throughout 2013, after completing his VCE studies at Melbourne Grammar in 2012. One friend, Matthew Caldwell, said Woodhead began ranting about bizarre topics, including vampires and werewolves, and carrying around a bulletproof vest. Mr Caldwell said Woodhead spoke of being recruited by the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) for the “special abilities” he possessed. “Special abilities he had that others didn’t,” Mr Caldwell told the court. He also believed he was in an ongoing battle with werewolves and vampires and feared they were following him, Mr Caldwell said. “It was a battle between him and the werewolves and vampires,” he said. Woodhead could become manic, talking for hours at a time and also discussed the possibility of injecting ink from printer cartridges into his veins to make himself immortal, according to Mr Caldwell. Woodhead’s barrister Michael Tovey QC said there was no dispute that Woodhead stabbed and killed Mr Perry, but his state of mind at the time of the incident would be at issue. “There will be focus on the bizarre and delusional behaviour of Easton Woodhead in the days and months leading up to the stabbing,” he said. The defence will also explore whether Woodhead was suffering from psychotic conditions. Woodhead is charged with the murder of Mr Perry, who died in hospital shortly after the attack from multiple stab wounds. Woodhead’s committal hearing continues. (Article)

October 15: New York, USA – ‘Sexual abuse with satanic themes.’ “Electric shocks to a boy’s genitals. A child being forced to drink blood, kill animals and have sex with several babysitters and close relatives. Those were some of the allegations that Gigi Jordan, a woman on trial for killing her disabled son, reported to a therapist in San Diego and, later, to authorities in Cheyenne, Wyo., two years before she gave her son a fatal dose of drugs in a luxury hotel room in Manhattan. From the start of her trial, Ms. Jordan’s defense has hinged on her perception of reality — her belief that her son had been abused and that an ex-husband intended to kill her — and jurors got a taste of how strange that perception became as she finished a fourth day of testimony. Ms. Jordan admitted on the stand that she killed her 8-year-old son, Jude, and tried to kill herself in what she has described as a desperate murder-suicide gone awry. But she contends her decision to end her son’s life was a mercy killing. She said her first husband had threatened to kill her and she believed her son would end up in the custody of his biological father, a man she suspected had raped and tortured the boy for years. Her lawyers are contending that she acted under an “extreme emotional disturbance,” a defense in state law. If a jury agrees, she could be convicted of manslaughter instead of murder, greatly reducing her sentence. Ms. Jordan maintains her son, who had severe autism and could speak only a few partial words, began telling her about sexual abuse he had suffered in late 2007. In March 2008, she says, he started typing out detailed accusations on a computer.” (Article)

South Africa – ‘South Africa Cops On The Trail Of Zombies, Witches’ “Cape Town – Some call them the Ghost Busters. Other call them the X-Files. They’ve even been dubbed the Vampire Cops. But for the Harmful Occult Related Crimes unit, their cases are every bit as real – and the victims every bit as violated – as any other. Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht’s job is to see beyond the tokoloshes, zombies, curses, muti and witchcraft to gather evidence that will stand up in court. It’s also his job to know about new trends such as “more and more young people drinking each other’s blood”. As Lamprecht addressed the Crime Stoppers International convention on Tuesday, an unsettling image appeared on the big screen. Globulent, yellow, shiny, and crooked. It was a candle made out of human fat. This is one of many creepy objects he has found at occult crime scenes around South Africa. Some involve considerably more harm to the living, such as a cat nailed to a church door, or a cult that tattooed “F*** Jesus Christ” to the soles of their feet. “Satanism is not a crime,” he emphasised. It’s only if religious or spiritual beliefs result in a legally defined crime that his officers will make an arrest. But every supernatural report has to be taken seriously. “In certain parts of South Africa, if a person is identified as a witch… they will be killed, and sometimes their family too. In the northern parts of the country women seek shelter in police stations because they have been pointed out as a witch.” Particularly gory are muti-related offences – organs harvested out of people. “They believe the victim must be alive when the organs are harvested, and they will try to find the youngest most innocent victim possible. The pain and hormones released is what gives the muti its power.” Lamprecht also deals with unethical and harmful initiation practices, and fraudulent “doctors” such as those who advertise penis enlargements and bringing back lost lovers.” (Article)

