Friday, March 18, 2011

Vampires & People With Blood Fetishes Are Walking Among Us

Vampires Among Us by Rosemary Ellen Guiley  $5/paperback

This fantastic read, Vampires Among Us (VAU), begins by detailing investigated cases related to vampires throughout history. While many superstitions and former beliefs no longer sway today's general public, Guiley takes her research inside modern day vampire-related clubs and reviews the most compelling and popular vampires from both fact and fiction. She also discusses "vampiroids" (people who act like vampires) and interviewed a few for your and my reading pleasure. 

How Guiley managed to get so much information into a mere 266 pages will amaze you (at least, it did me) because also detailed in this book are reviews of Lord Ruthven, Varney The Vampire and Dracula (to name a few popular but fictional vampires). I laughed heartily after reading a quote by Martin V. Riccardo, a professional hypnotist who helps his clients  overcome their blood-drinking addictions when they feel terribly guilty about such behavior.

"It's interesting that in some vampire novels, such as those by Anne Rice, it appears that the vampires are impotent," Ricardo said and then went on to explain that many people "get sexually excited by the sight of blood or by drinking blood, but they are not turned on by the image of the vampire per se."

Guiley explains how "belief is the key word in vampire reality" (page 69) and historically, vampires have been known to prey upon their own families, not upon attractive strangers with incredible sex appeal (like you and me).

"Frankly, there's nothing very erotic about vampirism." Said Bernard Davies founder-president of the Dracula Society. "Being gnashed in the neck by your lately dead mother-in-law -- who was probably a bit of a dog, as you Americans would say -- there's nothing particularly sexy about that, is there?"

Fortunately, for any modern vampire fan who reads mostly romance novels, and fights boredom with the daily grind by fantasizing about vampires, the hideous vampires that Davies spoke about have since shed their foul-smelling characteristics. Now we can easily empathize with a cologne-wearing but brooding vampire who needs rescuing or fantasize about the handsome individual behind that set of fangs when we wish to bring one home for a little wrestling match between the sheets.

These days? "The vampire is unique, exotic, alluring, romantic, sexy, appealing, sophisticated," writes Guiley (page 70). Basically, from reading this book, I realized a vampire can pretty much become anything you or I want to make of him/her/it and if we want to role play as a vampire and drink blood - that's a possibility too. That admission aside, I'm still a hard core fiction fan of Bram Stoker's. I simply adore everything about Dracula, with his nasty halitosis and all.

Reviewer's admission: I purchased this greatly used paperback from Powell's Books in Portland, for $3.95. 


  1. This one sounds absolutely fascinating.

  2. Erin ~ Glad you think so.

    If you get this book and like it, you might also like "Vampires The Occult Truth" by Konstantinos (I reviewed it at: ). In "Vampires The Occult Truth" Konstantinos presented believable historic vampire beliefs and then gave scientific reasons to disprove why certain superstitions and personal observances did not stand up under scientific scrutiny. That was also a very fascinating read.

  3. I have a great book - 'The Science of Vampires' by Katherine Ramsland P.h.D author of 'The Forensic Science of C.S.I.

    She knows her stuff - and it's so fascinating.

    Great review Tami!

    I have posted a reply to your comment on my blog - gonna head over and send email too. Shah .X

  4. "The Science of Vampires" sounds like a book that's right up the alley of my favorite kinds of reads. Thanks for suggesting it. I'll check it out.

    Glad you liked this review. I'll go over and check out your blog now.

  5. I wonder if the book makes the distinction between Sanguinary Vampires and Psychic Vampires. Being that I have met both. The experiences are very difference.
    A blood drinking vampire has a healthy glow to them, as do most people that consume animal blood on a constant basis. I have seen feats of strength from seemingly frail men, and amazing balance from them. As to the obvious question of longevity, it is taboo to ask. So I never do. Accelerated healing is fascinating to see, but it happens much slower in real life than in most novels, including mine. The idea of a wound instantly healing over is fictional. It usually takes pressing the injury shut, then concentrating to seal it. After that comes a good one to two hours. Then, finally, the wound is mostly healed, even from the outside. The cut is gone, the blood reabsorbed. It is quite an honor to see it happen.
    A psychic vampire is special. In my opinion, they can be quite fun too. simply standing next to one on a "good" or "positive" day is astounding. They can do many things, such as give you the sensation of touch without touching, or even cause you to have an honestly great, or as some would say, "lucky" day.
    On the topic of morality, many cultures around the world drink blood to help sustain their life. It's only here that we entertain the idea of drinking human blood. Not to say there is any wrong with it if done with a willing partner and in moderation. Safety is always key in this area.
    All said, I like the idea of this book and will be buying it as soon as I finish a little work on my own.

    To read about the same type of vampires that Anne Rice was so famous for displaying, visit my site to keep up with the news on the book, Demon Vampire.

    You can also follow me on twitter.

    And on facebook.

    Virgil Allen Moore

  6. The book "Vampires, the Occult Truth" by Konstantinos went into detail regarding the difference between sanguinary verses psychic vampires more than this particular book did.

    Maybe you'll want to check out Konstantino's work first? Either way ... this book is also fantastic and fun to read.

    Thanks for commenting Virgil.


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