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This week on the podcast, we examine the connections between fictional horror and real life — exploring the mystery surrounding real life, modern vampires. (28 min) (7.24.20)

Ominous Origins

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I admit it, I’m a huge vampire fan. I love the lore, the stories, the fiction and the fact. It’s true what a lot of vampire fiction says, they are alluring in their charms and fascinating in their mystery. And that’s why I find myself researching vampires more than most any other creature.

That’s also how the idea for this week’s topic came to me. I came across an article that sent me into a research spiral. At one point, I had dozens of tabs open in my browser and on my phone, and they were all about modern vampires.

What’s a modern vampire?

Well, they aren’t the supernatural beasts you’d see on TV or in novels. They’re people with a seemingly medical need to ingest blood of some kind — be it human or animal. Though, that only covers the Sanguinarian vampire. There are also Psi vamps, who feed off of energies.

Then there’s the hybrid vampires that sort of do both.

These people claim to need blood, but it goes a step further. They also claim if they don’t get blood, terrible things could happen, including sending them to the hospital. It’s hard to determine the underlying cause, as no medical research has shed much light on this condition — other than some very rare and specific cases of porphyria, or other mental disorders. However, neither of those diagnoses apply to the modern vampires, who have developed a community around their mysterious condition.

Those who suffer from the need to drink blood appear to be of sound mind…for the most part. Surely there are some outliers in the field. But generally speaking, they are as sane as you or me.

These communities of vampires are also very interesting, with some being very inclusive and others being quite exclusive. But they all share a common goal. That’s especially true the community based in New Orleans, known as NOVA. It’s made up of several houses, which act as independent arms of the same branch.

According to a study, at least 5000 people in the USA identify as a vampire in some way. But, if you want to know more about these truly fascinating people, you’ll just have to listen to this week’s podcast.

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