October 17: South Africa – SA Vampyre News publishes a 23 page long academic article by Octarine Valur entitled “Sang Castles, Fangtasies And Other Tales”.  The article addresses elitist attitudes between Psi and Sang elements of the VC, the intolerance of diversity in the VC and the entire matter viewed within a historical perspective, relying on historical narratives of long-time OVC participants and founders such as Sanguinarius, Vyrdolak, Amy Krieytaz, and Michelle Belanger. The conclusion of the historical analysis is that the VC and subculture was not founded by sanguines OR by psi’s – but rather that both sub-subcultures evolved more or less at the same time, and interacted and overlapped from the very beginning, merging gradually until the start of what became the OVC. The article is received well, and praised. No negative reactions to the article or contents are perceived in public fora. (Article)

Botswana – ‘Panic Grips School Over Vampire Claims’. In a hysterical article detailing what appears to be some student’s idea of a prank to get them out of school examinations, news media is drawn into a frenzy of reporting about swooning children and their tales of ‘vampires’ in school. Of disturbing note is the tendency of these notions being taken seriously, with overt pandering to the trend of satanic panic hysteria. “Panic and fear gripped Tshwaragano Primary School in Old Naledi when scores of pupils stormed out of classrooms claiming their peers had turned into blood thirst vampires. The Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) were disrupted when pandemonium broke out last Friday as pupils shouted and stormed out of classrooms alleging their peers wanted to suck their blood. Furious parents who demanded answers went to the school to pick their children but were told to wait until the end of the examination. The same school recently had reports of children mysteriously collapsing. The student at the centre of the controversy almost attracted the wrath of the parents when she confessed she was on a satanic mission to initiate one of the girls in her classroom. Confronted by angry parents, the girl confessed, “Its not me. I was made to join this. We always have meetings in a certain place at night.”” (Article)

October 18: Karbi Anglong, India – Inquistr.com posts an article detailing how Indian gold medalist athlete, Debjani Bora was tortured on suspicion of being a witch in her home village. The article mentions human rights abuses around the world relating to “witch hunts” in which thousands of mainly women and children are killed annually on charges of ‘witchcraft’ – and also mentions the infamous ORC unit which listed Vampyres on their ‘wanted’ list in 2012. “In South Africa, authorities instituted an Occult Crimes Unit to hunt down witches, practitioners of magick, vampyres, and others in the occult or pagan community.” (Article)

October 19: USA – Merticus announces another VC poll ‘Real-Life Vampires & Physical Medical Conditions – A Poll For VC Participants’.  (Link)

New Orleans – ‘Blood Thirsty? The ONLY real vampire shop in the United States is in New Orleans’. “There are only 3 vampire shops in the world and one in the United States.  The only one in the United States is:  Boutique du Vampyre in the French Quarter. “There are other gothic shops, but we are the only true vampire shop.  There’s one in Romania and another in England,”  Marita Crandle, Owner of Boutique du Vampyre, said. Originally it was the place where only vampires could shop, now since TV shows and movies like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals have made vampires less threatening and dangerous, mortals are invited in too. “Since 2001, we’ve been open to vampires and mortals alike.  New Orleans is a magical city and people come in and they don’t know what to expect, once they start to shop they begin to wonder if vampires could be real?” Crandle’s “gift gallery” as she likes to call it, is full of freakingly fun delights. “We have stuff that you can’t find anywhere else.  Stuff that is specifically made for us here.  We have vampire detectors, coffins, journals, vampire soap, vampire fortune candles, and much more, ”  she said. This gift gallery for the nocturnal is perfect for anybody that’s blood-thirsty. “Our blood is an energy potion fruit punch that mixes well with vodka and rum.” Boutique du Vampyre also makes custom fangs. Boutiqude du Vampyre is located at 709 St. Ann Street and their phone number is 504-561-8267.” (Article)

