Welcome

Posted: Wednesday, 23 November, 2011 by deacongray in Uncategorized

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Med Sangs, and their Damn Partition!

Posted: Friday, 30 September, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized

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A few years ago CJ Itlan stood bravely up ( in the form of an article) and raised her voice calling for the partition between the Greater Vampire Community (GVC) as coined by Belfaazar Ashantison, and those who no longer wish to be consider part of the Vampire community, or the term Vampire in any way at all.

The basis of her feeling is that, “In all seriousness, there is no utility to [the] vampire identity for us, so why keep a direct connection?” Or, as Alexia Ashford stated, “Anyone who doesn’t not fit into the mainstream VC umbrella does not find support or help here. I don’t care what anyone else does.” She further added, “Most med sangs have already gone a long time ago. I believe people should be free to follow their own associations and pursue their own causes, without hostility.”

This on-going effort has been tough to tackle over the years, with calls of “cowards” for not being able to face criticism, to “elitist pricks” by others. The real criticism isn’t their beliefs about what they are, it’s about their determination to throw up dividers in the community. Isn’t it there that the hostility can really be found? But, perhaps people aren’t really thinking this through.

Belfazaar’s coined term, the “Greater Vampire Community,” was always meant to be an inclusive term. I was recently asked if F13, Classicals, and even Skeptics are part of the community if the term is so inclusive, and to be honest in their own way yes, fringe elements to be certain, but they are there. It also includes Sexual vampires, Lifestylers, and many others…it’s a community not a club.

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As I have said many times, “Why are you still here, if you’re going keep declaring year after year that you’re leaving?” I find it at least a little hypocritical that their belief seems to be “We all need to leave, but not me I’m staying, you guys go! I’ll keep an eye on these devils!”

Well, I think I have a pretty good answer for that. These declarations aren’t really even put out for the VC. They are not for US.  They’re a recruiting tool. They are made to help, as CJ said, and I’ll paraphrase “to persuade med sangs to go to where they can find support and education, and disregard all this other hooey.” That they respond to the criticism at all has more to due with human nature at being called out, rather then any real interest in what we have to say.

I can see their point actually, even if I find it a somewhat futile effort. Segments have been breaking off for this very reason for years, but seldom do they stay gone. Even if they do, people pretty much set those names in the back of their head and welcome them back if and when they return.

Still, as I said, I can see their point. There is nothing wrong exploiting the community they dislike by  keeping their eyes out for others who might need the same support, and education, with out the influence of outside support that isn’t effective. There really isn’t anything wrong with the idea of working inside your own element, organization, house, clan, coven or what have you, and in the end, this really isn’t any different.

So, I wish them luck in their efforts, and I hope to, one day, hear they got an answer to their question, and can move past this point in their lives. Until then, like it or not, I still accept you as part of the community, but don’t worry…I won’t tell anyone.

Giving back to the Night

Posted: Friday, 30 September, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized

Spot Light on “The Iron Garden”

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Over the many gatherings and parties “The Iron Garden” has produced the concept of giving back to the community that has supported the effort has always been foremost on its member’s minds.

With speakers such as Lord Traveler Asura-MacPhee co-founder of House Pride of Asura., speaking on the past, present, and future of the community, and others such as Asttarte Rose Deva, and Shatki Bliss holding a forum on the secrets of tantric sex, they have helped produce over 150 different topics, presentations and workshops. They have covered, Magic and witchcraft, paganism and earth-based paths, energy work and vampirism, spirit healing and readers, art, books and many, many more.

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With so much going on, and so much more to come, we here at the Graveyard Press decide it would be nice to introduce some of the leadership that makes it all possible.

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Jabbar “Trismegistus” Martin, Ronin, became a Citizen of the Iron Garden in 2015 and is the Court’s Seneschal or assistant host. He loves the Goth Culture, Music, Fashion, Lifestyle, and considers himself a Victorian Goth.  Since joining Iron Garden he has personally met and befriended many individuals he considers outstanding, and he is grateful for the friendships and guidance.  As an awakening Therian he finds the Iron Garden, the Gateway Halo, and House of the Dreaming to be an integral part of his Education and Mentorship.  As a Seneschal he helps feature spiritual and educational organizations, artists and crafting businesses.  He takes personal pride in helping develop and introduce the NJ Gateway Halo for the Northern NJ Nightkind Community.  The Halo is here to assist the growing NJ Community; and it is expanding.  He feels these first 20 months are just the start of something great for all those that enjoy the Nocturnal Lifestyle.

