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1) How do I know who to tell about this?
There are no hard or fast rules on this subject, you'll have to decide on
your instincts and how well you know the person you want to tell. People can
be quite surprising sometimes. Personally I prefer not to tell my friends
that I'm a vampire but they often accuse me of being a vampire jokingly cos
of my nocturnal habits, etc. It can be hard sometimes having to deny my nature
to them but I don't trust telling them because of their attitudes to the subject
in general. Testing peoples reactions to the existence of real vampires before
actually telling them is often a good idea I think. However things can sometimes
be taken out of your control, i.e., they guess what you are (rare but it does
happen!) or they find out some other way. For example, one of my friends decided
to find my website after I refused to tell him what it was about. When he
discovered it he decided to leave a message in my guestbook. I found it and
was extremely angry and worried, angry because he had looked for my site against
my expressed wishes, and worried because he might not want anything to do
with me cos he thought I was a nutter. So I phoned him and we talked. He apologised
for what he had done, but more surprisingly he believed I was a vampire. Since
then he has offered to become a donor. Basically, you never can tell for certain
who will believe you when you tell them this sort of thing. Take your time,
test the ground first and be aware of the reaction you might recieve. Also
be aware that they might ask for proof.
2) Where can I get help from?
See answer to question 8....
3) Can I trust my parents?
Generally.....no. Parents don't react well to finding out that their darling
child has taken to drinking other peoples blood. Some refuse to have
anything further to do with their vampire child but many will think
that you need to see a psychiatrist or even worse, have you committed
to a mental hospital. I don't know anyone who has been honest with their
parents and not regretted having done so. I haven't told my parents
and have no intentions to do so. Sorry!
4) What do I do next?
To start with you have to accept what you are, it cannot be changed and denying
it will only bring you heartache and grief. As you come to terms with what
you are take the time to make friends with other vampires, either through
message boards or personals. Don't be afraid to ask questions, real friends
will be happy to help no matter how stupid you think the question is. Explore
the online community, there is alot of information out there that can be both
helpful and confusing. Then ask more questions*grins*.
5) How can I be sure about what I'm thinking?
I think deep down in yourself you know whether this is for real or if you
are just kidding yourself. There are no tests that can be done to prove if
you really are a vampire but there are indicators. A better sense of hearing,
night vision and smell. Sudden attacks of the Hunger with a great desire for
blood. Ability to finish people's sentences and preguess what they are going
to do next (empathic abilities) Better resistance to disease, slightly stronger
than the norm. There are other smaller details but these are general indicators.
6) Are there any self-styled vampire hunters out there
who actively seek out blood drinkers?
Unfortunately yes, which begs the question,who is sicker? Those who drink
blood from willing donors or those who think they have a right to kill those
who do. This is worse in America though, there are very few in this country.
7) What should I do if I can't resist the need for
If you really can't resist the need for blood and you have no donors,then
as a last resort drink your own blood, it'll take the edge off. You can also
try eating black pudding or drinking animal blood from a butcher/supermarket
meat. This is a last resort only.
Note: Drinking your own blood, also called
auto-vampirism, does not do any good in the long run and is generally
not recommended these days. It may take the edge off at that particular
moment, but the Thirst tends to come back worse than before when it
wears off. ~Sphynx
8) Are there any organisations that I can join?
To start with there is the organisation that I run called The Scarlet Moon
[Now defunct ~Sphynx] It is run to help
vampires in the UK find each other, make friends, offer advice and services
to anyone who wants it and in the future organise events so we can get together.
It's an organisation which exists in the real world as well as online. There
are no other organisations for real vampires in this country, everything else
is based in America.
9) How should I find a donor?
Finding donors can be a difficult process. If you are lucky you might find
a friend who will be willing to offer their blood otherwise try using the
vampire personals. It will take time so be patient.
If you wish to pursue this option, I have a list
of personals sites. ~Sphynx
10) What should I do if I find a possible donor?
Before you consider feeding from them make sure they've had a blood test
for HIV, hepatitis and syphilis. Don't take risks. When you do feed make sure
that your donor is happy with what you are doing. For more info on feeding
visit the page on feeding techniques.
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