October 21: Georgia, USA – ‘Sinking His Teeth Into Dracula – John Edgar Browning – Georgia Tech’. “John Edgar Browning owes his love of Dracula — and much of his scholarly career — to his family’s VCR. John Edgar Browning, a Marion L. Brittain Postodctoral fellow at Georgia Tech, teaches classes on the horror genre of literature and film. One of his particular areas of expertise is vampires, specializing in the Dracula figure in popular culture. Brittain Fellows like Browning tailor their courses to their own research interests while meeting state and university objectives and outcomes. This semester Browning teaches “Fashioning Monsters, Preserving Normalcy,” which examines the way we construct monsters and otherness in literature, film and society. For example, his class discussed why Leatherface from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” became more horrifying after putting on lipstick. “Monsters tell us a lot about society,” Browning said. “In a way, monsters are just like politicians. They show us who is powerful, who should have power and who is powerless.”” (Article)

October 23: USA – ‘Daily Offbeat Vampire House Profile: House Of The Dreaming, An Exclusive Interview With Madame X’. “Daily Offbeat spent a late evening with the Matriarch of The House of The Dreaming, Madame X, who spoke exclusively about their ways and what that means. Madame X is a writer who hosted a show dedicated to spotlighting night-timers in the 90s club scene. Like most night dwellers at the time she was a rogue. The Samurai have a word for that. They call it Ronin. Solitary warriors.” (Article)

October 24: OVC – Canadian Vampire News (CVN) is a community-based news agency established to serve the Vampire Community in Canada, to provide news and actuality and to focus on issues affecting the Community. CVN was established on October 24, 2014 after a discussion between Canadian VC builders Davis Campbell and Lucian Wolf, and Octarine Valur of the South African VC. Considering that several other VC’s around the world already had news and actuality sites available to their participants, it was considered time for Canada to move to the next level as well.

South Africa – ‘The Donor & Vampyre Relationship – By Lunah Valur Eir’ “To be or not to be. That is the question…. A trivial question from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, yes? A trivial question from a Donor to a Vampyre, not so much. Vampyre’s feeding…. Your mind races to strobe-lit images of beautiful women covered in blood, sex and music, lustful eyes, your nerves stand on end, echoes of moans and sounds of pleasure… This is where the fictional movie rudely disappoints – there’s nothing that glamorous asking someone for some of their blood. But it’s our lot as sanguines to depend on those that are willing, or to resort to meat-blood. Picking a Donor, or at least coming to an understanding with one, doesn’t happen often – but when it does, the angels sing, the planets align, and we feed. But even something as simple as feeding turns out to be a lot more complex than one would expect, and that complexity must be taken as seriously as life and death.” (Article)

South Africa – The SAVC Facebook Page gets trolled by a local fundamentalist Christian condemning the Vampyre subculture using biblical scripture quotes. Threatening posts are made by Riccardo Helling, that the page and admin’s accounts will be reported as ‘fake’ and ‘dangerous’, and a ‘petition started’. The SAVA circulates warnings of these events to Pagan and VC groups, whereupon further reports appear by other groups in both communities experiencing similar attacks by the same and similar Facebook users.

October 26: Canada – The Facebook Page for CVN, and the website for CVN were set up on October 26, 2014 by Valur, using the highly successful SAVN (South African Vampyre News) site as a template – although CVN would focus entirely on local Canadian VC news and issues, as well as global news and views that affect the CVC. The main purpose of the CVN is to provide community news to the growing CVC, while also serving to stimulate interest, growth and interaction of the community. (FB Page, Site)

USA – MadameX posts a notice announcing the death of a long-time VC participant. “I am so very sad today. My old friend Velma deSelby-Bowen has passed away. We became friends at Mother in the mid 90’s. We shared many joyful memories dancing, laughing, sharing secrets and playing in the coffin. She was beautiful inside and out and treasured those that came to her for advise and protection; many called her Auntie Velma. I regret not having been closer to her these past years after she moved away. My heart is so sad. I can’t help to think that there was much more for her to do… My deepest condolences to Velma’s friends and family.”

