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This has problems pertaining to dealing with "everyday" (everynight?) things for real vampires. It can get in a light vein, but I would prefer it to be mainly enlightening (jeez, can I quit with these day puns, already???) as to actual problems that vampires have to deal with on a day-to-day (aaarrrggghhh!!!) basis.


I am 17 years old and a recently awakened vampire. Wow, it was really hard for me to admit that because, for a long time now, I have denied it to myself.

I tried to ignore the insatiable lust for blood I kept feeling at odd hours of the night. After awhile I just couldn't take it anymore. The incident that broke the camel's back was one night while my mom was making a steak dinner, the uncooked steak was just sitting there on the counter, dripping precious life blood. Oh how sweet it was! All of a sudden I felt the uncontrollable urge to lap it all up like campbell's chicken soup. After a long internal struggle I finally decided to make my move. When my mom left the kitchen I ran over, and sopped the juicy blood up with a piece of bread. Then, thinking it was a little weird, I spread peanut butter on another piece of bread and made myself a peanut butter and blood sandwich. It was pretty good.

Before I would think, "You're not a vampire! That's crazy talk!" And of course I was scared as all hell at what my very religious parents would think! They are always saying that the thing they hate most in the world are vampires and when my older brother came out of the closet and said he was homosexual, my dad -- after much yelling and "oh my Gods" -- said resignedly, "Well, at least you're not a vampire." Seriously, how can I tell parents like that?!?

Sometimes when they yell at me about not washing the dishes I just want to scream, "OKAY YOU TRY BEING A VAMPIRE!!!" God, parents just don't understand!

But now I feel at peace. It's the kind of peace someone might find if they were lying in a coffin in a dark cemetary. Sometimes when I am lying in bed during the daytime I wish myself far away and I pretend my bed is really a coffin. That I am laying in a ancient tomb, wrapped in a blanket of twilight as I contemplate my infinite sorrow of the abyss that is my soul. It really calms me down and for a few brief moments I feel at peace. Plus it's a hell of a lot better than doing my stupid AP Chem homework.

Well I'm jealous of you lucky ones, I still haven't found myself a donor. Oh, it hasn't been for lack of trying. I've asked several people and once I even asked a homeless guy. Actually, he said yes, but I figured his blood was infected with AIDS or something so I changed my mind. I asked this really hot girl in my class if she'd be my donor. I figured her blood was really clean, and plus, if I could get some action on the side...well all the better right? But OF COURSE, she said no.

--Contributed by John

The greatest problem I have is loneliness. I'm now 19 and I have always thought my suspicions about being a vampyre were just some thread of insanity in the back of my head.

I spent my high school time and the time afterward as a lone observer, watching life pass by. I never felt like I fit in anywhere and all I could do was watch life pass by. I had blood cravings which went unsatisfied untill I found a girlfriend who thought it was a romantic way to be not alone while I was away at school. I have always been alone and lost. Everybody who claims to be vampire or goth reeks of poser up where I live. I have been very impatient for life to end.

About a week ago, I finally looked up "Vampires" online and found this site and confirmed something I had felt since I was 13. At the same time, my loneliness was finally alleviated. Now I am looking to talk to every Vampyre I can. I have a lot of time to catch up on. Bonus points if I can find one from southern Maine.

thanks for letting me rant,

P.S. Here is a bitch of a problem for me: I am an EMT and am constantly exposed to blood in a scenario where drinking is not only socially unacceptable but illegal and WRONG. Try that one on for size.

I've discovered that computer and tv screens pose a problem for vampires. They're way too bright and hurt my eyes and head; no matter how low I make the brightness, it's still no good. Optometrists are problems, too, saying, "Okay, now this won't hurt one bit..." and then shining a wonderfully bright light in my eye while the rest of the room is dark. Ack! I thought he said it wouldn't hurt?

Band camp is a problem, too. (I finally quit.) I was out in the sun for six hours and my oh-so-caring band director wouldn't let me stop to reapply my sunscreen for the umpteenth time. I can't help it.

Then there's always the wonderfullness of being a skater and watching a friend fall and scrape their knee or leg to hell. So I vamp out and get weird, and then I have to deal with "What the hell is your problem? Are you some kind of vampire or something? It's just blood..." If they only knew...

from Lanee

As a psi-vamp, I've noticed a lot of rants from blood vamps, but few from psivamps. MY rants are:

  1. Feeling completely drained, and NEEDing to touch someone, just for a few seconds, to feed
  2. Knowing the second you tell any of your friends you're a vamp, they'll freak, and taunt you
  3. Freaking bright lights!!!!!
  4. Parents saying: "Go to bed soon" and it's only 10 pm, and you can only sit there doing nothing!!!
  5. Feeding, and then an hour later, being drained
  6. Some of us may NOT display some of the signs a bloodvamp does, and are living in fear that we are only pretenders
  7. Migraines -- they left after I quit caffiene cold turkey, and now appear if I don't feed
  8. Needing to sleep in school; only it's a small school, so the teachers get on my case!

Ok, I'm done for now, but I could go on...

from Brent

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