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‘Vampire grave’ found in Bulgaria

The skelton with an iron spike through the chest, which was supposed to stop the dead rising Photo: Rex

The skeleton with an iron spike through the chest, which was supposed to stop the dead rising Photo: Rex

via The Telegraph:

A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”.

Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.

The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek God of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of “vampire graves”.

On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed “a vampire grave”.

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Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side

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[disinfo ed.’s note: The following is a modified excerpt from Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side by Margot Adler.]

Most of us are in conflict over issues of power. We want it; we distrust it; we get twisted by it; we abuse it; we struggle with our love and hate of it. And in a shifting, changing world, we often feel powerless.

It’s easy to see why teenagers, who often feel vulnerable, powerless, and invisible in the world, are attracted to vampires. They experience the abuse of power more clearly than grown-ups who have acclimated to cultural norms and keep telling them, “That’s just how the world works, honey.” Bullied by other children, or becoming bullies themselves, under the thumb of parents and school, young people are in the best time of their lives to understand the abuses of power in society—and to imagine another world where these issues are resolved differently.… Read the rest

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The Continuum: So Dark

Following his actions in the short film “So Pretty“, Sean, a 200-year-old vampire with a conscience, has now been arrested for murdering a pedophile on a late-night Miami train. Unaware that they have a vampire in their custody, Miami Police hand the investigation over to F.B.I. agent Wilburn, who is the head of a clandestine task force that hunts, tortures, and kills vampires. As sunrise approaches, Sean must find a way to escape or risk becoming one of her experiments.

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Haunted Curiosities’ Guide to Duping Goth Kids and Twilight Fans

vampire salesmanThere was a kid in my high school named Chris or John, but we all called him “Dick.”  He wore a trench coat and combat boots, and he started telling people he was an honest-to-goodness vampire.  He would cower in the shadows and play out an uninspired pantomime of retreating from the sun in pain.  I remember him telling us that he had woken up on the ceiling above his bed one morning.  He was clearly a resident of the highest social tier.

I haven’t thought about Dick in years, but last night I came across a grown-up version of him on YouTube, “Anthony, the living vampire,” being interviewed by a woman named DeeDee, who runs the Haunted Curiosities and Haunted Collector websites.

On the Haunted Curiosities YouTube channel, there are interviews with other “real” vampires, a djinn-possessed man, some witches, a dimension-hopping demon-slayer, and a half-breed (half vampire, half werewolf).  There is also a Haunted Curiosities Blogtalk radio show, discussing subjects ranging from ghosts and vampires to Icke-style conspiracy theories.… Read the rest

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HuffPo Just Discovered ‘Real’ Vampires

In what must be a shock to some small percentage of people born after 1989, the Huffington Post offers this “shocking” report on a “real-life” vampire couple. Undead? Try unintentionally hilarious.

Benninghoff, 20, met Draven, 38, on a dating website this past February and, while both were into the gothic lifestyle, he wanted a more intimate relationship.

“When he explained that blood sharing would bring us closer together, I asked him to turn me,” Benninghoff said, according to the Daily Star. “Aro cut himself with a razor and offered me his blood. Then I cut myself and he drank from me too. Suddenly I felt the energy rushing through me. It was a magical experience –- much more intimate than sex.”

With a connection like that, it would be silly not to tie the knot so the couple is planning a wedding on Halloween, Hir24.hu reported.

But they haven’t yet told Benninghoff’s parents that her daughter has “converted” to vampirism.

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Vampire Burial Ground Unearthed In Poland

vampire burial groundThenews.pl reports on what lies beneath:

Archaeologists in Gliwice, southern Poland have discovered a burial ground where the dead were laid to rest in accordance with practices for alleged vampires. Four skeletons were found at the site, where mandatory digs were being carried out prior to the construction of a ring road.

In each case, the deceased had been buried with the head between the legs. According to folk beliefs, this prevented a possible vampire from finding his or her way back to the land of the living.