Vanian & Ethereal Dark

October 27: Manchester, UK – ‘‘We Actually Like Garlic!’ Real-Life Vampires Of Manchester UK – Vanian & Ethereal’. “IT’S the spookiest time of the year, so prepare for a real fright on Halloween. This week, we are sending a shiver down the spine with a series of scary specials. In the first, we meet Britain’s true vampires.” (Article)

Houston, Texas, USA – ‘Self-Proclaimed Vampire Community In Houston, TX Area – Tarik Rever’. “Community has lawyers, teachers, maybe even your next-door neighbor. Blood sucking, dark and evil — the images have become part of modern pop culture, but Local 2 is learning Houston has its own self-proclaimed vampire community that isn’t quite as dark. The community has lawyers, teachers and maybe even your next-door neighbor. “There’s no telling how many of us there are,” said Houston vampire Tarik Rever.” (Article)

Court of Austin

Austin, Texas, USA – ‘Interview With A Vampire King – Logan South – Austin, TX Vampire Community’. “Austin vampire community promotes acceptance and charity. The Vampire Court of Austin, whose core members identify as vampires, is an organization whose mission is “to provide a safe haven and family environment for all of Austin’s vampire community as well as give back and support the city that has supported us,” the group’s website states. Logan South and his girlfriend, Daley Catherine, are the vampire king and queen of the court. In March, they were featured on the MTV show “True Life” in an episode titled, “I Want Respect for My Sect.” South, a fangsmith, is also the owner of Nocturnity, a vampire-friendly nightclub. A fangsmith is someone who creates professional, dental-acrylic fangs for people to “slip on and off.” He said he colors them to match the teeth of the people who wear them. South said through years of research, he has become comfortable calling himself a vampire. He said he uses the word “vampire” because “it’s the best way for me to describe who I am, what I am and what I feel.” (Article)

October 30: Oklahoma, USA – Christian zealot beheads teen for practicing witchcraft. “Christian terror? In a grisly murder an Oklahoma college student with strong Christian beliefs nearly decapitates a young man because the victim practiced witchcraft. Isaiah Zoar Marin, 21, is charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Jacob Andrew Crockett, 19. Marin is accused of using a “long knife or sword” to kill Crockett. According to a court affidavit, the suspect, Marin, is described as a “religious zealot” and “heavy drug user.” The victim, Crockett, is the son of an Oklahoma state trooper. Police report the victim had what appeared to be multiple deep slash and stab wounds and the “head was mostly severed from his body.” Marin was watching videos on YouTube “related to his Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew” before the murder, according to the affidavit. The document also notes that Marin had feuded with Crockett in the past because the victim was practicing witchcraft. The defendant’s brother, Samuel Marin, said “in the past Jacob and Isaiah had disagreements” because Jacob had been” practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs,” a Stillwater police officer reported. Police say the two men were “acquaintances” and Crockett was attending class at Northern Oklahoma College, but was planning to transfer to OSU. According to the affidavit, Marin told police, “I murdered someone” and was “rambling about sacrificing and magic.” During a news conference Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson emphasized that the case is not related to recent cases of beheadings by Islamic extremists. Instead of Islamic extremism, the case appears to be about Christian extremism fueled by methamphetamine. Marin remains in custody without bond and has a court appearance set for 9 a.m. Dec. 1. A Facebook page, RIP Jacob Crockett, was created early Thursday and includes several photos of the victim with his heavy metal band as well as posts from friends and supporters.” The incident sparks vocal expression in the VC of concerns that Vampyres, like other minorities despised by religious fanatics, may soon face increased threat of violence. (Article 1, 2)