Louisa Ashe, Ronin, was one of the very first Citizens of the Iron Garden and is now the current Scribe and keeper of the scrolls.  She was born on the Jersey Shore near the hour of midnight and there she spent much of her formative years perusing encyclopedias and novels, enjoying the seasons as they came.  She has traveled the world, explored its many cultures, and having resided all over the US, found herself returning to the east coast’s New York tri-state area in 1999.  Presently she is an actor, artist, model, and a dedicated organizer of this NJ Nightkind Haven.  She is an eclectic pagan, having explored many forms of spirituality and worship going back to the primal forces of nature.  With Iron Garden she is vested in the unity of the many different Pagan, Otherkin and Nightkind groups, so that there may be collaboration, support and learning from each other.

Blueeyesoulfof Ra Horakhty, Ronin, is a Founder and the current Marshall of the Iron Garden. It is her duty to ensure that the Haven remains respectable, peaceful and drama free for all Nightkind.  She is Vampire, Pagan and Witch daring to live a drama-free life; no wonder she has the same standards for the Haven.    She enjoys being a “Ronin”, and has met some very interesting creatures of the night, dating back to the late 80’s many from the BDSM scene. After nearly 2 years, she is still excited to be part of this awesome society of like-minded creatures of the night; she knows the resurrection of the new Jersey Iron Garden under this new flag, with new ideals, will continue to be one of warmth, networking and friendship for all to enjoy.  She feels honored to be a part of the Iron Garden and knows it will continue to be an awesome experience for all.

Madame X of House of the Dreaming is a Founder, the Producer, and the Host of The Iron Garden since its inception in January 2015. For decades Madame X has expressed her passion for The Community as Matriarch of House of the Dreaming, Co-Founder of Dark Nations, Chapter Head of NJ Bloodlines, Prince of the Gateway Halo, Co Host of BatStock 2016, Co Host of The NJ Goth Challenges, Editor The Rift Arts Forum, Presenter for Vampyre Lounge, Host of The Collective, and contributor to several anthologies like Vampires in their Own Words, and The Gotham Archives.   She also co-founded the original Iron Garden, Court of Lazarus, Black Atlantis, Black Oaks, Club Illuminati … Today, still inspired by that desire to motivate others to the same path of self-discovery and evolution, she is determined to put the NJ Nightkind Community on the map with New Jersey’s own Nightkind Haven, the Iron Garden.

With such a diverse and multi-talented crew, combined with the exceptional members and guests of The Iron Garden, the future looks bright for the organization. We here at The Graveyard, can only celebrate their achievements, and applaud their ever expanding verity of events and contributors.

Iron Garden Offerings to Date: 1/2015 – 9/2016

Presentations & Discussions

On Community:

“Dayside/Nightside Balance” by Empress Gem Evolution of Society Nocturnus of Gotham

“Faces of Initiation” by Hesperus of House of The Dreaming

“Iron Garden – Past, Present and Future” by Lord Traveler of House Sabretooth MacPhee

“The Gotham Vampyre Archives” by Lord Shaolin Asura MacPhee

“Unity Through Diversity” by Lord Stefan Henderson of Clan Resurrectus

On Witchcraft, Magic & its Practices:

“Altered States of Consciousness” by Herr Wulfsunus of House of The Dreaming

“Aphrodisiac Edibles” by Herr Wulfsunus of House of The Dreaming

“Macabre Magickal Practices” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Moon Magick” by Cher Cherichello of NJ Pagans

“Necromancy” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Secrets of Aroma Therapy” by Trinity Cauldronborn of Hands of Change Coven

“Secrets of Tantric Sex” by Asttarte Rose Deva

“Secrets of Witchcraft” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Sex Magick” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Voodoo & Sympathetic Magick” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

On Paganism & Earth Based Paths:

