This website is generally a misinformation site, designed to steer genuine seekers and the curious away from the real Vampyre Community, or to persuade them that real Vampyres and the Vampyre Community are in fact role players and mentally ill blood fetishists or other kinds of deluded individuals. Rather, it presents the image, using faked statistics and other falsified pseudo-science – as well as distortions of actual scientific studies (i.e. the references on the front page to Yale university research about retro-viruses) to show that “real” Vampyres are the people who have a condition brought on by a virus which in fact has not been demonstrated to exist.
While the science quoted from Yale regarding the operation and transmission of any generic virus or retro-virus will most likely (if unaltered) be scientifically sound, the entire flim-flam story will be shot down by the absence of any evidence to show that any such virus that causes vampyrism has been detected, identified or proved to exist.
The manner in which the site owner presents the study by Yale serves to suggest that Yale University could have identified this virus and therefore may have also accepted scientifically the existence of Vampyres,
The simplest way to disprove this is to ask Yale, or any of the Universities listed at the bottom of the index page cited as sources for this position on vampyrism being caused by a retro-virus, whether they have identified any kind of virus which causes vampyrism. Please send us any responses you receive – we can’t wait to see them!
Vampirewebsite.net is run by Steve Leighton, aka Whyte_Panther, and has been since 2008. This individual is rumored to have been a participant in the Vampi(y)re community for a time, although, for reasons that are not clear, he is generally no longer considered to be part of it, although if his views aired on the site are taken into consideration, this is hardly surprising.
The page called “The New Code” is meant to be the owner’s own take on a Vampyre legal code, one which echoes in some ways the Black Veil, but which has some serious flaws. In the second point in the “New Code”, the owner discusses vampires being responsible for the actions of those they “turn”, and then also states “Because any real vampire, or person that claims to be a real vampire, that lashes out makes us all look bad. Generally the punishment results in death.” Death? I suppose he doesn’t realize how this looks? If, as many assume, this site was aimed at teenagers, many clearly unable to differentiate fact from fiction or reality from fantasy, so well-blended and obscured on this site – then would such a statement not encourage a tragedy? That is, assuming whoever takes this to heart and lives by it, being unable to see through this facade of legitimacy to the layer of fecal matter underneath? By an extreme contrast, point 4 admonishes Vampyres to “Only acquire blood with a donors permission, never by force or against a persons wishes.” That is good and well, but how does this practical and wise bit of advice manage to share the same space as the previous statement in point 2?
That isn’t the only place where a total lack of regard for safety is displayed on this site – on one page “How to get turned into a vampire”, mention is made of how this person believes one can turn into a vampire – by a “simple exchange of blood with a vampire. Even just a 1/4 teaspoon of blood is more than enough blood to turn you into a vampire.” “As is already commonly believed, when a vampire turns you into a vampire, the vampire must receive the normal persons blood first. This exchange of blood can be done orally. Afterwards the normal person must receive the vampires blood, they can do this orally as well. This is the only way that you can be turned into a vampire.“ All of this flies in the face of what is generally held to be the accepted truth in our community – that Vampyres are born and awaken to being Vampyres around puberty – not made or turned. And look – not a single warning about having a blood test prior to undertaking this activity, or any other warnings about how to safely procure said blood etc. The only place mention of HIV and AIDS and transmission of this disease is to be found, is where the alleged “vampire retro-virus” is discussed, such as on the bottom of the index page, hidden in masses of text – and still without any explicit warning that Vampyres are just as susceptible to HIV and AIDS as anyone else. This is an extremely careless omission.
Leighton also goes on to say that “Unlike how this is portrayed in movies, there is no need to drain someone of their blood to the point of death, when turning them into a vampire. Any person that claims they are a real vampire and says that they have to drain you to the point of death to turn you into a vampire, is a poser and should be avoided.” No kidding.
