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For those who haven't already heard, Sanguinarius of Sanguinarius.org passed away on the morning of Monday, August 3, 2015.  She had been fighting a long battle with various health problems including a recent stroke.  She was a highly respected member of the vampire community and will be greatly missed.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account for donations in her memory and to help maintain the work she has done for the community: http://www.gofundme.com/ns36x8

Also, per her wishes, her site has been digitally preserved. A copy may be obtained in one of two ways:
Download as ISO via Bittorrent.
Download as ISO or RAR via HTTP.

More info here: http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2015/08/05/rip-sanguinarius-1970-2015-vampire-community-pioneer/

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2015-02-11: Mikh'to and kiilas launched an early version of the Darkfang Archive, a directory of all kinds of resources for otherkin, therianthropes, and vampires. The new web-site has room to grow. From Mikh'to's description of the site, as given on the Elfinkind Digest mailing list, and quoted with permission:

"This is a curated database of otherkin, therianthropy and real vampirism sites, media and social spaces. It's partly inspired by otherkin.net and other older resource sites, and is trying to make an up-to-date online resource (it is not a wiki) that gives people a way to look into these things without problematic influences or needless dogma. It separates content by 'category', so each 'kintype'/'theriotype'/'phenotype', subgroup, experiential slant, mythos, etc. that is covered has its own page, so it doesn't lump everyone in into some big 'otherkin' umbrella. It is designed for both desktop and mobile browsers.

"It's currently in a 'preview' version - it's intended for feedback, so it's unfinished and possibly buggy. Data submissions are welcome and greatly appreciated. We are also interested in mirroring old/defunct sites and media in the future with permission."

Personally, I've browsed the site a little, and it looks like one of the most useful resources for the otherkin community that I've seen in some time. I hope some of our readers will offer feedback and help make the Darkfang Archive excellent.
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May 20 to 28. The newspaper Le Monde (est. 1944) ran an introductory article about otherkin and therianthropes. As the original article is in French, therianthrope Akhila made an English translation of it. The article covers many aspects of the topic, including history. It draws from several print and web sources, as well as interviews.

Sources

Olivier Clairouin. "Pas complètement humains : la vie en ligne des thérians et otherkins." 2014-05-20. Le Monde (online newspaper). http://www.lemonde.fr/cultures-web/article/2014/05/20/pas-completement-humains-la-vie-en-ligne-des-therians-et-otherkins_4410306_4409029.html?xtmc=otherkin&xtcr=1

Olivier Clairouin. Akhila, trans. "Not Completely Human: The Online Life of Therians and Otherkin." 2014-05-28. Beyond Awakening (blog). http://thehornedgate.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/the-online-life-of-therians-and-otherkin/
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Content warnings: The Bhaskar's article contains graphic descriptions of violence.

October: The Indian newspaper Daily Bhaskar ran an article titled "Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" This is limited to famous people from the past four years, most of whom are violent criminals. A few claim to be werewolves. Here's the list: Stephanie Pistey, Omnec Onec, Thomas Stroup, Jonathon Sharkey, Josephine Rebecca Smith, Cynthia Crawford, Wolfie Blackheart, Jujuolui Kuita, Lyle Monroe Bensley, and Andrew Whiteman. The Bhaskar article gives a bio and a photo of each one.

Source


"Ten people who claim to be VAMPIRES and ALIENS!" 2013-10-17. Daily Bhaskar. http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/WOR-ten-people-who-believe-they-are-monsters-or-aliens-4406394-PHO.html?seq=1
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October: Mistwolf wrote an article in Spanish called "La Mano Transhumana." Mistwolf also translated the article into English as "The Transhuman Hand." The article "is a proposal for cooperation among different communities involved in an identity search, the Otherkin, Therian, and the Real Vampire community." Mistwolf uses the word "transhuman" to include all of those peoples. The article offers guidelines for how the communities can cooperate in constructive ways.

Source


Mistwolf, "La Mano Transhumana (The Transhuman Hand)." Noctalium. 2013-10. https://noctalium.wordpress.com/textos-comunitarios/la-mano-transhumana-1-0/
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Content warnings: Merticus's article lists news articles that talk about violence, murder, sexuality, and sexual assault.

September: Merticus posted a list of last month's news articles relevant to the vampire community.
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Content warning: Dubious business.

August: A business called Haunted Curiosities not only claims to interview vampires and werewolves, it also shows what it claims to be an authentic video of a physical shape-shift into a wolf-man-like creature. The business also sells expensive supernatural “transformations,” which require the buyer to be flown to another country in person. For more information, see the exposé at Disinformation.

Source


Frater Isla, “Haunted Curiosities’ Guide to Duping Goth Kids and Twilight Fans.” 2013-08-15. Disinformation. http://disinfo.com/2013/08/haunted-curiosities-guide-to-duping-goth-kids-and-twilight-fans/
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Content warnings: For this post, none. For the linked articles: violence, rape, scam.