“Hetep Healing” by Karuna Ma Honerkamp of Neolyth Shamanic Center

“Inner Balance” with Jennifer Albert of the Inner Peace Center

“Kemetic Magick” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Mitras, Attis, and Dionysus” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Native American Spiritual Traditions” by Tony Moon Hawk Langhorn

“Shamanism” with Brian McGuire from Neolyth Shamanic Center

On Energy Work & Vampirism:

“Ambient and Elemental Energy” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Pranic Energy” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Sensing Energy” by Sensei Victoria Whitfield

“The Power of Blood” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“The Dawn of the British Vampire” by Medical Historian Nicole Salomone

“The Wonders of Power Exchange” by Amazon Mistress Victoria of Temple House Shajaza

“Vampires Across the World” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

On Paranormal & Unexplained:

“Ghosts, Spirits & Visitations” by Madame X of House of The Dreaming

“Hauntings” by Frank Lazzaro of NJ ROPE Paranormal Investigations

Spiritual Healers and Readers:

Aura Photography w/iDivinations

Energy Tarot Readings w/Eleshar Healings

Psychic Readings w/Angela Theresa

Palmistry, Bones & Tarot w/Genoveva Rossi

Rune Readings w/Nykol

Seichem Healing w/Karuna Ma

Tarot Readings w/David Merlino

Tarot Readings w/Lady D

Spiritual Ceremonies:

BDSM Power Exchange Ritual w/Temple House Sahjaza

Blood Blot Rite w/House of the Dreaming & Friends

Blue Moon Ceremony w/NJ Pagans

Bringing to Light the Shadows of the Absent Ones w/Kuriak Isepeth

Candle Magick Money Spell w/Botanica San Lazaro

Charging of the Besom w/NJ Pagans

Circle Blessing Ceremony w/Tony Moon Hawk Langhorn

Egyptian Feast of Divine Life w/House of the Dreaming & Friends

Energy Cleansing w/Eleshar Healings

Hearth Flame Ceremony w/House of the Dreaming

Homage to the Goddess, Sex and Rebirth w/NJ Pagans

Imbolc Preparation & 1 Year Anniversary w/The Iron Garden Citizens

Inner Balance Meditation w/Inner Peace Center

Kundalini Meditation w/Hearth Element

Reiki Share w/Hands of Change Coven

Samhain Circle w/NJ Pagans

Tools of Haven Consecration w/House of the Dreaming & Friends

Voodoo Love Spell w/NJ Pagans

Yuletide Circle w/NJ Pagans

Merchants:

Aquila Noir – Handmade Soaps, Candles & Herbal Mixes

Artisans of the Anvil – Wrought Iron Artistry

Asura’s Creations – Jewelry & other Handmade Creations

Athena’s Novelties – Sensual Indulgences & Naughty Delights

Botanica San Lazaro – Botanical & Metaphysical Goods

Culture Couture – Sensual & Spiritual merchandise

Fangsmith Horror Show Jack – Fangs & more

Finna DeElf – Leather & Woods Crafts

Fotoplex Photography – Green Screen Photos

Knightley & Company – Jewelry & Accessories

Lauren Curtis Art – Photography, Cards, Jewelry & T-Shirts

Magic N’ Mayhem – Fantastic Crystal Jewelry

Moon on the Water – Henna Artistry

Narcissus Gems – Handcrafted Jewelry

Strange Omens – Pagan Goods

The Golden Web – Handmade Spiders & Companions

The Mechanical Meow – Unique Jewelry, Hats & Masks

Tio Freddy’s Waxen Works – Hand Sculpted Candle Creations

Trinity’s Magickal Intentions – Candles, Oils & Gems

Turtle 2 Turtle – Native American Wares & Crafts

Walk the Light – Potions, Pendants & Charms

Wycked Lenses – Fantasy Contacts

Art Exhibitions:

Digital Art Photography Exhibit by Sandra N Silva

Elements in Photography Exhibit by Allison Dzielak

Inner Realms Exhibit by Art of Celine

Paranormal Photography Exhibit by Miguel Aviles

Sensual Photography Exhibit by Madame X Muzcat

Vampire Photography Exhibit by Swav Jusis

Book Readings and Signings:

“Beyond the Rift” Recital by Paul Nash & Denise LaNeve of North Jersey Literary Series

“Blood Mettle” Book Reading & Signing by Authoress Heather E. Hutsell

“Drawing Dead” Book Reading & Signing by Author Brian McKinley

Performances, Music, Dance & Film:

Belly Dance Performance & Workshop by Suhana w/Live Drummer Jack Lowery

“Dark Side of the Opera” Concert Performance by Soprano Nicole Oliva

“Night of the Magician” & ” In Flesh, In Spirit” Screenings & Talk by Artist Baron Misuraca

“The Philosophy of Horror” by Horror Host John Turnbull of Domain of Horror

“Power of the Flesh” – Performance Art Ritual by Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi & Friends

“Tame the Wind” CD Release & Live Performance by Jerico of the Angels

Unexpected Vote Elects Gateway Halo’s New Prince

Posted: Monday, 25 July, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized

By Ezra Canidea 2016 July 25th
UPDATE : After garnering the majority vote, Iron Garden Founder, Madame X, of House of The Dreaming became the new Prince of the Gateway Halo of Northern New Jersey. “I am very, very happy and thank my fellow Halo members, ” said Madame X

Madame X, who also once served previous Courts, has served the Gateway Halo and Iron Garden for nearly two years now. “I’m going into my 2nd year with the “Iron Garden”, and with the help and support of great people like Wulfsunus, Jabbar “Trismegistus” Martin, Blueeyesoulof Ray-Horakhty, Asif Murad and so many more I wish I had time to mention, we have really become an independent organization dedicated to building and developing strong ties in the community.”

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She went on to add “Over the years, since the inception of the NJ Chapter of Bloodlines International in 2012, and specifically within the last two years that the Iron Garden has been active, we have been repeatedly asked to clarify as to what Halo does the NJ VC belong to, who was the Regent or Prince? We really didn’t want to get into that, simply being a separate and self-defined organization was enough.

It’s really no wonder that some efforts have been made to absorb us into other Halo’s or pull us under the authority of other leadership. So while I wasn’t pleased that the Iron Garden had to declare its own status as the Gateway Halo, and would rather not deal with the politics that titles create, I was surprised to find that my fellow Halo members felt that making an official position of leadership was required.”

Being currently out of the US, the vote was organized by the members of the Gateway Halo, and Iron Garden, to name Madame X, Prince of the Gateway Halo, and Iron Garden. It is a title she feels is a little lofty, but she is certain her strong fellow Halo members will keep her from getting a big head. Wulfsunus, a fellow member and a Gateway Halo resident stated: “Madame X created the Gateway Halo of Northern NJ in Feb, she never figured she needed to officially lay claim to it and really wanted to avoid the politics and just have a good time.”

Reacting to the news her fellow House Elder, Deacon Gray of the House of The Dreaming, had this to say. “With such great inspirations as Gotham, and the amazing support of the Gateway Halo residents, Madame X and the rest of the community have undoubtedly created something special.

I had the pleasure of attending an early Bloodlines gathering, and without a doubt, the crowd was wonderful and the people beautiful and fun. I know Madame X wanted to avoid titles and all the politics, who needs it? However,  all organizations need to define their leadership. I have never really liked titles like “Prince, Regent, or Vampire King, but I do see how having a formal figurehead for the community helps to both promote the community and keep a sense of order. It just makes sense that it would be her, she was behind the push to build the whole thing as I understand it.”

At the end of the day the politics aren’t important, the real adventure is in coming out and having a great time. The Gateway Halo is a service to the community, not just for the Iron Garden residents, but for all NJ and beyond. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, participate, and contact us. Let us know who you are and what you or your organization is about.

Under the covers look at sex and vampires.

Posted: Saturday, 2 April, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized

 

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Interview by Nyx Louloudi

Sex. When we hear the word, we get interested. We are surrounded by sex and sexual images, especially in advertisements to sell us products as diverse as beer, to fabric softener. So I guess it wasn’t a surprise to see a link for a survey on sexual vampires posted on Facebook. But, just what is a sexual vampire? As I looked deeper I saw they go by many different names. Pranic, Tantric, Eros, Succubus, Incubus yet none of these name brought me closer to what they actually are. I’m sure I am not the only one with these questions. I have seen inside and outside the community questions being  asked. So here we are asking the big question:  What makes them tick?  And can we get a better insight on what it means to be a sexual vampire?