Gotham Vampyre Archives

USA – ‘Gotham Vampyre Archives 2nd Edition’. The official Release of the FREE Downloadable E-Book of the Gotham Vampyre Archives 2nd edition is released. “This is the “On the Go” FREE E-pdf/Book edition of the Gotham Vampyre Archives, 2nd Edition. This text has been fully evolved from the 1st release giving much more detail and insight to Gotham Halo’s Traditions and History. This FREE edition is 380 pages of colored text and is meant to be used as an on the go quick study/reference manual. It is highly suggested to attain one of the two physical copies as nothing can replace a physical book in your hands however; it is our belief that knowledge shouldn’t come with a price tag so in that we offer this FREE downloadable pdf e-book option which is no different than the physical copies. This publication will serve as much more than just a simple almanac, but a guide to the Gotham Community and the traditions within it. The true hope of formulating this text is to provide a true working lineage of the Gotham Community. This second edition gives a broad overview of other established Halos further enriching the community as a whole.” (Article)

Rimini, Italy – the Italian VC comes under fire as protesters demand the cancellation of an Italian TV series featuring real self-identifying Vampyres. The article carries the tone of satanic panic hysteria media, particularly where it alleges ‘mental illness’ and also claims that the leaders of the ‘movement’ are ‘prominent satanists’. A group of hysterical parents apparently believe that the ‘phenomenon’ of real Vampyres presents a serious danger to them and their children and have already written to the director of the series in programming to make them aware of their concerns. The article (translated) refers to the Night of Darkness event hosted by the Italian VC a few days prior, stating ominously: “What certainly is not harmless is to underestimate the risks of a phenomenon that is not harmless and to stand by and watch its spread. Unfortunately this is what seems to happen in this case if we consider that only a few days ago vampires were celebrating the “night of darkness” in a local Rimini, already known to be a frequent haunt them , and prepare to continue their meetings and rites in the coming weeks to bring new children and young people to their dismal world.” (Article)

10 best

USA – ‘The 10 Best U.S. Cities To Be A Vampire – Huffington Post’. “Although many people believe vampires to be fictional, their presence is ingrained in our pop culture, thanks to shows like “True Blood,” “Twilight,” and the latest vampire movie to hit the big screen: “Dracula Untold.” Although the rules governing the lives of the undead seem to be as fluid as the blood that they drink, in many of the prevailing tales vampires need to avoid direct sunlight, drink blood from humans and sleep in coffins. With Halloween quickly approaching, we at Redfin decided to sink our teeth into the data and found the best U.S. cities to be a vampire. Since vampires need to avoid sunlight, we found the average number of cloudy days in a year for each city. Then we looked at how long the bars and clubs can serve alcohol, which is a good indicator of how late places stay open at night (giving vampires something to do). Then we added up the number of blood drives happening in the next month, because the undead need a constant food supply. Finally, we pulled data from a report Redfin published last year identifying cities with the most homes for sale near cemeteries, because vampires wouldn’t want to travel too far to get from their home to their coffin when the day breaks.” Funny – New Orleans doesn’t even feature. (Article)

USA – ‘Witches Fire Back At TIME Magazine And Demand An Apology’. “Witches speak out after TIME Magazine posts an offensive article on their website maligning the growing masses of self-proclaimed witches with rhetoric that harkens us back to the propaganda of the McCarthy era. Prejudice and negative portrayal of anyone that is different, especially of those in the occult or alternative world, is nothing new. From The Burning Times of old to the “satanic panic” of the 70’s to hysteria over run-a-ways being kidnapped by imaginary vampire cults, the fear of the different and the unknown has always generated misunderstanding and often times leads to harassment, discrimination, and terrible violence as a result.” (Article 1, 2)

October 31: Durban, South Africa – A special meeting under the auspices of House Valur, and hosted by Coven d’Eir, is held at Casa Del Lunah in Durban, for all members of Coven d’Eir able to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to commemorate Lunah Valur Eir’s Yearling Ceremony, on the eve before the much anticipated SAVA National Gathering (Gathering of the Damned). The Primorus Annus Lamia of Lunah Valur Eir, founder of Coven d’Eir, signifies the final completion of her year-long period as a Fledgling of House Valur, under the apprenticeship of Octarine Valur, the Founder of the House. Lunah Valur Eir has been a part of the local VC since early 2012, and an active member of the SAVA since 2013. She is presently the Primus of Coven d’Eir and is Secretary for the Regency of the SAVA. As a member of House Valur, she will proudly continue the traditions of the House, in service of this community, and of our kind, and has formally taken the names: Lunah, the bright light of the Moon. Valur, the family name of the founding House of the SA VC. Eir, the name she will pass on to all whom she takes as fledgling learners, and to her own Coven, which already bears her name. (Article 1,2)

