DISCLAIMER: This article is presented as information about real
vampires for educational purposes. The information presented in this is
article should not be used as a checklist to determine if someone
is a real vampire or not. Having any of the qualities described within
this article does not make someone a real vampire. All other explanations
(i.e., medical, psychological, environmental, etc.) should be explored
before assuming that one is a real vampire. Also, the information presented
in this article is general in nature, and does not go into any details.
The author encourages you to do further research into any specific topics.
What is a real vampire? What are the different type of vampires and
This article originally started out as a response to someone asking those
very questions in a discussion group that I am a member of. These questions
are frequently asked in many different discussion groups by many different
people, usually by those that are new to the vampire community. Depending
on where one asks these questions or to whom one asks these questions,
one will get many different answers. The answers I will give are my own
understanding and my own opinion based on my own personal research.
There are often discussions about mythical/fictional vampires that most
are already familiar with from myths, books, movies, television and role-playing
games. There are also sometimes discussions about energy/astral beings
(which do not have corporeal forms) and creatures (such as demons) with
vampiric qualities; however such beings and creatures are not considered
to be true vampires. In actuality, there is only one type of vampire:
real vampires. Real vampires are individuals (mortal living humans)
that have a genuine need for life force energies from outside sources
because their bodies either consume energy too quickly or do not produce
sufficient life-force energy to sustain them. Real vampires are then further
classified by their feeding methods, but some will say that the different
feeding methods are different types of real vampires.
"Types" of Vampires
Some will say that there are two main different methods of feeding on
life-force energy; sanguine and psi; and that all other forms of feeding
are subcategories or specializations of psi feeding. Others will say that
each feeding method is a different form of feeding, hence different "types"
Sanguine vampires (or sanguinarians) are vampires who feed
by drinking blood. However, it is not the blood itself that they are feeding
on. It is the life-force energy contained within the blood. Blood drinking
is arguably the most potent form of feeding on life-force energy, and
many sanguinarians can thrive for many weeks from a single feeding. (A
single feeding is often about an ounce or two of blood taken from a willing
donor.) Sanguinarians often describe blood drinking as a very fulfilling,
very powerful and somewhat intoxicating experience. It also tends to be
a rather intimate form of feeding.
Psi (or psy) vampires are vampires that feed psychically
on life force energies. Psi feeding (in any form) can be done from an
individual (most often a willing donor) or from the ambient energies of
a group or crowd. However, psi feeding can also be done from a person
without the person realizing that they are being fed from, although many
may consider it to be unethical to do so. Generally though, the person
being fed from is not harmed by the feeding in any way. It should be noted
that there is no difference between a psi vampire and a psy vampire, other
than the spelling. As for the difference in spellings, the only conclusion
I have been able to reach is that psi is an abbreviation of psionic, while
psy is an abbreviation of psychic. However both terms, psionic and psychic,
refer to psychic phenomena. Psi vampires used to be referred to as psychic
vampires, but the field of behavioral psychology has co-opted the term
psychic vampire to describe a person who has a psychological need for
attention and will do whatever they can to get that attention from anyone
and everyone, leaving those that interact with them feeling drained. Psi
vampires avoid using the term psychic vampire to differentiate themselves
from the behavioral psychology psychic vampires. Some will also refer
to psi vampires as pranic vampires, derived from the term prana,
a Sanskrit term literally translated as life-force energy.
Empathic vampires are vampires who feed on emotional life-force
energies from the emotions of people. There are those that will say that
vampires that feed on negative emotional energies (anger, fear, etc.)
are negative/chaotic vampires and are a subcategory/specialization
of empathic vampires. Others will say that negative/chaos vampires are
separate from empathic vampires. The reason is that empathic vampires
will usually feed on whatever emotions a person is feeling without necessarily
causing those emotions. However, often negative/chaos vampires will cause
situations where negative emotions and chaotic energies will be stimulated
and then feed off of those energies.
Sexual vampires are vampires who feed on the life-force energies
generated from having sex, especially the excess energies generated at
the moment of orgasm. They can do so psychically and/or from bodily fluids.
