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What Is a Vampire?
Katharina Katt is a psychic vampire and also the resident agony aunt for UK magazine Bite Me. She has been active in the vampire community for over 15 years and provides advice to vampires all over the world. Below is a transcript of a letter she received some time ago:
I don’t like sunlight and hate garlic. Does this make me a vampire?
Sincerely, Garlic Hater
Myth: Vampires are afraid of the sun
Myth: a Vampire Can ‘turn’ another person into a Vampire
Myth: Vampires are afraid of Garlic
Myth: Vampires Must drink Blood to survive
Myth: Vampires Bite their Victims
Myth: Vampires are immortal
Dracula (US title: Horror of Dracula) starring Christopher Lee was the first English-language film in which a vampire was portrayed with a pair of large pointed canines. As a matter of fact, real sanguine vampires would find fangs more of a hinderance than help. Blood-drinking animals, like vampire bats, bite with their incisors and lap the blood with their tongues, instead of sucking it. Vampire blood-drinkers rarely bite their ‘donors’ with teeth. They use sterile needles, lancets or stainless steel blades instead.
I wish to be ‘turned’ into a vampirehow do I go about this?
Interview with the Vampire, and that people can be ‘turned’ into vampires, then you do need help, but not the kind we can give. Basically, using your imagination does not have to mean that you become totally gullible.
Sincere best wishes, but keep it real,
(Oxford English Dictionary)
(Dr. Mark Benecke, forensic biologist
and expert in clinical vampirism)
(Craig Hamilton Parker,
one of the UK’s leading mediums)
(Colin from The Vampyre ConneXion)
(Jan Bondeson, PhD in Experimental
Medicine and author of Buried Alive)
(Dr. Elizabeth Miller,
Professor of English at
Memorial University of Newfoundland,
an internationally renowned expert on Dracula)
(Katharina Katt, agony aunt and psychic vampire
who has been active in the vampire community
for over 12 years)
(Rosemary Ellen Guiley,
author of The Encyclopedia of Vampires,
Werewolves and Other Monsters)