USA – Michelle Belanger, author of the Vampire Codex and numerous other VC-centric texts as well as other books on the paranormal, announces the release of the 20th anniversary edition of the Vampire Codex. “Never before released to the general public, this twentieth anniversary edition of the influential “Vampire Codex” contains a faithfully scanned and annotated copy of the hand-lettered original rarely seen outside the library of House Kheperu. Penned in 1994, this definitive text on psychic vampirism provides insight into energy work and past lives, giving readers a rare peek inside the earliest development of the Kheprian system.” “Best known for her work on television’s “Paranormal State,” Michelle Belanger is the author of over two dozen books on the supernatural. The founder of House Kheperu, Belanger has lectured on occult and paranormal topics at conventions and universities across Canada and the US. Her work has been sourced by Marvel, CNN, Fox, HBO’s True Blood, and CSI in addition to books too numerous to count.” (Article)

USA – ‘Tech’s vampire expert shares ideas’. “Prof. John Edgar Browning studied self-identified vampires in New Orleans as a PhD student at Louisiana State University. What was supposed to be a class project turned into two years of extensive research.” The article provides valuable public insight into real vampyrism, mentioning specifically the New Orleans VC. (Article)

USA – ‘Temple House Sahjaza, An Exclusive Interview With Goddess Rosemary’. “As we probably say too often, every day is Halloween at Daily Offbeat and this year we found that offbeat minds think alike. At Temple House Sahjaza also treats every day like it’s Halloween and they’ve been living that way since 1976. Temple House Sahjaza is the longest consecutively running private organization of its type within the modern new age and occult underground. Most of their teachings are private and remain a mystery to those not initiated into the Temple. Daily Offbeat spoke exclusively to Goddess Rosemary, the High Priestess and Matriarch of the Temple House Sahjaza, which she calls “a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ group of like-minded artistic, creative and literary individuals interested in science and the arts.” Though often mentioned in vampire circles, “the Sahjaza seek a balance of dayside and nightside in all aspects of life,” Goddess Rosemary said. “They are spiritually intuitive beings that exist between the physical and metaphysical worlds, thus providing magickal, divinatory, psychic, healing and empathic abilities as well as a great artistic and energetic support system to the whole gambit of the arts and to those they meet.” The Goddess in Goddess Rosemary is “just my name not a title,” she said. Though she did “practice Full Moon God and Goddess worship rituals.”” (Article)

Boulder, Colorado, USA – ‘Interview (And Movie) With a Real-Life Vampire’ – Aimee Heckel. “I am watching a vampire movie — with a real-life vampire. So is the rest of the audience the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, although none of them knows it. Like Edward Cullen, Bill Compton and little Claudia in “Interview with a Vampire,” the vampires we watch in the film “Only Lovers Left Alive” aren’t real. But thousands of people nationwide identify as the real deal, including at least three dozen other locals and the young man with whom I’m sharing a box of Hot Tamales. That’s what brought me here to begin with. Not the candy. Self-proclaimed vampires. The theater invited me to run a discussion about vampires after the film, and in light of Halloween. I do not live as a vampire. But I met a handful of people who do several years ago when I wrote a story about this unusual subculture. While working on a story about the umpteenth “Twilight” film, I had accidentally stumbled across a Meet-Up group for Colorado vampires. Not a vampire fan club. A group of people who practiced vampirism as a lifestyle — a “condition,” many called it. That’s where I met J, the now-19-year-old Boulder County vampire who asked to not use his last name, for the same reason he did not walk into the theater and loudly proclaim, “I am vampire!” The misconceptions. The judgment. That’s what brought him here tonight. He wanted to refresh my memory, since the last time we talked in 2011.” (Article)