Female sexual vampires are sometimes referred to as succubi (singularly,
succubus), and male sexual vampires are sometime referred to as incubi
(singularly, incubus). Some will also refer to sexual vampires as tantric
vampires. Others will refer to sexual vampires as pranic vampires.
There is sometimes debate within the vampire community if referring to
sexual vampires as pranic vampires is correct or not as there are some
within the vampire community that refer to psi vampires as pranic vampires,
which could lead to some confusion when talking about pranic vampires.
Those that support referring to sexual vampires as pranic vampires argue
that pranic energies and prana are two different things, and that pranic
energies are energies related to sex while prana is just life-force energies.
There are those that think the use of the labels tantric and pranic in
reference to sexual vampires is an attempt by some within the vampire
community at political correctness who feel that the term sexual vampire
is derogatory and/or offensive or simply think that tantric and pranic
"sound" better than sexual. However, it is also possible that
those who use tantric or pranic when talking about sexual vampires are
doing so to differentiate them from any link to behavioral psychology
which seems to also be co-opting the term sexual vampire to describe a
person who has a psychological need for attention (much like a psychic
vampire) through sex.
Soul vampires are vampires that are able to feed directly off
the energy of a person's soul. As a result of soul feeding, soul vampires
will sometimes gain some or all of the abilities of the person they are
feeding from. Soul vampires will also sometimes receive memories, thoughts
and desires of the person that they are feeding from. Soul feeding is
a very intimate form of feeding, even more so than sexual and sanguine
feeding. Soul vampires are also sometimes referred to as soul devourers.
Elemental vampires are vampires that are able to feed on the life
force energies of the elements; earth, wind, fire, and water. Some will
say that elemental vampires are elementalists who are able to manipulate
elemental energies and then convert those energies into consumable life-force
energies. Others will say that elemental vampires feed directly from elemental
life-force energies. There are also those that will say that vampires
who feed on life-force energies from plants and animals are also elemental
vampires. However, there are those that distinguish such vampires as nature
vampires. Another method of feeding often considered a subcategory
or specialization of elemental feeding is electrical feeding; the indirect
feeding on energies in electrical fields and lightning. Others will distinguish
such vampires as electrical vampires.
Astral vampires are vampires that are able to travel through the
astral plane and feed off of the life-force energies of other entities
within the astral plane, and/or they are able to materialize in astral
form and feed off the life-force energies of people that are usually asleep.
Dreamscape vampires are essentially astral vampires that are able
to enter into a person's dream, and feed from the life-force energies
within the dream. They can be invisible observers in the dream, or they
can manifest themselves within the dream. Some are able to influence the
course of the dream.
Magickal vampires are vampires that are able to feed on and manipulate
Vampires who only use one method of feeding are referred to by the way
that they feed (i.e., sanguinarian, elemental vampire, sexual vampire,
etc.). Vampires who are able to feed using some but not all psychic methods
but are not able to feed sanguine are referred to as adaptive psi vampires.
Vampires who are able to feed using all psychic methods but are not able
to feed sanguine are referred to as eclectic psi vampires. Sanguine
vampires that are also able to feed using some but not all psychic methods
are referred to as adaptive vampires. Sanguine vampires who are
also able to feed using all psychic methods are referred to as eclectic
There are several groups of people that are often mistaken for being
real vampires that are often associated with the vampire community.
One such group of people is referred to as leeches or energy
leeches by some within the vampire community. Such individuals are
people who have developed the ability to manipulate and feed on life-force
energies in many of the ways vampires feed; however such individuals usually
do not have a genuine need for the life-force energies that they feed
on. They manipulate and feed on life-force energies for the feelings it
gives them; usually a sense of euphoria, power and intoxication. Leeches
can become addicted to the life-force energies they feed on (much like
a drug of some kind), and feel that they need the life-force energies
because they will go through withdrawals when they do not feed for a period
of time. They will sometimes call themselves vampires, and will sometimes
try to be involved with the vampire community. However, their apparent
need for life-force energies does not make them vampires, as the withdrawal
symptoms will go away with time. For real vampires, physical effects felt
from not feeding get worse with time. It is often very easy for real vampires
to realize when an individual is an energy leech and not a vampire.