Vampire Community News posted August 2013 in review, which is a list of news relevant to vampires last month
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Content warnings: None.

August: An article about otherkin that was recently published in Nova Religio, Joseph Laycock's "'We Are Spirits of Another Sort': Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community," is now available for download as a PDF.

(Thanks to Merticus for this information.)
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Trigger warnings: The linked article lists headlines that mention violence.

July: Merticus has posted a list of last July's news articles of interest to the vampire community.

Source

Merticus, "July 2013 in review." 2013-08-01. Vampire community news. http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/08/01/july-2013-in-review/
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"Asylum Entertainment is seeking people to cast who are involved in unique subcultures or with unusual lifestyles for a TV Docu-Series on major cable network." This includes otherkin, vampires, furries, and anyone involved in other lifestyles and subcultures, focusing on singles or couples in the age range of 18-30.

More info here

Thanks to Merticus for making me aware of this; sorry if I stole your thunder by posting this before you got to it. :3
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Trigger warnings: The linked page mentions occult spirituality, and blood.

See June 2013 in review on Vampire Community News by Merticus.
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June 2013: There's a call for otherkin, therianthropes, and vampires to participate in a study conducted by a researcher in the UK, named Ish’had Duncan,1 (MA Student at University of East London). The project is titled "Exploring The Experiences Of Otherkin, Vampires and Weres and Their Perceptions Of Therapy." Apparently, within a week, Duncan has already collected all six of the participants needed.2 Anyone who is interested in the project can e-mail Duncan.

- O. Scribner


Sources


1. "Identity Group Experiences & Perceptions Of Therapy: Vampires, Otherkin and Others." 2013-06-11. TheoFantastique. http://www.theofantastique.com/2013/06/11/identity-group-experiences-perceptions-of-therapy-vampires-otherkin-and-others/

2. Merticus. "Researching Identity Group Experiences & Perceptions Of Therapy." 2013-06-11. Vampire News. http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/06/11/researching-identity-group-experiences-perceptions-of-therapy/
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Would you like to take part in research about Otherkin, Vampires, and Therians/Weres and are over 18?

Ish’had Duncan (MA Student at University of East London) is seeking six self-identified Otherkin, Vampires and Therians/Weres to share their experiences for an interpretative phenomenological research project aimed at the education of therapists.

More Information:
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/06/11/researching-identity-group-experiences-perceptions-of-therapy/
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Official Public Release Announcement - May 20, 2013

Introducing The Global Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, Otherkin+ Community Directory
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/05/20/global-community-directory/

Thank you for participating!
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Trigger warnings: The linked article talks about menopause symptoms, paranormal phenomena, and extreme violence in history and in horror fiction.

An article in the Huffington Post Blog talked about real people “who think they’re vampires, or werewolves, or witches […] a merman.” The humorist Donna Highfill interprets these as fantasies for coping with the boring or tragic parts of life.

Highfill wrote, “I must admit that I'd prefer to believe that I'm becoming a werewolf rather than accept the fact that, in my menopausal years, I now have to shave my face. How much cooler would it be to know that as the facial hair comes in, it brings with it tremendous power? […] So, maybe we forgive ourselves the need to be fantastical creatures. But, let's also keep our feet on the ground. Being human isn't that bad.”

Thanks to Merticus for pointing out this article in a post to the WereList Media Center.

- O. Scribner


Source


Donna Highfill, “Am I menopausal or a powerful werewolf?” 2013-04-23. Huffington Post: The Blog. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-highfill/am-i-menopausal-or-a-powe_b_3132315.html
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New academic paper pertaining to therianthropy...

The Beast Within: Anthrozoomorphic Identity and Alternative Spirituality in the Online Therianthropy Movement
By Venetia Laura Delano Robertson

Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
February 2013, Vol. 16, No. 3, Pages 7-30
DOI: 10.1525/nr.2013.16.3.7
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2013.16.3.7

Abstract:



See Also:

OTHERKIN:

We Are Spirits of Another Sort: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community
By Joseph P. Laycock, PhD

Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
February 2012, Vol. 15, No. 3, Pages 65-90
http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1525/nr.2012.15.3.65

VAMPIRES:

Real Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community
By Joseph Laycock, PhD, Author of 'Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism'

Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
August 2010, Vol. 14, No. 1, Pages 4–23
http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1525/nr.2010.14.1.4
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Demystifying ‘Real’ Vampirism For The Rest Of Us
An overview of modern vampirism for the general public

By Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
February 10, 2013 – This article may be redistributed, translated, or adopted by other organizations provided there are no content modifications and full citation is included.
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/02/16/demystifying-real-vampirism-for-the-rest-of-us/
http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/educational/demystification.html
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‘Vampirism’ In A Case Of Dissociative Identity Disorder & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; 2012 – Issue 81: Pages 322-323

Link: http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=128321&CultureCode=en
Full PDF: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/230598656_%27Vampirism%27_in_a_case_of_dissociative_identity_disorder_and_post-traumatic_stress_disorder

Please note that ‘Clinical Vampirism’, ‘Autovampirism’, and ‘Renfield’s Syndrome’ do NOT appear in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV + TR; 1994/2000) and ‘Vampirism’ will NOT be included in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V; 2013) as a mental disorder, listed paraphilia, or under ‘Paraphilias Not Elsewhere Classified’.