New Orleans, USA – ‘The Bad Things Ball 2014 – New Orleans’. “From its small beginnings , “Bad Things” has redefined vampire events in the gulf south through eclectic music, dance and entertainment. Now, several years later, The Bad Things Crew, with the help of Lucky Pierre’s, is throwing a Halloween night ball filled with mystique and allure. (ages 18+).” (Link)

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November 1: Durban, South Africa – Coven d’Eir hosts the first national SAVA gathering, “Gathering of the Damned”. Regent of the SAVA, Octarine Valur, hands out awards in various categories in a brief awards ceremony at the well-attended event. Among the noteworthy recipients of awards are Damon Leff of the SA Pagan Rights Alliance, Morgause Fonteleve’ of the SA Pagan Council, and Merticus of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance. Long-term former SAVA member, Samael Anathan, is also honored with numerous achievement awards for his contributions to the growth of the local culture since 2011.  The event is set to be repeated annually, and although there is speculation about what city it may be hosted in, there is little doubt about who will be entrusted with organizing the event. (Article 1, 2)

musk-deer

Afghanistan – Vampire-Fanged Deer Discovered in Afghanistan. A rare deer species with vampire-like fangs, last seen more than 60 years ago, has been discovered still roaming in northeast Afghanistan, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirm. Known as the Kashmir musk deer – one of seven similar species found in Asia – it hasn’t been spotted in the region’s rugged forest slopes since 1948.Wanted for their valuable scent glands, which secrete fluids used in traditional Chinese medicine, this species has suffered from poaching by humans. That, in combination with habitat loss, is what’s led the musk deer to be listed as “endangered” on the IUCN’s Red List. (Article)

New Orleans, USA – ‘Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball 2014 – New Orleans’. “This Halloween Weekend the NightSide Productions Crew is bringing the infamous Taboo Masquerade and Fetish Ball to New Orleans! We’re going to have the nation’s hottest Fetish, Burlesque and Drag performers right on Bourbon Street for a night like you’ve never experienced before! With doors opening at 8pm on Saturday November 1st, we’ll keep the party going non-stop until the sun comes up! That’s right, you’ll have all night to explore our extensive and unique open play fetish equipment. We’ll have Bondage Chairs, St Andrew Crosses, Exam Tables, Benches, Stocks and of course our infamous Naked Dessert Bar and Rubber Shadow Box! Among the performers scheduled to appear are Angela Ryan from Dallas, Victoria Sapphire from New York, Oni from Atlanta, Dahlia Rouge from Tampa and the very best burlesque in the nation from Bella Blue and Vita DeVoid! We’ll also have amazing DJ’s including sets from DJ Curse Mackey, DJ Seraph, DJ Jet, and many more! With three different rooms and 6 different DJ’s we’ll have a variety music that will have you dancing all night long! Wear your sexiest fantasy wear and masquerade costume and explore your naughty side with a night like you’ve always dreamed of! If you’re curious, this is the perfect chance to dip your toe in and check out the water. We’ll have helpful attendants to show you everything from flogging to electrical play! Come out, dance, play or just watch the sexy action all night long! Don’t miss the First Annual New Orleans Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball!! Tickets are only $20 and we expect to sell out so get your advance tickets and guarantee your admission!” (Article)

November 7: South Africa – The SAVA and the South African Gothic Society (SAGS) begin forming relations. SAGS was formed in December 2013, and there is a significant overlap of many SAVA members and SA VC participants.

OVC – by November 7 2014, Vampire Community News is the group in the OVC which has the largest known following, having reached 4137 members – mostly self-identified Vampyres and a small number of academics and other interested parties,  since its 2008 inception.

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November 08: Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Coven Veritas is founded as an off-shoot of House Valur, with 4 initial local members.