There are also vampire lifestylers, which are often involved in
vampire communities and can often be mistaken for being real vampires.
Vampire lifestylers are people that dress and live a life similar to that
of mythical/fictional vampires. They try to emulate the Hollywood and
fictional image of a vampire as much as possible:
- Having pale skin from staying out of the sun and/or the use of makeup
- Adopting nocturnal lifestyles; wearing fashions seen in movies, television
shows, and described in books (most often gothic, Victorian, and/or
leather and usually in dark colors)
- Wearing fake fangs
- Wearing WildEyes contact lenses to make their eyes look vampiric (most
often, Black-out, Cat Eye, Wildfire, Red Hot and White-out styles)
- Adopting the use of "old world" language patterns
- Decorating their homes to emulate gothic and/ or Victorian styles
resembling the homes/lairs of vampires seen in movies, television shows
and described in books, sometimes including a coffin that they sleep
- Some will even go to the extent of drinking blood although they have
no need to do so.
In most cases, vampire lifestylers are regular humans that have chosen
to live the lifestyle of a vampire. However, it should be noted that there
are also real vampires who choose to live the lifestyle of a vampire (for
example, Don Henrie from Sci-Fi Channels Mad Mad House).
It is often very easy for real vampires to tell the real vampire lifestylers
apart from the human lifestylers.
Another group of people that are sometimes involved with the vampire
community and mistaken for being real vampires are blood fetishists.
Blood fetishists are regular humans who engage in bloodplay (cutting,
bloodletting and blood drinking) usually, but not always, within a BDSM
setting. Although blood fetishists will often drink blood, they have no
need to do so.
Yet another group of people that try to be involved with the vampire
community are perhaps the most despised group of people by the vampire
community; role players. The most predominant ones are the role
players that play Vampire: The Masquerade by White Wolf Publishing.
However, role players can be anyone who chooses to play the part of a
vampire in any role playing game (RPG). What usually happens is that the
role players begin to feel that they are the characters that they are
playing. The lines between reality and role playing become blurred for
them, and they begin to think and believe that they are vampires. Then
they try to get involved with the vampire community, and try to pass themselves
off as real vampires. However, they usually immediately expose themselves
as role players by using RPG terminology and ideas (such as the different
types/races of vampire clans (Brujah, Ventrue, etc.*), claiming to be
immortal, being a member of a certain clan/house, etc*). Or, they come
to the vampire community thinking that it is all RPG, and then find much
to their disappointment that the vampire community is a very real community
with a low tolerance for role players. However, it should be noted that
sometimes playing role playing game may trigger the awakening of a latent
vampire, and that there are some real vampires that also play role playing
games for recreational reasons.
Society also tends to misuse the idea of vampires, and will sometimes
refer to people as being vampires or exhibiting vampiric traits and behaviors.
- An accountant and/or phlebotomist may be described as a "bloodsucker"
- An attractive woman dressed for a night of clubbing may be described
as "vamping out"
- A person in a bad relationship may say that their mate is "draining
the life out of the relationship"
- References to feeding such as, "We all feed off of each other."
(Incidentally, try doing a Google search using the exact phrase with
the quotes. The results are rather interesting, none of them having
anything to do with vampirism or vampires.)
- The phrase, "They are trying to bleed me dry" or "They
are bleeding me dry" often heard during contract negotiations
- "They must be a vampire because they stay up/out late all the
time"; "They are like a vampire, they work at night and sleep
However, in most cases, the people referred to in such a manner usually
are not vampires of any kind nor should they be mistaken to be vampires.
As mentioned earlier, the field of behavioral psychology has co-opted
the terms psychic vampire and sexual vampire to describe people who have
a psychological need for attention and will do whatever they can to get
that attention from anyone and everyone, leaving those that interact with
them feeling drained. In most cases, these people are not real vampires.
The drained feeling that people experience when interacting with these
people comes from having to tolerate an often uncomfortable and unpleasant
situation, but not from an energy feeding.