The one amusing part of the entire website is the description of “slayers“, a little more lethal in conceptualization than “hunters”, but equally as fictional in general terms. There are really hunters and slayers of course – though the type of “hunting” and “slaying” they do is more in the line of the wing-nuts that dug up a relative’s body in Romania to cut out and burn the heart and drink the ashes to satisfy their own superstitions; and delusional people like those involved in the “Highgate Vampire” saga of the 1970’s. That’s about the gist of it. Read that page, if just for the lulz of it.
This site also fuels the Psi-Sang divide by pushing the notion that only those infected with a retro-virus (being by nature sanguines) are “real” vampires. Leighton states that “People that refer to themselves as “energy vampires”, aren’t actually vampires. They are people that have been brainwashed in to believing that being able to take energy is what makes some one a vampire. While in truth any normal person can learn to take energy, and any normal person can learn to use psychic abilities. Any person that actively uses psychic abilities and energy, will for obvious reasons use energy quicker than their body produces energy. In effect this will result in them feeling a need to draw additional energy from outside sources, until they learn ways to make the energy on their own. This side effect that would seem obvious to most people, is what makes some people think that they are “energy vampires”. ” Thus, if you are a Vampyre who feeds via energetic means, he’s talking about YOU. If you’re upset about that, then that’s likely exactly what he wants – so it’s best to ignore this statement – along with the entire site. The actual VC got over this silly little difference of opinion back in the early 2000’s already.
The thing with websites like these is, you never know when they are set up by someone with good intentions or not. The best way to tell is whether they include some kind of negative message about the VC as a whole. This site has, and also in the past, listed many genuine information resources which are highly respected in the VC which provide objective information about the real community as “fake” and “posers”. Under “Good real vampire sites and information” NOT A SINGLE SITE is listed which fits that description. In fact, only 5 urls are listed, while the general VC web-directory contains several hundred known linked resource sites and forums around the world which one would assume, should be listed if the site were genuinely part of the Vampyre Community. The fact that not a single one of them, even the more well-known ones, such as Sanguinarius.org, SphynxCatVP’s resource page, the Atlanta Vampire Alliance information site etc is listed, is certainly suspicious. When you see what references he makes to the VC, it becomes clear why.
In one place he says: “There is a group that calls itself the vampire community that is estimated to be 98% posers and the very few real vampires in that group aren’t the ones that are running it.” Naturally, he is referring to his own “estimate” since no statistical survey or census exists to support this claim (and the only known examples of VC surveys reflect otherwise). When you read the site-owner’s rant on his “Vampire Community” page, where he basically vents his hatred and anger at the real VC, you begin to understand the true purpose for his site. It’s personal. It’s about revenge and about making real Vampyres and the real Vampyre Community look as bad and as insane as possible.
Considering the amount of traffic that gets diverted to this site by web searches, high internet rankings, and the amount of effort spent to gain views, hits and link-backs, shows that the owner clearly wants this message to get out there. Badly.
More disturbing is the fact that this site has been referenced on several occasions by media and news agencies seeking facts about “the vampire cult” – usually while doing research for articles and inserts about crime and social dangers they perceive to be linked to real Vampyres and the Vampyre subculture!
The drawback of sites like this is that more spinoffs and long-time users of Vampirewebsite such as Izidari will create their own “information” websites, and go out into the VC – and into the mundane world to continue to spread this misinformation to any and all who will listen (see “My First Interview With A Huge Audience” on Izidari’s blog and also her “official website“). This is irresponsible at best. Izidari is clearly one of Steve’s
minions biggest fans. She has even written (self-published) several books (1, 2) now peddling his stuff. The Vampirewebsite franchise appears, collectively, to be heading the way of similar enterprises infamous throughout the VC for pushing misinformation for a slice of fame and a fast buck at the expense of any potential dignity or credibility the VC might achieve without their sabotage help.
The VC at large appears to view this site with irritation and embarrassment, while it provides a dangerous and confusing blend of low fact to fiction ratio as “the truth about vampires”. It is strongly suggested that anything posted on this site is taken with a shovel full of salt, and cross-referenced with reputable sites or community resources.