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A real vampire's life? It's really draining

The vampire drank cola at the movie because the vampire does not drink blood. She remarked that the giggling teenagers buying popcorn in their capes were "really, really great," but the vampire herself wore jeans and a T-shirt, as she breaks out vamparaphernalia only for special occasions. And after the 9:15 showing of the new hit film "Twilight," the vampire went straight home with her teenage son, because the vampire is a doting mom.

The vampire is Linda Rabinowitz, also known as Selket. She's in her thirties, lives in central Virginia and radiates warm approachability. If you needed a quarter to get on the bus, she is the stranger you would ask.

If you maintained eye contact for too long, though, she might be tempted to quietly sip away at your energy, or prana, leaving you a little fatigued, because that is what empathic and psychic vampires feed on, and that is what Rabinowitz says she is. But she would never actually do that, because "good" vampires — both psychic and blood-consuming sanguinarians — operate under the Black Veil, an ethics code that stipulates feeding only off willing donors.

What did you expect, some kind of monster?

Every time Hollywood comes out with an undead movie, everyone wants to talk to real vampires. "Twilight" — which made US$70.6 million over the weekend and recounts the love story of human teen Bella and vampire teen Edward — is no exception.

And frankly, the vampire community is sooo over the negative exposure. Over teaching that vampires are born and not made, over answering such questions as: Do you really sleep in coffins and never die? Please, people.

Vampires, depressingly, are Just Like Us.

"I really look at my condition as more of an energy deficiency," says one 27-year-old Washingtonian who goes by Scarlet in the vampire community. She, like many vampires, does not allow her real name to be printed because she has not come out of the coffin in real life. "I don't always produce enough energy to sustain myself," Scarlet says.

So she occasionally needs a little energy from her boyfriend. Just a teaspoon of blood, once every week or 10 days, and always collected with disposable single-use lancet. Safety first, safety first. Feeding is "not as parasitic as people think," she says. "It's more of a reciprocal thing."

Rabinowitz is just as discriminating. "I stay away from people with medical issues," she says. "There's just too much complex emotion there." Also, no drunks, no druggies, no head cases. Although she most often feeds from one willing donor, she can take in ambient energy from crowds. Places such as Hard Times Cafe and Applebee's can be good spots, she says, because of the generally positive energy.

Think of this next time you're noshing on Nachos Nuevos.

December 13, 2008    ZACS_FAN@
So there's a real "Vampire" out there?
January 5, 2009    austinbenknowsyou@
ZACS_FAN@ wrote:
So there's a real "Vampire" out there?
No, just a ton of 8th-12th grade girls out there that want a vampire boyfriend. Gross.
January 5, 2009    bhbjhb@
Oh lol.

Just lol.
January 6, 2009    testing123@
Sad, just sad. I think articles like this that humor delusional people are dangerous and can lead to some of those (albeit, very rare) situations where people have died from "vampire" feedings.
January 6, 2009    hawanja@
October 30, 2009    princess-ella-face11@
austinbenknowsyou@ wrote:
No, just a ton of 8th-12th grade girls out there that want a vampire boyfriend. Gross.
I really wanna say no thanks. Submitted by Kristen Ella Blake 4670
October 30, 2009    princess-ella-face11@
bhbjhb@ wrote:
Oh lol.

Just lol.
Im Watching You!
July 9, 2010    archimionderules@
not all "vampires" are 8-12th grade girls. One psycho lady though she was a vamp and stabbed a man to death "because she needed the blood." She was in her thirties.
January 29, 2011    dsjkfoh@
Whoa. I lose faith in humanity more and more every day.
March 31, 2011    lilsasuke01281996@
we are real.. ryan hybrido
April 8, 2011    eurotrash117@
People like you who comment are the reason we don't use our real names. Thanks, d*****bags.
November 6, 2011    dillyriffic@
"they could just walk into some place, and pick some person, and feed on them until the person flops down and twitches."
I'm sure they could.
"it's kind of like the UN for vampires"
the psychic and the sanguine get together and vote on important issues within the community like... how many minions to have?
Illusions of grandeur. That's what sums this up.
"Vampires" change as the fiction around them changes. When vampires were not cool, no one admitted to being a vampire, now that they're cool we have little vampire communities. When I was like 10 I thought I was a vampire, then I grew up.
@eurotrash117 shut the hell up. Ridicule is what ridiculous notions need. Without ridicule, the general public will never advance. We can't have an open minded person come here and not also see that it's a stupid idea, otherwise they'll fancy themselves a vampire too. "Oh, I get tired sometimes and feel reenergized around crowds! I'm a vampire!"
Or an extrovert, it's whatever.
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