The Real History of Vampires of New Orleans and the Buffalo Community

The Real History of Vampires of New Orleans and the Buffalo Community

The umbrella term “real vampire community” is used to describe “modern vampires” or “real vampires,” terms that refer interchangeably to people who consume human and/or animal blood (sanguinarian), absorb psychic energy (psychic vampire or psivamp) or both (hybrid), and do so out of a need that, according to my study participants, begins to manifest around puberty and derives from the lack of subtle energies their bodies produce.

Subcultural Studies and the Scholarly Goth Subculture Perspectives

Subcultural Studies and the Scholarly Goth Subculture Perspectives

The majority of research on subcultures, in both North America and Britain, has been through sociological lenses. In the early twentieth century, the work of various scholars at the University of Chicago conceptualized subcultures as groupings of deviant youth in a situational context.

The Enduring Sexual Appeal of Vampires

The Enduring Sexual Appeal of Vampires

No creature of the night seems to excite the western imagination quite like the vampire. While others like Frankenstein and the Mummy have lost their lustre over the years, vampires abound in books and films. In the local video store, the horror shelves are stocked with films like ‘The Lost Boys’, and posters proclaim the release of ‘Fright Night II’.

Witchcraft and Powerful Women Throughout the Middle Ages

Witchcraft and Powerful Women Throughout the Middle Ages

“All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which in women is insatiable,” caution Kramer and Sprenger, fifteenth-century Dominican inquisitors and authors of the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, or ‘Hammer of Witches’, the definitive text on witchcraft to emerge from the late medieval period.

The Japanese Peculiar Subculture of Lolita with a Goth-Loli Focus

The Japanese Peculiar Subculture of Lolita with a Goth-Loli Focus

Japan, nowadays, does not seem as distant from our culture as it was two or three decades ago. In recent times there has been a real invasion of Japanese popular culture, an invasion that makes me think that it is not possible to reduce the world simply to an American “global village”.

Vampires in the Early Christian Era

Vampires in the Early Christian Era

It is accurate to describe the clergy as disseminators of morality. After all, one of the primary functions of any religion is to legislate morality to both the elites and the commoners. However, the Catholic Church was not fortunate enough to be working with a tabula rasa.

The ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ Witching Evident Authority

The ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ Witching Evident Authority

It is thus that Henri Boguet introduces his ‘Examen of Witches’ (1602): a manual based upon his own experiences as a judge concerned with the trial, torture, and burning of numerous victims of the witch scare in Burgundy towards the end of the sixteenth-century. Boguet knows that witches exist because he can cite both learned authority and factual evidence to prove his case conclusively.

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