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Vampire clubs, covens and lairs

By Brittany Stack

VAMPIRE clubs, covens and lairs have sprung up across Australia in the wake of the Twilight craze. Even individuals claiming to be real blood-drinkers have emerged within these groups. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga, hit TV show True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries have taken hold of popular culture, reviving interest in the age-old legend of immortal blood-suckers, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

A group of self-professed Sanguinarian vampires meet once a month at Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west or at Hawkesbury in the north west to participate in rituals. One of their members, 40-year-old Newtown resident Marc, who did not want his surname published, claims to consume a 200 to 250ml-glass of blood on a regular basis. “We’re real, we’re alive, we live and work in cities, we hold jobs, we’re your next-door neighbour,” Marc, told The Sunday Telegraph. “We have families, but we just have a different understanding.” Marc said there were two types of vampires in society – the sanguinarian vampire and the Psi or psychic vampire, who feed off others emotions. “I’m seeing a lot of people who are into Psi vampirism in Sydney without necessarily calling themselves vampires,” Marc said. “The more unusual phenomenon is the fact that sanguinarian vampire are actually using blood as a food substitute.”

Bond University assistant film and television professor Scott Knight said Twilight was an example of how easily cult media took hold of public imagination. The media culture specialist described it as the “new crossover cult mainstream phenomenon”.

Read the original article at: Australia News

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