There is also another psychological condition within the field of behavioral
psychology known as clinical vampirism, or more commonly referred
to as Renfield's Syndrome, based upon the fictional character of
Renfield from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Those that suffer from clinical
vampirism, in most cases, are not real vampires either. Renfield's Syndrome
is described as a pathological and delusional disease, fetishistic and
compulsive in nature, where a person (usually a male) experiences a psychological
need for blood with a strong sexual component. Generally, those that suffer
from the syndrome often go through a progression of stages beginning with
auto-vampirism (drinking one's own blood) and progressing to vampirism
(drinking the blood of others). The compulsion of the vampirism stage
may lead a person to committing criminal acts to obtain human blood, such
as stealing blood from hospitals and blood banks or going to the extreme
of killing someone.
Another group of people that are often mistaken for being real vampires
are criminal vampires, sometimes referred to as vampire killers
or psychotic vampires. These are individuals that have committed
criminal acts that are considered vampiric in nature, generally anything
having to do with the drinking of blood or the criminal claiming to be
a vampire. Some of these individuals may be in the final stage of clinical
vampirism as described in the previous paragraph. In most cases though,
criminal vampires are individuals that are obsessed with emulating fictional
vampires, either from watching movies and television shows about vampires,
reading (usually fictional) books about vampires, and/or playing vampire
characters in RPGs. However, it should be noted that it is possible that
some criminal vampires may have been real vampires. It has not been proven
either way whether any criminal vampires were real vampires or not.
Symptoms/Characteristics of Vampires
What are the symptoms of vampirism?
I personally, and some others, dislike the term symptoms when
referring to vampirism as it makes vampirism sound like some kind of disease
or illness, which it is not. Some also refer to vampirism as a condition
or energy deficiency, but I personally, and some others, frown
upon those terms as well, because it gives vampirism a negative connotation.
No one knows nor has been able to determine what causes vampirism. The
leading theory is that vampirism may be a combination of genetic, physiological
and metaphysical causes. One will often see vampirism referred to as a
condition, and then compared to some other physiological conditions such
as diabetes or high blood pressure.
I personally prefer to refer to symptoms of vampirism as vampiric
traits, characteristics and abilities. However, possessing any or
all of these traits, characteristics and abilities does not make one a
vampire as many of these same traits, characteristics and abilities can
be accounted for by other reasons. All other explanations (i.e., medical,
psychological, environmental, etc.) should be explored before assuming
that one has those traits due to vampirism.
The key factor in determining if one is a vampire is going to be if one
has a genuine need for life-force energies from outside sources and their
traits, characteristics and abilities are tied to their vampirism. Also,
not all vampires will have all traits, characteristics and abilities.
Each individual vampire is different and may have different traits, characteristics
and abilities from each other. Just as every individual is different,
every vampire is different. Some will have more abilities than others.
Some will have more limitations than others.
- Pale skin
- Sensitivity to sunlight physically (i.e., sunburn easily) and/or visually
- Visual sensitivity to any light source
- Better night vision than day vision
- Eye color changing with mood or for no apparent reason
- Heightened senses
- Unaccounted-for strength (i.e., stronger than one should be without
working out) and quick reflexes
- Often feels hungry and/or thirsty despite an adequate food diet
- Extreme cravings for certain types of food or extreme cravings that
can not be satisfied with food
- Often feel run down, fatigued, tired despite an adequate food diet
and activity level
- Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
- Does not require very much sleep
- Able to heal quicker than others
- Often get sick with "flu-like" symptoms with no medical
explanation when they go without feeding for a period of time
- Strong-willed; independent nature; confident
- Intellectual/highly intelligent
- Well-learned/educated, although not necessarily school-educated
- Predatory nature
- Dark nature
- Prefers nighttime over daytime; i.e., nocturnal nature
- Moodiness/mood swings/quick-tempered
- Mental and/or personality disorders (diagnosed by a medical doctor)
Psychic abilities (although not necessarily psychic feeding methods)
and metaphysical characteristics:
- Mind reading
- See and read auras
- Extra-sensory perception (ESP)
- Clairaudience, being able to mentally hear things from a distance
- Clairvoyance, being able to mentally see things from a distance
- Clairsentience, having knowledge that one can not explain
- Audiovoyance, being able to see and/or hear spirits and possibly communicate
- Astral travel/astral projection
- Invisibility, although not as in the Invisible Man kind of invisibility;
the kind of invisibility where one can blend into a setting, room and/or
crowd, and not be noticed by anyone looking for them.