Well, you have probably heard about the new research about sexual vampires being posted around the vampire community. Tonight I have one of the workers on this project with me, so let me introduce Suzanne Carré

 

SC: Thank you Nyx, it is a pleasure to be here. To some members of the vampire community, I am a writer of fictional vampires, but many are not aware I am also a scientist. I have one undergraduate and one postgraduate degree in physics and mathematics, and I have published novel research in primary literature (journals) for years. For this work, my experience in biometrics and my recent interest in sexual behavior gives me a good working basis to look into the intriguing subject of sexual vampires. In this study, I am also working with Hesperus in CLAVIS, for his invaluable data collecting skills, and Deacon Gray, for the experience he has accumulated over the years in the vampire community.

 

NYX:  Now we in the community know you get many kinds of vampires. Each with their own traits.  But, what exactly is a sexual vampire?

 

SC:  According to some sources, a sexual vampire is any vampire, regardless of their feeding needs, who actively requires some sort of sexual stimuli,either produced or evoked, in order to make the act of feeding of value. How this happens, or why the sexual component is necessary, are some of the questions I hope can be investigated in this study.

 

NYX: Do you relate to this kind of vampirism, or what pulled your attention to this subject?

 

SC: I interpret the mythology of vampires in a sexual context.  As a researcher, sexuality has been one of my topics, and combining my research with real sexual vampires was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.

 

NYX : Speaking of mythology, I have heard people throw around the word incubus and succubus. Are sexual vampires the same as these or in any way related at all?

 

SC: Incubus and succubus refer to male and female demons who were believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping people. In 1597, King James published his “Daemonologie” and this is one of the earliest sources I know of, where they discuss these creatures of the night. In it, these demons are not called evil except if they disturb men (not women) from their sleep.

In the vampire community, some sexual vampires have either chosen the titles of incubus or succubus, to denote their feeding habit, or other vampires have pinned these labels on sexual vampires.  I haven’t been able to figure out which group started it, but they are just that, alternative names. In this survey, we are not dealing with mythological creatures, though some fancy the trappings. We are looking at a behavior driven by a need. The terms are

In this survey, we are not dealing with mythological creatures, though some fancy the trappings. We are looking at a behavior driven by a need. The terms are self-chosen to better assist the individual in defining their own condition, so we don’t need to discriminate based on terms, we are looking at behavior. While we don’t want to make the survey about labels, we are looking a specific demographic that requires this sexual element to draw their specific need, from the willing donor. If a succubus or incubus feel that they fall into this demographic we are eager to hear from them.

 

NYX :  What exactly is the Study? What do you hope to gain from it?

 

SC: The study I am undertaking with my collaborators is to study real vampires using statistical data from a survey we are conducting. We are considering sexual vampires at present, how they feed and what factors affect their feeding because their feeding involves sexual activity of some type.

 

This study gives me a unique chance to investigate what a sexual vampire is and provide a window for researchers, outside the vampire community, to gain some insight into this very special group of self-identified real vampires.

 

NYX: How long have you been in the writing business?  And did it always circle around the vampire  community?

 

SC: My writing seriously started in 2009 when I began blogging about my interests in mythical vampires. I have been enchanted by vampire myths since I was a teenager. Back in 2009, I didn’t know about the vampire community, yet once I discovered it, I was fascinated and joined, but only as an observer. As a writer, I felt it best to listen and learn, and I have gained so much insight from this experience.

 

NYX: What is your personal opinion when you hear someone call themselves a sexual vampire?

 

SC: Well I guess it is the same reaction when I first heard someone call themselves a sanguinarian or psi vampire. At first, I didn’t understand but after looking into the vampire community, I became aware of the diversity of vampires out there. Yes, I found it fascinating that there were sexual vampires, and, at first, I thought these were very rare, but as time went on, I found there is a population of sexual vampires. With all my experience in the vampire community, I always keep an open mind to all the varied possibilities of vampirism.

 

NYX: There are so many articles out already. What makes your one different? What do you hope to achieve in the community with this article?