Iron Garden

November 17: New Jersey, USA – The Iron Garden is announced on a public page on Facebook as a safe haven organization for New Jersey’s Nightkind community. “The Iron Garden is a New Jersey based organization providing a safe haven for gathering, socialization, education, promotion of the arts, charity-work and fun for the New Jersey Nightkind Community. The Iron Garden is comprised of mature, discrete, intelligent, like-minded folk.” (Site)

November 25: OVC – By this time Facebook’s idiosyncratic name policy has resulted in many participants interacting in closed groups under their dayside names, resulting in ongoing confusion between participants who now have no idea who they are dealing with. This has the effect of estrangement in the community. Occasional suspensions cause individuals to lose contact, and in certain cases, whole national communities to be disrupted.

December 05: South Africa – Lady Morgause Fonteleve’ of the South African Pagan Council puts up a poll in the SAPC group on FB proposing that the SA VC be incorporated under the collective label of “Paganism” in South Africa. Concerns are voiced from both sides of the issue.

December 09: ‘Nature’s Dark Side: Symbiotic Relationships Can Produce Vampire Birds’ – an article posted by Esther Inglis-Arkell on io9.com details how animals perceived to be in symbiotic relationships are actually in essentially vampyric relationships with their larger symbiotic prey. “Have you seen those birds that climb around the rhinos, picking away parasites, and thought, “Ah, nature can provide inspirational stories of peaceful cooperation”? Get ready to have your illusions shattered. Those birds are on their way to being vampires.” (Article)

December 10: USA – By this time, the terms ‘vamper’ and ‘vamping’ are used to refer to mostly teenagers who spend the night-time hours surfing the internet via PC’s or mobile devices. “This is late-night, online socializing is called “vamping” (as in vampires).” The phenomena is linked to sleep-deprivation and depression among teenagers, according to author Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology, and the Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University.  (Article)

Cambridge, UK – Christmas leaflets distributed by a Christian fundamentalist in the streets of Cambridge describe LGBT people as ‘vampires’ in the latest in a spate of similar incidents in the city and across the country. “It claims: ‘Christmas is the invasion by God into the world He created out of pure love; which through man’s evil has become a polluted landscape of de-humanized people, debasing themselves with their false gods and fetishes. Homosexuals, like vampires in their insatiable lust, prey upon youth, as they conspire to create more of their own kind, meanwhile busy abusing each other’s anuses and worshiping (sic) their own and each others’ penises in a festival of authentic Satanism. This corruption of youth cries to heaven for vengeance.
‘While the pale, pathetic world of lesbianism de-feminises women and makes demonic mockery of true womanhood, embodied in the Blessed Virgin Mary. Gay and Lesbian homo-fascists scheme their eval design of indoctrinating and corrupting young children with the big lie that depravity is ‘diversity’. This too cries out to heaven for vengeance. The increasing army of the deranged’ transgenderists, transvestites, ‘queer-folk’, ‘indeterminates’, ‘polyamorists’ and ‘asexuals’; forming the advanced guard of the Antichrist, like unleashed denizens of hell.'” (Article)

December 12: Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Coven Veritas holds its first formal meeting, which will repeat every 2 weeks.

December 14: Grave Yard Press owner, Deacon Gray posts an article entitled “Ten Amazing Vampires And Why You Should Know Them’, featuring in order, Evan Christopher, Madame X, Belfazaar Ashantison, Lady CG, Merticus Stevens, Anya Rakoczy, Michelle Bellanger, Octarine Valur, Rosemary Sahjaza, Shaolin Asura-MacPhee. (Article)

December 19: The Grave Yard Press posts a satirical look at VC news for December 2014. Although this is not exactly of earth-shattering significance, it is the first such attempt at levity in VC news for a considerable while. (Article)

December 25: New Orleans, USA – NOVA again hosts its annual Christmas Feeding charity event, in which the VC group gives food to the homeless people of the city.  A local reporter posted the article, describing what he saw. “I didn’t know what I going to post today, so I grabbed my camera bag and headed over to Jackson Square, hoping to find Christmas.  All I got were a bunch of generous vampires.” (Article)

December 31: USA – Grave Yard Press posts an interview with the Iron Garden Court. (Article)

South Africa – the Vampyre Academy posts its much awaited Vampyre History Project timeline entry for 2014! (Article)

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