Vampires are a hot topic today, thanks to a number of recent books, movies, and role-playing games. But what’s life really like behind the media masquerade?
by Larry Mastbaum
At four, “Elizabeth” already knew that she was different from other people, though she didn’t necessarily understand why or how. She first tasted blood at age 11. It wasn’t until later that she became familiar with the term vampire. By 15, she was drinking blood regularly, thanks to her first steady donor. Nearly a quarter-century later, she still imbibes about once a week. She doesn’t suck blood from the necks of her willing food sources, however, which is but one of the things you may find surprising about “Elizabeth” and others like her.
Perhaps no other cultural figure has inspired such a wide variety of emotions as the vampire, ranging from fear to arousal, revulsion to envy. The image of this mystical figure Read the rest of this entry »