Documents

Every so often, there are certain, "posts," "articles," or what-have-you that may be considered of note to the greater VC. Some of these would include, "The Black Veil," "The Donor Bill of Rights," along with various "open letter"/"call to action"-type things.

Hopefully you will find all of these documents (and more) below, so that they may all be found in a singular place amongst the vast expanse of the Internet. If you see that one is missing, please don't hesitate to send it in via the Contribute page.


  • A Little History Lesson
    • Yes, I am qualified to give this lesson–I lived it. I was there in the flesh while it was being made! There is plenty of documented evidence to support my claim.
  • Age Distribution Within The Vampire Community 2011 - 2012
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  • An Open Letter to Any Who Would Wish to Become a Vampire
    • I wrote this to someone in an email, and I think it bears repeating for any and all to read.
  • Blood and Psy Vamps: Not So Different, After All
    • I used to think think that blood vampirism is something completely separate from psychic vampirism, but now I am not so sure. I feel that perhaps blood vampires might even actually be a specialized type of psychic vampire. Don't look at me like that; I'm not turning coat... Let me try to explain what I mean.
  • Enabling in the Vampire Community
    • If one were to lift up the proverbial rug of the vampire community to view what has been swept under it they could not possibly miss Enablers. Enabling is a term often found in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse but it also present in mental health issues and various other things that are considered problems. An Enabler is someone who downplays a serious problem or issue instead of confronting it.
  • Leaders, Founders, Unity, Affiliations & Order
    • I would just like to give my opinion about "leaders and founders" in this community and order, unity, etc.
  • Participation In The Vampire Community - Average Hours Per Year 2011-2012
    • How many total HOURS per YEAR on AVERAGE do you spend in the vampire community ACTIVELY engaged in VAMPIRE/VAMPIRISM-SPECIFIC tasks of posting discussions or replies, mentoring or providing direct assistance, attending social gatherings that aren't exclusively party/club oriented, meetings, conferences, writing articles/blogs/books, projects, or other hands-on tasks? Please do NOT include time spent leisure web surfing, reading, or other non-interactive/discussion/production tasks.
  • Real Vampire Community Abuse Awareness Campaign
    • The real vampire community is an open and accepting culture, which should be a safe space to engage in introspection and the open exchange of ideas. Whether you have a solid self-understanding as a vampire or non-vampire, or whether you've come to the community in pursuit of such an understanding, the community is a place which is often engaged in dialogue about self and identity. Likewise, it often attracts individuals who are seeking tools with which to build and grow that sense of self.
  • Real Vampire Community Personal Safety & Privacy Awareness
    • The vampire community was formed in part to promote the well-being of its members with a supportive social network. We've done an admirable job in promoting safer feeding practices, sensitivity and acknowledgment of donor concerns, and sharing the most effective ways to manage or conceptualize vampirism. We've supported one another as we discovered that it was acceptable to form our own identities, even if those close to us can't or won't be supportive. Despite our advances, we’ve fallen short at protecting our community from exploitation by both outsiders and subversive participants who exist among us. The most visible members of the vampire community should strive towards being more open to newcomers and willing to work with them on finding responsible resources. When newcomers find themselves in a leaderless environment they are more likely to encounter individuals willing to serve this role who have less than honorable intentions. The time has come to acknowledge and correct this problem.
  • The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame
    • Events in the last several decades have clearly indicated just how dangerous some religious and secular groups (usually called “cults” by those opposed to them) can be to their own members as well as to anyone else whom they can influence. “Brainwashing,” beatings, child abuse, rapes, murders, mass suicides, military drilling and gunrunning, meddling in civil governments, international terrorism, and other crimes have been charged against leaders and members of many groups, and in far too many cases those accusations have been correct. None of this has been very surprising to historians of religion or to other scholars of what are usually labled “new” religions (no matter how old they may be in their cultures of origin). Minority groups, especially religious ones, are often accused of crimes by members of the current majority. In many ways, for example, the “Mormons” were the “Moonies” of the 19th century — at least in terms of being an unusual minority belief system that many found “shocking” at the time — and the members of the Unification Church could be just as “respectable” a hundred years from now as the Latter Day Saints are today.