 

SC: Most of the articles concerning real vampires are blogs for magazines or in books. This work will be an attempt at serious research, with the intention of contributing to the primary literature. The vampire community has a few interested academics, Browning, Laycock and Williams, but their contribution has been limited to communicating the existence of real vampires and promoting the acceptance of this very special group. I believe given the opportunity to have active members of the vampire community, as my co-authors are, will be a step towards gaining much-needed recognition for the real vampire community.

 

NYX: Now, this may sound like an odd question but where did you begin to find information for this article? Was it through interviews interactions or research?

 

SC: No, this is a good question. I was reading one of DR. Williams papers on sexuality because this is my scientific research interest when I realized that sexual vampires are unique.  Sex is a choice for most human beings, but this is apparently not the case for sexual vampires.

 

I mentioned this to Deacon Gray, and he said the idea of looking into the motivation of sex for sexual vampires would be interesting. He directed me to the work of Hesperus of “CLAVIS”, so within a few hours, I had collaborators and we set about making this idea into a working proposal.

 

NYX: How do you think the community will respond to an article like this?

 

SC: I hope the vampire community will see this research and the publications we derive from it, in a positive light. Because my collaborators are within the community and actively involved, every effort is made to be totally respectful of the vampires who participate in this research project.

 

NYX: Will we be seeing any more of this kind of articles from you in the future?

 

SC: I hope to have the privilege of working with Deacon Gray, on other aspects of sexual vampires, and with Hesperus, by looking into the various groups within the vampire community. So far the opportunity to collaborate with both of them has been inspirational. I have learned a great deal so far and look forward to learning more about what it really means to be a real vampire.

 

NYX: With all the buzz around the sexual vampire topic, it’s nice to see research of such extent being done. For a better understanding of those, we know close to us and in our community who identify as a sexual vampire. It was a delight to have this opportunity to interview Suzanne Carré and I hope to see many more of her future articles.

The first part of the sexual vampire study is a survay that can be found at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wMPeKYvwM4DieD8CWMp-6xTGsz-ku5NrBuf4LFbO6pA/viewform?c=0&w=1

What Have You Heard?

Posted: Thursday, 18 February, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized

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There are many different creatures of the night. You hear about the Sanguinary Vampires a great deal, about the Psychic vampires at length, even were creatures and otherkin have a pretty well established standing in the diverse group that makes up the community of others. The Sexual Vampire, on the other hand, what do you really know about them?

There are a few groups for them, but they never remain active, there are a few articles out there, but only from a very few sources. They tend to pop up, at times gather, than slip off to their own ends fairly quickly. People talk about them, but seldom in depth, and when they do it isn’t normally too long before they are met with derogatory comments, and no small amount of criticism.

Are they Sanguinary? Are they Psychic? Neither group really embraces them, nor do they really seems to know what to think about them. Do they feed psychically? Do they feed on blood? Just what is with these vampires of a different shade of dark?

In truth, they can be either, or even both depending the vampire. The key identifier with a sexual vampire is the need to have a sexual component involved to feed, from my experience, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a vampire or not when it comes to a feeding source for the sexual vampire.

Sexual energy isn’t the same as pure psychic energy in my experience, and it can be harder to come by. Yes you can feed from other energy feeding creatures, and in some ways feeding from a vampire is easier…well it can be.

You see vampires, in my experience, tend to use more sexual prowess then others. This being the case they produce more sexual energy than most as well. But, it’s still not worth it.

Not many vampires are all that willing, and that’s a key point of discussion. About half of the drama queens in the community would run around yelling “Psychic Rape!” at the mere mention of feeding on the unaware, so sexual vampires, already labeled in enough ways that are derogatory, really have to consider how they feed, and be very considerate to the community they live in.

One of the main reasons you don’t hear from many sexual vampires, is because their practices tend to offend so many out there. I have heard everything from “you’re sexual predators!” to “You’re just trying to get laid!” The later comment I actually heard while discussing an article about how to feed without intercourse.

No matter what you heard, Sexual vampires are not sex fiends, they are not obsessed with sex, and many of them seem much less sexual to the general community than even your everyday Sang or Psychic vampire. Indeed rather than being charming seductive types, many are really awkward when dealing with the opposite sex.

