Due to the latest incidents I feel obliged to make a semi-official statement about the so-called and often quoted vampire community which is known as the loose connection of like-minded sites occupied with the phenomenon of real vampirism.
The whole thing started when the first sites came into being. First sites that I remember to deal with vampirism in a factual manner or attempting such were Sanguinarius' Vampire Support page which is excellent, Inanna Arthens Page, which is also excellent and the VRI, which is rather a private project that does not publicate much information but had a guestbook which functions as a message base rather than as a guestbook ever since its coming into being in March 1997.
Another institution was at that time the former Order of Darkness, a message forum occupied with real vampirism which does not exist in this form anymore but only as an IRC channel which is opccupied by its founder, Allistar Dargon.
After the breakdown of the old OoD, many vampires had no resource of communication anymore. As a result of this, the now existing Hall of Memories (HoM) was fonded to establish a place for vampires again, and soon after its foundation, many exmembers of the OoD found their way there via the VRI.
About the same time, in 1997, I and several other vampires erected further webpages to spread real information to provide it for vampires in need of support, information and help. The amount of websites constantly grew. Many vampires founded new webrings in order to provide a possibility of linking up between the single sites. But at the same time, the inter-site linking proceeded further, due to our constant efforts. Up to now, the major sites (of which most are listed on my linklist and many other linklist of other major vampire sites) are all linked together, here and there new sites popping up and being welcomed as soon as possible.
But back to the Vampire Community.
Somewhen back this year, a member of the VC, Amy Krieytaz, proposed a political movement that would bring the vampires to the surface of public recognition and act up against marginalisation in the way many other subcultures have done it before, such as the gays, the Gothics, the transsexuals, the Pagans and the like. This idea was mostly rejected, and some recent discussions show that this idea is still not all too popular amongst the vampires, but you never know what actually might happen in the future.
The word "Vampire Community" has ever since become an "in"-expression. Up to now, it is unthinkable not to exist. Nevertheless, I must admit that I do not see the signs that a real community ought to show in my personal opinion to deserve this name. There is too much bickering, bashing and personal quarrel around, and much too few consent about what avampire actually is. As it is horrible difficult to give a proper definition what a vampire actually is or what it is not, this consent will have to be delaid for quite a while still. (You might have noticed that nearly every page gives an at least slightly varied explanation of vampirism as a phenomenon.)
As much as the vampires generally agree that society is not ready for a bunch of vampires popping up out of the dark - as it is not even ready to cope with Pagans or gays what is de facto proven through the Satanic Panic of the 1980's and the still occuring gay-bashing - I would personally say that vampires are not made for a community as well. In my experience, vampires are too much of a bunch of individuals to get along with each other just for the fact of being labeled as a community. Many vampires do get along with each other, others not, and the peergroups are yet far too small to make a community alltogether.
Hence, I do not claim connection any to the alleged Vampire Community anymore, although I put a horrible expense of work and faith in helping it being built. I still will provide my page as a source of information and my email address as a means to contact me. I will remain in the webrings that I am part of and I stand for my views and the friends that I have made (Yes, actually I have made friends, it might sound unbelievable, but it is true!). I will keep contact with everybody who desires such, but I will not stand for a project that has totally lost its track and does not seem to be all too likely to get in shape again all too soon. Making a community requires constant and hard work and self-discipline, and I honor everyone who has proven to be able to offer this. However, it requires these things from everyone, not only from some main people. I must admit to my own shame that I have an outrageous temper that is not appreciated by everyone, and it mostly shows when I fear that the integrity of the assumed community is being attacked from undue individuals. But this fact - as I see it - is not the very only and sole reason for the bad climate, as some individuals state and claim. For anything that refers to communication needs more than one person. And noone who does not make it better than me has the right to judge me for my faults.
This actually all there is to it. Enough rambling, before someone will actually send the promised assassin after me! *laughs viciously*
See you in all the places that I am welcomed still, and if not there, write me and I am here!