  • The Black Veil 1 Plus Information
    • At long last, I have located a copy of the first version of the Black Veil (many thanks to Vyrdolak!). This was written by Father Todd back in 1999, or possibly 1998, and is mentioned in the 1998-1999 edition of vampyre Almanac. Lest important roots be forgotten (as some would prefer), I have included it below for historical purposes, for reference, and so that it can be compared to subsequent versions. In the few short years since the Black Veil was first written, its evolution reflects the evolution of the vampyre lifestyle and subculture (as well as the vampire roleplayers community) into something more than mere roleplaying. With the efforts of Todd Hoyt (a.k.a. Father Sebastian Todd) and a number of other like-minded individuals with a vision in the New York City ("Gotham") area, the Sanguinarium was formed and the Black Veil became more than a mere set of guidelines for vampire-pretenders to interact with each other.
  • The Black Veil 2 Plus Information
    • "The Black Veil" (v. 2.0), also known as the "13 Rules of the Community", was composed by Michelle Belanger of House Kheperu, Father Sebastiaan van Houten of House Sahjaza, and COVICA in 2000 as a voluntary standard of common sense, etiquette and ideals for the Sanguinarium and the greater vampyre/vampire community. This is not a text to instruct someone on how to be a vampire, but rather a code of ethics for those who are and wish to adopt them as their own personal code. It is based on an earlier version written by Father Sebastiaan in 1999 or possibly in 1998 (the copyright states 1999).
  • The Black Veil 3 Plus Information & History
    • The Black Veil is a set of ethical guidelines designed to serve as a moral compass for the vampire community. The original Black Veil was written by Father Sebastiaan van Houten (then-called Father Todd) for the Sanguinary Society (later the Sanguinarium) in 1999 (possibly 1998). Subsequent revisions were made by Michelle Belanger in the fall of 2000 and later in 2003. As there is such diversity within the vampire community, the Black Veil has been the focus of much debate and controversy. Many who first encounter the document assume that it is intended as a strictly enforced set of rules. Others question the applicability of any set of guidelines to the community as a whole. Finally, there is the issue of the first published version of the Black Veil, which many felt owed a great deal of inspiration to the "Traditions" of the role-playing game, Vampire: the Masquerade.
  • The Black Veil 4 Plus Commentary
    • The Black Veil has undergone yet another revision. This time, it seems to be a complete rewrite, abandoning previous versions, and scaling back to only 5 tenets. It's been endorsed by many to lend it legitimacy, though few of the names will probably be recognized outside of the increasingly exclusionary Ordo Strigoi Vii. Interestingly, it is now considered by the author to be a trademark of Sabretooth, which is Father Sebastiaan van Houten's fangmaking business. Maybe the Black Veil has come full circle and is now back to it's vampyre lifestyle origins?
  • The Donor Bill of Rights
    • This Bill of Rights is to promote the continued safety of the most precious of gifts to us, their life essence. It is suggested that this be signed by both the vampire and the donor on a 30/60/90 day trial basis. After this, the contract can be resigned for an extended period of time which can be either the 30/60/90/ or 6 months to 1 year. At the end of these contracts, discussions can be made as to whether or not changes should be done. What will be allowed and what will not be allowed.
  • The Vampiric Ethos
    • We recognize the intrinsic value of everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or spiritual philosophy. We do not follow or promote any particular religious, political, or philosophical creed. Our community strives to create an atmosphere in which individuals are not only free to create their own meanings, values, and convictions, but also expected to do so. To that end, this document represents a basic premise for ethical, educational, and safety awareness within the vampire community.
  • Vampire Accessories Poll 2012
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  • Voices of the Vampire Community: Official Statement of Purpose
    • The purpose of the Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) is to develop friendly relations among the various Houses, Covens, Orders, organizations, and individual leaders of the vampire community; to encourage cooperation in solving community related problems and in promoting respect for the views, ideas, and opinions of others without seeking to establish a unifying or governing body; and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of groups in attaining these ends.