But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. I’ve spent five years conducting ethnographic studies of the real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo.Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite friendly.Blood is generally described by my study participants as tasting metallic, or “coppery” but can also be influenced by the donor’s physiology, or even how well he or she is hydrated.Some psychic vampires use tantric feeding, that is through erotic or sexual encounters, while others use what could be described as astral feeding or feeding on another from afar. Afterwards, blood-drinking and psychic vampires feel energized or otherwise better than they would if they were to sustain themselves on regular food alone, like fruits, fish, and vegetables (which they eat too).They show us how repressive and oppressive categories can lead to marginalization. More generally, this community shows that being different doesn’t have to force you onto the margins of society.Real vampires can and do exist in both “normal” society and their own communities, and that’s okay.
Unquestionably, I found the vampires I met to be competent and generally outwardly “normal” citizens.In fact, those vampire who do dress a certain way or wear fangs do so long after realizing their desire to take blood.This is what might be called a “defiant culture.” Real vampires embrace their instinctual need to feed on blood or energy and use what mainstream culture sees as a negative, deviant figure like the vampire to achieve a sense of self-empowerment.They seemed to know much less than you might expect – at least for vampires – about how their kind were depicted in books and films.By this I mean to say that the people I met with and interviewed hadn’t turned to drinking blood or taking psychic energy simply because they had read too many Anne Rice novels. 1, 2018, a new state law takes effect that aims to prevent the accumulation of large amounts of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents.