The Real Vampire of New Orleans

John Edgar Browning beim Discover Magazine über echte Vampire. „Echt“ as in „people who consume human and/or animal blood“. Die verwandeln sich freilich nicht in Fledermäuse, sind aber auch mehr als „Lifestyle“-Vampire aus Goth-Subkulturen:

What was perhaps most surprising about the vampires I met though was their marked lack of knowledge about vampires in popular culture. They seemed to know much less than you might expect – at least for vampires – about how their kind were depicted in books and films. […] In fact, the real vampire community in general seems to have appropriated very few of the trappings mainstream culture attaches to creatures of the night. Many do dress in gothic clothes but certainly not all the time, and very, very few sleep in coffins. In fact, those vampire who do dress a certain way or wear fangs do so long after realizing their desire to take blood.

Discover Magazine: Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them
Paper: The real vampires of New Orleans and Buffalo: a research note towards comparative ethnography