A “Real” Vampire Talks About Drinking Blood, The “Twilight” Films
Pardon my ignorance, but I was not aware that there were people who called themselves vampires. Even being A Person Who Is On The Internet All The Time, this had eluded me. But alas, Movies.com has found the “Twilight” interview to end all “Twilight” interviews: a man named John Reason who lives in East Texas and claims he realized at age 14 that he is a vampire. John rides a motorcycle, wears cowboy boots, and was married for seven years … which all sounds pretty normal until you get to the part where he runs a site called RealVampireNews.com.
After the jump, here are some of the oddest tidbits from John Reason’s interview with Movies.com.
John says no one quite knows how vampires come to be, but it definitely is not the mythical explanation that you get bitten by another vampire. He isn’t sure whether any of his relatives were vampires and that the jury is out as to whether vampiric tendencies are generational. In his case, he says he became a vampire during puberty:
“[W]hen I was 14 years old, I started feeling really funny and having these headaches and body aches and different sleep cycles and cravings for blood. I thought I was crazy. That period is called the Awakening, and it usually happens around the time of puberty, but sometimes people are 40 or 50 years old.”
Another vampire myth? They aren’t immortal. And Stephenie Meyer just made up that sparkly vampire stuff for “Twilight,” duh.
Most interesting is where John discusses how vampires couple up. His seven-year marriage was to a human who was his “donor,” i.e. she let him drink her blood. Being in a relationship with a human, therefore, is the ideal situation for a vamp. However, he says that “donating isn’t sexual,” although it certainly breeds intimacy with the donor because the vampire goes to see them “every day, or once a week, or twice a month” to drink the blood. He explains:
“Every now and then you see two vampires couple-up, but that creates some unique issues in a relationship because if they’re sanguine vampires—blood-drinking vampires—you have to find double the donors. Or if they’re psychic vampires, they’re going to be feeding from each other, thereby increasing each other’s need to feed. I have some good friends who are vampires in a couple, and they’re awesome people, the most caring folks I’ve ever known, and they make it work really well. But sometimes vampires prefer non-vampires. In my past relationship, the woman I married was also my donor, and that worked because we had the deep connection you share when feeding from someone. It’s not something you just go do with everyone.”
Ultimately John says he appreciates the “Twilight” franchise because they “normalize” vampires by showing the world they have the same problems as humans:
“[I]n the vampire community a lot of the struggles revolve around family life, whether it’s just normal, day-to-day getting a job, or coming out of the coffin—as they call it—and explaining to your loved ones that you drink blood.”
I will spare you the details of how John Reason does his blood drinking — it might make some folks who aren’t good with blood queasy — but if you’re interested, I encourage you to read the full interview here.
I’m not quite sure that I believe Reason’s explanation for being a “vampire” — I mean, there are people in the fetish community who drink blood and enjoy sexual cutting, and to the best of my knowledge (i.e. reading about it on FetLife), they don’t consider themselves vampires. However, John claimed that drinking blood from his donor wasn’t sexual at all.
Then, of course, there is always the explanation that this person is just mentally ill, which would explain why the onset of his vampiricism came around puberty (a time when mental illness often, but not always, becomes apparent). However, even if he is mentally ill and convinced he is a vampire, he seems to be 100 percent consensual and respectful about finding donors to let him drink his blood, so it doesn’t sound to me like a “problem.”
So, yeah. Interesting interview. I’m still processing it.
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