The foremost thing to remember about a sexual vampire is that, they are well aware of the stigma’s and social perceptions around them. So don’t be surprised if you don’t meet many, who talk about it much, or are willing to engage in conversations about it.

If you are a sexual vampire, in any of its forms, I would caution against getting too far out into the open. The simple truth is, it is going to be harder for you to find people to talk to about it, and that’s just the way it is. If you do find some, don’t expect a general question to a group or room will get you much result that’s useful, instead look for those who you might be able to talk to in a privet message.

Finally I strongly caution against talking to Media types, or mental health professionals about this. Not only will they consider you nuts, but possibly dangerous. We like to think, and we are often told that we can trust these providers, but in my personal experience, that’s simply not the case.

Introducing the Gateway Halo

Posted: Thursday, 18 February, 2016 by deacongray in Uncategorized
It is with great pleasure that we officially unveil the Gateway Halo of the state of New Jersey.
Traditionally, a Halo is a geographic division around a metropolitan area where there is a notable Vampire Community (VC). Inspired in the official regional division of NJ, and following suit to The Halo of Gotham (New York City Region, NY), Halo of Septem Civis (Virginia Beach Region, VA), Halo of Atlantis (Atlanta Region, GA) and Halo of Lightening Bay (Tampa Region, FL) among many others throughout the US, The Gateway Halo is now officially established for the Newark Region of New Jersey. The State of NJ historically divides itself into 6 regions: Gateway, Skyland, Southern Shore, Atlantic City, Jersey Shore and Delaware River – map. The Gateway Region, and similarly the Gateway Halo, encompasses: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic, and Union Counties of Northern New Jersey.
Over the years, since the inception of the NJ Chapter of Bloodlines International in 2012, and specifically within the last year that the Iron Garden has been active, we have been repeatedly asked to clarify as to what Halo does the NJ VC belong to. It was at the behest of the denizens of NJ, that the Iron Garden was re-established in November of 2014, with its first public gathering at QXT’s in Newark, NJ, in January of 2015. Just last month (Jan. 2016) we celebrated its one-year anniversary with over 45 signed-in guests. The Iron Garden is the beacon, not only for the growing Gateway region, but opens its gates wide to all Nightkind hailing from near and far. It is time we give a name to the Community, People and Resources that have always been there – Gateway Halo.
Located in the heart of the Gateway Region of New Jersey, Newark is a large urban sprawl located in Essex County, boasting about 280,000 residents; whereas most Iron Garden members hail primarily (but not exclusively) from this very region. As always, we encourage local Houses to step forward, introduce yourselves at the Iron Garden and become part of the collective. We are also anxiously awaiting new houses to emerge, to witness a new surge of activity in NJ, and we would not be at all surprised to see new Havens and Courts surface in other regions of NJ, as the state of New Jersey is long, wide and brimming with untapped potential.
Currently there are over 5 households with membership in the Gateway Halo including: House Sahjaza, House of the Dreaming, House Sabretooth MacPhee, Clan Black Mist, House Ebon Dragon and others that we will be delighted to include in this list upon mention. The Gateway Halo is an amalgam of creative and colorful individuals, many of them intersecting with the Pagan Community and/or the Horror Community which are both vibrantly active in our state.
The Iron Garden offers a NJ Resources Page boasting many craftsmen, artists and community friendly individuals and establishments that offer quality services for our Nightkind Brothers and Sisters no matter where they may be, or what they may be looking for.
New Jersey has always held a great deal of respect and admiration for our brethren in Gotham; through the decades the Gotham Halo has been our inspiration, our trendsetters, and our greatest resource. According to the Gotham Vampyre Archives, the Gotham Halo is comprised of NYC and its 5 boroughs: New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties of the state of New York – map. It is the intention of the Gateway Halo to continue to collaborate with Gotham, while seeking to maintain and improve friendly relations with all neighboring Halos, as we stand side by side in welcoming the new and old blood in a joint effort to provide the VC outlets for socialization, education, creative, charitable and spiritual pursuits. The Gateway Halo is officially Open.
With Best Regards
Madame X
On Behalf of Gateway Halo