If you personally self-identify as a “real vampi(y)re” please take a moment to answer the following question (divided for both Primary Practicing Sanguinarian (Blood Feeding) and Psychic (Energy Feeding) Self-Identified Vampires).  If you identify as sexual, pranic, elemental, hybrid, eclectic, adaptive, living, or other identifiers sometimes ascribed to vampirism please choose the the category which best encompasses your primary feeding method: Sanguinarian (blood consumption, physical fluid-blood exchanges, etc.) or Psychic (psi/chi/qi/life energy feeding or manipulation, metaphysical, spiritual, etc.). *Note: This poll will be permanently relaunched in April 2013 and hosted via http://www.suscitatio.com; see “Projects” section of website.

Poll Link:  http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/02/09/real-life-vampires-vampirism-mental-illness/

Vampire Community News (VCN) POLL CLOSED FEBRUARY 15, 2013 - ANALYSIS BELOW & AT LINK:
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/DiagnosedMentalConditionsAmongVampires-VCN+VEWRSAnalysis2013.jpg



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VVC Public Transcript Meeting - September 23, 2012 - PDF:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting09.23.12.pdf

VVC Public Transcript Meeting - September 23, 2012 - MSWord:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting09.23.12.doc

Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC)
Public Meeting – September 23, 2012


Attendees (21):

Belfazaar – House Of Mystic Echoes & New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
Claycat – Independent Representative
DarkFess – Russian Vampire Community
Delores DeMuse – House Of Muses
Heidica Northernlight – Norwegian Vampire Community
Horus Sat – Italian League Of Real Vampires (ALIRV)
Isealdor – House Etherium & Vampire Realm Of Darkness
Ithril – Independent Representative
Lady Slinky – Vampire Community Message Board (VCMB) & Western WA Vampires
Legardored – Dutch Vampire Community & Independent Representative
Lucien von Wolfe – The Nightside Society
Merticus – Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
Mistress Mikyla – Vampire Church & Independent Representative
Octarine Valur – House Valur & South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA)
RavenHarte – Clann Caladvwlch
Sanguinarius – Sanguinarius.org
Spurn – Danish Vampire Community
Sylvere ap Leanan – Gathering Dusk & Vampires-Fetlife
The Pink Lady – Vampirism eList & New River Valley Vampires Meetup
Victoria – Detroit-Area Vampire Meetup
Xeurika – House Quinotaur

Discussion Agenda:

a. Examining The Responses From The Vampire Community Accountability Questionnaire - http://veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VampireCommunityAccountabilityQuestionnaire-Responses-07.30.12.pdf (PDF) - A Four-Part Question:  (1) Grandiosity, Narcissism, and Egotism to name just a few; how are these character traits among some self-identified real vampires advancing and/or hindering 'progress', education, and networking within the vampire community?  (2) What responses most alarmed you from the Accountability Questionnaire, and why?  (3) Does the vampire community possess the necessary motivation or skill set needed to effectively address the concerns and implement suggestions outlined in some of these responses?  (4) If you believe change is needed, where and how should we begin bringing it about?

b. Unintended Consequences Of Facebook & Smartphone Social Networking - A Four-Part Question:  (1) What are the pros and cons of Facebook groups for conducting vampire community discussions?  (2) Do you believe that Facebook and other smartphone-centered social networking platforms are enabling behaviors and attitudes which would not have otherwise presented in more structured forums, blog, and static website postings?  (3) Are self-identified vampires capable of achieving a broad environment of respect, cooperation, and non-combativeness without fragmenting into smaller tribes of like-minded individuals who choose to break off from the broader group?  (4) Do you believe the time has come to evolve past the highly subjective distinctions between the OVC (Online Vampire Community) and VC (Vampire Community) now that most of us are connected by technology, smartphones, and blended online/offline interactions?  In other words, should we more formally recognize that we are all sociologically part of the same community but share very diverse and sometimes irreconcilable differences in how we interpret our identity and/or practice our personal vampi(y)rism?

c. Donor Integration & Treatment In The Vampire Community - A Three-Part Question:  (1) Under what circumstances, if any, should donors be actively involved in vampire community politics or activities?  (2) As a vampire, how do you involve your donor(s) in vampire-related matters (albeit House, group, or socially) and how are they treated?  (3) As a donor, do you believe your opinions matter within the vampire community and that you are treated fairly?

d. Goodwill & Philanthropy Among Vampires:  What are different vampire groups, organizations, and individuals doing to assist their local communities (vampiric and non-vampiric)?  What charities, long-term projects, and assistance is being given to others during difficult economic times and natural disasters?  How can others help?

e. Other topics you’d like to bring up for discussion?

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