- Past-life memories, especially vampiric past-life memories
- Immortal soul and a belief in reincarnation
- Experience déjà vu quite frequently
- Able to sense other vampires (often referred to as "vamp radar")
- Involved in "alternative" religions (such as pagan, Wiccan,
satanic, etc.) or have "alternative" spiritual beliefs
- Most are either born vampires or experience an awakening to their
vampiric nature later in life, usually in their teen years but it can
happen later in life
The above lists are not all-inclusive lists, as I may have missed some
characteristics and abilities, but those are the ones that I could think
of at this time. These lists of vampire characteristics and traits should
not be used as a checklist to determine if one is a vampire
Differences between Real Vampires and Mythical/Fictional Vampires
- Real vampires are not undead creatures. Real vampires are living
- Real vampires are not immortal. Real vampires are mortal humans. However,
some vampires may believe they have immortal souls, may believe in reincarnation
and may have past life memories.
- Real vampires are not demons. They are humans.
- Real vampires are not superior to humans. Real vampires are humans
with a need to obtain life-force energies from outside sources. They
are perhaps different from most humans, but not superior.
- Religious symbols do not ward off or bother real vampires by simply
being held up at them. Beating or hitting a real vampire with said religious
symbol may be a different story.
- Holy water does not affect real vampires other than it gets them wet,
and getting them wet might annoy a real vampire.
- Real vampires in general are not necessarily evil, although some may
choose to be. Religious preferences among real vampires will vary by
each individual vampire. Some will choose to follow a certain religion,
while others will not follow any religion. While some real vampires
will choose to be satanic, not at all real vampires are satanic or devil
worshippers. Believe it or not, there are even some real vampires that
- Silver does not bother most real vampires. Some are allergic to silver.
Others will use silver for its metaphysical properties to control and/or
focus shielding and/or feeding techniques.
- Yes, a real vampire can be killed if one drives a stake through his
heart and chop off his head, but so will most regular humans if one
does the same to them. Also, real vampires do not turn to dust or rapidly
decompose when one kills them. By the way, killing a real vampire is
murder, and will result in a person being arrested and put in prison.
- Real vampires do not change or morph into any other forms, such as
wolves, bats, mist, etc.
- Real vampires do not have superpowers. Some may have heightened senses
and abilities, though.
- Real vampires do not fly, unless they are in some kind of flying device
like a plane or helicopter.
- Real vampires do not burst into flames in sunlight. However, some
real vampires are sensitive to sunlight and will sunburn easily. Other
real vampires enjoy the sun, and can elementally feed from the sun.
- Real vampires do not sleep all day and stay up all night. Although
many real vampires have nocturnal natures, most also have daytime lives
that they must deal with as well. However, most will stay up well into
the night and sleep for a couple of hours before resuming their daytime
- Real vampires do not have to sleep in coffins, and they do not need
to have their native soil with them when they sleep. However, real vampires
may choose to sleep in a coffin for personal reasons. I understand that
they are quite dark and very quiet, allowing for a very peaceful sleep.
- Real vampires do not "turn", "embrace", "sire"
or "change" someone into a vampire. There is no such thing
as a vampirism virus, and one can not become a vampire by being bitten
or through an exchange of blood. Real vampires are born vampires and
may be vampires from birth or they may experience an awakening later
in life, usually during their teen years but it can happen later in
life. At best, some real vampires may be able to trigger the awakening
of a latent vampire, which is often misconstrued as a turning.
- Real vampires are not bloodthirsty killers. They do not feed on and
kill victims. Most real vampires feed from willing donors in safe manners,
never risking harm to their donors. Even for real vampires who feed
from people that do not realize they are being fed from, although it
is considered unethical by most, they will not feed in a manner that
causes harm to the person being fed from.
- Real vampires cast reflections. Some even enjoy looking at their reflections.
Some enjoy it too much. Others do not enjoy looking at their reflections.