“It’s very difficult to tell when these burials were carried out,” archaeologist Dr. Jacek Pierzak told the Dziennik Zachodni newspaper. However, it is believed that they took place in the early modern period.

The last recorded instance of a vampire burial within current Polish borders was in Stare Mierzwice, Masovia, in 1914. A corpse was dug up in the village [with] its head cut off and placed between the legs.

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Medical History and the ‘Monster’

Medical history so often includes intersections and byways that seem to take us into folklore, fiction, and the Gothic imagination itself.

While researching “monstrous” births from the early 1800s, I came across the following reprint of Kirby’s wonderful and scientific museum: or, Magazine of remarkable characters. The story tells of a child “covered with long hair” and “grovel[ing] upon the ground.” This young man is fastened to a post like a dog and is described as “wild and ferocious.” [i] In birth histories from the medieval period to Abrose Paré’s Monsters and Marvels (in the 16th century), you frequently see tales of “dog children” or frog children, goat children and the like. And yet, this later narrative has been embellished with tone and phrasing made famous by the Gothic narratives like Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otronto and Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho. The “gentleman” who reports the scene in Kirby’s insists that “he never say so wild and wretched a spot as the situation of the poor hut where [the dog boy] resides” and that “a most horrible mystery seems to hang over the whole.”[i] Just as in early Gothic fiction, the landscape becomes a repeated trope of wretched wildness, and the “mystery” has to do not only with the lad’s strange comportment, but with his paternity.… Read the rest

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The Energetics of Psychopathy

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Do you remember the scene in The Green Mile when death row inmate John Coffee is touched by murderer “Wild Bill”? After feeling some powerful negative energy, he says, “You a bad man.”

Are you like John Coffee? Would you know it if you brushed up against a cold-blooded killer? You might if you’re what Dr. Judith Orloff calls an “intuitive empath“.

I began to sense energy emanating from people when I was around 20 or 21 years old.  An interesting thing happens when a person turns 21: The prefrontal cortex of the brain matures. I think that I had always sensed energy around me unconsciously, but at this time I became conscious of it and began to investigate these experiences analytically. When I learned about Chi or Qi energy  in practices like reiki and qi gong, it was not simply an idea I accepted intellectually or on faith: It simply put a name to what I had already experienced.… Read the rest

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Doctors In Turkey Clinically Diagnose Man As Real-Life Vampire

Live Science reports on a horrifying case of multiple personality disorder:

Doctors in Turkey have described what they claim to be a real-life vampire with multiple personalities and an addiction to drinking blood. The case study was published last fall.

The 23-year-old apparently started out slicing his own arms, chest and belly with razor blades, letting the blood drip into a cup so he could drink it. But when he experienced compulsions to drink blood “as urgent as breathing,” he started turning to other sources, the doctors said. The man was arrested several times after stabbing and biting others to collect and drink their blood. He apparently even got his father to get him bags from blood banks.

“Possibly due to ‘switching’ to another personality state, he was losing track during the ‘bloody’ events, did not care who the victim was anymore, and remained amnesic to this part of his act,” the report said.

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Magick, Abandonment, and the Desolate Beauty of Decay

Picture: "Abandoned Factory" by Reddit User 'NotaMethAddict' (C)

Those of you with a taste for the desolate beauty of structures abandoned to nature may find a lot to like at Reddit.com’s AbandonedPorn subreddit. With a subscriber base of almost 80,000 the page is a never-ending virtual gallery dedicated to humanity’s vainglorious efforts to hold back the forces of entropy.

I developed my own taste for this kind of thing as a teenager. We had discovered an abandoned concrete factory in the middle of a plot of land left to nature. The building, with its flooded sub-levels, half-ruined factory floor and warren of abandoned offices, held an irresistible lure for us. Later, we discovered that the very same plot of land had once been a prison camp for captured German military officers during World War II. The factory rising above the scrubby trees and fields of grass cast a long shadow upon a territory long haunted by shadows of its own.… Read the rest

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