Here's the basic question. Who are you and what are you doing?
In a nutshell, Vampgeist is a special interest media services company. We've all been working for special interest groups over the years. This time that group is "the vampire".Why vampires? Isn't that a little odd bordering on the almost crazy?
As is stated in the philosophy of Vampgeist, the vampire is of great importance to humanity. A vampire or vampire-like creature exists in the folklore of just about every human society on the planet. To that end, the vampire in some way links back to every individual person in some shape or form. This is why humans are fascinated by vampires. So why vampires? Vampires are common to the collective subconcious mind of humanity, making the subject more than relevant.Why the media?
Let's define our terms. Merriam-Webster defines the usage of the term "media" "...the singular media and its plural medias seem to have originated in the field of advertising over 70 years ago; they are apparently still so used without stigma in that specialized field. In most other applications media is used as a plural of medium. The great popularity of the word in references to the agencies of mass communication is leading to the formation of a mass noun, construed as a singular. This use is not as well established as the mass-noun use of data and is likely to incur criticism especially in writing." We take media to mean that which conveys a thought or an idea from a point of origin outwards. There are few thoughtforms that have seized the media in so many forms (books, film, theater, music, journalism, television, radio, the Internet, and more) as the vampire. What sets the vampire apart is the dual nature--that which is fantasy and that which is fact. Real vampires exist and will not be hesitant to tell you so, but they are not the monsters of popular fiction. In 2008 alone, however, the messages were mixed. 2008 saw episodes of syndicated talk shows which seemed to emphasize the real vampire as having more to do with the folkloric stereotypes than with the philosophical and metaphysical paths many real vampires have chosen. The movie version of the bestseller "Twilight" didn't help real vampires break from the shadows of tradition (if you didn't get to hear for yourself the squeals of young girls who have decided they want to marry vampires someday, believe us). So here we are with real vampires who are real people with real thought lumped in with self-proclaimed real vampires who insist they drink blood and all the rest lumped in with a fictional vibe so real and appealing that it has great merit on the one hand and is just confusing the issue on the other.Who are you guys? Are you "real" vampires or what?
We are creative individuals heavily involved in the real vampire community through a variety of groups and initiatives--a consciousness that transcends boundaries between groups and ideologies. We know a wide range of participants, from a vampire who swears she drinks only blood to another who claims to have been born in 778 to another sworn to protect the tenets of an ancient temple to a much larger group that we ourselves fall into, that of the metaphysical vampire. Some of us are real vampires of the metaphysical variety. Some of us are what is called in the community "Black Swans" or trusted friends who are not vampires. We have scholars on board, historians and linguists and anthropologists and psychologists and others seeking further insight into how humans think. In short, we're comfortable with the subject and bring a variety of perspectives to the table.What gives you the authority to speak for others?
Back up. We don't claim that authority. We can only speak from our perspective, and that's all we claim.Isn't this all silly?
If this were truly silly, it's not likely that the vampire archetype would still be with us in this day and age.What special connections do you have in the real vampire community?
While Vampgeist exists independently of any other group, we are all initiates of the Order of Maidenfear, a vampire organization founded in 1970 on the premise that vampires are truly only indebted to themselves. It is this open and independent philosophy that makes an entity like Vampgeist possible. Many of us are members of other groups as well, and are capable of bringing that experience to Vampgeist without betraying any trust or breaking any oaths.Why are you doing this? Why are you bothering?
We're doing this because we don't feel that anyone else has, and if they have tried, they haven't brought our level of expertise and experience to the table. Anybody who can dismiss the vampire as a piece of fictional fluff needs to do a little digging into the subconcious mentality of human beings. Vampires have been with us in some form at some level since the beginning and they don't show any signs of leaving anytime soon. What does this say about us? What does this say about those parts of the human mind that remain a mystery? What does this say about the way human beings confront mortality? The seemingly simple concept of the vampire leads to some of the biggest questions. Of course, individuals who put themselves on television garbed in black and bearing fake fangs aren't helping the general public see that there's a greater mystery beyond the term. Vampgeist aspires to show that you don't have to look like a bad Bela Lugosi knock off to be a vampire. You don't have to cling to a gothic aesthetic, either. Above all, we're doing this because we can and because we want to. We see vampirism as a special interest that deserves to be handled in the media as a special interest. A good example of similar efforts are the Witches' League for Public Awareness or the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. We're not here for those who don't take it seriously. They obviously have their own counsel. We're here for the individuals who do take it seriously and want to move to the next level.Why should I join the Vampgeist Network or become a Member-Client?
Well, as it's all free, you'll definitely get more than you pay for, right? The Network is an effort to link like-intended expressions on the Web. By joining the Network, you are plugging yourself and your site into this chain of sites. It's good exposure, and Vampgeist promises to be extremely vigilant about what sites are allowed to participate. We're not having any porn parties or pyramid schemes here. The Member-Client program is on another level. By joining, you become a member of the Vampgeist effort. You are saying that you produce vampiric content of interest to the mainstream media. As a member, you are part of an effort bigger than yourself that can negotiate such things as contracts and steer you clear of media pitfalls. We're giving our all to keeping members out of situations where their security, validity, and dignity are at risk.