Just like most people.
- Real vampires do not necessarily dress to look like vampires seen
in movies, television, or described in books. Some may do so by choice.
Others may choose to look gothic. Others will dress however they want
to and wear regular clothes.
- Real vampires do not have fangs, although some may choose to have
their teeth shaped to look like fangs or wear fake fangs. Some people
have naturally occurring fangs, but that does not necessarily make them
- Real vampires are not able to enthrall a person simply by looking
at them. However, some real vampires are able to effectively seduce
or charm people using various methods (such as NLP** and hypnosis).
- Real vampires do not live in fancy mansions in households with other
vampires, nor do they live in mausoleums/crypts. However, some real
vampires may choose to live with each other as roommates/housemates.
Others will form covens, courts, houses, orders, and/or organizations
to gather and be with other vampires.
- Real vampires are not automatically rich, and do not have fancy possessions.
Many real vampires have to work regular jobs for a living.
- The lifestyles of real vampires are not romantic and glamorous like
those seen in movies, television or described in books. Many vampires
lead regular lives, have families, have to pay rent/mortgages/bills,
and deal with everyday things like everyone else.
Again, the above list is not an all-inclusive list, as I may have missed
some differences, but those are the ones that I could think of at this
In this article, I have defined what a real vampire is, explained the
different types of vampires and their feeding methods, described people
often mistaken for real vampires, listed characteristics of real vampires,
and the differences between real vampires and mythical/fictional vampires.
However, I want to make it clear that there is no definitive way or "test"
for determining if one is a real vampire or not. Determining if one is
a real vampire is a personal journey, and should not be taken lightly.
One needs to do research and eliminate any other explanations (i.e., medical
reasons for certain characteristics) before assuming that they are a vampire.
A person needs to determine for themselves if a real vampire is simply
what they are or what they desire to be.
If a person desires to be a vampire, then one needs to determine what
the motivation for that desire is as usually that desire will go unfulfilled.
If they are not already a vampire (i.e., a latent vampire), then they
will not be able to become a vampire no matter how much they may want
to become one. However, they can still become involved with the vampire
community as a vampire supporter and/or donor. There are many people involved
in the vampire community who are not vampires, and they are able to contribute
to the vampire community.
As mentioned before, the information presented in this article is general
in nature, and presented for educational purposes. Any areas of specific
interest should be further researched.
* Some real vampires are members of real Houses, although
these are generally not named after fictional clans, vampires or houses.
** Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
This article is written in its entirety by Enygma, and to the best of
the author's knowledge it is an original article. The information presented
in this article comes from personal research and participation in discussion
groups within Yahoo Groups and various message boards. No other articles
or authors (to the best of the author's knowledge) were quoted in the
writing of this article. However, credit is due to the following people
and organizations (and the members thereof) (in alphabetical order) for
educating the author about real vampires and vampirism: Kindred
Nations Yahoo Group, Michelle
Belanger and House
Kheperu Yahoo Group and website,
Ordo Strigoi Vii &
Vampyre Almanac, Sanguinarius:
The Vampire Support Page (and the resources thereof), Shadowlore
Yahoo Group, SphynxCat's
Real Vampires Support Page website, Vampire Church Yahoo
Group and website, Vampire
Corner Yahoo Group and website (currently not available), and Vyrdolak's
The idea for this article came from a discussion in the Vampire-Discussion
Yahoo Group, a resource of Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page.
Description of clinical vampirism taken from, "Vampires,
Werewolves, & Demons. Twentieth Century Reports in the Psychiatric
Literature." Richard Noll. Brunner/Mazel Publishing, Inc. New York,
New York. ©1992.
All other information for this article came from discussions
in various Yahoo Groups and from various websites mentioned above, as
well as personal experiences of the author and conversations with other
About the Author
Enygma is a solitary eclectic vampire residing in the state of Hawaii
on the island of Oahu. Enygma experienced his awakening during his teen
years, and has been a (awakened) vampire for almost twenty years within
this lifetime. Enygma came to the online vampire community in November
of 2003, and has taken an active role in participating in the online vampire
community in a search for knowledge about vampires and vampirism. Enygma
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